An emotional debut, a clutch kick and defensive statements were made in the NFL Week 5 Recap.
2022 NFL Week 5 Recap
October 11, 2022, 12:24 AM
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.
This league is a joke. Went from not knowing what a catch is to not knowing what a sack is https://t.co/z0NPSu55Z2
— Rob Woodfork (@RobWoodfork) October 11, 2022
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.
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.
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.
Apparently, when the leaves turn in Washington, so too does the football team’s fortunes:
This loss means Washington will enter November without a winning record for the 22nd time in the last 30 seasons.
— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) October 9, 2022
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:
Brian Robinson was introduced to “Many Men” after returning from being shot twice in the leg 6 weeks ago pic.twitter.com/G8XiroCrST
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 10, 2022
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 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.
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.
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?
Wicked bad memories… pic.twitter.com/E7b9fF4K73
— Dave Preston (@davpresto) October 9, 2022
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.
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.
Atlanta’s three losses have been by a total of 11 points and none more frustrating than this Tom Brady-reffed affair.
The “roughing the passer” just called in Tom Brady’s favor was the worst call of this young NFL season.
— Honorable Mention Podcast (@MentionPod) October 9, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
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