2010 NFL Week 5 Game Recaps
Jaguars 36, Bills 26
Jacksonville was down 10-0 and 13-3 at certain points of this contest, so give them credit for coming back. Once they stopped committing senseless mistakes, they effortlessly moved the ball up and down the field on Buffalo's sorry defense. Following the Bills field goal, eight of the Jaguars' next nine drives resulted in some sort of a score.
Ravens 31, Broncos 17
The Broncos fumbled a kickoff to give Baltimore three free points, and committed seven penalties - in the first half alone. One infraction (pass interference) gave the Ravens the ball on the 1-yard line. Two negated long plays. Two put Denver in third-and-long. Thanks to all of these penalties (they finished with 10), Baltimore was able to establish a 17-0 lead. And you don't come back against the Ravens down 17.
Colts 19, Chiefs 9
Haley tried to spark his team early. He called for an onside kick to start the contest, but the attempted failed. I liked the idea though; if Sean Payton's try didn't work in the Super Bowl, everyone would have called him an idiot, right? And it's not like Peyton Manning can't score on a long field.
Haley attempted another ballsy move later in the first quarter. He went for it on 4th-and-2 inside Indianapolis' 5-yard line, but didn't get it. This move would really prove to be costly later; had the Chiefs kicked the field goal there, they could have went for it at the end of the game instead of asking Succop to try a 51-yarder.
Addai had 50 rushing yards on 17 carries, but left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Mike Hart totaled 50 yards and a score on 11 attempts in Addai's place.
Redskins 16, Packers 13
Rodgers suffered a concussion in overtime, and his status for Week 6 is unclear. Finley, meanwhile, is likely out next Sunday with a displaced hamstring (ouch). Matthews limped off the field with his own hamstring injury.
Lions 44, Rams 6
So what happened? A series of unfortunate events, primarily an injury to No. 1 receiver Mark Clayton. Clayton left the game in the first quarter on a stretcher. Hours later, he confirmed that he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Like Jimmy Clausen in Carolina, Bradford will now have to manage without his top wideout.
Adding insult to injury, Sloppy play really haunted the Rams. Danny Amendola fumbled inside the Detroit 5-yard line when this contest was only 3-0. After a Josh Brown field goal to tie it at three, the Rams surrendered a 105-yard kickoff return score to Stefan Logan, thanks to sloppy tackling.
Bears 23, Panthers 6
OK, first of all, I have no idea why the Bears called a single passing play in this contest. They were running the ball all over the Panthers (Matt Forte, 22-166, 2 TDs; Chester Taylor, 18-43) and established a quick 17-3 lead in the first quarter. Despite this, Mike Martz inexplicably kept asking Tom Collins to air it out.
Tom Collins played like he drank quite a few Tom Collinses; he went 6-of-16 for 32 yards and drunkenly tossed four very ugly interceptions. Caleb Hanie mercifully stepped in late and went 2-of-3 for 19 yards.
Buccaneers 24, Bengals 21
Ultimately, I decided to go with Cincinnati. Oops. I can confirm now that the Bengals are garbage.
Williams really played like a stud, registering seven grabs for 99 yards and a score. If you're reading this, hopefully you have him on your fantasy team. He's just going to keep getting better and better each week.
Falcons 20, Browns 10
- Delhomme fumbled a snap inside the Atlanta 5-yard line. Peyton Hillis probably would have scored otherwise.
- On a Browns fourth down at midfield with five seconds remaining at the end of the first half, they didn't even try a Hail Mary. The crowd booed the Browns off the field even though they had a 7-6 lead; Cleveland essentially admitted that their quarterback can't throw a 50-yard pass even though they gave him $7 million guaranteed.
- Delhomme threw a pick-six - to a defensive end. That touchdown gave the Falcons the cover.
- While Wallace went 11-of-15 for 139 yards, Delhomme was 13-of-23 for 97 yards, two picks and the aforementioned fumble.
Giants 34, Texans 10
Matt Schaub simply looked like he was trying to force the issue to Johnson. He threw an incompletion to the Pro Bowl wideout on a third down in the opening quarter. On the next drive, he tossed an interception while targeting Johnson.
Schaub went 16-of-34 for 196 yards, but a lot of that came in garbage time. He was just 8-of-17 for 69 yards and the aforementioned pick in the first half.
Cardinals 30, Saints 20
Drew Brees took the Saints into the red zone four times, but managed only one touchdown. Brees went 24-of-39 for 294 yards, two scores and three interceptions. One of the picks came in garbage time, but the other two were uncharacteristic of Brees.
Titans 34, Cowboys 27
The Cowboys made numerous mistakes, namely six sacks allowed (most in the first half) and 12 penalties. The huge infraction occurred on Dallas' final touchdown. Jason Witten scored, and handed the ball to teammate Marc Colombo. Colombo spiked the ball, which drew a yellow flag because two players were involved on a celebration (a B.S. rule, but the right call). The Cowboys were pushed back to their 15 on the kickoff, which helped Marc Mariani set up the Titans in the red zone thanks to a 73-yard kickoff and a face mask penalty. Chris Johnson scored the game-winning touchdown three plays later.
As for Dez Bryant, the rookie wideout had only three catches for 22 yards. He injured his ankle in the second quarter. He missed some action and then limped around for the rest of the game.
Young found Kenny Britt for a 52-yard completion in the third quarter. Britt, who finished with four grabs for 86 yards and a score, completely abused Mike Jenkins all afternoon. Britt torched Jenkins on that 52-yard reception and also drew two pass-interference flags on the opening drive, and probably should have gotten a third later on.
Raiders 35, Chargers 27
In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray woke up and re-lived the same day over and over again. Every time Norv Turner goes on the road, he re-lives the same game over and over again. Let's just hope he doesn't electrocute himself in the bath tub one of these weeks.
Every Chargers road game is the same. They suffer untimely fumbles (three lost fumbles). They screw up on special teams (two punts blocked that led to 12 points for Oakland). And their final drive in an attempt to either tie the contest or take the lead ends up badly.
...And the Raiders didn't even do it with their Polish Point-Shaver! Bruce Gradkowski was just 1-of-7. He injured his shoulder early on and couldn't complete a pass afterward. He was then taken out of the game in favor of Jason Campbell, who was a solid 13-of-18 for 159 yards and a touchdown to Zach Miller (6-62).
Eagles 27, 49ers 24
From that point on, Smith went 12-of-16 for 123 yards, leading the 49ers on two touchdown drives. Smith went into Beast Mode and simply was unstoppable. However, he played just like this against the Saints on Monday Night Football, so there's no reason to think that this will carry over to next week's game against Oakland. Smith does seem to perform better in the no-huddle, two-minute drill style of offense, so San Francisco should think about playing this way going forward.
For thoughts on Patriots-Dolphins, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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