NFL Week 5 Overview: Browns 4-1, Titans Smash Bills, Welcome Back Alex Smith

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Week 5 of the NFL season is officially in the books after Tuesday night’s game between the Titans and Bills. This marked just the second time in the last 70 years that the NFL played on a Tuesday. The other time featured the Vikings and Eagles back in 2010.

Tennessee beat Buffalo down by a score of 42-16, which was a scorigami. This marked the 1,058th unique score in NFL history. Shout out to @NFL_Scorigami on Twitter.

Both teams were undefeated ahead of this game and the Titans made an early, emphatic statement to the rest of the AFC. Ryan Tannehill was brilliant yet again, completing 21 of 28 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns, while also adding a rushing touchdown. I was wrong about Tannehill. I didn’t think he would live up to that momentum from last season, but he has done just that. I didn’t think he was worth the money the Titans gave him, but he’s proving to be worth every cent.

Oh. Derrick Henry absolutely abused Josh Norman with a stiff arm.

Thoughts and well wished to Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. He had surgery that night and will miss the rest of the 2020 season and should be healed in 4-6 months.

Justin Herbert is going to be a star in the NFL. His Chargers don’t have the wins to show for how well this kid has played. In the first Monday night game of his career, he went to New Orleans and did all he could to help lead his team to victory. The Saints won 30-27 in overtime. Herbert finished with 264 yards and four touchdowns. This comes a week after he went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady.

We are down to four undefeated teams left and those teams are the Titans, Steelers, Seahawks, and Packers.

Three teams remain without a victory and they are the Falcons, Jets, and Giants. Speaking of the Falcons, they fired head coach Dan Quinn after dropping to 0-5 on the season, the team’s worst start since 1997. Quinn finished 43-42 as the head coach in five-plus years. Quinn led the Falcons to the Super Bowl in 2016, but then the team blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots. He should have been fired after that.

The Cleveland Browns are 4-1 for the first time since 1994.

The last time the Browns started a season 4-1, some guy named Bill Belichick was the head coach and some other guy named Nick Saban was the defensive coordinator. I was three-years-old the last time that happened.

Cleveland defeated the Colts 32-23 on Sunday. The victory was the fourth in a row, something the Browns hadn’t done since 2009. The Browns have scored 30+ in all four of those games, which marks the first time since 1968 that has happened.

The rushing attack, which is the best in the NFL, rushed for only 124 yards against the No. 4 ranked rushing defense (No. 1 overall). Kareem Hunt led the way with 72 yards and also caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Baker Mayfield did what he needed to, outside of throwing two interceptions, in order for the rest of the offense to pick up the slack for the run game. He finished 21-3 for 247 yards, two touchdowns, and the two picks. He made some really great throws and some poor ones. He got banged up late in the game, but x-rays on his ribs came back negative.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry teamed up for 9 catches for 146 yards. Beckham even completed an 18-yard pass to tight end, Austin Hooper. Landry played in his 100th straight game and caught multiple passes in all of those games, making him the fifth player to accomplish that feat.

The defense stepped up in a big way and area the Browns have struggled with this season. Ronnie Harrison recorded his first-career pick-six when he picked off Philip Rivers and returned it to the house in the third quarter. Later in the quarter, Myles Garett was able to pressure Rivers into an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone, resulting in a safety.

Cleveland will take the 4-1 record to Pittsburgh, who are 4-0 and lead the AFC North, on Sunday afternoon. The Browns are looking to win in the Steel City for the first time since 2003. The last time the Browns started 5-1 was also in that ’94 season. Cleveland has the leading rushing attack with 188.4 yards per game and the Steelers have the second-ranked rush defense, allowing just 64 yards per game, and are ranked third in total defense, allowing 301.5 yards per game.

This is the biggest game in the franchise’s history since the rebirth. Yes, even bigger than their lone playoff appearance 18-years ago, ironically also against the Steelers. No other game has mattered more since 1999 for the Browns. The stage is set for what should be a great game and a chance for Cleveland to further solidify that these aren’t your typical Browns.

Salute to Alex Smith

For the first time since suffering a gruesome leg injury back in November of 2018, Alex Smith played in an NFL game. Smith had to have 17 (!) surgeries leading up to his comeback. He replaced Washington starter Kyle Allen due to injury. Smith’s stats do not matter whatsoever.

The fact that this man overcame so much over the last nearly two years is nothing short of admirable. It was a great moment to see his wife and three children give him a standing ovation when he got onto the field.

Quarterbacks that played well in Week 5

  • Kyler Murray – ARI – 27-37, 380 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, rush TD – W vs NYJ
  • Deshaun Watson – HOU – 25-35, 359 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – W vs JAX
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick – MIA – 22-28, 350 yards, 3 touchdowns – W vs SF
  • Derek Carr – LV – 22-31, 347 yards, 3 touchdowns, interception – W vs KC
  • Justin Herbert – LAC – 20-34, 264 yards, four touchdowns – L vs NO

Running backs that played well in Week 5

  • Todd Gurley II – ATL – 14 carries, 121 yards, touchdown – L vs CAR
  • Alexander Mattison – MIN – 20 carries, 112 yards – L vs SEA
  • Ronald Jones II – 17 carries, 106 yards – L vs CHI
  • Ezekiel Elliott – DAL – 19 carries, 91 yards, 2 touchdowns – W vs NYG
  • Josh Jacobs – LV – 23 carries, 77 yards, 2 touchdowns – W vs KC

Wide receivers that played well in Week 5

  • Brandin Cooks – 8 receptions, 161 yards, touchdown – W vs JAX
  • Travis Fulgham – PHI – 10 receptions, 152 yards, touchdown – L vs PIT
  • Chase Claypool – PIT – 7 receptions, 110 yards, 3 touchdowns, rush TD – W vs PHI
  • Emmanuel Sanders – NO – 12 receptions, 122 yards – W vs LAC
  • CeeDee Lamb – DAL – 8 receptions, 124 yards – W vs NYG

Key Week 6 Matchups

Cleveland (4-1) @ Pittsburgh (4-0) 1 PM CBS

Chicago (4-1) @ Carolina (3-2) 1 PM Fox

Green Bay (4-0) @ Tampa Bay (3-2) 4:25 PM Fox

Kansas City (4-1) @ Buffalo (4-1) Monday, 5 PM Fox

That does it for Week 5. If you’re reading this, I appreciate you. Hit me up on Twitter @KingEdward15 and let me know what you are looking forward to in Week 6.


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