Week 5 of the NFL was nothing short of exciting; here is a full recap of the slate of games.
To kick the week off, the Buccaneers took on the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. The game came down to Tom Brady and him seeming to fail to realize it was a pivotal fourth down. The Bears went on to win 20-19, and Nick Foles defeats Tom Brady once again.
The Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals faced off in an AFC North battle. Joe Burrow was getting hammered throughout the whole game, taking seven sacks. Baltimore’s defense shut Cincinnati out until they made a late field goal to put them on the board. Lamar Jackson through for 180 yards and two touchdowns to improve their record to 4-1.
The Las Vegas Raiders took on the 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs, but that would only last but so long. Derek Carr outgunned Patrick Mahomes to lead the Raiders to a 40-32 victory over the defending champs. Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, including a 59-yard dime to Nelson Agholor and a 72-yard bomb to Henry Ruggs.
After firing their Head Coach and General Manager, Bill O’Brien, the Texans looked to get their season back on track against Jacksonville Jaguars. Deshaun Watson threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Texans to their first win on the season. Houston won 30-14.
The Dallas Cowboys hosted the New York Giants in an NFC East showdown. Late in the game, Dak Prescott took off on the left side before being tackled by Logan Ryan. Unfortunately, that would lead to Dak dislocating and fracturing his right ankle. Dak was carted off of the field with tears in his eyes. The Cowboys rallied behind Andy Dalton, who helped finish the job to a 37-34 Cowboy win. Ezekiel Elliott helped Dallas with 91 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Atlanta Falcons look for their first win, and head coach Dan Quinn looked to maintain his job. Unfortunately, Atlanta didn’t get the job done. The Falcons remain winless as they lost to divisional rival Carolina Panthers 23-16. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons now fall to 0-5.
Another winless team looks for their first win in the New York Jets. Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals had other plans. Murray shredded the Jets defense with 380 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for one. The Jets looked to replace Sam Darnold with veteran Joe Flacco, but Darnold deals with a shoulder injury. The Cardinals won 30-10 as the Jets fall to 0-5.
The undefeated Steelers and their elite defense faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Steelers would get an unexpected and incredible performance from rookie WR Chase Claypool who scored four touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing). He caught the game-sealing touchdown on a crucial third down. Ben Rothlisberger threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns. Miles Sanders ran for 80 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers pick up another win by a score of 38-29.
Jared Goff and the Los Angeles looked to make it 3-0 vs. NFC East teams as they faced against the Washington Football Team. Jared Goff lit up Washington’s defense, while Washington struggled to find any offense. Ron Rivera benched Kyle Allen, which gave Alex Smith the chance to see action for the first time since his brutal injury almost two years ago. It was great to see Smith back in action, but it was no walk in the park. Smith was sacked six times in his return. Aaron Donald was an absolute terror for Washinton, collecting four sacks in the 30-10 victory.
The Miami Dolphins traveled cross country to visit the 49ers. The Dolphins dominated San Francisco from the beginning. Jimmy Garoppolo got benched in the second half for backup CJ Beathard while Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdowns for 350 yards. Miami won on a final score of 43-17.
The Cleveland Browns battled it out with the Indianapolis Colts in their week five matchup. Both QBs Phillip Rivers and Baker Mayfield threw two interceptions, but Mayfield threw two touchdowns as well. That was the deciding factor in the Browns winning 32-23 to improve 4-1.
In Sunday night’s primetime match, the Seahawks played the Vikings, which came down to the last possession. Russell Wilson led Seattle on a drive which ended on a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf to take a one-point lead with 25 seconds left. The Seahawks made it out with a 27-26 win as they remain undefeated through five weeks.
In the Week 5 Finale, the Saints took on the Chargers, which like the Vikings-Seahawks game, went down to the wire. Justin Herbert looked great as he threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns. It was also a battle of WRs as Emmanuel Sanders caught 12 catches for 1222 yards in the absence of Michael Thomas. Mike Williams made the play of the night, catching a fade over two defenders to help put Los Angeles in field goal range. Unfortunately, the field goal was missed, and the game went into overtime, where the Saints stole the victory off of a Lutz field goal. The final score was 30-27.