Easy Breesy: Brees breaks yardage record
Week 5 began with the New England Patriots reminding the entire NFL that they are officially back. Tom Brady had a dominant performance against his old rivals, the Indianapolis Colts, on Thursday Night Football, defeating them 38-24 at home. It was only the first of many fantastic individual performances this week.
One of the most exciting games this week took place between the Carolina Panthers and the New York Giants. This was a wild game that featured a bunch of lead changes, weird plays and turnovers. Early on, Odell Beckham Jr. muffed a punt while trying to block, and the Panthers recovered it for a touchdown. Beckham would make up for it by catching eight passes for 131 yards and his first touchdown of the season. He also threw a long touchdown to Saquon Barkley on a trick play, which got the Giants back in the game.
His touchdown put the Giants in front late after multiple interceptions by both quarterbacks. On the final drive, the referees missed a call on third and one, allowing the Panthers to attempt a 63-yard field goal as time expired. The field goal was good, giving the Panthers a 33-31 win. A heart-wrenching loss for the Giants moved them down to 1-4.
One rivalry game that never disappoints takes place two times a season between NFC West rivals Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. Over the last decade, these two teams are always very competitive with each other, whether both teams are in the race or not.
Jared Goff led the 4-0 Rams on the road looking to remain undefeated. Russell Wilson and Chris Carson would make them earn this one though. After a few early scores, it was 17-17 at halftime.
The Seahawks, led by Wilson’s arm, were able to muster up 14 points to take a 31-24 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Late in the fourth quarter, the Rams made a risky decision to go for it on fourth and one in their own territory.
Luckily, every button Sean McVay has been pushing lately, worked. The Rams iced the game with a first down and edged out Seattle 33-31. Wilson threw for 3 touchdowns and Carson rushed for 116 yards, but it wasn’t enough to take down the top dogs in the West.
The Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers enjoyed bye weeks, but everyone else was in action this week. The New York Jets defeated the Denver Broncos 34-16 behind Robby Anderson’s 123 yards and two touchdowns. Mason Crosby missed four field goals and an extra point in the Green Bay Packers’ 31-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Buffalo Bills stunned the Tennessee Titans, winning 13-12.
The Pittsburgh Steelers broke out against the decimated Atlanta Falcons’ defense. James Conner rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-17 Steelers win. The Cleveland Browns’ prayers were answered when they made a wobbly game-winning field goal as time expired in overtime, defeating the Baltimore Ravens 12-9. The Cincinnati Bengals scored 27 unanswered points, leading them to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes proved to be too much for the stout Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense. The Chiefs scored 30 points and Blake Bortles look horrendous, losing 30-14.
The Los Angeles Chargers dominated the Oakland Raiders 26-10 in an unfair fight.
The Minnesota Vikings avoided another loss by defeating the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles 23-21. This pushed the Eagles back to 2-3 on the season.
Josh Rosen led the Arizona Cardinals to their first win during his first career win, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 28-18.
The showdown in Texas between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys needed overtime to be resolved. Deshaun Watson and the Texans were unable to convert on many red zone appearance, but squeezed out a 19-16 win on a field goal.
Lastly, Drew Brees was able to become the NFL’s leader in career passing yards, breaking the record on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins. An emotional night in New Orleans ended in a 43-19 win, but Brees’ huge night was the story, throwing for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Brees set the record on a long touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith.