NFL Week 5 Review

Week five of the NFL once again offered its fair share of unbelievable finishes, enthralling matchups and shock results to still keep the NFL world guessing, even as the season moves into its second month.

 

Source: Tony Gutierrez - AP

Source: Tony Gutierrez – AP

 

Week five of the NFL once again offered its fair share of unbelievable finishes, enthralling matchups and shock results to still keep the NFL world guessing, even as the season moves into its second month.

 

With both the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets getting big morale-boosting wins in the primetime spotlight, five other critical matchups took place and caught the league’s eye on an eventful weekend for the NFL.

 

(2-3) Dallas Cowboys 48-51 Denver Broncos (5-0)

Tony Romo (DAL): 25/36, 506 Yards, 5 TD, INT

Peyton Manning (DEN): 33/42, 414 Yards, 4 TD, INT

 

The Denver Broncos have continued their run to the Superbowl with an extraordinary 51-48 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in what was one of the most memorable matches in recent history.

 

Tony Romo threw for an astonishing 506 yards and five touchdowns, yet could not escape another late-game error as he threw his only interception within the last two minutes of the game to set up the winning field goal from Broncos kicker Matt Prater.

 

Peyton Manning was his usual self, throwing for 414 yards and four touchdowns as he helped his team scrape past the persistent Cowboys in an enthralling rollercoaster matchup.

 

Five different receivers caught for over 85 yards in this game, including Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, who caught for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a dominating display.

 

(3-2) San Francisco 49ers 34-3 Houston Texans (2-3)

Colin Kaepernick (SF): 6/15, 113 Yards, TD

Matt Schaub (HOU): 19/35, 173 Yards, 3 INT

 

The San Francisco 49ers have continued their resurgence with a comprehensive 34-3 victory over the languishing Houston Texans at Candlestick Park.

 

In a physically dominating display of smashmouth football, the 49ers used seven different running backs to dismantle the Texans defence and give them their second successive win to help chase down the division-leading Seahawks.

 

Frank Gore led the charge for the 49ers with 81 yards and a first quarter touchdown, whilst tight end Vernon Davis caught for 88 yards from just three receptions.

 

Matt Schaub struggled again, throwing another pick six with his first pass attempt of the game as he went on to throw another two interceptions in a disappointing loss.

 

(4-1) Indianapolis Colts 34-28 Seattle Seahawks (4-1)

Andrew Luck (IND): 16/29, 229 Yards, 2 TD

Russell Wilson (SEA): 15/31, 210 Yards, 2 TD, INT

 

The Indianapolis Colts have continued to cement their place as a Superbowl contender after defeating fellow heavyweights Seattle in a 34-28 thriller at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Colts safety Darius Butler made the closing interception with 1:31 remaining to seal the win after Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw under pressure on a desperate 4th and 15 situation towards Sidney Rice.

 

Sophomore superstar Andrew Luck once again led his team in style, along with a stunning cameo from receiver T.Y. Hilton (140 Yards, 2 TD), as the Colts now take a definitive lead in the AFC South division.

 

Trailing 12-0 late in the first quarter, Indianapolis rallied to hand the Seahawks their first loss of the season despite Marshawn Lynch’s solid 102-yard rushing performance.

 

(3-2) Chicago Bears 18-26 New Orleans Saints (5-0)

Jay Cutler (CHI): 24/33, 358 Yards, 2 TD

Drew Brees (NO): 29/35, 288, 2 TD

 

New Orleans has continued their meteoric rise from last year’s drama-filled season with a convincing 26-18 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field to remain undefeated after five games.

 

Both quarterbacks put on an offensive clinic in the highly anticipated contest, with Drew Brees and Jay Cutler both outstanding as both teams looked to build on early season leads in their respective division.

 

The receivers benefited from the excellent quarterback play, with the Saints superstar tight end Jimmy Graham catching for 135 yards and running back Pierre Thomas receiving for two touchdowns out of the backfield.

 

The performance of the day came from Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery as he caught for an extraordinary 218 yards and a touchdown in his team’s losing effort.

 

(3-2) Miami Dolphins 23-26 Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

Ryan Tannehill (MIA): 21/40, 307 Yards, TD

Joe Flacco (BAL): 19/32, 269 Yards, INT

 

A Justin Tucker field goal with under two minutes remaining has seen the Baltimore Ravens squeeze past the Miami Dolphins with a 26-23 victory at SunLife Stadium.

 

An Elvis Dumervil sack, which moved the Dolphins backwards five yards in the dying moments, proved pivotal as rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis was unable to finish a 57-yard field goal which would have tied the game.

 

Ravens receiver Torrey Smith was fantastic as he caught for 121 yards from just six receptions, helping spread the field for running back Ray Rice who had 102 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.

 

Mike Wallace and the Dolphins receivers were forced to be the sole focus on offence, as Miami was only able to generate 22 yards of rushing for the game against the ferocious Ravens run defence.

 

Written by Chris Guscott @Chris_Guscott

 

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