Week 5 is here, and we are starting to see a few teams separate themselves from the pack. Let’s take a look at what happened around the league.
Minnesota 30 – Green Bay 24
This was a classic NFC North rivalry game, and the Vikes got the best of GB this time around. It took 3 different quarterbacks, but somehow Minnesota got it done. Matt Cassel threw 2 interceptions, but Adrian Peterson’s 128 yards and 2 TD’s were able to make up for it. Green Bay couldn’t do anything on the ground, but Aaron Rodgers carved up the Vikes secondary or 3 TD’s. Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t enough.
Coach Wilf, it took 3 quarterbacks to get it done tonight. Thoughts?
All about the next man up. We prepare all 53 players to contribute. Tonight, we needed a few more than usual. They stepped up and did their part to contribute, and we walked away with a great divisional win. As a coach, that’s all I can ask. We’ll heal up and do it again next week.
Chicago 59 – Carolina 14
The Bears continued their ridiculous offensive pace with another massive scoring day. Jay Cutler was throwing to everyone on the field, and I mean everyone. He torched the Panthers for 7 scores, and tossed them 4 passes to make them feel better. Trindon Holliday continues to be the biggest beneficiary, racking up 266 yds and 5 touchdowns in what can only be described as a video game performance. He is looking to run away with the wideout crown for the year, and at this pace he shouldn’t have much opposition. Ron Rivera was fired following this game, and he was immediately replaced by coach J. Bugg. His background is a mystery, leading some to speculate he is someone the owner owed 100 favors. We’ll see what he can do to reverse this 0-5 slide.
Trindon, describe how you eel about this offense.
It’s prolific. I’m out here doing what I want man. I get open, and the ball just finds me. I’ve never seen anything like it. Hopefully the good times continue.
Cleveland 30 – Tennessee 17
The Browns season from heaven continued as they dispatched of the Titans easily. Money Manziel didn’t throw so well, throwing 2 interceptions and no touchdowns. But he didn’t need to. Manziel and Ben Tate did their damage on the ground to the tune of 3 scores. 7 sacks by the defense made sure that would be enough. The Browns have sprinted to the top of their division, and are aiming for a first round bye. Time will tell if that is a sensible goal at this juncture.
Manziel, you were spotted out on the town the night before the game. Did that have anything to do with your performance?
As if me saying no would matter. Come on man. We’re 5-0 and you want to ask about my nightlife? Get better at your job.
New York Giants 14 – Atlanta 6
A coaching change was made after the Giants started the season 0-4. Coach Marcus Brown was brought in to right the ship, and he started with a hard fought win. It was nowhere near pretty, but a win is a win is a win. Rashad Jennings and David Wilson formed an impressive 2 headed rushing attack to help control the clock and neutralize Atlanta’s potentially explosive offense. Harry Douglas had 111 yards, but in the end the Falcons could not find the end zone. Coach Brown had to love the effort on defense. Now he needs to get Eli on track.
Coach Brown, impressive debut. Do you think you can turn this around?
If I can create a culture where my players believe I will lead them to victory, we will be successful. It’s my job to do just that. Today was a step towards that goal, but I have to do more to earn their belief.
Houston 16 – Dallas 7
Houston got the better of Dallas in this Texas bragging rights game. Neither quarterback looked impressive, but Arian Foster’s 84 yards created enough offense to give the Texans the edge. J.J. Watt had 2 sacks on the day, and his constant pressure forced Romo into 4 miscues. Dallas’s offensive line would love a mulligan, but none will be had. The Cowboys have to make a move soon if they hope to salvage the season. The Redskins are looking to run away with this division.
J.J., do you feel like playing against Dallas means a little something special?
Not really. I mean, it’s not important to me that we be the best in the state. We have bigger goals in sight, and I won’t lose focus because a team in the same state happens to be our opponent.
Coach Moore, do you think you are losing the locker room?
Indianapolis 42 – Baltimore 0
The Colts made a statement with this one. Andrew Luck was almost perfect, throwing for 4 TD’s and 255 yards. Stevan Ridley added 145 yards on the ground to complete the balanced attack. Baltimore just didn’t have an answer. Dwayne Allen led the receivers with 115 yards and a score, and the defense rang up 7 sacks to show they were no afterthought. The Colts have looked dominant at times, and are looking to keep the undefeated streak going.
Luck, describe what you saw out there today.
*laughing* A lot of open receivers.
Jacksonville 30 – Pittsburgh 6
Blake Bortles threw for 341 yards in this much needed victory. Denard Robinson showed signs of life with 85 yards and a touchdown. Marqise Lee has had a steady run lately, and he scored again today. Red Byrant and Chris Smith combined for 5 sacks in a dominant defensive performance. Jacksonville is hoping to build off of this win and gain some positive momentum.
Coach King, do you see any progress in how your team handles themselves on the field?
I see the team learning what it takes to win in the NFL. I see them paying attention to the little things. I see that they are playing for each other instead of themselves or a check. These are the things that form the foundation of winning teams.
Arizona 24 – Denver 20
Peyton didn’t get much help from his running game in this contest, and it was their downfall in the end. Arizona’s defense was too much for the one dimensional passing attack of Denver. Demaryius Thomas was able to shake free for over 100 yards and a score. Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald countered by combining for 1 yard shy of 200. Denver will look to turn things around against the Jets next week.
Peyton, did Arizona do a good job of staying one step ahead of you?
I wouldn’t necessarily say that. I feel like our execution was a little off all game. They were very physical, and some of the timing routes we specialize were thrown slightly off because of that. We’ll adjust and be better next week.
San Francisco 52 – Kansas City 7
Kaepernick came alive in this one, throwing 5 TD’s in a rout. Frank Gore added 99 more yards to his gaudy season total, while Jamaal Charles ran for 117. Vernon Davis had 9 catches for 144 yards and 4 TD’s, while Crabtree snagged the 5th. Corey Lemonier lead the defense with 4 sacks, making Alex Smith rethink his profession after back to back beatings. The 49ers are looking for a 4th straight deep postseason run, and I don’t see a reason why it can’t happen.
Kaepernick, what was the secret to your success passing the ball today?
I felt good all week during practice, and the result was what you saw today. I saw some things on tape that I felt I could exploit, and it turns out the game plan was perfect.
New York Jets 24 – San Diego 20
The Jets got a gem from Geno Smith this week, and a 24 – 20 win was the result. The offense really stepped up this week, led by Geno Smith spreading the ball all over the field and limiting turnovers. The Jets were 2 for 2 in the red zone, which bodes well for the future. Coach Whitfield has done a great job of implementing his vision here, now the Jets must focus on consistency.
Geno, how do you feel about your new coach’s direction?
I couldn’t be happier. He told me from day one our relationship was of the utmost importance to him, and he has walked the walk. Good or bad, he makes sure we are on the same page going forward. I would run through a brick wall or him. End cliche phrase.
New England 27 – Cincinnati 17
The Pats were able to overcome a pedestrian game from Brady to secure another win. LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen kept the ball moving on the ground for 130 combined yards and 2 TD’s. The Bengals running game was a complete non-factor. Revis held A.J. Green in check, limiting him to 33 measly yards. Marvin Jones notched 118 yards, using the extra attention Green received to shake free. Brady chose to target several different players, keeping the Bengals one step behind.
Coach Whittaker, how did you neutralize A.J. Green?
Revis Island is a dangerous place for wide outs. I know you may have forgot, but nothing’s changed.
A.J., did Revis give you trouble today?
You get paid to ask that?
2 great quotes to end the recap. See us next week.