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NFL Week 5 takeaways, stat leaders

Week 5 within the NFL featured Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders exorcising their demons in Kansas Metropolis, the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons choosing up their fifth losses, and the return of Washington’s Alex Smith to the soccer area after a gruesome leg injury two years ago.

Elsewhere, the Carolina Panthers received their third recreation in a row, whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers remained undefeated because of 4 touchdowns from rookie Chase Claypool.

All that and extra in Week 5‘s largest takeaways from NFL Nation.

Bounce to a matchup:
LV-KC | CIN-BAL | PHI-PIT
LAR-WSH | CAR-ATL | JAX-HOU
ARI-NYJ | TB-CHI | MIA-SF
IND-CLE | DAL-NYG | SEA-MIN | NO-LAC

Standout performer for LAC-NO: Drew Brees went 33-of-47 passing for 325 yards with a landing move, a landing run and an interception in main a 17-point comeback, the most important of his profession at residence

Nobody will confuse this up-and-down Saints group with the 2009 Tremendous Bowl champions. However Brees did simply overcome a 17-point or better deficit for the second time in his profession in Monday’s victory over the Chargers — second to solely a memorable win at Miami throughout that ’09 season. And now the Saints (3-2) have no less than given themselves an opportunity to reboot after the Week 6 bye. They hope to get broad receiver Michael Thomas again from an ankle damage and a disciplinary suspension — which can assist their inconsistent offense. However their protection additionally wants to wash up the deep-ball points that just about sunk them Monday evening, amongst different woes. — Mike Triplett

Subsequent recreation: vs. Carolina (1 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 25)

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert grew to become the primary rookie to throw 4 landing passes on Monday Night time Soccer … but it surely was all for naught. One other shedding trigger, because the Chargers blew a 17-point lead on the highway for the second week in a row and fell to the Saints. This was the second time beyond regulation lack of Herbert’s profession, the primary coming in a three-point loss to Kansas Metropolis in his debut on Sept. 20, when he was thrown into the beginning lineup earlier than anybody actually realized it. Then got here a five-point loss to Carolina in Week Three and a seven-point loss to Tampa Bay final weekend after the Chargers, now 1-4, took a 17-point lead. And now this, a loss after the Chargers went up 20-Three within the first half. What little is left of Anthony Lynn’s hair is now gone. — Shelley Smith

Subsequent recreation: vs. Jacksonville (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 25)


Standout performer for NYG-DAL: Andy Dalton, 111 yards passing yards, directed the successful drive within the remaining minute filling in for an injured Dak Prescott

The Cowboys are in first place within the NFC East with a 2-Three file, however will probably be with out beginning quarterback Dak Prescott for the remainder of the season due to a dislocated and fractured right ankle. “I simply really feel horrible for him,” coach Mike McCarthy mentioned. “He was having an amazing 12 months. In my brief time working with him, he is made such an impression on me, and he is clearly the chief of this soccer group. I’ve little question that he’ll bounce again from this and this will probably be all a part of his nice story.” Veteran Andy Dalton, who has not had a successful file as a starter since 2015, will take over. — Todd Archer

Subsequent recreation: vs. Arizona (8:15 p.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 19)

The Giants noticed two touchdowns negated — one in every half — on questionable calls. These factors proved to be expensive, notably for a group that does not appear to know tips on how to win. The Giants (0-5) might’ve been within the thick of the the NFC East race however as a substitute stay within the race for the No. 1 general choose within the 2021 NFL draft. Quarterback Daniel Jones failed to guide his group down the sphere with an opportunity to win. Although Jason Garrett’s offense confirmed some life, it was one other disappointing end result for the Giants, and Joe Decide stays winless as head coach. — Jordan Raanan

Subsequent recreation: vs. Washington (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for IND-CLE: Myles Garrett, 1 sack, pressured a security off an intentional grounding

The Browns have not been to the playoffs in 18 years. They’re additionally 4-1 for the primary time since 1994, when Invoice Belichick was the coach. The Colts determine to be one of many groups the Browns will probably be vying towards for a playoff spot. Successful Sunday — whereas additionally handing Indy a loss — took Cleveland one small step nearer to snapping the NFL’s longest playoff drought. — Jake Trotter

Subsequent recreation: at Pittsburgh (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Might the Colts be pressured to make a change at quarterback after Philip Rivers threw two extra interceptions to deliver his season complete to 5 and was referred to as for intentional grounding for a security towards Cleveland? Nope. Coach Frank Reich mentioned Rivers is the “least” of his worries. 4 of Rivers’ 5 interceptions occurred within the Colts’ two losses this season. — Mike Wells

Subsequent recreation: vs. Cincinnati (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for MIA-SF: Ryan Fitzpatrick, 350 passing yards, Three TDs

A near-perfect recreation from Ryan Fitzpatrick ought to quiet speak about Tua Time whereas additionally exhibiting rookie Tua Tagovailoa tips on how to lead a group. Fitzpatrick’s profession has been outlined as a curler coaster, and Sunday was the height of the quarterback’s play. Coach Brian Flores does not have to inform us Fitzpatrick will stay the Dolphins’ starter this week as a result of his play did the speaking, and it appears Miami’s transition plan is understanding simply as supposed to date. — Cameron Wolfe

Subsequent recreation: vs. N.Y. Jets (4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The 49ers are in deep trouble. An embarrassing blowout loss to the Dolphins dropped them to 2-3, and over the subsequent seven weeks, they play the Rams, Patriots, Seahawks, Packers, Saints, Rams and Payments. Given their many struggles, it is exhausting to search out any apparent wins in there until the Niners enhance shortly. “We have now received to shut the doorways, exit to the sphere and go to work,” coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned. “You both get higher or worse and if we do not get higher, then it will be an extended season.” — Nick Wagoner

Subsequent recreation: vs. L.A. Rams (8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for LV-KC: Derek Carr, 347 passing yards, Three TDs, 1 INT

Derek Carr mentioned final week he was bored with shedding, so what did he do about it? He outplayed Patrick Mahomes to exorcise his Arrowhead Stadium demons, and the Raiders ended a seven-game shedding streak on the Kansas City Chiefs with an upset of the defending Tremendous Bowl champions. Carr, who entered the sport having misplaced all six of his video games at Kansas Metropolis by a median rating of 29-12, engineered an environment friendly ball-control offense that confirmed simply sufficient explosiveness to maintain the Chiefs sincere. — Paul Gutierrez

Subsequent recreation: vs. Tampa Bay (8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 25)

The aura of invincibility that after surrounded the Chiefs’ offense was additional punctured by the Raiders, who grew to become the third opponent prior to now 4 weeks to offer the Chiefs suits with their protection. The technique of getting strain with out the blitz after which blanketing receivers downfield was acquainted. The Chiefs will undoubtedly see related techniques of their subsequent recreation towards the Payments and past, in order that they’re both going to wish to guard Mahomes higher or get their receivers open faster. In any other case, their issues will not go away. — Adam Teicher

Subsequent recreation: at Buffalo (5 p.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 19)


Standout performer for CIN-BAL: Patrick Queen, 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 TD

The Ravens’ protection has taken over the starring position on the group. In 2019, Lamar Jackson and the offense carried Baltimore to one of the best file within the common season. By 5 video games, it is the protection that is setting the tone. In sacking Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow seven occasions, the Ravens got here inside a late fourth-quarter area purpose of their first shutout in two years. Baltimore is limiting groups to 15.2 factors per recreation and has additionally scored two defensive touchdowns this season. — Jamison Hensley

Subsequent recreation: at Philadelphia (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

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Lamar Jackson tosses the brief landing to Hollywood Brown to pad the Ravens’ lead.

After Joe Burrow secured his first NFL win final weekend and have become the primary rookie to throw for 300 or extra yards in three consecutive video games, he did not appear like a 23-year-old who simply turned professional. That wasn’t the case Sunday, as Cincinnati mustered 205 complete yards and did not get contained in the Ravens’ 30-yard line till the top of the sport. Sunday was a sobering reminder of what it should take for Burrow to reach the NFL. “We simply did not execute our plan very properly,” Burrow mentioned. “I did not play very properly, and we as an offense did not play very properly.” — Ben Child

Subsequent recreation: at Indianapolis (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Standout performer for LAR-WSH: Aaron Donald, Four sacks

The Rams improved to 4-1 and after sweeping the NFC East are primed to start division play subsequent Sunday towards the 49ers. The Rams are in second place within the NFC West behind the Seattle Seahawks as they try and reclaim the division title they received in 2017 and 2018 earlier than the 49ers received final season. With quarterback Jared Goff regaining his kind from two years in the past, when the group superior to the Tremendous Bowl, and two-time NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months Aaron Donald main the league in sacks, together with 4 on Sunday, the Rams could possibly be positioning themselves for deep playoff run. — Lindsey Thiry

Subsequent recreation: at San Francisco (8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Washington’s issues run deeper than Dwayne Haskins. The benched quarterback wasn’t exhibiting the group what it needed, which is why it began Kyle Allen on Sunday. However with out him — and with Allen harm within the second quarter and Alex Smith seeing his first motion in nearly two years — Washington managed 108 complete yards. And the protection was gashed once more. That facet of the ball was supposed to supply the spine of the group, however as a substitute it permits too many massive performs. Washington entered the sport tied for the second-most performs of 25 yards or extra allowed this season with 4; Sunday, the group allowed 5 such performs. It has allowed no less than 30 factors every of the previous 4 video games. — John Keim

Subsequent recreation: at N.Y. Giants (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for PHI-PIT: Chase Claypool, 116 complete yards, Four TDs

Chase Claypool is for actual. The rookie second-round choose from Notre Dame received heaps of reward from coach Mike Tomlin and his teammates throughout coaching camp. And with a four-touchdown efficiency within the Steelers’ win towards the Eagles, the broad receiver confirmed he is worthy. It was spectacular not simply that Claypool grew to become the primary rookie in group historical past to attain 4 touchdowns in a single recreation, however how he did it. The ultimate rating got here on a play he’d by no means run from that spot. However his potential to adapt to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s audibles makes him a particular expertise. “We anticipated them to go all-out blitz,” Roethlisberger instructed ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio after the sport. “So we had a play referred to as they usually sat again in a zone, and we had him in a spot and I simply referred to as a play that he by no means ran in that spot, and clearly he is aware of what he’s doing and I used to be pleased with him.” — Brooke Pryor

Subsequent recreation: vs. Cleveland (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Travis Fulgham‘s encouraging play is beginning to really feel like greater than a fluke, and that is enormous for the Eagles, who’ve been snakebit at broad receiver the previous couple of seasons. Fulgham went off for 10 catches and 152 yards Sunday towards Pittsburgh. Together with his emergence, Philadelphia immediately has a probably promising one-two punch for the close to future as soon as first-round choose Jalen Reagor returns from a UCL tear in his thumb. And it lessens the necessity for the Eagles to rely on the well being and manufacturing of 33-year-old DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and 30-year-old Alshon Jeffery (Lisfranc). Even at 1-3-1, they’re going to stay in competition within the terrible NFC East if their offense can maintain tempo. — Tim McManus

Subsequent recreation: vs. Baltimore (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for CAR-ATL: Teddy Bridgewater, 313 yards, 2 TDs

The way forward for Atlanta coach Dan Quinn is perhaps unsure after an 0-5 begin, however first-year Panthers coach Matt Rhule’s future is vivid after Sunday’s victory at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It was Carolina’s third consecutive win and compelled a tie with Tampa Bay atop the NFC South. It was the results of the identical issues Rhule calls for that led to the earlier two victories: quick play, bodily play and mistake-free soccer on either side of the ball. With operating again Christian McCaffrey (ankle) prone to return in a few weeks, this group ought to solely get higher. — David Newton

Subsequent recreation: vs. Chicago (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

There isn’t any different means to have a look at the Falcons’ 0-5 begin then to say it is time to make a training change. Dan Quinn was supposed to show issues round after back-to-back 7-9 seasons. Now the Falcons have little to no likelihood to make the playoffs, as no group within the Tremendous Bowl period has made the postseason after an 0-5 begin. Atlanta officially parted ways with Quinn and normal supervisor Thomas Dimitroff on Sunday evening. — Vaughn McClure

Subsequent recreation: at Minnesota (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for ARI-NYJ: Kyler Murray, 380 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

The Cardinals bounced again from two consecutive losses with a win over the Jets and career-high 380 passing yards from Kyler Murray, who had his personal rebound from final week’s 133 passing yards. However the victory was overshadowed by Chandler Jones‘ biceps damage, which coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned could possibly be season-ending. Dropping Jones would take away the Cardinals’ only pass-rushing weapon, as a result of even with one sack this season, Jones instructions sufficient consideration to attract personnel away from the opposite facet the place the likes of Devon Kennard and Haason Reddick — the seemingly candidate to exchange Jones within the beginning lineup — have been capable of work one-on-one. — Josh Weinfuss

Subsequent recreation: at Dallas (8:15 p.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 19)

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Kyler Murray launches a 37-yard move to a double-covered DeAndre Hopkins, who nonetheless finds a technique to maintain on to the ball and rating.

The Jets are 0-5 for the primary time since 1996. They’ve misplaced each recreation by no less than 9 factors. The protection has allowed no less than 27 factors in each recreation. They have been outscored 161-75. We might go on, however you get the purpose. That is as dangerous because it’s ever been in a quarter-century, and there is little hope for a turnaround. — Wealthy Cimini

Subsequent recreation: at Miami (4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for JAX-HOU: Brandin Cooks, Eight catches for 161 yards and a TD

There was plenty of pleasure at NRG Stadium because the Texans received their first win of the season underneath interim coach Romeo Crennel. It is clear there’s nonetheless plenty of work to be accomplished for this 1-Four group, nonetheless. A promising begin: Deshaun Watson was capable of join with broad receiver Brandin Cooks, who had his greatest recreation for the Texans. — Sarah Barshop

Subsequent recreation: at Tennessee (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Simply one other week through which the Jaguars could not put collectively something resembling a whole recreation. The protection, minus three starters earlier than the sport and shedding two others throughout to accidents, managed to maintain it shut into the fourth quarter, however this week the offense and particular groups self-destructed. Kicker Stephen Hauschka missed two area targets, operating again James Robinson fumbled on a fourth-down play contained in the 10-yard line, and quarterback Gardner Minshew misplaced one other fumble. That is what dangerous groups do, and the Jaguars, at 1-Four after their fourth consecutive loss, are positively a foul group. — Mike DiRocco

Subsequent recreation: vs. Detroit (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for TB-CHI: Khalil Mack, 2 sacks

The Bears are robust to determine. They’ve been outplayed a lot of the season, but they’re 4-1. Is Chicago a real contender? Time will inform, but it surely has positioned itself within the thick of the NFC playoff image by advantage of Thursday’s win over Tampa Bay. Quarterback Nick Foles was good (30-of-42, 243 yards, TD, INT), not nice, proving the group wants simply ample play on offense to go with its robust protection. — Jeff Dickerson

Subsequent recreation: at Carolina (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

With few playmakers at his disposal, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady discovered himself on the shedding finish of a fourth-quarter comeback, falling to the Bears. Not solely did he seem to lose observe of down and distance on a fourth-down play (relying whom you ask) on Tampa’s remaining drive, one of many Buccaneers’ high gamers on protection — defensive deal with Vita Vea — is out for the season with damaged ankle. At 3-2 with the Packers coming to city subsequent Sunday, the Bucs have to concentrate on getting Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Leonard Fournette and Mike Evans 100% wholesome, and limiting damaging penalties. — Jenna Laine

Subsequent recreation: vs. Inexperienced Bay (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Standout performer for SEA-MIN: Russell Wilson: 20-of-32 passing, Three TDs, 1 INT, 58 dashing yards on 5 carries

The Vikings’ loss at Seattle will broadly be pinned on their failed try on fourth-and-1 from the Seahawks’ 6-yard line when Alexander Mattison was stopped shy of a primary down that may have sealed Minnesota’s second consecutive highway victory. Enjoying for an injured Dalvin Cook, Mattison ran straight up the intestine as a substitute of chopping exterior, the place it appeared he had room to choose up no less than a yard. Coach Mike Zimmer was adamant afterward that he does not remorse his resolution to go for it over kicking a area purpose to offer Minnesota an eight-point lead, and that aggressive selection was seemingly the fitting one. However there are others that can come into query because the Vikings attempt to transfer ahead after a 1-Four begin. These embody a failed 2-point try with a designed quarterback run after a third-quarter landing and calling for strain on a fourth-and-10 play that left the secondary uncovered, permitting Russell Wilson to attach with DK Metcalf for a 39-yard achieve and paving the best way for Seattle to win the sport. — Courtney Cronin

Subsequent recreation: vs. Atlanta (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The Seahawks received ugly Sunday evening, however they’re sitting fairly at 5-Zero for the primary time in franchise historical past after beating Minnesota. There are issues, to make sure. Their move protection was gashed early within the season and their run protection received labored towards the Vikings. For the primary time this season, their red-hot offense was flat within the first half earlier than scoring 21 consecutive factors within the third quarter. However the Seahawks’ issues needs to be stored in context with the remainder of the NFC West, with the San Francisco 49ers stumbling by means of an injury-riddled 2-Three begin and the 3-2 Arizona Cardinals shedding Chandler Jones to what is perhaps a season-ending damage. The Seahawks face Arizona once they come again from subsequent weekend’s bye and will have All-Professional security Jamal Adams again within the beginning lineup. — Brady Henderson

Subsequent recreation: at Arizona (4:05 p.m. ET, Oct. 25)

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