NFL Week Five round-up

Week 5 of the NFL league can best be described as tide-shifting. The Cowboys took a 10 to 42 thrashing from the yet-to-be-beaten San Francisco 49ers. The only other team in the league yet to take a loss is the Eagles. The better 5-0 team of the two can only be tested in the 13th week when they meet in Philadelphia. Sunday’s game against the Cowboys is a proof of Brock Purdy’s genius. The 49ers are definitely a favorite for most with an offense that is probably in their best form ever.

How deep is Bill Belichick’s team sinking? Yet another disappointing performance from the Patriots who got a 0-34 beating from the visiting Saints. After being benched in the last two games QB Mac Jones starts for the Patriots in their week 6 game against Raiders. Let’s stick around and see what is in store for Belichicks team. 

A total of 14 games were played in week 5. The Washington Commanders lost 20-40 to the Chicago Bears. The Jaguars won 25-20 against the Bills. Green Bay Packers, the second team in NFC North, lost 13-17 in their campaign against the Raiders.

The New York Jets face the Eagles in week 6 without OL Alijah Vera-Tucker who is on injured reserve for a torn achilles. The Jets have WR Irvin Charles (active roster), OL Dennis Kelly (practice squad), DE Elerson Smith (practice squad) joining their squad. 

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Offensive player of the week (AFC)

The Cincinnati Bengals secured a 34-20 win against the Arizona Cardinals, thanks to stunning performances from Chase and QB Joe Burrow. Chase joins the likes of Steve Largent, Jerry Rice, Jimmy Smith and Tyler Lockett, the only players since 1950 with more than 15 catches and 3-plus receiving in a game. In an amazing display of prowess, Chase averaged a record-breaking 15 receptions to go with 192 yards and three touchdowns. 

Offensive player of the week (NFC)

The Chicago Bears have D.J. Moore to thank for their 40-20 win over the Washington Commanders. Thursday night, the boys from Chicago secured their first victory in the 2023/2024 season thanks to Moore’s great form. He totalled 8 receptions to go with 230 yards and 3 amazing touchdowns making him the offensive player of week 5.

Defensive player of week 5 (AFC)

Five tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, four QB pressures and three-run stuffs are what made Maxx Crosby of the Las Vegas Raiders AFC’s defensive player of the week. A stunning performance that made sure the Raiders were the supreme team in the Monday night 17-13 victory over the second team of the NFC, Green Bay Packers.

Defensive player of the week (NFC)

The San Francisco 49ers continued with their winning streak with a comfortable 42-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Fred Warner seemed to be at the right place and right time every moment. His stars were undoubtedly aligned filling the stat line with a total of 8 tackles, a forced fumble, a sack and an interception in the second half.

Special teams player of the week

The Special teams player of the fifth week was Greg Zuerlein who made sure his New York team dominated their counterparts from Denver. The New York Jets emerged victorious over the Broncos with a score of 31-21. Greg contributed 17 points, tallying a pair of extra points and an amazing five field goals making him special teams player of week 5 in the AFC

In the NFC, a stunning performance from New Orleans Saints’ Blake Grupe on Sunday Gave his team a comfortable win over rivals New England Patriots. Grupe collected 10 points in total, converting all his 4 extra points plus 2 field goals from 53 and 54 yards. This absolutely stunning exhibition of talent from Grupe gave the Saints a 34-0, somewhat easy victory over the struggling Pirates.

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