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The NFL Weekly Recap: Week 5

With the coronavirus still affecting the league, the NFL has come out with major changes to the 2020 schedule. This will affect 10 teams over 6 weeks and with some teams benefiting from these changes notably, the Bills, Chiefs, Chargers and Dolphins.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 11: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders attempts a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Bears beat the Buc’s late in the Game

Week 5 started off with a surprising Chicago Bears win over the in-form Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers started off well by scoring 10 points in the 1st quarter while also shutting down the Bears offence. Nick Foles wasn’t going to let them win so easily as he got the Bears back in the game. The Bears’ kicker Santos eventually scored the game-winning field goal with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter. After Brady miscounting a down on the final drive, the Buc’s missed their last chance to score and the game ended 19-20.

Atlanta fire Head Coach Dan Quinn and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff

The Carolina Panthers get a comfortable win against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons won the first quarter but were dominated for the rest of the game. The Panthers rallied behind a strong game from Teddy Bridgewater who threw for more than 300 yards. Carolina’s rushing attack kept playing really well despite the absence of all-pro running back Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers are surprisingly still competing for the number one spot as they are tied in first with the Buccaneers and the Saints. The Falcons, on the other hand, are dead last at 0-5 and have fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after this game.

The Las Vegas Raiders beat the SuperBowl Champs

The Las Vegas Raiders manage to hold off the Kansas City Chiefs with a shock win against the reigning SuperBowl Champs. Both offences played really well despite Kansas looking out of sync on some plays. The main difference was the Raiders’ rushing attack who ran for 166 yards and 2 touchdowns, notably by Josh Jacobs. This also meant that Derek Carr could take some risks with deep throws as he played one of his best games of the season topped off with 3 touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals comfortably beat the New York Jets

The Arizona Cardinals get an easy win over the non-threatening New York Jets. At this point, nobody expects anything from the Jets as they are still getting worse week by week. Sam Darnold was injured so veteran quarterback Joe Flaco started the game for New York. He only managed to throw for 200 yards and a touchdown in the game. Kyler Murray rebounded after 2 mediocre performances as he threw for 380 yards as the Cardinals easily won 30-10.

Welcome back to Washington QB Alex Smith

Another NFC West team that got an easy win in week 5 were the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams beat Washington 30-10. Jared Goff played a good game as he threw for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. The most amazing moment of the game, however, was when Alex Smith returned to the field for the first time since his horrific leg injury in 2018. His comeback after 17 surgeries is an inspiration to everyone to never give up.

Welcome to the Fitzmagic show

Not every NFC West team was so lucky to get an easy win in week 5 as the San Francisco 49ers got absolutely destroyed by the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers still without many of their starters, saw the return of their starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, but coach Shanahan took him out in the second half as he only managed to throw for 77 yards while also throwing 2 interceptions. The Dolphins got their well-deserved second win off the season after an all-round solid game from the whole team and with some Fitzmagic from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who threw for 350 yards and 3 TD’s completing 22-28.

Chase Claypool turns up the dial for the Pittsburg Steelers

Pittsburgh got a close win against Philadelphia after a standout performance from rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool. The struggling Philadelphia Eagles almost won after a great game from Travis Fulgham who had 152 receiving yards, but the Steelers were saved by Claypool who had 112 receiving yards with  3 receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. The Steelers won the game 28-38 as they are still undefeated with some tough games coming up in the next few weeks.

No surprises for Baltimore in Cincinnati

The Baltimore Ravens dominate the Cincinnati Bengals and win 3-27. Comfortable team performance from the Ravens as they were just too good for the Bengals. Rookie line-backer Patrick Queen stepped up on defence while the Ravens offence controlled the game to claim an easy win.

Houston Texans get their first win of the season with interim Head Coach Romeo Crennel

The Houston Texans get their first win of the season by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the firing of head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien, the Texans played one of their best games of the season with interim Head Coach Romeo Crennel. The offence was clicking with three players getting season-high scores. QB Deshaun Watson threw for 359 yards and 3 TD’s, Wide Reciever Brandin Cooks had 161 receiving yards and running back David Johnson rushed for 96 yards. 

Cleveland beat the tough defence of Indianapolis

The Cleveland Browns get an important win over the tough Indianapolis Colts. Probably one of the most interesting match-ups of the week. Cleveland’s rushing attack didn’t seem to slow down without Nick Chubb, they did enough so that Baker Mayfield just had to manage the game without making any mistakes. Mayfield and Colts QB Philip Rivers both threw 2 interceptions but Mayfield also threw 2 touchdowns with Rivers completing 0 TD’s. The game eventually ended 23-32.

Cowboys lose QB Dak Prescott to a potential season-long injury

The Dallas Cowboys win 34-37 against the New York Giants but lose Dak Prescott for the season. Prescott suffered a horrific injury in the third quarter and will probably not return for the rest of the season. Back-up quarterback Andy Dalton managed to pull out an ugly win but it’s still not looking good for the Cowboys.

Russell Wilson pulls another trick out of the hat to save the Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks get another close win against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings seemed to be running away with the game in the first quarter as they shut out the Seahawks, but then disaster struck for Minnesota as Russel Wilson found back his magic. The Vikings were able to get another lead in the fourth quarter, but Russel Wilson proved why he is still considered one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the league as he threw a touchdown to DK Metcalf with 15 seconds left.

Chargers bad luck continues against the Saints

Another comeback win by a veteran quarterback this week came from the New Orlean Saints against the Los Angeles Chargers. Justin Herbert had another solid game with 4 TD’s but just fell short in overtime. The Saints scored a touchdown with 52 seconds left, but Herbert got the Chargers back into field goal range and kicker Michael Badgley missed the game-winning 50-yard field goal. Saints’ kicker Wil Lutz then scored a 36-yard field goal in overtime and the Saints defence was just able to stop the Chargers offence to win the game 27-30.

The Tennessee Titans dominate the Buffalo Bills

In the final game of week 5, the 2 undefeated teams faced each other on a Tuesday night. The Tennessee Titans surprisingly dominated the Buffalo Bills who struggled as Josh Allen had his first bad game of the season. The game was controlled by the Tennessee Titans and eventually ended 16-42.

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