Week 5 of the NFL Season finished with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints beating the unpredictable Washington Redskins 43-19 in memorable fashion. He was able to throw for 250 yards in the first half, surpassing Peyton Manning for all-time leader in passing yards. This was, by far, the biggest moment and take away from Week 5, but where did the other results from Week 5 leave us?
Week 5 Review
Patrick Mahomes is human: Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars and handily won 30-14. While the lead coming into the game was the Tyreek Hill- Jalen Ramsey rivalry, they each slightly underperformed. Tyreek Hill had 4 catches on 7 targets for 61 yards total, yet somehow won over the public with one highlight catch over Ramsey, where Ramsey fails to press at the line and naturally gets burned by a former track star (stats via ESPN.com). The biggest take away here is that Mahomes has been playing with fire for the past 5 games. His overzealous quarterbacking which has been praised caused him to throw 2 interceptions against Jacksonville, one of which was a pick-6 to DE Chris Jones. Mahomes has all the talent in the world but has proceeded to have the worst two games of his career consecutively. Luckily, he faces a defense in flux Sunday night in New England. New England allowed 24 points to an Indianapolis Colts team missing 7 starters, so expect fireworks for Sunday Night Football this week.
Cincinatti Bengals are GOOD: With the addition of Joe Mixon coming back from a leg injury, the Cincinnati Bengals now have a receiving triangle between him, A.J. Green, and emerging talent Tyler Boyd. Andy Dalton’s connection has expanded, showing he is comfortable acquiescing to the versatile talent around him. While his relative numbers have dropped this season, his efficiency has not and he seems to be comfortable playing consistent, winning football. That being said, he has his worst game last week, only throwing for one touchdown against a tough Miami Dolphins defense. Even so, the Cincinnati Bengals showed up and showed out, scoring two touchdowns in a chaotic comeback win. This team has consistently found ways to win, amassing a 4-1 record and a 1st place spot currently in the AFC North. They seem poised to make the playoffs this year; perhaps their new style of football is indicative of change for this team come December.
Pats Offense is Back: Within just two weeks, The New England Patriots went from arguably the worst receiving corps in the NFL, a 1-2 record, and a last-place ranking in the AFC East to 3-2, a 1st place ranking in their division, and potentially the best starting Wide Receiver lineup in the NFL. Additionally, rookie Running Back Sony Michel has broken out, rushing for 112 yards and 98 yards in back to back games behind a broken offensive line. This team should only continue to improve, as they always do around November. Fans should see an uptick in consistent, versatile scoring akin to Patriots teams from past years.
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