Print and Go Back NFL [Print without images]

Friday, October 14, 2005
Updated: October 16, 11:39 AM ET
Fact or Fiction: Week 6

Everyone has an opinion about what will happen during the NFL season. And the predictions will either prove to be true or false.

So we've made four bold statements and asked our ESPN experts -- former NFL players Eric Allen and Joe Theismann -- whether or not they believe the statements will eventually become fact or fiction.

On which side of the fence do they sit? Click on the links below for their answers.


Eric Allen
Fact: I have to agree that this unit has been the most disappointing so far this season. It doesn't seem to be playing with the passion and energy that has marked this defense in the past. I don't want to say that the unit is old because the team has done a fine job of reloading this defense over the years, but the group definitely seems to be prematurely tired. This unit has played so well together in the past because it plays well as a team and we're not seeing as much communication and team play so far this season. The guys have to find a way to rectify the situation because this team's playoff chances depend on the play of the defense.
Joe Theismann
Fact: Coming in to this season, everyone thought this unit would be good enough to hold up the anemic offense of the Ravens. But instead of playing to the level that it had set in years past, this unit has underwhelmed thus far this season. This is a team that has two of the best defensive players in the league (Ed Reed and Ray Lewis), yet it has been sorely disappointing this season. They have to reclaim their past dominance for this team to have any chance at the playoffs.