My five cents
1 Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, the first overall draft pick in 2009, has become one of the league’s elite passers. In 15 games with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, the Highland Park alum has completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 4,044 yards with 34 touchdowns and six interceptions.
2 Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career with the Jets effectively has ended, and Geno Smith, in the final year of his contract, likely leaves after this season. If the Jets believe either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg is the long-term answer, they should get on with the process of finding out for sure. Neither Petty nor Hackenberg has taken a regular-season snap.
3 Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews drew attention when another former A&M product, Michael Bennett, called out Matthews for a low block last week. Matthews, who has allowed one sack and ranks second on the team with four penalties, including two holds, continues to struggle as have most of the A&M offensive linemen drafted in the first round. The Bengals benched right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, a first-round pick in 2015, during last week’s game.
4 Saints linebacker Craig Robertson, who signed a three-year, $5 million contract with $1.985 million guaranteed in the off-season, has a team-leading 55 tackles. The North Texas alum has two pass breakups and a fumble recovery as well.
5 Halapoulivaati Vaitai retained his starting right tackle job with the Eagles despite a shaky first game. The Haltom City and TCU alum, a fifth-round pick, allowed two sacks in his NFL debut.