A quarter of the NFL season is already in the books. Week 5 certainly did not disappoint.
The New York Jets looked to extend their two-game winning streak in Cleveland this weekend. The game fulfilled expectations as a defensive matchup. The Jets won 17-14 and are ready to enter Week 6 with a record of 3-2.
The next game was a battle of two 3-1 teams to prove their legitimacy. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were off to a great start against the Detroit Lions. The Lions almost cut their 27-10 deficit down to 27-24, but the Panthers defense got the big stop it needed to move the team to 4-1. Newton posted 355 passing yards along with three touchdowns. He connected with backup tight end Ed Dickson five times for 175 yards.
The Indianapolis Colts were without Andrew Luck once again and the San Francisco 49ers were looking to avoid starting 0-5. A quiet first half led to a 6-6 tie, but the offense picked up in the second half. T. Y. Hilton racked up 177 yards receiving, giving the Colts a seven point lead. On the last play of the game, the 49ers tied the game with a huge touchdown to force overtime. Overtime went back and forth and neither team was able to score until Adam Vinatieri kicked a 51-yard field goal to give the Colts a 26-23 win.
The Tennessee Titans found out late in the week that they would be without star quarterback Marcus Mariota against the Miami Dolphins. Naturally the Titans' offense struggled, but their defense kept them in the game. DeMarco Murray rushed for a measly 58 yards and the Titans fell to Miami 16-10.
The Cincinnati Bengals hit a big 77-yard touchdown to A.J. Green on Sunday to grab an early lead over the Buffalo Bills. That proved to be a tease since the scoring slowed down drastically after that. The Bengals began to look like they were finding their groove after this 20-16 win against a tough Bills defense. Green finished with 189 yards and a touchdown receiving, torching Bills’ rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White.
In a matchup of 0-4 teams, one team would finally walk away with a win on their record. The New York Giants hosted the Los Angeles Chargers. The depleted Giants team did not have enough left to hold off the Chargers, resulting in a 27-22 loss.
The Jacksonville Jaguars destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
The Steelers failed to score a touchdown. After a loss to the Bears, and a beat down by the Jaguars, the Steelers have a lot of questions to answer. The Jaguars move to 3-2 after an impressive 30-9 win.
The Philadelphia Eagles looked to take control of the NFC East with a win against the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles posted 21 points in the first quarter and the game was pretty much decided. The Cardinals scored a touchdown but this game was dominated by the Eagles. Carson Wentz threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 4-1 start by a score of 34-7.
The biggest surprise in the NFL this season might be the offense of the Los Angeles Rams. They were tested Sunday against the front-runner of the NFC West: the Seattle Seahawks. This game was a defensive battle and was tied 10-10 at halftime. Ultimately, the Seahawks' defense rose to the challenge and pitched a shutout in the second half, leading the Seahawks to a 16-10 divisional win.
Similar to the Titans, the Oakland Raiders got bad news regarding their star quarterback Derek Carr. Carr would be out for this contest and the Raiders played a messy game. The Baltimore Ravens' defense forced turnovers early in the game, urging the Ravens to a fast start. Mike Wallace made three big catches for 133 yards to spark the Ravens' offense and they held on to win 30-17 in Oakland.
The Dallas Cowboys came into Sunday’s game looking to avenge their February playoff loss this week. They hosted Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The two teams exchanged touchdowns early and Mason Crosby missed two extra points for Green Bay. Rayne Dakota "Dak" Prescott led Dallas to a big touchdown drive, late to take the lead but left too much time on the clock. It only took one minute and 13 seconds for Rodgers to lead the Packers to victory. An impressive drive capped off by a Davante Adams touchdown gave the Packers a 35-31 win.
The prime-time game on Sunday night was a big AFC matchup between the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Coming off a 57-point performance, Houston was feeling good about a possible upset. Deshaun Watson connected with DeAndre Hopkins for three touchdowns in a vicious comeback attempt. Kareem Hunt reached 107 yards on the ground again and the Chiefs won 42-34. The Texans found out after the game they would be losing superstar defensive end J.J. Watt for the entire season.
The big storyline going into the Monday night game was the debut of Mitch Trubisky. Trubisky was the Chicago Bears’ first round pick in the draft. The Bears hosted the Minnesota Vikings, who have been dealing with a plethora of offensive injuries. Trubisky had a chance to win the game with two minutes left but ultimately threw an interception on the first play. The Vikings ran down the clock and kicked a field goal to win 20-17 in Chicago.
The injuries started to pile up in Week 5,but there were a lot of great finishes. Only time will tell what is in store for Week 6.