Week 5 started with a Thursday night matchup between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts that we would all like to forget. And the week concluded with a Monday night game featuring the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs that restored our faith in entertaining football.
Good or bad, the NFL is the league that keeps on giving.
Arizona Cardinals (2-3)
The Cardinals are on track for a .500 record by the time Deandre Hopkins returns in Week 7, as long as they defeat the Seahawks.
Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
The Falcons have lost three games by a combined 11 points. They aren’t getting blown out.
Buffalo Bills (4-1)
Josh Allen is unbelievable. Every free agent receiver for the next 10 years should want to go to Buffalo…or Kansas City.
Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker of all-time. He is in his 11th season and is 32-years-old, which means he’ll be playing for about another decade. Incredible.
Carolina Panthers (1-4)
I’ve been meaning to say, “Maybe they should trade D.J. Moore to the Chiefs, or a team with a great offence” in this space for a few weeks but haven’t. And now the Panthers have fired their coach and “people” are saying they should trade Moore. I’d like to see him with a Top 5 QB.
Cincinatti Bengals (2-3)
With all the weapons they have, the Bengals offence should be better than they’ve been.
Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Amari Cooper is making many fantasy analysts look silly for saying not to draft him this year.
Chicago Bears (2-3)
Darnell Mooney had an incredible one-handed catch against the Vikings. Let Justin Fields throw more.
Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
No one saw a four-game winning streak coming after Dak Prescott got injured in Week 1. I think the honeymoon ends against the Eagles and Cooper Rush is handed the first loss of his career.
Denver Broncos (2-3)
Russell Wilson is playing through a partially torn lat muscle in his throwing shoulder. The backup quarterback is Brett Rypien, who has attempted 42 passes in his NFL career (regular season).
Detroit Lions (1-4)
The league’s highest scoring offence went into Foxborough and got shut out by the Patriots.
Green Bay Packers (3-2)
I expected the Packers to use Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon in the passing game more than they have. Defenders don’t want to tackle those guys. Give it to them as much as they can handle.
Houston Texans (1-3-1)
The Texans won their first game of the season and held the Jaguars to 6 points.
Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1)
Those of us who sat through last Thursday’s game between the Colts and Broncos should be reimbursed. If the game was played on Sunday, I don’t think it would’ve been nearly as dreadful. In a perfect world, Thursday night games wouldn’t exist. It’s too quick a turnaround.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
I said the Jaguars were for real after Week 3. Did I speak too soon? We’ll see. I still believe in them.
Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
Getting out to a big lead against the Chiefs is basically the kiss of death. Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid live for the opportunity to come back from being down 17-0.
Las Vegas Raiders (1-4)
I don’t know why they went for the two-point conversion, when kicking the extra point would’ve tied the game with four minutes left. You wanted a one point lead? Against Mahomes? With that much time? It didn’t make sense.
Los Angeles Chargers (3-2)
Austin Ekeler reminded people this week just who the heck he is.
Los Angeles Rams (2-3)
If Odell Beckham is waiting until Week 10 or later to return, it’ll be too late. The Rams are the lowest scoring team in the NFC…and they have Cooper Kupp. The alarm bells should be ringing.
Miami Dolphins (3-2)
Teddy Bridgewater was ruled out of the game as a result of the recently revised rules of the concussion protocol. Their 3-0 start feels like it was 3 months ago.
Minnesota Vikings (4-1)
It feels like no one is talking about the Vikings.
New England Patriots (2-3)
I’d like to see media personalities stop saying Bailey Zappe’s name as if it’s a punchline. Their tone is quite condescending and dismissive just because his last name is unique and I’ve had enough of it.
New Orleans Saints (2-3)
Andy Dalton has now won a game with four different teams in the last four years.
New York Giants (4-1)
A healthy Saquon Barkley is an early Christmas present for the Giants and their fans.
New York Jets (3-2)
Breece Hall had 197 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown, though he could’ve easily had three touchdowns as he was tackled at the one yard line, twice. Yes, he’s on my fantasy team.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-0)
Jalen Hurts has 68 rushing attempts through five games. His running ability is a weapon. Admittedly, I haven’t seen enough Eagles games this year to know whether or not he’s taking many hits, or if he’s getting down/going out of bounds before defenders can get to him. That being said, the Eagles have a giant target on their back now. I just want Hurts to be safe when he runs with the ball.
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)
Kenny Pickett shoved Shaq Lawson after a hit to the knee late in the fourth quarter of a 38-3 Bills blowout. Oftentimes, I find post-whistle scrums to be unnecessary, but I loved this one. A rookie quarterback stood up for himself in his first start. I think Pickett had already won over the locker room and the fans, but this locked him in as “their guy”.
San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
I expect their defence to feast once again this week against the Falcons.
Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are quietly having very good seasons with Geno Smith as their quarterback.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
Tom Brady sits third in the NFL in passing yards (1409) behind Josh Allen and Justin Herbert, and just ahead of Patrick Mahomes.
Tennessee Titans (3-2)
Don’t look now, but the Titans have won three in a row.
Washington Commanders (1-4)
If Carson Wentz plays more than 70% of the Commanders offensive snaps this year, the Colts receive a second round pick, rather than a third round pick. So, this will be something to watch for in the next month. If the Commanders fall out of the playoff race, or decide Wentz isn’t their guy going forward, then it would make sense to sit him and retain the second round pick.