Three NFL Week 5 surprises
Most people on the east coast probably didn't catch most of the Raiders upset victory over the Chargers in Oakland. The game kicked off at 11:35PM because of the time needed to get the stadium ready for football after the Athletics had a pivotal playoff game at the Oakland Coliseum the night before. Pryor was terrific Sunday night, throwing for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He was 18 of 23 passing in one of his best performances of his young career. Pryor also ran the ball 11 times for 31 yards. With Darren McFadden out, Pryor really carried the offense, but the defense was the big surprise for the Raiders. Their defense forced five turnovers and made Phillip River's night a disaster. His night was capped off by a pick in the endzone that would have tied the game for the Chargers. The Raiders improved to 2-3 with the win and decided to cut backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
2. Eagles keep abysmal Giants winless
When things couldn't go much worse for the Giants...they did. Sunday, the Eagles defeat Big Blue handedly, 36-21. The Giants are now off to an 0-5 start and everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for this team. Eli Manning and the offense have turned the ball over 20 times this season. They have injuries to Chris Snee and David Baas on the offensive line. Their defense has not been able to stop a nosebleed. The Eagles had one of the worst defenses coming into Sunday's game and they even made the Giants look bad. Sunday was an all-time low for Tom Coughlin's team, who doesn't look to be in any shape to make a comeback and get to the playoffs. Manning is having the worst season os his career, but a lack of an offensive line and a running game has not helped. Nick Foles took over for the injured Michael Vick and Foles will get the start next week against the Bucs. The Giants road only gets tougher as they only have a couple days to prepare for their matchup Thursday night in Chicago against the 3-2 Bears.
3. Bengals end Brady's touchdown streak, Patriots undefeated season
The Bengals ended Tom Brady's streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass Sunday as their defense held the Patriots to just six points in a 13-6 victory. Brady was pressured all day long and torrential downpours in Cincinnati didn't help his cause. He had his top receiver Danny Amendola back on the field, but Amendola and the rest of the Pats receiving core had plenty of trouble reeling in passes. It was the Patriots first loss of the season as they fall to 4-1. Geno Atkins sacked Brady on his first pass attempt and from there on, the Bengals defense played their best game of the season. After a loss to the Browns, the Bengals came out firing on defense in an ugly offensive battle in Ohio. The Bengals improve to 3-2 with the win and get to face a Bills team starting Thaddeus Lewis at quarterback Sunday. The Patriots schedule doesn't get easier as they welcome the undefeated Saints to town Sunday.