NFL: 5 things to know from week 5
Week five of the National Football League has come and gone, leaving fans ready for the next week. This past week brought a game to London, saw high flying receivers, bulldozers in the backfield, and so much more. Each week, the NFL delivers, and they did just that during Week Five. Here are the five biggest stories from this past week’s games.
Chicago Bears lose to the Oakland Raiders in London
The NFL is always looking to grow the game beyond the constraints of the United States borders by having games in other countries. Their London game has become one of the most anticipated games of the season. This season, the game featured two teams with no real rivalry, but a bit of history in the trade market. Right before the 2018 season, the Raiders sent the most dominant man on their defense to Chicago as well as a 2020 second and fifth round pick for a first and sixth round pick in 2019 and a first and third round pick in 2020. Khalil Mack has been missed ever since in Oakland.
Oakland’s head coach Jon Gruden, while talking about his struggling defense last season said: “It’s hard to find a great [pass rusher]. It’s hard to find a good one.”
There would be no need to find one if Gruden had just kept Mack. Khalil Mack has since helped lead the dominating Chicago Bears to many victories, as well as the playoffs. The game on Sunday, Oct 6 was supposed to be Mack’s “revenge game,” but the Raider had the last laugh. The pick the Bears gave the Raiders turned into first-rounder Josh Jacobs putting on a show. He led the way early with a 12-yard rushing touchdown. The Raiders lead at the half, 17-0. Bears would go on to score three touchdowns in the third quarter (two from Allen Robinson) to go up, 21-17. But it wasn’t enough. Josh Jacobs added another rushing touchdown with 1:57 left in the game. Jacobs finished with 26 carries, 123 rushing yards, and 2 touchdowns.
Raiders got right to partying post-win and started their own “Club Dub.” Coach Gruden was excited post-game, saying his Raiders can win anywhere in their world and that the team could take their bye-week off.
He added: “I’m 56 years old, that’s the most fun I’ve ever had.”
It’s weird to hear him say that, considering he won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Packers’ Aaron Jones scores 4 TDs in win
For once, the best Aaron on the Green Bay Packers was not Rodger, but rather running back Aaron Jones. He led the offense to 24-0 unanswered points through the third quarter against the Cowboys. Jones rushed for three touchdowns during that stretch. The Cowboy fought back, but Jones was too much. Packers took the win 34-24. Jones finished the day with 19 carries, 107 rushing yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns as well as 7 receptions and 75 receiving yards.
The best part for Jones was being able to perform well in front of his family.
“All my family was up in the stands,” Jones said, who grew up near El Paso, TX., and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys growing up.
Christian McCaffrey > Jaguars
The Carolina Panthers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 34-27, behind Christian McCaffrey’s career-day. McCaffrey is often used as a dual threat, as he is not afraid to play receiver as well as running back. This “dual threat” was certainly the case this past Sunday. McCaffrey scored three touchdowns which came a 5-yard rush, an 18-yard reception, and a record-setting 84-yard rush.
In the words of McCaffrey: “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
Christian McCaffrey finished the day with three touchdowns and 237 yards from scrimmage.
Colts Give Mahomes and the Chiefs Their First L
Last Sunday night was a night the Kansas City Chiefs probably want to forget, after their 19-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were supposed to be “done” after their franchise quarterback Andrew Luck decided to retire during the pre-season. Instead, the team has rallied around Jacoby Brissett and have won their third game (against arguably one of the best teams in the league) and are tied in first in the AFC South. Chiefs struggled all around as Patrick Mahomes was limited to one touchdown, the receiving core was silenced, and the rushing unit was shut down almost completely. Colts’ Marlon Mack lead the way on the ground with 132 yards giving them great position to score. Old man Adam Vinatieri (who is 46 years old and still playing football) took care of the rest by going a perfect four for four on field goal and adding an extra point.
Tom Brady and the Patriots Remain Perfect
No NFL article is complete without talking about the magical Tom Brady. The man and his New England Patriots just do not quit getting better. The Washington Redskins were no match for the Patriots, which was honestly expected. They are not just winning games but dominating them on every level. New England has the second-most points scored (155) while also giving up the fewest points (34). Their +121 point differential is the best in the NFL and +79 better than the next closest. This time last year, the Patriots were 3-2 and had only a +15 point differential. In their week five game, the Patriots finished the day with a 33-7 win while moving 5-0 and being the only AFC team with a perfect record. Are they going to repeat as the Super Bowl Champions? Only time will tell.