2022 NFL Week 5 Recap

An emotional debut, a clutch kick and defensive statements were made in the NFL Week 5 Recap.

Raiders 29
Chiefs 30

The Patrick Mahomes-Travis Kelce connection was all-time great but this roughing the passer penalty is the all-time worst — yes, worse than the Brady one (see below) the day before. The NFL needs to rectify this immediately.

Bengals 17
Ravens 19

If Baltimore didn’t win this one, then Ravens fans would have a right to be concerned.

In the John Harbaugh era, the Ravens are now 19-2 at home in prime time and Justin Tucker is 25 of 26 all-time on lead-changing field goals in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Now that the five-game losing skid at M&T Bank Stadium is history, first-place Baltimore has a chance to gain separation in a division suddenly tilted in their favor.

Cowboys 22
Rams 10

Before everyone gets all giddy about that Dallas defense — 13.3 ppg during 4-game win streak and a fearsome pass rush — keep in mind who’ve they’ve played: the Bengals, Giants with Daniel Jones, Washington (enough said) and a Rams offense that’s Cooper Kupp and nothing else. If they ground the Eagles in prime time, then we can have a serious talk ’bout ‘dem Cowboys.

49ers 37
Panthers 15

Oddly, the only NFL coach in a more precarious situation than Ron Rivera is his successor in Carolina. Baker Mayfield is regressing badly and I can’t see a path to the Panthers doing enough to spare Matt Rhule’s job. (UPDATE: Rhule is already out. That was fast!)

But this was also a Pyrrhic victory for San Fran, losing half their starting secondary to injury. So don’t be surprised if Kyle Shanahan’s return to Atlanta next Sunday doesn’t go as planned.

Titans 21
Commanders 17

Apparently, when the leaves turn in Washington, so too does the football team’s fortunes:

October just started, folks. Yet this statement is already true. Forget a winning record in November — if the Commanders don’t steal a win in Chicago on a short week, they legit might go into December still looking for their third victory.

But at least there was one indisputably great moment at FedEx Field:

Steelers 3
Bills 38

It turns out Pittsburgh being a historic underdog was the best thing about this week.

The Steelers took their worst loss since 1989 and is now 0-8 without T.J. Watt, facing a longer stretch without their best player. Things are getting ugly for the Steel City in a hurry.

Meanwhile, in Buffalo their defense has more interceptions (8) than touchdown passes allowed (3) even though their secondary is banged up. Don’t count on that being the case against the Chiefs and Packers the next two weeks, but if they can at least earn a split of those two games, the Bills are still AFC front-runner.

Chargers 30
Browns 28

Chargers gonna Charger and Browns gonna Browns. Say what you will about Brandon Staley’s gamble, but he knew exactly who he could try it against.

Bears 22
Vikings 29

This could be considered Chicago’s best offensive performance of the season, so I’m legit wondering if we’re in for a Bears-Commanders 0-0 tie on Thursday Night Football. If so, I’m asking for hazard pay in advance.

Lions 0
Patriots 29

We don’t know if Matt Patricia is calling plays for the Pats … but it sure looked like he wandered over to the Detroit sideline to do so for old time’s sake because the (previously) fun to watch Lions that quietly led the league in scoring inexplicably turned the ball over seven times (I’m including the five times on downs). The Patriots’ fourth-straight season with a shutout victory reminds us: No matter how much New England struggles, Bill Belichick is still going to churn out some stifling defenses.

And no, I’m not giving any love to these awful Pat Patriot throwback uniforms. Who am I, Dave Preston?

Seahawks 32
Saints 39

Now that’s the way you use Taysom Hill. This might be the first good thing Dennis Allen has done as head coach in New Orleans.

Dolphins 17
Jets 40

Miami actually didn’t lose because they keep losing quarterbacks to head injuries. It’s because the Olphins (as in, Dolphins with no D) gave up a rushing touchdown to literally every Jet that got a carry. Congrats to New York on ending a 12-game slide in a division where you should never lose 12 straight.

Falcons 15
Buccaneers 21

Atlanta’s three losses have been by a total of 11 points and none more frustrating than this Tom Brady-reffed affair.

If that’s roughing the passer, I’m probably looking at a fine for all the hits I put on my brother in the backyard back in the day.

Texans 13
Jaguars 6

This is such a crazy division as Houston has been flat out bad for going on three years but has still won nine straight in this matchup. Jacksonville is the most puzzling team in the NFL.

Giants 27
Packers 22

In the first NFL game in London between teams with winning records, Saquon Barkley had his third straight 100-yard scrimmage game to lead Big Blue to its first 4-1 start since 2009. As much as I hate to say it, the Giants are back to being relevant.

Colts 12
Broncos 9 (OT)

The Peyton Manning Bowl might have been better off if present-day Peyton played in it.

Matt Ryan led Indy to one of the ugliest wins in NFL history (regardless of what his boss says) and Russell Wilson is mired in the most bafflingly rapid decline I’ve ever seen from an elite quarterback. We knew this trade would be a franchise-altering move for Denver — just not the kind that cripples the Broncos for years to come.

Rob Woodfork

Rob Woodfork is WTOP's Senior Sports Content Producer, which includes duties as producer and host of the DC Sports Huddle, nightside sports anchor and sports columnist on WTOP.com.

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