Broncos, Saints, Chiefs stay undefeated; others falter [Week 5 Recap]
Denver 51, Dallas 48 Trying to recap this game would be impossible. You had points after points after points. You had Peyton Manning running a naked bootleg. In the end though, what everyone thought would happened did: the Tony Romo heartbreaking interception late. That was the difference for the Broncos (5-0), who used it to kick the game winning field goal. Dallas (2-3) played great offensively, exposing the Broncos defense, but in the end it was all for naught after the one play everyone in the world knew was coming.
Indianapolis 34, Seattle 28 Up 12-0 early, it looked like the Seahawks (4-1) would romp and stake their claim as best team in the league. The Colts (4-1) had other ideas. Buoyed first by a blocked field goal for a touchdown (and getting to legally hit the punter), Indianapolis left Seattle scoreless in the fourth to take back and forth game. With this win, the Colts can officially put the Team Regression meme to bed. TY Hilton had two touchdowns, by the way, annoying fantasy owners who benched him thinking the matchup was terrible.
Kansas City 26, Tennessee 17 Down 13-0 at the half, having taken forever to get a first down, and having been stuffed at the goal line four times, it looked like the Titans were done. They scored the next 17 though to take the lead. The Chiefs (5-0) rebounded though, taking back the lead on a 1 yard run by Jamaal Charles run and holding on from there to stay undefeated. Tennessee (3-2) was done in at the end by two Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions in the 4th quarter.
Cincinnati 13, New England 6 Tom Brady's streak of 52 consecutive with a touchdown pass was snapped as the Patriots (4-1) offense hit rock bottom. The Bengals (3-2) held New England to just 248 yards of offense. The Patriots didn't help themselves by going 1-12 on third down. A 1 yard run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis with 9:21 to go was the only touchdown of the game.
New Orleans 26, Chicago 18 The Chicago defense couldn't stop Drew Brees, while Jay Cutler made his usual number of mistakes, and that proved the defense as the Saints (5-0) stay unbeaten, one of three teams now unblemished. Brees went 29/35 for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cutler had a very good throwing day, but lost a fumble. The Bears (3-2) were never fully out of it, but at one point did they lead.
Baltimore 26, Miami 23 A field goal with 1:42 left proved to be the winning points for the Ravens (3-2), who remain one of the more bipolar teams in the league. Baltimore appeared to have the game under control in the second half, before Joe Flacco threw a terrible pick six that allowed the Dolphins (3-2) to tie the game. The Ravens rebounded with the ensuing field goal. Miami had a chance on a drive late, but an Elvis Dumervil sack, the 6th of the game for the Ravens, forced a 57 yard field goal attempt that wasn't close.
Green Bay 22, Detroit 9 Two of the best offenses in football, so naturally it took after three quarters to get a touchdown. At least that touchdown came on a great catch and run by James Jones for 83 yards. The Packers (2-2) tacked on two more field goals, which proved more than enough against a Lions (3-2) team that clearly missed Calvin Johnson. Without Megatron, Detroit averaged just 5.6 yards per pass. Green Bay, meanwhile, needs to figure out why they couldn't turn their ball movement into touchdowns.
Philadelphia 36, N.Y. Giants 21 The Eagles offense looked closer to what was advertised this week against the dumpster fire that is the Giants. This even though Michael Vick left with an injury. Nick Foles played the entire second half and played pretty well: 16/25, 197 yards, 2 TDs. For the Giants (0-5), turnovers were again an issues, as Eli threw 3 interceptions and Brandon Jacobs lost a fumble. The Eagles (2-3) are now in first place in the NFC East. Really.
St. Louis 34, Jacksonville 20 Somehow this crappy game ended up one of the higher scoring ones. Justin Blackmon returned from suspension and wasn't bad. That was good for the Jaguars (0-5). Blaine Gabbert is still terrible, throwing 2 picks, one returned for a touchdown. That's bad. Gabbert did leave in the third with a hamstring injury. That's good. They're still the Jaguars and the toppings on their post game ice cream contain potassium benozate....That's bad.
The Rams (2-3) looked competent today. The next step is doing it against a real football team.
Arizona 22, Carolina 6 This was the other game that was on while everyone was watching Denver and Dallas. The Cardinals (3-2) managed only 250 yards of offense but still managed to score the only touchdowns. The Panthers (1-3) committed four turnovers, including three Cam Newton picks. Carson Palmer also threw three interceptions. Good thing no one was watching.
What are your thoughts on Week 5 so far?