10 reasons NFL Week 5 was filled with headlines

Posted Oct 9, 2017

It was another weekend where reporters and fans walked away from the NFL action with plenty to talk about as Week 5 delivered one big headline after another.

Here are 10 reasons why, yet again, the NFL delivered in a big way with another compelling set of games. 

  • If my team is down by five and needing a touchdown to win inside the final two minutes, I’m always going with Aaron Rodgers, of the Green Bay Packers. He can just hurt defenses in so many ways (hard counts, laser throws, timely runs) as he proved in dismantling the Dallas Cowboys in the game of the year so far.
  • Week 5 saw the offenses wake up and re-gain some control of the NFL after a slow first few weeks. There were nine 300-yard passers over the weekend, including familiar names such as Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, but others such as Brian Hoyer and Jacoby Brissett got in on the act.
  • There were still some defenses who had their way in Week 5, most notably the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags picked off Ben Roethlisberger five times and returned two to the house in a 30-9 win. Things got so bad for Big Ben that he questioned whether he “had it” any more after the game.
  • I’ve never seen Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith play better – and I have been a fan of his game for a long time. Smith leads the NFL with a completion percentage of 76.6, a TD-interception ratio of 11-0 and a quarterback rating of 125.8.
  • Perhaps the most important category in which Smith leads the NFL is in yards per attempt (8.8). A man previously accused of being a Checkdown Charlie has become one of the most adventurous passers in the NFL.
  • Close games were the order of the day in the NFL as 10 of 13 games played on Thursday and Sunday were decided by a single score (8 points or fewer). The only one-sided wins were enjoyed by Jacksonville, Baltimore and Philadelphia. It was edge-of-your-seat stuff from start to finish.
  • The Eagles raced away from the Arizona Cardinals early through three Carson Wentz touchdown passes. He ended the day with four in a 34-7 Philadelphia win and it is clear that the quarterback has grown tremendously in his second season with more passing game targets to work with.
  • Don’t look now but the New York Jets are 3-2 and playing for outright first place in the AFC East this weekend when they take on the New England Patriots. The Jets were supposed to be a hot mess this season but have proven to be a resilient bunch under Todd Bowles.
  • The Indianapolis Colts unveiled a Peyton Manning statue over the weekend and then retired his jersey on Sunday night. Jacoby Brissett was not over-awed by the occasion as he threw for 314 yards en route to a 26-23 win over San Francisco. The Colts are flawed but very much alive in the AFC South if they can keep it close until Andrew Luck returns
  • I think the race for the NFC West crown is going all the way down to the wire as there is not much between the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) and Los Angeles Rams (3-2). That was a big road win for Seattle in LA on Sunday but the Rams are not going quietly into the night. They turned the ball over five times in Week 5 and still would have won the game if Cooper Kupp had hung on to Jared Goff’s late pass into the Seattle end zone.

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