Yet again it was a tough week to be a superstar in the NFL. Injuries played a vital role in the outcome of some of the games on Sunday. Seasons and expectations now have to be altered drastically in the coming weeks due to the injuries.
Offensive star Odell Beckham Jr. is out with an ankle fracture for the New York Giants. On the other side of the ball, J.J. Watt fractured his leg Sunday night for the Houston Texans. Both players are crucial to their team’s success. The season is definitely over for the New York Giants. The Texans can still rally, but it is an uphill battle without Watt.
The Giants undeniably got hit with the injury bug the hardest. They lost three wide receivers for the season on Sunday, while also seeing a few defensive backs suffer minor injuries.
It’s never easy seeing the emotions some players go through when they realize their seasons are over. Let’s transition to some of the teams and players that are still playing this season, and playing well.
Week 5 Winners
Philadelphia Eagles – The Wentz Wagon is officially full. After many football fans were unsure of the quarterback from North Dakota State after one year in the NFL, he has silenced the critics through Week 5 in his second season.
Carson Wentz lets if fly whenever he feels like it. Furthermore, his electric arm and ability to extend the play were on full display against the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back. With an array of weapons on the outside, the Eagles have one of the most potent offenses in the league.
Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith are all getting involved on a weekly basis. At 4-1, the Eagles are in the driver’s seat of the underwhelming NFC East. With LeGarrette Blount beginning to find his stride out of the backfield, look out for the Eagles moving forward.
Green Bay Packers – The Pack are back. After a few rocky performances early in the season, the Packers were in need of a statement win. Leave it to Aaron Rodgers to save the day. Just a few weeks ago, the Lions and Vikings looked to be in control of the NFC North. However, the script has flipped thanks to some late game heroics from Rodgers in the past couple weeks.
With 11 seconds remaining in the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams in the end zone for a 35-31 win. A week after Adams was brutally hit after catching a pass against the Chicago Bears, he was the most reliable target for Rodgers.
Additionally, they also got a superb performance from the most unlikely of players.
Back up running back Aaron Jones got his first career start in the NFL after an injury to Ty Montgomery. Jones totaled 134 yards and scored a touchdown to give the Packers offense some much needed balance.
Week 5 Losers
Pittsburgh Steelers – On the other hand, some teams look like they lost their identity this weekend. Instead of feasting on a conference opponent at home, the Steelers were bitten by the Jaguars defense. After a 3-1 start that saw them rise to the top of the division, the Steelers had an opportunity to keep their foot on the gas.
However, the Jaguars defense had other plans. They forced five interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. The 30-9 win was a statement around the league that the Jaguars are no longer an easy opponent.
Meanwhile, the Steelers have to answer some very pressing questions. After losing to teams like Chicago and Jacksonville, they are not striking fear in to any of their opponents. They own the tiebreaker for first in the AFC North, but the Ravens are right on their heels. A reliance on the run game could change the outlook of the Steelers season. Instead of feeding LeVeon Bell, the Steelers are choosing to air it out with not much success.
Los Angeles Rams – I’m being a little harsh this week. Two teams with winning records find themselves in the Week 5 Losers section. However, the Los Angeles Rams had a statement win in their grasp and they let it slip away. With the Cardinals and 49ers struggling, it seems the division title will be won by the Rams or Seahawks.
After picking off Russell Wilson and kicking a field goal, the Rams were up 10-0 in the second quarter. Unfortunately they failed to score again. The Seahawks showed their championship DNA and clawed back to win 16-10.
Jared Goff finally looked human after being picked off twice. An early Todd Gurley fumble doomed the Rams as well. Instead of going up 7-0 in the opening quarter, the Rams were gut punched by the unlucky turnover at the pylon.
Week 5 Top Plays
Now time for everyone’s favorite segment, the week’s top plays. For the first time ever, special teams is dominating the top plays segment. There was also a crazy catch and run in Philadelphia that we all need to see again. Nelson Agholor, you’re up first.
There were plenty of big plays to choose from in the Philadelphia-Arizona game. One in particular caught our eye. Carson Wentz to Nelson Agholor looks like it will be a combination that will torture defenses for years to come.
Of course, bonus points for the spin move and celebration.
Next we move to the often overlooked aspect of pro football: special teams. This part of the game was huge during prime time. In the Sunday and Monday night football games there were must-see plays.
If you needed a reminder, Tyreek Hill is easily the fastest player in the NFL. He demonstrated that again during a punt return against the Houston Texans.
Finally, a fake punt for a touchdown! Who doesn’t love a successful trick play on special teams. Ultimately, the Chicago Bears lost a close game, but they were in it until the end.
Needing a spark at the end of the third quarter trailing 10-2, John Fox reached in to his bag of tricks and pulled out this gem. Pat O’Donnell to Benny Cunningham is the new dynamic duo in the Windy City.
Week 6 Must-See Match Ups
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets – Wait…what? The Jets and Pats are tied atop the AFC East at 3-2. For this reason, this surprising match up has major implications in the division moving forward.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs – In my opinion, this will be the game of the week. A playoff rematch featuring two of the best teams in the AFC will be exciting to watch. In addition, two of the most dynamic players will be on the field.
Kareem Hunt as well as LeVeon Bell aret two of the best running backs in the NFL. Fans that tune into this game will see a number of highlights.
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