It was another bumpy ride. Quarterback play came back down to earth and nobody threw for 6 touchdowns this weekend (how disappointing). Many quarterbacks underperformed while some made history. Several unexpected teams got a win this weekend: Buffalo, Cleveland, and Arizona.
Here are 10 Takeaways from Week 5:
1. On Monday night football, Drew Brees made NFL history again this season passing Peyton Manning to become the NFL’s all-time passing leader. He did it on a 62 yard touchdown bomb to Tre’Quan Smith. What a way to break the record! What can you say, the man is a living legend!
2. A super banged up Indianapolis Colts team had to travel to Foxborough. Gone are the good old days when Tom Brady and Peyton Manning would duke it out in the epic games we so loved to watch. Brady did make history twice on Thursday. He threw a touchdown pass to his 71st different receiver this game, the most in NFL history. He also threw his 500th touchdown pass. He was the third player in NFL history to throw 500 touchdowns. New England cruised to a win over Indy.
3. Arizona beat San Francisco because of their defensive play. Arizona’s offense continues to be absolutely horrible. Mike McCoy’s play calling is atrocious, but they gotta win one this season right? With Arizona getting the victory, now every team in the NFL has a win this season.
4. Isaiah Crowell ran all over the Denver. He ranks #3 in NFL rushing yards this season with 390 yards. 219 yards came in this game against Denver. Changes are a coming in Bronco Country!
5. The Giants @ Panthers game was quite entertaining! Odell brought his passion! Saquon Barkley got his first NFL Giants touchdown reception thrown from Beckham, not Eli Manning! Odell had a 57 yard passing play to score the touchdown and spark the Giants to rally back just short of the win. Graham Gano of Carolina hits the game winning 63 yard field goal as time expires.
6. The two marquee games of the weekend, Jacksonville @ Kansas City and Atlanta @ Pittsburgh, ended up being dismal contests. Mahomes threw his first interception this season. He actually threw 2 total this game, which was inevitable against the Jacksonville defense. Mahomes didn’t throw for a touchdown pass, but he did run a score in. The rookie still looked really composed. He helped Kansas City make a statement with their decisive win over Jacksonville. I can get on board with a Kansas City vs LA Rams Super Bowl!
7. Atlanta played at Pittsburgh and we thought this was going to be a high scoring affair with both teams needing a victory to save their season. Pittsburgh ended up rolling the Falcons and getting the win over Atlanta in a very important showdown.
8. Adam Thielen became the first NFL wide receiver ever to have 100 yards in the first 5 games of an NFL season. It’s kind of crazy to think that not even Antonio Brown, Randy Moss, or Jerry Rice ever accomplished that feat.
9. The Baker Mayfield era continues as the Browns win an ugly game 12-9 in overtime beating the Baltimore Ravens. This is Cleveland’s first home win since 2015. Can we say Browns winning streak? This NFL season is crazy!
10. If you thought you had a bad weekend, veteran Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed every kick he attempted this weekend. Three field goals and one extra point. Detroit beat Green Bay 31-23. Ouch!