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2014 NFL Week 5 Game Recaps



Minnesota Vikings 2-3-0
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Green Bay Packers 3-2-0


Game Recap: GREEN BAY-Tedd Bridgewater was ruled out of this contest moments before the game started. Christian Ponder would get the start.


This game was decided in the first quarter. On the second play of the game Xavier Rhodes got injured. Rhodes is the Vikings best cornerback. Once Xavier went down, I assumed Green Bay would have a field day with this secondary. Others thought Lacy would get the ball due to the rain. The weather cleared up pretty quickly.


Aaron Rodgers threw two passing touchdowns in the first quarter. He threw touchdowns to Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Eddie Lacy had 52 rushing yards on his first three carries. Lacy finished the first half with 6 carries for 59 rushing yards.


The second quarter was more focused on the misfortunes of Christian Ponder. Ponder threw back-to-back picks. The first interception was a pick 6 to Julius Peppers which put the Packers up 21 to 0. Jamari Lattimore picked off Ponder again before Rodgers threw a touchdown to Davante Adams. Cobb had one more reception. Nelson and Adams only got the ball thrown their way once.


When it came to the offensive line play, Green Bay won in the trenches on all three phases with precise pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. A sack allowed by left tackle David Bahktiari when right end Everson Griffin got to Rodgers along a false start penalty by Bryan Bulaga were the only mistakes the Packers’ offensive line made.


Minnesota looks sluggish without right guard Brandon Fusco. Vladimir Ducasse has no business filling in for Fusco at right guard. Right tackle Phil Loadholt had no answer for Julius Peppers. When you have nobody that can start at guard and your right tackle struggles you will lose ball games. Left tackle Matt Kalil had some missed assignments as well.


Nine of the first ten third down conversion attempts resulted 4th downs. Minnesota went 1/6 on their first six third down conversion attempts. Green Bay went 0 for 4 on their first four third down conversions. The Packers led 28 to 0 at halftime.


One player showed up in the third quarter. That man was Eddie Lacy. After being held to 59 yards on six carries, Lacy had 7 carries for 46 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns in the third quarter. A couple of rushing touchdowns by Lacy stretched this lead to 42-0.


Christian Ponder finally put the Vikings on the scoreboard rushing touchdown. His rushing touchdown was three quarters too late.


Following the touchdown, quarterback coach Alex Van Pelt informed Rodgers that he would be benched following the huge lead. Rodgers finished week 5 12 for 17, 156 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Packers win 42 to 10.




Chicago Bears 2-3-0
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Carolina Panthers 3-2-0


Game Recap: CAROLINA-Neither team has Julius Peppers anymore. The 2-2 Bears and 2-2 Panthers will rely on quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Cam Newton. One of these teams will be 3-2 while the other will be 2-3 by the end of the day.

Carolina scored first. Some guy named Philly Brown returned a punt for a touchdown. Next possession, Jay Cutler has a solid drive until right end Wes Horton gets by left tackle Jermon Bushrod for a sack on 2nd and 8. How would Cutler do on third down? Cutler drops back on 3rd and 12 picked off by Roman Harper.


Carolina had a window of opportunity to go ahead by two scores. Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin fumbled the ball which led to a Bears touchdown following a turnover. Jay Cutler threw a pass to Matt Forte. Forte would end the first half with 7 receptions for 85 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown. Forte would also provide 35 rushing yards on the ground giving him 120 total yards in the first half.


Next Panther possession, Newton gets sacked by Willie Young, but he is fumbled while getting sacked. Left end Lamaar Houston with a fumble recovery. Cutler would run for a 10 yard touchdown. Bears now have 14 points on drives following of Carolina turnovers.


Chicago led 14 to 7 at the end of the first quarter before Jay Cutler threw a passing touchdown to Brandon Marshall to put the Bears up 21 to 7. Cam Newton thre a pick on the next series after the Panthers had the ball for 6 minutes and 7 seconds. Chicago looked like they would get 17 points off turnovers by gaining a 24 to 7 lead. Robbie Gould misses a field goal.


After Robbie Gould screwed up, Carolina regained some confidence. The Panthers drove the ball downfield as Cam Newton fired a pass to Greg Olsen. Touchdown Panthers. Chicago led 21 to 14 at halftime.


Jay Cutler had a huge first half. He had two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the first half despite lousy play from the offensive line.


Third quarter, left guard Amini Silatolu and center Ryan Kalil open up a running lane. These guys push Bears defensive linemen backwards so the Bears defensive ends are on their feet while the Panthers running back runs towards the end zone. Carolina ties it at 21.


Later in the third, Robbie Gould would redeem himself. Field goal was up and good. Bears led 24 to 21 after three quarters.


Fourth quarter, Jay Cutler made some careless mistakes. Cutler got sacked on third down. Next series he threw an interception to Thomas DeCoud. Graham Gano would kick a field goal with 4 minutes left following the Cutler interception. Panthers tied it at 24.


Next series, Chicago fumbles the ball. Carolina recovers the ball. Greg Olsen with a game-winning touchdown. Panthers win 31 to 24.




Cleveland Browns 2-2-0
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Tennessee Titans 1-4-0


Game Recap: TENNESSEE-Cleveland is coming off a bye week. The Browns travel to Tennessee to face a 1-3 Titans team that has lost three in a row since opening week on September 7th. One adjustment the Browns made was demoting Justin Gilbert from nickel cornerback to dime cornerback making Gilbert the #4 cornerback on the Browns depth chart. How would that pay off?


First quarter third and four. Michael Griffin gets by left guard Joel Bitonio on third and four and sacks Brian Hoyer. Browns would punt the ball to the Titans.


Locker would get a second chance to score. Jake Locker would use his arm and feet in this contest. His first big play came on 2nd and 12. Locker with a 12-yard scramble to keep his day alive.


The Titans got some assistance from the Cleveland Browns with a critical penalty. After lining Justin Hunter up in the flanker receiver role on third down, Joe Haden called for pass interference on 3rd and 9. That would give the Titans a first down. Following play, Jake Locker to Nate Washington for a seven yard game.


Another third down situation. Cleveland brings a dime package with four corners. Titans have Justin Hunter lined up in the flanker, Delanie Walker lined up next to Hunter, and Kendall Wright in the slot. Field cornerback Joe Haden is focused on the flanker which is Justin Hunter. Strong safety Donte Whitner is playing zone thinking Locker will fire it deep. Dime cornerback Justin Gilbert is focused on tight end Delanie Walker thinking Locker will throw to Walker in the red zone. Locker recognizes what the Browns defense is thinking and fires a touchdown to Kendall Wright who is lined up in the slot. Great play calling by Ken Whisenhunt and even better execution by quarterback Jake Locker as he gets the pass protection to execute this throw on a critical third down.


Second quarter Jake Locker runs for a rushing touchdown. Titans gain a 14-0 lead before the Browns kick a field goal. Cleveland burned 4 minutes and 36 seconds of game time while burning one timeout only to come up with 3 points when trailing by 14.


Buster Skryne with defensive holding which resulted in an automatic first down. Jabaal Sheard got by Joe Thomas for a sack. Locker would help the Titans convert another third down conversion this one was with his feet by scrambling on the ground. Titans called a timeout following the conversion. Locker got the Titans another third down conversion when connecting with Justin Hunter before another third down where Buster Skryne was charged with roughing the passer when Jake Locker was injured. Locker would not return to the game.


Charlie Whitehurst struggled in his first start of the 2014 season against the Colts. How would Whitehurst do as a backup in relief for Jake Locker. Whitehurst threw two touchdowns to Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. These receivers did a fantastic job picking apart the Browns’ secondary. This was the third week in a row that the Browns’ secondary got picked apart by the opposing wide receivers.


Brian Hoyer finally threw a passing touchdown late in the first half making it a 28 to 10 game. To lose to starters is one thing. To lose to Charlie Whitehurst with Brian Hoyer starting after trailing 28 to 10 in the first half is simply not going to cut it if the Cleveland Browns expect to turn around their 2014 season.


Third quarter Browns get a field goal. Titans still ahead 28 to 13 after 3 quarters.


Fourth quarter, Cleveland Browns make it a 13 point game. Browns got a safety reducing the score to 28-15 as the Browns’ would get the ball back. Brian Hoyer guides Cleveland downfield with a touchdown to Travis Benjamin. It would be a 13 play drive. Hoyer nearly threw a pick on the fifth play of the drive. A penalty on Brandon Harris gave the Browns the ball back allowing Cleveland to resume the drive. When Hoyer threw threw the ball to Benjamin 8 plays later, you notice that strong safety Bernard Pollard missed his assignment in coverage. Titans ahead 28 to 22 following the 9 point run by the Cleveland Browns following the safety.


Brian Hoyer threw another touchdown to Travis Benjamin late in the fourth quarter. Hoyer finished the game with 292 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 1 pick to Michael Griffin who had an outstanding game with 10 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 14 total tackles, and an interception while demonstrating outstanding coverage. Rookie Taylor Gabriel had 4 receptions for 95 receiving yards. Travis Benjamin 4 receptions, 48 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Cleveland came back from a 28-3 deficit to win by a point.




St. Louis Rams 1-3-0
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Philadelphia Eagles 4-1-0


Game Recap: PHILADELPHIA-Philadelphia got off to a 3-0 start before losing to the 49ers in week 4. In week 5 the Eagles hosted a 1-2 Rams team coming off the bye week. Shaun Hill recovered from his injury, but Austin Davis was ruled the starter which should not come as a surprise.


Eagles got 13 points off of special teams in the first quarter. First the Eagles blocked a punt before getting two field goals. Philadelphia ahead 13-0 after one.


Second quarter, turnovers galore. Alec Ogletree forced a fumble on a LeSean McCoy fumble. Eagles offensive line banged up with injuries this year. Vinny Curry recovered a fumble for the Eagles before Nick Foles threw his first interception of the day. Austin Davis threw his first touchdown in week 5 to Brian Quick.


Nick Foles threw a touchdown to Riley Cooper. Eagles led 20 to 7 at halftime.


Third quarter, Cedric Thornton recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. That put the Eagles up 27 to 7. Nick Foles threw a touchdown to Jeremy Maclin. Eagles led 34 to 7 before Bennie Cunningham ran for a rushing touchdown. Eagles led 34 to 14 after 3 quarters.


Fourth quarter Kenny Britt catches a touchdown from Austin Davis. Rams trail by 13 34-21 with 9 minutes left in the game. Later in the fourth quarter. Brian Quick hauls in his second receiving touchdown. Eagles only up by 6 now. Eagles win 34 to 28.




Atlanta Falcons 2-3-0
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New York Giants 3-2-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-The Atlanta Falcons face a New York Giants team with a depleted offensive line. Jason Pierre-Paul could have a big day pass rushing Matt Ryan.


First quarter Eli Manning threw a passing touchdown to Rueben Randle. Giants led 7-0 until Steven Jackson ran for a 10-yard rushing touchdown. Falcons would tie the game at 7.


Second quarter, both teams kicked field goals. Atlanta got the first field goal. New York tied it at 10. Falcons led 13 to 10 at halftime.


Third quarter, Matt Ryan fires a 74-yard bomb to Antone Smith. Falcons led 20 to 10.


Andre Williams the former Boston College running back got his first career rushing touchdown. Falcons led by a field goal ahead 20 to 17 after 3 quarters.


Fourth quarter. Eli Manning to Odell Beckham. New York Giants ahead 24 to 20 thanks to the 2014 first round pick out of LSU.


Later in the fourth quarter, the Giants would get the ball back. Giants kicked a field goal 27 to 20 Giants. New York got another field goal and took a 10 point lead. Giants win 30 to 20.





Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-4-0
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New Orleans Saints 2-3-0


Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-Brian Thornsburg will cover this game. The New Orleans Saints won their only home game in the Mercedes Super Dome.


The Buccaneers and Saints did battle in The New Orleans Superdome today. Both teams are 1-3 and desperately trying to find some footing in their division. Mike Glennon and The Bucs are coming off of a 27-24 win against the Steelers last Sunday, while the Saints are trying to put their humiliating Sunday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys behind them


 
The Buccaneers started the game only giving up one first down on a pass to Kenny Stillis for 16 yards, but the Saints are forced to punt after being backed up by a run for negative yards and a incomplete pass intended for Robert Meachem. The Buccaneers go three and out on their first drive of the game, Glennon attempted a deep pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins.


 
Brees goes long on his next drive with a 36 yard pass to Marques Colston, to put them in Buccaneers territory early in the game. The Saints then go three and out on, after a incomplete pas to Graham. The Saints have to settle for a field goal to make the game 3-0. Despite the 34 yard pass to Colston early in the drive, The Buccaneers looked good defensively, not allowing The Saints to make a big play in the red zone.


 
Mike Glennon connected with Vincent Jackson on the very next drive for a first down. Glennon seems to not be getting pressured by the Saints defense at all early in this game.  Despite a 34 yard gain by Doug Martin, The Buccaneers are backed up once again for a illegal formation call.  The Buccaneers are called for two more penalties on the next play after a 27 yard gain by Louis Murphy. The Buccaneers are then backed up to 3rd and 15 and end up punting the ball after a short gain by Rainey. Glennon looks locked and loaded to make big plays, but the penalties The Bucs are committed are killing any chance of making this game a close one.


 
The Saints rallied for a great drive late in the first quarter, with a nice pass to Jimmy Graham on first down, but went three and out from there and were forced to once again settle for a field goal. The Buccaneers have not allowed a Saints touchdown on back to back drives. Hopefully this will give The Bucs defense some confidence heading into the rest of this game. The Saints now lead 6-0.


 
The Saints finally put six points on the board in the second quarter with a short pass to Pierre Thomas, that turned into a 15 yard passed several Buccaneers defenders and into the end zone. Brees is now 12/18 for 176 yards and one touchdown.  The Saints now lead 13-0 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers try to get something going on the next drive but Glennon gets intercepted by Patrick Robinson at the Saints 49 yard line.


 
The Buccaneers get back into the game with a 55 yard field goal by Patrick Murray right after the two minute warning. The drive was highlighted by a ten yard pass from Glennon to  Bobby Rainey and a 12 yard pass at the beginning of the drive caught by Vincent Jackson. The Saints tried to put six more on the board before halftime with a short pass intended for Tarvares Cadet, but was intercepted by Jonathan Banks at the New Orleans 40 yard line. The Buccaneers got their offense going with a 20 yard completion on third down to Louis Murphy. The touchdown  brings The Saints lead down to three. Mike Glennon is 10/19 for 120 yards, one touchdown and one interception at the half.


 
Drew Brees and the Saints have had many opportunities in the end zone in the first half of this game, but was forced to settle for field goals twice, had to punt the ball once and only have one touchdown. The Saints need to stop squandering opportunities and force the issue in the red zone for a touchdown. The Buccaneers need the penalties the stop. The Bucs were called for multiple penalties In the first half, preventing them from keeping hot drives going in the first half.


 
The Buccaneers were on fire during the first drive of the second half, nailing  a 23 yard pass to Vincent Jackson to put them inside the ten of yard line. Bobby Rainey topped off the drive with a nine yard run up the middle for a touchdown. The Buccaneers now lead 17-0. Doug Martin contributed to the drive, with a catch for 20 yards at the beginning of the drive. The Buccaneers have now scored 17 unanswered points in this game.


 
Tampa didn’t wait to long to strike again, as Danny Lansanah handled Brees his second interception of the game and ran it 33 yards back for another touchdown. The Buccaneers now lead 24-13 in the third quarter. This game marks the first time The Bucs have had multiple interceptions in a game all season. The Saints needed to respond and put points on the board, and they did, with a five yard touchdown to Tarvares Cadet. The Saints literally mowed over The Bucs defense all the way down field. The Saints now ended a 24 point run by The Bucs.


   
Tampa Bay Buccaneers score again in the fourth quarter with a nine yard touchdown to Robert Herron. The drive was highlighted by a play where Glennon was under pressure and ran to the sideline, but was able to throw the ball to Vincent Jackson for a 34 yard pickup inside the 20 yard line. The touchdown by Herron is the first of his NFL career and the second touchdown today for Mike Glennon. If the Buccaneers can make at least two more stops on defense, they can win this game. They just cant let The Saints tire out The Tampa Bay defense with another long drive.


 
Despite a few key stops by The Buccaneers, Pierre Thomas made multiple Bucs defenders miss and ran 27 yards for a touchdown. The Saints then went for a two point conversion, but Brees was under pressure and the completion was short of the goal line. The Buccaneers still leave 31-26, but the defense has really taken a beating in long back to back drives here. The Tampa Bay offense really needs to take some time off of the clock here, score and give the defense a rest.


 
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers compactly buckle under the pressure on their next drive, with a ten yard holding penalty, putting them at their own 20. Mike Glennon then fumbles the ball, thanks to a Buccaneers player in motion tipping the ball, forcing Glennon to run and recover the ball at the two yard line.  Tampa then faces back to back penalties for a false start and a delay of game, forcing them to third and 20.  Glennon then hangs onto the ball too long and is sacked in the end zone by Junior Galette. The Buccaneers still lead 31-28, but The Buccaneers seem to be just out of gas both offensively and defensively.


 
The Buccaneers somehow come up big on their next defensive drive, backing up Pierre Thomas for eight yard loss, to eventually force The Saints to settle for a field goal. The field goal ties the game 31-31 with 230 to go in forth. Glennon had a comeback drive in the closing seconds of last weeks game against Pittsburgh, so its not out of the realm of possibility that we could see a comeback here again today, especially with Patrick Murray’s 50 yard field goal at the beginning of the game.


 
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried to move the ball down the field for a game wining touchdown, but their game winning drive was cut short after a deep pass to Louis Murphy came up incomplete. The Bucs punted to The Saints, but Brees ended up throwing his third interception of the game to Alterraun Verner. The ball was intended for Robert Meachem and would have put The Saints in field goal range if caught. The game then went into overtime, with The Saints getting the ball first.


 
Brees and the Saints end up marching the ball down the field one more time, ending the game with a 18 yard run by Kyrie Robinson. The Bucs missed multiple tackles again on this play, and this time it costs them the game. Drew Brees ends the day with 35-57, for 371 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, while Glennon finishes the day with a solid  19-32, 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the days game. Left tackle Terron Robinson anchored an offensive line that kept Brees from getting sacked. Other guys like guards Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans dominated for the Saints offensive line as well.


 
Bobby Rainey got a rushing a rushing touchdown and 21 yards for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while both Pierre Thomas and Kyrie Robinson both had rushing touchdowns for the Saints.


 
The 1-4 Buccaneers now move on to The Baltimore Ravens next week at home. One has to wonder if the Buccaneers can win a contest to salvage their season at Raymond James Stadium against the Ravens.




Houston Texans 3-2-0
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Dallas Cowboys 4-1-0


Game Recap: DALLAS-The 3-1 Texans face the 3-1 Cowboys. This game will determine who the best team in the state of Texas is in 2014.


This game was all defense in the first half. The only notable moments of the first half were a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception and a Dan Bailey field goal.


Arian Foster got the ball rolling for the Houston Texans in the third quarter. A 15-yard run put the Texans up 7-3.


Tony Romo would follow that up with a passing touchdown to Terrance Williams. Dallas gained a 10 to 7 lead. The Cowboys would maintain that lead heading into the fourth quarter.


Early in the fourth quarter, Tony Romo threw his first interception of the day. After the Texans failed to score, Romo rebounded by guiding the Cowboys downfield. Romo threw another passing touchdown to Dez Bryant.


After the Cowboys took a 17-7 lead, Texans kicker Randy Bullock would get a field goal. Later in the fourth quarter Arian Foster would rush it in for a second rushing touchdown. That would cause the game to go into overtime. Both Jason Bantle and I told you this one would go to overtime.


Tony Romo had one big play in overtime. It occurred on a third down when Tony Romo threw a 37 yard pass to Dez Bryant on 3rd and 8. Dan Bailey kicks a game-winning field goal in overtime. Cowboys win 20 to 17.




Buffalo Bills 3-2-0
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Detroit Lions 3-2-0


Game Recap: DETROIT-Kyle Orton will make his first start for the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Personally I think benching E.J. Manuel will turn out to be a huge mistake and that the Lions will start the year 4-1.


This game was pretty boring. Both teams showed a lack of running the ball. There were some things that were surprising though.


First, but most important was the fact that the Bills scored 17 unanswered after the Lions took a 14 to 0 lead. What is even more amazing is that 14 of those points came in the second half.


Field cornerback Leodis McKelvin usually struggles today he was fantastic against Calvin Johnson. Boundary cornerback Stephon Gilmore is usually the best player on this secondary. Golden Tate destroyed Gilmore posting 7 receptions, 134 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.


You would think Matthew Stafford had the better day after seeing those numbers. Well both quarterbacks threw 1 touchdown and 1 pick. Stafford threw for 221 yards. Kyle Orton threw for 308 yards.


Two things led to the Bills win. Winning the battle in the trenches and special teams.


Buffalo gave Kyle Orton a lot of time in the pocket doing an exceptional job in pass protection. The Bills’ pass rush was on fire. Jerry Hughes got by Lions left tackle Riley Reiff posting 2 sacks. Defensive tackle Marcel Dareus posted 2 sacks. Left end Mario Williams posted one sack. Stafford could not get any blocking when dropping back in the pocket.


Dan Carpenter went 3/4 in the game for the Buffalo Bills. Detroit replaced rookie kicker Nate Freese with Alex Henery. Henery went 0 for 3. Just like to know who approved this move. Freese can still be decent. Detroit may draft Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt who looks like the top kicker in the 2015 NFL Draft, because they are not sold on Freese.


Bills win and maintain their lead in the AFC East. Lions fall to 3-2 and still lead the NFC North due to losses by the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. Packers lost to the Lions in head to head play which is why the Lions have a firm grasp on this division. Still, the Lions could have been 4-1 with a two game lead on the NFC North. Losing this game was simply unacceptable for the Lions.




Baltimore Ravens 3-2-0
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Indianapolis Colts 3-2-0


Game Recap: INDIANAPOLIS-The 3-1 Baltimore Ravens travel on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Andrew Luck leads the AFC in passing yards and the Colts are 2-0 since starting the year 0-2.


We could talk about the Colts offense, but I would like to start with the defense. The pass rush looked outstanding. Bjoern Werner finally looked like the 2013 first-round pick that people made him out to be. He recorded two sacks and injured left tackle Eugene Monroe in the contest. Joe Flacco failed to throw for a passing touchdown. Indianapolis held the Ravens to 90 rushing yards and went 52 minutes without allowing a rushing touchdown. That rushing touchdown by the Ravens came after the Colts gained a 20 to 6 lead.


Andrew Luck had a mixed outing. The 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions have to alarm you in the passing game. Luck ran for a touchdown to save face with his touchdown interception ratio while throwing for 312 yards through the air.


Pernell McPhee got by right guard Hugh Thornton. That was the only sack the Colts gave up. Luck has to credit his offensive line for a third consecutive week of outstanding pass protection. Look at his wide receivers. T.Y. Hilton had 9 receptions for 90 receiving yards. Reggie Wayne had 7 receptions for 77 receiving yards. Dwayne Allen posted 4 receptions for 59 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Coby Fleener had 1 reception for 30 yards. Hakeem Nicks had 3 receptions for 29 receiving yards after facing difficulty in coverage by Jimmy Smith. Ahmad Bradshaw caught 4 receptions for 17 receiving yards. Trent Richardson also caught 4 passes out of the backfield for 10 receiving yards.


Once again Luck was brilliant. Luck has 1,617 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, and 6 interceptions through 5 games. His passing yards per game dropped from 326 yards per game in 4 contests to 323.4 yards per game in 5 contests. His numbers did not dip too much, and the Colts quarterback is still playing phenomenal.




Pittsburgh Steelers 3-2-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 0-5-0


Game Recap: JACKSONVILLE-The Pittsburgh Steelers rarely lose two in a row. With a banged up secondary that may change. The 0-4 Jacksonville Jaguars seek their first win at home. It will be up to rookie Blake Bortles to outplay the quarterback many NFL Draft experts compared him to.


Pittsburgh won 17 to 9. This was a low scoring contest. Both defenses deserve credit for outplaying the offense in pass rushing, run defense, and pass defense.


Blake Bortles played like the AFC’s version of Jay Cutler this week. Bortles threw 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against a secondary that did not feature Ike Taylor. Am I stunned? Yes, I expected the Steelers to win. I thought it would be a close high scoring game. Most Steeler fans expected a blowout underestimating what the Jaguars can do. I will certainly say that I underestimated this defense, yet watching the Steelers pass blocking perform so poorly should not come as a surprise. Keeping both Le’veon Bell and Antonio Brown to under 100 yards is certainly a defensive victory.


Blake Bortles completed 22 out of 36 passes. He threw for 191 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The Steelers took a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Despite a sluggish performance on offense, the Steelers led 10 to 9 heading into the fourth quarter.


Bortles threw a pick 6 to Brice McCain. That is like throwing an interception to 2008 republican nominee John McCain. How can you throw a pick to pick 6 to PIttsburgh like a feeble old man Blake Bortles. You were drafted third overall and this is your second career start. The defense kept Bell and Brown and check and all you have to do is throw one touchdown and you win.


The Jaguars are now 0-5 and face the 1-4 Titans next week. Failing to beat the Titans means the Jaguars should consider taking Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota if they land the top pick. In the end, the Jaguars will probably trade the top pick and acquire more first round picks should they land the top pick. This team has faith in Bortles regardless of how he performs right now since he is a top 5 pick. You do not give up on top 5 picks after one season.





Arizona Cardinals 3-1-0
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Denver Broncos 3-1-0


Game Recap: DENVER-Carson Palmer was supposed to be back. Drew Stanton got the start. The 3-0 Cardinals will travel to Denver hoping to go 4-0. Both teams should be 3-1 after both squads had a bye week in week 4.


Arizona hung in with the Denver Broncos for one quarter. The Cardinals gained a 3-0 lead before Peyton Manning threw his 500th career passing touchdown to Julius Thomas. After the Cardinals settled for another field goal, Manning threw a touchdown to Demaryius Thomas. Demaryus caught a second receiving touchdown in the second quarter after the Cardinals scored. Denver led 21 to 13 at halftime.


Denver was ahead 24 to 20 heading into the fourth quarter. In the third quarter, Drew Stanton suffered a concussion injury. That meant rookie Logan Thomas would enter the game. Thomas was 1 for 8 for 81 yards. Andre Ellington ran for a rushing touchdown in the second quarter before catching an 81-yard passing touchdown from Logan Thomas. That was the only completion on the day from Thomas. Logan Thomas can be a good backup. I do not see him blossoming into a starter. Thomas played a shotgun spread not a pro style offense at Virginia Tech. The other thing I disliked about Logan Thomas was the lack of accuracy he showed with the Hokies, and today in his first backup appearance. Calias Campbell the Cardinals 3-4 left end also suffered an injury and will be out for a month after 3-4 right end Darnell Dockett got placed on injured reserve before the start of the season.


Denver dropped 17 unanswered after Arizona cut the deficit to 4. Broncos won 41 to 20.


Denver came out with an explosive offense today. Manning had a great game considering he faced a tough secondary with Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie at cornerback. Manning finished the day 31 for 47 throwing 479 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.


Manning had excellent pass protection. Nobody on this injured Cardinals front 7 was able to sack Manning. Peyton threw the ball to all of his playmakers. Demaryius Thomas posted 8 receptions, 226 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns. Emmanuel Sanders posted 7 receptions for 101 receiving yards. Tight end Julius Thomas caught 6 passes for 66 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. Wes Welker played slot receiver catching 7 passes for 58 receiving yards. Manning looked like a future Super Bowl champion in the making.


While this was a promising statement win for the Denver Broncos, we still need to see Denver play like this in January. With Arizona now at 3-1, Seattle has a chance to get to 3-1. Philadelphia and Dallas are both 4-1 and both NFC East teams have the best records in the NFC through 5 weeks.




Kansas City Chiefs 2-3-0
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San Francisco 49ers 3-2-0


Game Recap: SAN FRANCISCO-Both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are now 2-2. Alex Smith returns to face his old team in San Francisco.


Travis Kelce made a statement that Alex Smith was here to play early with a receiving touchdown. Chiefs led 7 to 3 after one quarter.


Both teams swapped field goals before Stevie Johnson caught a receiving touchdown. One could argue the Chiefs defender away and how that should have been offensive pass interference. 49ers take a 13 to 10 lead.


Alex Smith throws a touchdown to rookie running back De’Anthony Thomas. Chiefs led 17 to 13. 49ers would get a field goal.


Fourth quarter was Phil Dawson. Dawson hits two field goals. 49ers took a 22 to 17 lead.


Alex Smith looked phenomenal all day. He did not get sacked once throughout the game. At the end of the day, Smith threw a pick to Perrish Cox. San Francisco lacked a field cornerback. After two strong performances by Perrish Cox, one can argue that Cox is now the #1 corner after watching him contain Dwayne Bowe.


Smith carried this squad as he had no assistance from the running game. Patrick Willis only had 6 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, and 8 total tackles. Willis was disappointing when you consider he failed to reach double-digit tackles. When you consider that Willis only had 8 tackles, a lack of running game by the Chiefs is simply unacceptable.


Alex Smith failed to defeat the quarterback that took his job. Colin Kaepernick went 14 for 26 with 201 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Kaepernick has the 49ers off to a 3-2 start. Smith and the Chiefs fall to 2-3 after humiliating Tom Brady on Monday Night Football.




New York Jets 1-4-0
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San Diego Chargers 4-1-0


Game Recap: SAN DIEGO-The San Diego Chargers look like one of the best teams in the NFL so far. With a win today, the Chargers would start 4-1 and be in control of their own destiny.


This was a one sided contest from the start. San Diego delivered the first shutout of the season winning 31-0. Philip Rivers continues to play like a Pro Bowl quarterback. Rivers had 3 touchdowns and 1 pick. Antonio Gates two receiving touchdowns. Geno Smith got benched and Michael Vick came in.


Neither Smith or Vick is qualified to start. Everything is going as I predicted. The Jaguars and Raiders both started 0-5 and 0-4 when I predicted each team in my season previews. I also predicted that the Jets would get the top pick in the draft before the Sam Bradford injury. No surprises yet. New York has to draft a quarterback now having lost confidence and patience with Geno Smith.




Cincinnati Bengals 3-1-0
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New England Patriots 3-2-0


Game Recap: NEW ENGLAND-The Patriots got embarrassed on Monday Night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Now the Patriots have to avenge that loss after having less than 6 days to prepare. The Patriots next opponent is a 3-0 Bengals squad that had a bye week before traveling to New England Monday afternoon. This is one of those rare situations where the road team arrived in the location of the game before the home team.


New England opened up with a 10 play 80 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. Brady kept the ball for 4 minutes and 57 seconds. The Patriots posted 5 first downs on the drive and began with a bang by firing a 20 yard completion to Brandon LaFell. Stevan Ridley ran for 9 yards before Brady threw a 30 yard completion giving him the Patriots second first down on the game. Tom Brady would scramble for 6. Tom Brady kept handing off the football before Ridley ran it in for a rushing touchdown. That put the Patriots up 7-0.


Mohammed Sanu caught both of Andy Dalton’s first two completions for 22 receiving yards. Revis caught that pick. Thanks to lousy officiating the Bengals got the ball due to a penalty on Revis when it clearly was not a penalty on New England.


Despite the setback, Revis did a phenomenal job covering A.J. Green. Green did not get a single reception on the Bengals first drive. Mike Nugent missed a field goal as the field goal was short. Patriots lead 7-0.


Brady fires a four yard completion to Edelman. Ridley with a counter run to the outside for a first down. Excellent run blocking by Sebastian Vulmer at right tackle.


Terrance Newman had to ruin a Tom Brady completion by calling a timeout. The Bengals needed to regroup on defense, but couldn’t they wait until the Patriots led 14-0. The fan in me really wants to see the Patriots win after what happened on Monday Night.


Brady threw an awful pass. I am so glad that Newman was not lined up where Brady overthrew the pass. On the next play Rob Gronkowski had a huge gain by getting the ball to the Bengals 17 yard line. Brady recorded 50,000 career passing yards. Brady is the 6th player in NFL history to throw for that many yards. Next play, Patriots fired a touchdown to Tim Wright. The Patriots finally reaped the benefits of the Tim Wright trade after dealing Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers. New England had a 14-0 lead following Brady’s first passing touchdown of the night.


Patriots held the Bengals to a 3 and out. Brilliant play call by the Bengals with no secondary there to stop him. Bad throw by Dalton forces a 4th down.


Ridley with 7 carries, 35 yards, and a touchdown. Julian Edelman gained one yard. The New England Patriots convert again on 3rd and 4. Rob Gronkowski with a big completion to Rob Gronkowski. The bad news is Gronkowski got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. New England got the first down, but lost 15 yards on the play. Robert Geathers ended the quarter by sacking Tom Brady.


Brady ended the first quarter 7 for 8 with 114 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. Cincinnati gained some momentum after the Gronkowski penalty at the end of the first quarter.


Reggie Nelson committed pass interference and injured thee injury prone Danny Amendola. Julian Edelman should have caught a deep pass from Brady. It looked like Edelman caught it. Brady calls a timeout on 3rd and 8 hoping to keep the momentum alive by continuing to convert 3rd down conversions. The Patriots had 10 first downs to 3 heading into the third down situation. Brady throws it away after being pressured. Tight end Rob Gronkowski and right tackle Sebastian Vulmer missed defenders on the play.


Dalton tries to throw to A.J. Green, but Dalton overthrows him once again. Patriots stopped Jeremy Hill for a loss of yards following the incompletion. It looked like Dalton spiked it on third down. This time it is a false start. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth with a false start. Now both offensive tackles have false start penalties. Dalton 3 for 6 leading up to a 3rd and 19 play. Left outside linebacker Jamie Collins saves a Bengals first down.


Patriots get the ball back. Ridley with another big run for a first down. Brady overthrows it. Bengals kept the Patriots from scoring.


Cincinnati had a long drive. Some penalties put the Bengals in scoring position. Patriots make some stops late in the second quarter. Patriots up 14-3.


Rob Gronkowski dropped a pass on the first play of the drive. Tom Brady yelled weasel before handing it off to Shane Vereen for a first down. Fullback James Connelly managed to block Domata Peko. Tom Brady with a first down to Danny Amendola.


Shane Vereen attempted to run for another first down. He was stopped at the two minute warning. Rob Gronkowski with his second drop of the first half. This time Gronkowski drops it on third down. Patriots settled for a field goal. Patriots lead 17 to 3 as Stephen Gostkowski is now 9/9 on the season with field goal attempts.


Bengals fumbled the ball. That was clearly a lateral. The officials clearly have a thing against the Patriots. Luckily the Patriots are in field goal position. Brady fires a first down to Rob Gronkowski. Patriots settled for field goal with little time left in the first half. Patriots led 20 to 3 at halftime. Revis limited A.J. Green to 2 receptions for 19 receiving yards.


After the Bengals failed to score, Tom Brady fired a first down following the punt. New England with a holding penalty on third down which was declined. Patriots with 10 penalties for 99 yards. New England needs to stop being so undisciplined.


Pacman Jones made it rain on the punt return. Andy Dalton fired a touchdown to Mohammed Sanu and the Patriots only lead by 10 now.


Patriots are the only team in the NFL with cameras on their field goal posts. Please do not accuse the Patriots of videotaping opponents again. Tom Brady fired a pass to Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski now with 5 receptions for 84 receiving yards. Tim Wright with a completion. Wright beginning to look like the tight end that Aaron Hernandez was before Hernandez got arrested for murder.


Next play, Tom Brady with a handoff to Shane Vereen. Great job by Dan Connelly blocking at left guard. Then Ridley enters the game.


Rob Gronkowski with his third drop of the game set up a 3rd and 16. Shane Vereen moves the chains for a first down. Patriots display amazing run blocking. Sebastian Vulmer showing up in run blocking even though he has struggled in pass blocking on a few plays.


Brady orchestrated a 10 play 86 yard drive that is taking up 5 minutes and 21 seconds. Tight end Rob Gronkowski catches his 6th pass for 100 receiving yards. Patriots lead 27 to 10.


Kyle Arrington recovered a Ben Tate fumble. Patriots lead 34 to 10.


Next series Revis got injured. A.J. Green finally shows up after Revis exits the game. Bengals got a touchdown and the Bengals cut New England’s lead in half for the second time tonight.


Stevan Ridley ran for 43 rushing yards near the end of the third quarter. Patriots ended the third quarter up 17 points. Patriots took a 20 point lead after settling for a field goal. Patriots led 37 to 17. New England won 43 to 17.




Seattle Seahawks 3-1-0
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Washington Redskins 1-4-0


Game Recap: WASHINGTON-This contest will be a rematch of the 2011 Big 10 Championship where Russell Wilson helped Wisconsin defeat Michigan State and Kirk Cousins. This will also be Brian Thornsburg’s first time doing a game recap for a Monday Night Football game.


The Washington Redskins have problems, and that's not even including the ones they face tonight against the Seattle Seahawks. The Redskins lost star quarterback, Robert Griffin III in week three, got blown out by The Giants last week 45-14, and have their backup quarterback, Kirk Cousins, cant seem to stop turning the ball over.  If Washington wants any chance at keeping this one close, they need to rest their defense with long offensive drives, and Cousins cannot turn the ball over at crucial points in the game.


 
The Seattle Seahawks on the other hand, are right on track to return to The Super Bowl at the end of the end of the season. They start the year 2-1, beat their Super Bowl opponent 26-20, and have one of the most versatile rushing games in the league, with both Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin standing at the ready to run the ball down any defenses throats. The Seahawks just need to dominate the run game early and the win should be theirs tonight.


 
The Seahawks make things look easy on their opening drive,  as Russel Wilson scrambles twice for a total of 45 yards, before connecting with Jermaine Kearse for a 15 yard pass in the end zone. The Seahawks don&146;t seem to be using Lynch much in the early going of this game. The Redskins defense showed some life, when they stopped a pass from Wilson to Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks now lead early 7-0.


 
Kirk Cousins and The Redskins tried to move the ball down the field on the opening drive, but a untimely fumble on second and six by Alfred Morris, moved them back nine yards. Cousins tried to get something going with a five yard pass to Roy Helu, but it still wasn’t enough to move the chains. It looks like its going to be a long night for the Redskins offense in this game.


 
Wilson scrambled up the field for a 22 yard gain on the next drive. He now has 80 rushing yards this quarter. The Seahawks drive was cut short though, due to a fumble by Wilson on the snap. The miscue left The Seahawks out of rhythm, leading to a incomplete pass by Wilson on third five. Lynch also took a huge hit during the play and had to be helped up by referees and a teammate. Despite the two fumbles, The Redskins once again get nothing going on offense and are forced three and out on their next drive.


 
Wilson and The Seahawks take over at their own 43 yard line, but are backed up after a false start penalty on third and third. Wilson tries to get rid of the ball on third and nine, but The Redskins blitz and Washington comes up with a sack. Seattle might want to start protecting their quarterback more, as he has already taken two hits on two consecutive drives. Washington seems to have a answer so far to The Seahawks offense, but need to get something going on offense with Kirk Cousins.


 
Seattle’s next drive started out great with a 20 yard pass from Wilson to Baldwin for a first down. Wilson then completed a pass to Percy Harvin for a gain of 13 later in the drive. Percy Harvin ran into the end zone twice during the drive for a touchdown, but the score was called back both times for a false start and a holding penalty on Seattle. After a short pass by Wilson, The Seahawks settled for a 40 yard field goal to go up 10-0 on The Redskins.


 
Wilson looks like superman on his name drive, avoiding two Redskin defenders to throw the ball 36 yards down the field to Cooper Helfet at the nine yard line. Wilson then keeps the ball all two himself on first and goal, running nine yards for the touchdown. Wilson is now 8/12 for 109 yards,  89 rushing yards on six carries, and a rushing touchdown. The Redskins seem to have no answer to Wilson’s versatile gameplay.


 
The Redskins finally show some sign of life on offense, with a 11 yard rush by Alfred Morris, followed by Cousins breaking away from a Seattle defender and throwing a 60 yard pass to Desean Jackson to put six points on the board before halftime. The Seahawks still lead 17-7, but are looking a bit more vulnerable on offense with their multiple penalties.


 
Both teams had a chance to score before the half, but failed to do anything in the final minutes of the quarter. Kirk Cousins is 7/17 for 93 yards and a touchdown at the half. While Superman Wilson is 11/15 for 131 yards 1 passing touchdown, has six carries for 89 yards and one rushing touchdown as well. Lynch and Harvin combine for nine touches and 47 yards in the first half, hopefully with The Seahawks up by ten, they will focus more on protecting Wilson and running the ball with Lynch. Percy Harvin also left the game late in the second quarter, after cutting during a run play. He landed awkwardly on his hip and then was helped off the field.


 
Despite a 57 yard pass from Cousins to DeSean Jackson, and a illegal use of hands penalty on The Seahawks, The Redskins are still forced to a field goal, after failing to get the first down on third and one. Cousins tried for the quarterback sneak, but was snuffed out seconds into the play. They ended up a inch short and kicked a 27 yard field goal.


 
The Redskins finally step up on defense, forcing The Seahawks three and out on their opening second half drive. The drive looked promising early, with Marshawn Lynch rushing up the field for six yards, but their next run play was quickly snuffed out by The Redskins defense for no gain. Wilson tried a short pass to Percy Harvin for the first down, but he was tackled after only a gain on one on third and three.


 
Both teams struggle late into the third quarter, with the Redskins surprisingly forcing the Seahawks three and out on back to back drives. Despite holding the offense heavy, Seahawks, scoreless in the second half, Cousins still cannot seem to connect with anyone to keep a drive alive long enough to make it into the end one. Cousins needs to hit Jackson or Garcon soon, or Seahawks can just eventually run the clock out and win this game.


 
A 41-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin being brought back due to a penalty, a challenge against Wilson for allegedly throwing the ball past the line of scrimmage and multiple penalties, couldn't stop The Seahawks from scoring, as Wilson connects with Lynch for a nine yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.  The drive was highlighted by Wilsons scramble play, where he avoided two Redskins defenders, danced on the line of scrimmage and still brought himself back in the pocket to connect on a 12 yard pass to Luke Willson. The punter, Jon Ryan even did his part to keep the drive alive with a five yard run to the left for the first down.


 
The Redskins respond on their next drive, with a 20 yard pass to Helu and then another one to him for a gain of 22 yards. Washington finishes the drive with a six yard pass to A. Roberts for the touchdown. Seahawks still lead 24-17 DeSean Jackson also contributed on the drive with a nine yard gain to put The Redskins at the six yard line.


 
It all comes down to late game theatrics, as Wilson literally puts the game on shoulders and avoids multiple redskins defenders to connect on a short pass to Marshawn Lynch for a thirty yard gain.  The Seahawks are able to cruise from there, hitting a field goal from  43 yards out to make it 27-17 for The Seahawks in the final seconds of the game.


 
Wilson finishes the night going 18/24 for 201 yards two passing touchdowns, 11 carries on the ground for 122 yards and a rushing touchdown. Marshawn Lynch is unable to get a rushing touchdown, but catches five in the air for 45 yards and one touchdown. Percy Harvin catches four balls for 27 yards and no touchdown.


 
Kirk Cousins goes 21/36 for 283 yards and two touchdowns. The redskins running game finishes with 17 carries by three different backs for 32 yards in the game. DeSean Jackson catches five balls for 157 yards and one touchdown, A Roberts caught five for 29 yards and a touchdown as well. The Redskins defense did keep their team in the game with several key stops in the second half, but untimely were unable to stop Wilsons miracle plays in the third and fourth quarter.


 
The Seahawks move on to face The Cowboys next week at home. Hopefully the 12th man will be able to influence the outcome of the game. Wilson and the Seahawks go 4-1. The Redskins move on to face the Cardinals in Arizona.







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