October 8th, 2019

NFL Week 5 Review

In this week’s NFL Week 5 Review there was the usual talking points and late fourth quarter drama.

1 – Raiders win the first NFL game in Tottenham’s new stadium

The Oakland Raiders came from behind to defeat the Chicago Bears 24-21 in the first ever NFL game to be held in the newly built Spurs stadium.

This year four games will take place in the NFL International series in London. First up was the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears.

It was anything but the expected dominant performance from the excellent in-form Bears defense.

With most of the London fans backing the Bears, they produced a stirring fightback in the third quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points with three touchdowns in under 12 minutes.

But Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs claimed his second TD with under two minutes left to cap a 97-yard drive and give Raiders coach Jon Gruden his first back-to-back wins since returning to the job this year.

2 – Chiefs loose their undefeated record

Also in our NFL Week 5 Review, the Kansas City Chiefs came face to face with a brick wall, at the hands of the well-coached Indianapolis Colts. A 19-13 defeat showed that Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes just may be human after-all.

The Colts loss of QB Andrew Luck to retirement was a tough pill to swallow earlier this year, and they were without key defensive players Darius Leonard and Malik Hooker for this game.

Head-coach Frank Reich still conjured up a master plan for victory over a serious AFC rival. The Colts take their record to 3-2 with the Chiefs dropping their unbeaten record to go 4-1.

Mahomes had a game to forget after showing such blistering form in the opening four games of the season. The 24-year-old was sacked four times but still added to his incredible highlight reel with this scrambling touchdown below.

In Mahomes’ opening three games he threw for 10 touchdowns but has only scored one TD in his last two. The Lions the week previously slowed him down and the Colts certainly took some notes from the Lions’ defense.

3 – Defending champion’s maintain unbeaten start

Also in this NFL Week 5 Review, the defending Superbowl champions New England Patriots kept their undefeated record rolling with a win over the Washington Redskins, now sitting at 5-0 in the AFC East.

Brothers Jason (left) and Devin (right) McCourty for the Patriots

While QB Tom Brady has been far from impressive this year, the Patriots’ defence continues to lead the league in sacks (24) and turnovers (12) while ranking first in NFL fantasy!

Brady moved into third on the NFL’s all-time list for passing yards, going ahead of Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre.

A 33-7 victory over the Washington Redskins ended coach Jay Gruden’s tenure after a 0-5 start. Gruden was reportedly called into the owners office at 5am the next day and fired. Not the best start to your day.

4 – The Packers are rollin’

Aaron Rodgers didn’t have his favourite receiver Devante Adams on Sunday against the Cowboys but that didn’t stop the Packers departing Dallas with a win.

The running game has heavily featured in first year head-coach Matt LaFleur’s offense. Boy did Aaron Jones enjoy himself on Sunday night.

Jones rushed for 107 yards, 75 receiving yards scoring 4 touchdowns – the Cowboys didn’t know how to handle him. A 34-24 victory will please the Packers who return to Wisconsin in an excellent spot to make the playoffs.

This was a huge victory for the Packers and big blow for the Cowboys who have now suffered two losses in a row. This will impacts seeding and playoff implications down the line for both teams.

5 – No Brees no problem?

The New Orleans Saints have went 3-0 without star QB Drew Brees and recorded a 31-24 victory over a rejuvenated Tampa Bay Buccaneers team.

Coach Sean Payton excellently deployed Teddy Bridgewater in a break-out performance that seen the backup QB throw for 314 yards and four touchdowns, playing his best game in a Saints uniform.

With the help of Alvin Kamara and Mike Thomas, all Teddy needs to do is steady the ship for the eventual return of Brees. This is exactly what the young quarterback is doing.

New Orleans’ defense was excellent yet again, slowing down the previously smoking-hot Tampa passing attack, with Marshon Lattimore holding Mike Evans to zero catches. An excellent victory for the Saints moving forward!

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