Week 5 in the NFL was the first weekend of October, which meant it was time to bring out the pink accessories. Yay breast cancer awareness! We’ll take this opportunity to encourage you ladies out there to feel yourself up for your monthly exam. If you’re in public, it can wait until later.
This is what we thought about week 5…
Green Bay (42), Minnesota (10) – Let’s just call this Thursday Night Smackdown – Part 5! The lopsided Thursday night match-ups continued with this divisional game in Green Bay. Eddie Lacy (Packers RB) had a good night running all over the place and into the end zone twice. My fantasy crush Jordy Nelson got me some more points. Julius Peppers (Packers DE) took his first Lambeau Leap after he returned an interception for a touchdown and said it was tough to get up into the stands after running down the field. Probably not as tough as watching game film this week for the 2-3, still Teddy Bridgewater-less (rookie QB) Vikings. (M)
Carolina (31), Chicago (24) – Cam Newton (Panthers QB) is playing some of his best football and this week the defense helped him out. The only thing that sucks is that Carolina’s running backs are still injured. On the other side of the field, we got to see Good Cutler/Bad Cutler (Bears QB) again, playing well the first half and not-so-much in the second. What a shame – Chicago has so many offensive weapons and is having trouble getting the job done. (V)
Dallas (20), Houston (17) – I do believe the Cowboys are on a four-game winning streak! Who woulda thunk? This Lone Star State battle went into overtime. DeMarco Murray (Cowboys RB) continues to kill it with his 5th 100-yard game of the season. J.J. Watt (Texans DE) showed up on highlight videos, but not for the usual reason. Tony Romo (Cowboys QB) evaded a sack attempt from Watt, something that doesn’t happen too often. (M)
Buffalo (17), Detroit (14) – This was Kyle Orton’s first start at QB for the Bills after the benching of EJ Manuel. He started slow but got his act together after her was helped out by rookie WR Sammy Watkins, who had some impressive catches. Fred Jackson (Bills RB) still rocks it even though he’s getting old. The Lions offense, which looked so good going back to week 1, has regressed. It doesn’t help that Megatron (Calvin Johnson, Lions WR) is hurt and is only being used as a decoy. This was Jim Schwartz’s revenge game, returning to Detroit as defensive coordinator of the Bills. (He was previously Detroit’s head coach.) The Lions only waited until Monday morning to release their kicker, Alex Henry, after he missed three field goals in this game. Do the math – at three points each, that would have added nine points to Detroit’s total and probably won them the game. (V)
Indianapolis (20), Baltimore (13) – This game was all about defense. There were seven turnovers, four Joe Flacco (Ravens QB) sacks, and failed fourth-down conversions by both teams, so if you were looking for some sexy offense, this game was not for you. (M)
Pittsburgh (17), Jacksonville (9) – The Steelers continue to rack up the penalties. This makes Mike Tomlin (head coach) mad. The 0-5 Jaguars were feisty, especially their defense. Bortles (Jaguars QB) showed some good signs, but is still a work in progress. (Aren’t we all?) Jacksonville doesn’t have much of a ground game. They also have lots of young wide receivers that drop balls, which is not good considering it’s their job to catch and hold onto the ball. (V)
New Orleans (37), Tampa Bay (31) – Another divisional thriller! Drew Brees (Saints QB) made some questionable decisions, resulting in 3 interceptions. Luckily he had Pierre Thomas (Saints RB) to cover his butt with 2 TDs. Jimmy Graham (Saints TE) got hurt. The Buccaneers were also hurt – shooting themselves in the proverbial foot with 15 penalties. C’mon man! Mike Glennon (Buccaneers QB) looked good, making it more likely that he’ll keep the starting job when Josh McCown is healthy again. (M)
New York Giants (30), Atlanta (20) – The Giants are on a 3-game winning streak, keeping things exciting in the NFC East. Their o-line is doing well, which has had a positive impact on their run game. Atlanta’s o-line, on the other hand, is a problem. They’ve had too many injuries, which has negatively impacted their run game. The Falcons have not won a game on the road yet this year (they are notorious for this), even though Matty Ice (Matt Ryan, Falcons QB) is playing well. I hate saying the Giants look like they’re clicking, but they are with rookies Odell Beckham (WR) and Andre Williams (RB) making plays. (V)
Philadelphia (34), St. Louis (28) – For all the talk about Chip Kelly (Eagles head coach) and his fast-paced offense, it’s the Philly special teams that are putting lots of points on the board. The Eagles run game is suffering because of o-line injuries, and LeSean McCoy (Eagles RB) is pretty far off from the numbers he put up last year. Nick Foles (Eagles QB) has his highs and his lows. Eagles almost lost this one, as they let the Rams come back from a 27-point deficit in fourth quarter. Speaking of the Rams, Austin Davis (Rams QB) is better than anyone expected. He took a while to get going, but finished lights-out in the second half. (V)
Cleveland (29), Tennessee (28) – The Browns like to keep things exciting. Nothing like putting up 26 unanswered points in a crazy fourth quarter comeback. It was the largest come from behind victory for a road team in NFL history. Jake Locker (Titans QB) looked ok coming back from injury, but then hurt his thumb and his status is now questionable. Refs played a big role in this game with lots of penalties going Cleveland’s way. Ben Tate (Browns RB) was back from injury and did not disappoint. (V)
Denver (41), Arizona (20) – With his first touchdown of this game, Peyton Manning (Broncos QB) became the second quarterback in history (Brett Favre is the other) to throw 500 touchdowns. He then tossed touchdowns 501, 502, and 503. Wish I had Demaryius Thomas (Broncos WR) on my fantasy team because he set a franchise record with 226 yards in the game (almost the most by any WR in a game this season so far) and two touchdowns. (He would have had a third if not for a penalty on the Broncos.) Von Miller (Broncos LB) and DeMarcus Ware (Broncos DE) are turning out to be quite the pairing for Denver. Arizona’s backup quarterback, Drew Stanton, in for Carson Palmer, got a concussion and so they moved to their third string quarterback, rookie Logan Thomas. (V)
San Diego (31), New York Jets (0) – “I want to apologize to the fans…those that are left,” joked Jets head coach Rex Ryan after this season’s first shut-out game. QB Geno Smith was benched during the second half, but replacement Michael Vick didn’t fare any better. In fact, the Jets didn’t cross the 50-yard line until there were about 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Ouch. The Chargers just all-around dominated. Rivers (Chargers QB) threw 2 TDs to Antonio Gates (TE), proving that age ain’t nothin’ but a number. Chargers rookie RB Branden Oliver had a good day with 2 trips to the end zone, as well. (M)
San Francisco (22), Kansas City (17) – Alex Smith (Chiefs QB) returned to San Francisco for the first time since being traded by the team to the Chiefs. After Jamaal Charles (Chiefs RB) embarrassed the Patriots last week, Andy Reid (Chiefs head coach) didn’t use him as much as he should have. The Chiefs kept trying to throw the ball on short yardage, which was some questionable game-calling. Jim Harbaugh (49ers head coach) called for a fake punt, which is always exciting. Alex Smith started hot but a pick sealed the game for the 49ers. Kansas City is going to have a hard time making the playoffs with anything other than a wild card spot having the Chargers and Broncos in their division, barring any catastrophes. (V)
New England (43), Cincinnati (17) – The Patriots are giving me whiplash this year, but this week, it was the good kind. Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady. The o-line gave him time to make decisions, which was weird, but wonderful, to see. Revis Island was back on the map. There was a lot of tight end action, which is one of the best kinds of action, in my humble opinion. Tim Wright (TE), the guy they got as part of the Logan Mankins trade with the Bucs, had his coming out party. Gronk had over 100 yards receiving and a Gronk spike after a nice TD. Did the Pats play a perfect game? No, but it was a heck of a lot better than last week. It was really nice to hear Gillette Stadium get loud and see the players get emotional. They had a lot of bulletin board material (another name for all the negative press they got) to work with this week and boy-oh-boy, did it show! My only complaint was the officiating. So. Many. Flags. Calm down, zebra boys.
Our vote for best NFL moment of the week goes to the Patriots’ tribute to Devon Still and his daughter.
If you don’t follow Devon on Instagram, you should. (M)
Seattle (27), Washington (17) – Russell Wilson (Seahawks QB) set the record for most rushing yards by a QB in a Monday night football game (122). Percy Harvin (Seahawks WR) had three touchdowns nullified by penalties…my fantasy team could have used those points. Seattle had a lot of penalties. DeSean Jackson (Redskins WR) did a great job against the Seattle defense, but it wasn’t enough to win the game. Kirk Cousins (Redskins QB) definitely looked better than the blowout from last week against the Giants, but isn’t doing enough to keep the starting job when RG3 comes back from injury. Seattle has great special teams and punter, which usually go under the radar. They played a big part in this game in giving Washington tough field position. (V)
What did you think about this week’s games? Anything that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
– Val and Michelle