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NFL Week Five Recap: Victories, losses and drama

Week five of the NFL brought exciting victories and devastating losses to teams around the league.
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Week five of the NFL brought exciting victories and devastating losses to teams around the league.

Bears Earn First Win Over Commanders on TNF
It has been a tumultuous year in Chi-Town, as the Bears went almost a full calendar year without earning a single victory. That all changed Thursday night as they came out firing at FedEx Field in Washington D.C. Justin Fields was spectacular again, throwing four touchdowns for the second straight game, while star receiver D.J. Moore had his coming-out party for the Bears, totaling 230 yards on eight catches and three touchdowns. The Bears have finally started to generate some momentum offensively and are in a perfect position to continue.

Ugly Losses Continue For the Patriots, Shut Out By Saints 34-0

The New England Patriots are struggling. Bill Belichick is a bad general manager, plain and simple. The six-time Super Bowl champion head coach has now suffered two of his worst-ever losses in back-to-back games as his team has been outscored by a combined 72-3 in those games.

Overall, the team is an utter mess. Their lone bright spots on defense, Matthew Judon and Christian Gonzalez, are both out with injuries, the receivers can’t get any separation, the offensive line can’t protect the pass and Mac Jones continues to make questionable decisions under center. There is no identity with this group on either side of the ball. The Patriots need to consider relinquishing Belichick of his football operational duties, as the roster deteriorates. Meanwhile, the Saints continue to prove to be a formidable team on the road.

Steelers Spark Late Comeback to Stun Ravens 17-10

The Steelers offense under Matt Canada unsurprisingly struggled through the first three-quarters of the game. Down 10-8 in the final minutes, Kenny Pickett found George Pickens for a 41-yard touchdown to steal a key division win. Lamar Jackson struggled to move the ball throughout the game, totaling 236 yards on 38 attempts for no touchdowns and an interception. The Steelers currently hold sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

Bengals Get Back on Track With Win Over Cardinals 34-20

In a game the Bengals needed to win, they were victorious against the Cardinals. Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow finally looked healthy, going 36-46 for 317 yards, three TDs and one INT. Receiver Ja’Marr Chase had one of the best games of his young career, catching 15 of 19 targets for 192 yards and three touchdowns. For those who play fantasy football, that’s 52 fantasy points right there. Hopefully, everyone who had him in their leagues won their matchups and didn’t waste a legendary performance like that one. The Bengals look to stay on the right track as they encounter the Seahawks at home in an intriguing matchup.

49ers Embarrass Cowboys in SNF Blowout

If there was any doubt on who the best team in the NFL was, the San Francisco 49ers put that to rest on Sunday Night with a convincing 42-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Dak Prescott’s struggles against the Niners continued, as he threw a hat trick’s worth of interceptions and was pulled at the beginning of the fourth quarter. San Francisco has now won 15 straight regular-season games (tied for the franchise record) with quarterback Brock Purdy in charge of a talented offense. The 49ers’ stout defense also put in its best performance of the year. Dallas needs to step up its offensive play calling and overall QB performance ahead of their Monday Night Football matchup in Los Angeles.

Raiders Stifle Jordan Love, Escape With MNF Win Over Packers 17-13

Jordan Love had easily the worst game of the season and probably of his career. He threw three interceptions, including one right into the hands of Raiders linebacker Robert Spillane. The Raiders offense wasn’t pretty either, with questionable clock management and another mediocre performance from the injured Jimmy Garoppolon. Davante Adams was barely utilized, catching only four passes for 45 yards. Nonetheless, the Raiders still left Allegiant Stadium with a victory and improved to 2-3 on the season. The Packers drop to 2-3 as they head into their bye week.

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