As with any week there were some teams that were up and some that were down, but Week 5 showed us that teams will not give up no matter who their opponent may be. This week there were 14 games played and out of those games only five were decided by more than a touchdown. With this week’s narrow finishes, there were two performances that stood out.
Andy Dalton led his team to their first 5-0 start since 1988, with Sunday’s overtime victory against the Seattle Seahawks. Coming into this game Dalton’s name has been mentioned in the NFL’s MVP race, which is a rational statement with the stats he’s racked thus far.
Sunday, when the Legion of Boom lined up across from him, Dalton stayed calm and took control of his offense. Even when the defense brought the pressure, sacking him 4 times, he still managed to make plays. In this come from behind win, the signal caller collected 331 yards on 30 completion of his 44 passes for three touchdown one of which being a run.
Prior to the start of season Dalton had taken a lot of criticism for not being able to bring home a playoff win. After week 5 when I searched #AndyDalton, you would think he won a championship with amount of praise he has received. Let’s see how he can build on his relationship with the fans next week when he faces the Buffalo Bills.
Doug Martin has surely flourished in week 5, which resembles his breakout rookie season of 2012 when he collected 1,900 total yards. This is another threat that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed badly, a player that will take the pressure off of Jameis Winston.
Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Martin was a major factor for the Buccaneers in order to get their first win at home since 2013. All three touchdowns that the Buccaneers scored on Sunday can be credited to Martin, he demanded attention on the ground and also was active in the passing game. Even though at times his line was not holding up, he still managed to reach the second level of the defense. Out of his 13 carries for 123 yards, five of his touches went for 39, 20, 19, 14 and 13 yards.
As the season progresses the Bucs running back is continuing to impress spectators. Watch out for Martin to continue making his impact felt throughout the rest of the season, although he will have to face two strong defenses in the NFC South (Atlanta and Carolina).