October 11

The Highs And Lows Of Week 5 In The NFL

On the positive side of Week 5:
QB Taysome Hill simultaneously playes as a kick returner, tight end and water boy(kidding). But, kidding aside, he also did a decent QB job for the win over the stubborn Seattle Seahawks.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is probably the greatest ever to play his position. He’s the greatest kicker in the greatest era for kickers. So it’s not surprising that Tucker went 4-for-4 Sunday night, including the game-winner against the Cincy Bengals.

The 3-1 N.Y. Giants facing the 3-1 Green Bay Packers in London, England who were playing their first game overseas. This was a triumphant underdog win for the surging Giants.

Some of the lowlights of week 5:

That story line played out Sunday, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a referee assist in their surprisingly tight win against the Falcons. After taking a 21-0 lead, Tampa Bay’s offense stalled. Atlanta scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to draw within one possession, and with three minutes left, got a third-down sack that would’ve forced a Tampa Bay punt. But, a routine sack on Tom Brady turned into a roughing a passer penalty and most likely changed the complexion of the game.

The same thing happened on the Monday Night Game, as KC Chiefs Defensive Lineman Chris Jones landed lightly on top of Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr. It appeared like a usual sack, but roughing the QB was called on Jones. Next off season the rules committee will need to oversee this rule to protect the QB and refine the penalty call.

QB Teddy Bridgewater and the Dolphins are “snake bitten.” Their third-stringer, a seventh-round draft pick named Skylar Thompson, threw no touchdowns and an interception in a 40-17 loss to the Jets after being summoned into the game after Bridgewater was out of the game because of concussion protocol.

According to Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, Bridgewater passed concussion evaluations and is showing no symptoms of a head injury. But a eye in the sky spotter said that Bridgewater was wobbly and had poor muscle control—and that meant he was automatically ruled out. 

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was fired after their lost in week 5 to the SF 49ers.