Week 5 NFL
BY: JEFF Schneberk
The game on everybody’s mind has come and gone and I don’t think anybody is shocked at the end result. I know I am not.
The New England Patriots won a game they pretty much had to win. Following their most embarrassing loss in years.
Here is the rest of what happened in a crazy Week 5 of the NFL
Panthers 31, Bears 24
Ten unanswered points in the 4th quarter by Carolina tied the game then gave them the win as Cam Newton came roaring back from an injury to help give his team its 3rd win of the season.
Jay Cutler was able to respond to everything that Newton threw at him (pun intended) but Cutler and company could not finish the job, leading by 3 points heading into the 4th quarter and allowing the Panthers to charge right back.
Browns 29, Titans 28
What in God’s name is going on in Cleveland? First they take Johnny Manziel out of the draft, now they are actually winning their games?!?!?! What the hell? Lol. Manziel isn’t even playing yet and here they are winning games.
In this case the Browns did something they may have not done in the past 12 years…rebound from a 25-point deficit. This also happens to be an NFL record for a visiting team. Crazy eh?
Manziel is still sitting on the sidelines while Brian Hoyer is throwing for 291 yards and 3 TDs. Hoyer’s counterpart on the Titans was nowhere near those numbers ( 194 yards and 2 TDs).
Hoyer led his team to 16 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to give Cleveland the win, and some credibility to the nickname ‘Believeland’.
This wasn’t just a win…this was an NFL record for largest comeback in league history by a road team.
Exciting times to be a fan of the Dawg Pound.
Every Browns games this season has been decided by 3 points or less. To come back from down 26 points is phenomenal.
Cleveland also stopped a seven-game road losing streak. Another reason for optimism flowing through Cleveland like Lake Erie.
NO HEART ATTACK TODAY!
“It’s just good to win,” Hoyer said. “I said when we broke it down, `Let’s just win one by two touchdowns one week and not give everybody a heart attack.’ It’s great to always win, but to win coming back and know that you battled your butt off is a great feeling.”
For the record, titans QB Jake Locker was injured in the 2nd quarter and X-rays were negative.
Eagles 34, Rams 28
Shots were fired all night long in Philly including 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter by the rams, however it was insufficient as the Eagles roared to 4-1 on the season, while St. Louis dropped to 1-3.
After building a 27-point lead, Philly needed a defensive stand to win the game. QB Nick Foles threw 2 TD passes while the defense and the special teams each scored as the eagles held on for the win.
Austin Davis rallied STL from a 34-7 deficit by throwing 3 straight TD passes yet somehow they couldn’t complete the comeback.
The Rams had a chance for the win when they got the ball at their 7 with 1:47 left. Davis threw a 43-yard pass to Quick on first down, but Philadelphia’s defense finally made a stop. Davis was under pressure when he threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-13.
NY Giants 30, Atlanta 20
Somehow Eli Manning outplayed Matt Ryan and the Giants climbed to 3-2 on the season.
Ryan threw for over 100 yards more than Manning did but couldn’t win the game.
These haven’t been the greatest game s for Falcons faithful.
Saints 37, Buccaneers 31 OT
The days that the Saints lose to the Buccaneers is the day the Saints are removed from any talk of the Super Bowl, or even the playoffs.
But Tampa Bay matched New Orleans point for point almost all night long but in the end, fell short by 6 points.
This must be how good the Bucs must be getting.
New Orleans QB Drew Brees threw more interceptions than touchdowns. That might be a first.
It was not a win-win for the Saints however.
NFL’s top tight end Jimmy Graham got hurt. That is not good.
Before getting hurt on Sunday, he had 112 all-purpose yards and 2 TDs before he got hurt.
Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon was 19 for 32 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once in the first half and sacked by Junior Galette for a safety in the fourth quarter.
In addition to the injury to Jimmy Graham, New Orleans also lost C Jonathan Goodwin (knee) and LB Ramon Humber (ankle) in the same game.
Dallas 20, Houston 17 OT
Receiver Dez Bryant made a huge catch which set up the winning 49-yard field goal as Dallas won AGAIN, after blowing a 10-point lead late in the 4th quarter.
This time, the victim: the Houston Texans.
“Just got to come down with it, come down with it,” said Bryant, who had game highs with nine catches and 85 yards. “That’s something I always tell Tony. If the ball is in the air, I’m going to try my best to come down with it.”
Houston scored twice in the last 2:27 of the 4th quarter.
Dallas QB Tony Romo threw for 324 yards with 2 TDs and an interception.
Dallas has won its 4th straight game for the 1st time since 2011.
NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray had 136 yards for the Cowboys. This is his 5th straight 100-yard game to start the season.
If you can do one thing tomorrow afternoon (Friday), tune into ESPN’s First Take and watch Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless go at it on who might win this weekend when the Cowboys travel to CenturyLink Field and play one of the hardest teams in the league, in arguably the hardest stadium to win in from here to Kingdom Come (I don’t know where Kingdon Come is but I bet it’s far).
Bills 17, Lions 14
Buffalo is above .500 again thanks to this 3-point win at ford Field in Detroit as Kyle Orton got a win in his 1st game leading the team since EJ Manual got replaced at the QB position.
Colts 20 Ravens 13
How Andrew Luck and the Colts only won by one touchdown is beyond me. Some analysts believe that at the age of 25 he is a lock for the Hall of Fame. Baltimore is not as good as they used to be.
To show how boring this game must have been, Luck threw for the game’s only touchdown; Joe Flacco is a recent Super Bowl Champion, yet he could not complete a TD pass.
Steelers 17 Jaguars 9
Had the Steelers found a way to lose this game, it would be time for the entire team to switch professions. Pittsburgh’s famed D-line held the Jaguars to no touchdowns and instead, 3 field goals. Pittsburgh found a way to score a pair of TDs and add a field goal.
Broncos 41, Cardinals 20
Peyton Manning threw his 500th touchdown of his famed career and nearly hit 500 passing yards at the same time. He also threw 4 touchdowns and is sitting might pretty right now.
After getting his touchstone touchdown — a 7-yard dart to tight end Julius Thomas — out of the way early, Manning helped Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker make history, too.
Demaryius Thomas set a franchise record with 226 yards on eight catches, beating Shannon Sharpe’s mark of 214 yards set against Kansas City in 2002.
Welker’s seven receptions moved him past Rod Smith for the most catches in NFL history by an undrafted player. He has 854, five more than Smith caught for Denver between 1995-2006.
Denver handed Arizona their first loss of the season.
The Broncos’ offensive output was their best in franchise history. They had 567 yards against Atlanta in 2004.
Manning’s 500th TD throw came in his 244th career regular season game, 49 fewer games than it took Favre. It came against two of his mentors: Arians, who was his first QB coach in 1998, and Cardinals assistant head coach Tom Moore, who was his offensive coordinator during his 13 seasons in Indy.
49ers 22 Chiefs 17
There were 2 games on everyone’s mind on Sunday. This was one of them. QB Alex Smith takes his new team in to play against his old team.
Smith threw 2 TD passes and picked up 175 yards but it was not enough to beat San Fran. Smith and the Chiefs were held off of the scoreboard for the entire 4th quarter and fell by 5 points.
The 49ers converted a gutsy fake punt from deep in their territory and leaned on five field goals from Phil Dawson to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 22-17 on Sunday, quieting the drama around Harbaugh’s future for at least one more week.
Chargers 31 Jets 0
The blowout of the night occurred right here. Shutouts don’t happen very often in the National Football League but it happened right here in Week 5. The NY Jets have had their share of problems and they don’t appear to be getting much better. This team is a work in process with Geno Smith who is still very young, and very mistake-prone.
His replacement for the time being is Michael Vick, a very mobile quarterback who has plenty of experience. The way I see it, only he can be the one to salvage the season, somehow.
Patriots 43, Bengals 17
Was there ever any doubt? Tom Brady and the Patriots, the most accomplished team of the last 10 years, had to win this game.
Most people were worried that that they would not; as it turned out, they did to Cincinnati what Kansas City did to New England last week. Must have been a fun night in Foxborough.
KEY MATCHUPS NEXT/THIS WEEK
-Pittsburgh at Cleveland should be fun (1pm on CBS)
-Dallas and Seattle should get most of the ratings (4:25pm on Fox).
-And for all of us Broncos fans, the Denver Broncos vs Eric Decker (1pm on CBS).