Week 5 NFL Game Recaps


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Indianapolis Colts (1-4) vs New England Patriots (3-2)


Final Score: Patriots 38, Colts 24


Recap

This matchup came down to the Patriots having a healthier and more talented roster than the banged up Colts. New England got out to a fast start and they never lost the lead. The Colts started the night with only 44 players dressed and saw up to 8 different guys that got injured at some point. Tom Brady tossed his 500th touchdown to Josh Gordon, which pretty much sealed Indy’s fate. The only silver lining for Indianapolis was that after back-to-back weeks of having 300-yard games, Andrew Luck put to rest the talk of if he still has the arm he did prior to his injury.


Even though the Patriots never fell behind and won by two scores, the game did get interesting in the 2nd half. Even though they weren’t his fault, Brady threw two picks which helped the Colts climb back into the game to make the score 24-17. It was the following possession when Brady threw a prayer to Gordon to connect on that touchdown. The Colts tried to drive but Zach Pascal dropped a ball that hit him right in the hands and led it right to a Patriots defender to seal the game. Indianapolis needs to get healthy as the season goes along and it appears that for the time being, New England is back.


Notable Performances

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck, QB: 38/59, 365 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT

Nyheim Hines, RB: 15 rush, 45 yds, 3.0 ypc, 7 rec, 45 yds

Eric Ebron, TE: 9 rec, 105 yds, 2 TD


New England Patriots

Tom Brady, QB: 34/44, 341 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT

Sony Michel, RB: 18 rush, 98 yds, 5.4 ypc, 1 TD; 1 rec, 12 yds

James White, RB: 2 rush, 0 yds, 0.0. ypc; 10 rec, 77 yds, 1 TD


Written by: Cody Manning



Tennessee Titans (3-2) vs. Buffalo Bills (2-3)


Final Score: Bills 13, Titans 12


Recap

If you didn’t get a chance to watch any of this matchup, don’t worry, because you didn’t miss much. This was some ugly football that was played by both teams and the Bills did just enough to pull away with a win at the last second. The Titans entered this game riding high after a great start to their season but may have lost some confidence after losing to a team they should have beaten. They shot themselves in the foot too many times and turn the ball over three times. Buffalo wasn’t pretty on offense but they did what they had to do to drive the ball down the field when they needed it.


The biggest play that really hurt the Titans was during the drive that resulted in their third field goal of the game. On third down, Mariota was scrambling and found a wide-open Nick Williams, who dropped the potential touchdown that would have put Tennesse up 13-10. While they did end up getting the lead, that play could have changed the outcome. The Titans need to put this game behind them and try to get back on track next week. Buffalo needs to find a way to improve on their offense and get a back-to-back win for the first time this season.


Notable Performances

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota, QB: 14/26, 129 yds, 1 INT; 2 rush, 10 yds

Derrick Henry, RB: 11 rush, 56 yds, 5.1 ypc

Corey Davis, WR: 4 rec, 49 yds


Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen, QB: 10/19, 82 yds, 1 INT, 4 rush, 19 yds, 1 TD

LeSean McCoy, RB: 24 rush, 85 yds, 3.5 ypc; 2 rec, 23 yds

Zay Jones, WR: 3 rec, 20 yds


Written by: Cody Manning



Atlanta Falcons (1-4) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1)


Final Score: Steelers 41, Falcons 17


Recap

The Falcons felt the impact of defensive injuries this week, falling to the Steelers 41-17. The Steelers offense doesn’t look like it misses Le’veon Bell as much as we all thought. James Conner dominated the Falcons defense, rushing for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns and hauling in 4 catches for 75 yards. The Falcons offense found some success moving the ball through the air, but their offensive line couldn’t handle the Steelers defense. The Falcons only rushed for 62 yards, and gave up 6 sacks.


In the 3rd quarter, the Steelers were up by 10 points before they were able to block a Falcons punt. Three plays later, Conner scored his second touchdown of the day to put the Steelers up by 17. The Falcons answered with a 2 yard touchdown by Ito Smith, but weren’t able to keep Antonio Brown out of the end zone, after a 47 yard touchdown pass. Driving the ball again, Matt Ryan overthrew a receiver on 4th down to turn the ball over. After the Falcons got the ball back again, with a little over 3 minutes left and down by 17, Matt Ryan was sacked and fumbled the ball. L.J. Fort fell on the ball in the end zone, ending all hope and giving the Steelers a 41-17 victory.


Notable Performances

Atlanta Falcons

Austin Hooper, WR: 9 rec, 77 yds

Mohamed Sanu, WR: 4 rec, 73 yds, 1 TD


Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner, RB: 21 rush, 110 yds, 2 TD, 5.2 ypc

Antonio Brown, WR: 6 rec, 101 yds, 2 TD

T.J. Watt, DE: 8 tackles, 6 solo, 3 sacks


Written by: Blake Hymel



Denver Broncos (2-3) vs. New York Jets (2-3)


Final Score: Jets 34, Broncos 16


Recap

The outcome of this game shocked a lot of people, including myself. This game was all New York from the very beginning, as this Jets offense seemed unstoppable. Running back Isaiah Crowell had an outstanding game on the ground, rushing for 219 yards and a touchdown on only 15 carries. Wide receiver Robby Anderson also had a solid game as he pulled in three receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns. The only two bright spots for the Broncos were Case Keenum, who threw for 377 yards and two touchdowns, and Demaryius Thomas, who had five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for Denver, as they now fall to 2-3 after a 2-0 start to the season.


Denver jumped out to an early lead with the first score of the day on a touchdown pass from Keenum to Courtland Sutton. Unfortunately for the Broncos, that was their only sign of life in this one, as it was all Jets after that. New York headed into the half leading 21-10 after a 77-yard touchdown run by Crowell and two touchdown receptions by Anderson. Denver had a late touchdown pass from Keenum to Thomas in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late as the Jets won this one 34-16.


Notable Performances

Denver Broncos

Case Keenum, QB: 35/51, 377 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT

Phillip Lindsay, RB: 12 rush, 61 yds, 5.1 ypc

Demaryius Thomas, WR: 5 rec, 105 yds, 1 TD


New York Jets

Sam Darnold, QB: 10/22, 198 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT

Isaiah Crowell, RB: 15 rush, 219 yds, 1 TD, 14.6 ypc

Robby Anderson, WR: 3 rec, 123 yds, 2 TD


Written by: Ryan Lippert



Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) vs Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)


Final Score: Chiefs 30, Jaguars 14


Recap

This was supposed to be one of the games to watch this weekend. It ended up being a blowout, as Kansas City had control of the game all afternoon. Even though Patrick Mahomes threw a couple interceptions, the Chiefs picked apart the Jaguars defense. Blake Bortles self-destructed, as he committed a total of five turnovers and couldn’t help bring his team within reach to Kansas City’s lead. The Chiefs have to be happy with how their defense played after everyone has said it would be a liability.


The biggest play of the game which ended up giving the Chiefs full command in the first quarter. Down 13-0, the Jaguars needed to put together a scoring drive to get back into the game. But on the first play, they ran a screen and Bortles threw it directly into the hands of a defensive lineman, which resulted in a pick-six. After being dominated like this, Jacksonville needs a bounce-back win before they end up falling to .500. Kansas City will head to Foxborough as they want to continue this momentum and go take on last year’s AFC Champs on Sunday Night Football.


Notable Performances

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles, QB: 33/61, 430 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT; 4 rush, 34 yds, 1 TD, 1 FUM

T.J. Yeldon, RB: 10 rush, 53 yds, 5.3 ypc, 8 rec, 69 yds, 1 TD

Donte Moncrief, WR: 6 rec, 76 yds


Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes, QB: 22/38, 313 yds, 2 INT; 4 rush, 13 yds, 1 TD

Kareem Hunt, RB: 22 rush, 87 yds, 1 TD, 4.0 ypc; 1 rec, 7 yds

Travis Kelce, TE: 5 rec, 100 yds


Written by: Cody Manning



Green Bay Packers (2-2-1) vs Detroit Lions (2-3)


Final Score: Lions 31, Packers 23


Recap

Aaron Rodgers called out his head coach and offense regarding their performance last week, but it didn’t seem like anyone got the message. The Lions forced 2 sack fumbles on Aaron Rodgers and it was just enough to keep the Packers at bay. The story of the day is how ice cold Mason Crosby was, missing 4 field goals and an extra point. Give credit to the Lions defense — they bended but didn't break all game, taking the ball away and forcing kicks in the red zone.


The Packers forced the Lions to punt on their first drive with the score still 0-0, when Packers cornerback Kevin King was said to have touched the ball on the punt. The Lions recovered it at the 1 yard line. Looking at the replay, it appeared that Detroit’s Charles Washington hit the ball, but the white gloves he was wearing blended nicely with the Packers’ white jerseys. The Lions scored on the next play with a LeGarrette Blount 1 yard rush and never looked back.


Notable Performances

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers, QB: 32/52, 442 yds 3 TD

Davante Adams, WR: 9 rec, 140 yds, 1 TD

Jimmy Graham, TE: 6 rec, 76 yds


Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford, QB: 14/26, 183 yds, 2 TD

Kerryon Johnson, RB: 12 rush, 70 yds

Kenny Golladay, WR: 4 rec, 98 yds, 1 TD


Written by: James Davis



Baltimore Ravens (3-2) vs. Cleveland Browns (2-2-1)


Final Score: Browns 12, Ravens 9


Recap

The Ravens marched into Cleveland on Sunday tied for first place in the AFC North. They had just beaten their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers the week before, and the Ravens were favored by 2.5 points against the Browns. After a hard fought battle that resulted in an overtime win for the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens now seem to have more questions than answers across their offensive unit. The Browns on the other hand, seem to be gaining confidence after their big week 5 division win against the Ravens.


The biggest play of the game for the Cleveland Browns was Baker Mayfield’s 39 yard pass to relatively unknown wide receiver Derrick Willies on 3rd and 8 deep in their own territory in overtime. The Browns went on to drive the ball about 20 more yards down the field to give them a chance to win the game with a field goal in overtime. It wasn’t the prettiest kick of all-time, but rookie kicker Greg Joseph just got enough on the ball to convert the game-winning 37 yard field goal. The Browns’ defense simply stifled the Baltimore Ravens all game long. The Ravens will have to rebound quickly if they are going to keep up with the AFC North.


Notable Performances

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco, QB: 29/56, 298 yds, 1 INT; 2 rushes, 13 yds

Alex Collins, RB: 12 rushes, 59 yds; 1 rec, 7 yds

Michael Crabtree, WR: 6 rec, 66 yds, 11 ypc


Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield, QB: 25/43, 342 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 2 rushes, 23 yds

Carlos Hyde, RB: 17 rushes, 63 yds; 2 rec, 14 yds

Rashard Higgins, WR: 3 rec, 66 yds, 1 TD


Written by: Jake Leicht



New York Giants (1-4) vs Carolina Panthers (3-1)


Final Score: Panthers 33, Giants 31


Recap

The Panthers bested the Giants in thrilling fashion, with kicker Graham Gano hitting a 63-yard field goal with ease to take the lead in the waning seconds of the game. Gano was 4-4 on field goals and the Carolina skill position players made some nifty plays for big gains. It’s encouraging for the team to see Devin Funchess and DJ Moore stepping up, especially against a relatively strong Giants secondary, since wide receiver was a questionable position group for Carolina before the season. The Giants drop to 1-4, missing a golden opportunity to get right back in the thick of a muddled NFC East race. They should be encouraged by their offensive production against a strong Carolina defense, but they have nobody to blame but themselves for the loss.


Eli Manning threw 2 bad interceptions. Odell Beckham Jr. misplayed a punt that resulted in a touchdown. There were multiple instances of missed tackles that led to extra chunks of yardage for Carolina, and in one case, even a touchdown. Cam Newton had far too much time in the pocket and consistently completed 15-25 yard receptions. The Panthers didn’t play a perfect game either, as Newton threw 2 picks and the defense allowed a trick play that resulted in a 57-yard TD pass across the field from Odell Beckham Jr. to a wide open Saquon Barkley. They too allowed Manning to be too comfortable in the pocket for much of the game, but their special teams saved the day. Carolina is right at the top of their division race, while the Giants fall to last place.


Notable Performances

New York Giants

Eli Manning, QB: 22/36, 326 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT

Saquon Barkley, RB: 15 rush, 48 yds, 3.2 ypc; 4 rec, 81 yds, 2 TD

Odell Beckham Jr., WR: 8 rec, 131 yds, 1 TD; 1/1, 57 yds, 1 TD


Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton, QB: 21/35, 237 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT

Christian McCaffrey, RB: 17 rush, 58 yds, 3.4 ypc; 5 rec, 35 yds, 1 TD

Mike Adams, S: 6 tackles, 2 INT


Written by: Alexander Amir



Miami Dolphins (3-2) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)


Final Score: Bengals 27, Dolphins 17


Recap

It looks like the Bengals just have a knack for late-game heroics, grabbing their second comeback in as many weeks. This time it was fueled by the defense, whose two fourth quarter touchdowns helped seal the win against a struggling Miami team. The Dolphins started out strong, scoring 14 points before halftime to take a 14-0 lead, but soon fell off as the second half started. The offense, more specifically Ryan Tannehill, looked awful. The Dolphins quarterback failed to find any rhythm, looking uncomfortable in the pocket and consistently missing open receivers. While the Bengals offense did not look much better, Andy Dalton, Mixon, and Green did just enough to keep them in the game before the defense came to save the day. The Bengals are in sole possession of first in the AFC North with a 4-1 record, while this is the second straight loss for Miami, who has looked terrible on both sides of the ball since starting off 3-0.


The Dolphins’ first touchdown came on the back of a 22-yard catch from RB Kenyan Drake on a drive that saw Miami pick up 6 first downs and overcome an offensive pass interference call. Miami took a two-touchdown lead on a 70-yard punt return touchdown from Jakeem Grant with 52 seconds left in the first half to secure a 14 point lead going into the half. They scored their last points of the day on a James Sanders 42-yard field goal in the third quarter. The Bengals were held to 3 points in the first 45 minutes of the game, before the floodgates were opened in the fourth quarter. Andy Dalton led a 71-yard drive that was capped off by an 18 yard receiving touchdown to Joe Mixon to narrow Miami’s lead to 17-10. From here on out the defense took over. DE Michael Johnson’s interception of Tannehill was taken to the house to tie the game at 17 and ignited the Bengal’s comeback. After a Randy Bullock field goal, rookie Sam Hubbard managed to seal the win with a scoop-and-score fumble that put the last points of the game on the board.


Notable Performances


Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton, QB: 20/30, 248 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT

Joe Mixon, RB: 22 rush, 93 yds, 3 rec, 22 yds, 1 TD

A.J. Green, WR: 6 rec, 112 yds


Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill, QB: 20/35, 185 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT

Kenyan Drake, RB: 6 rush, 46 yds, 7 rec, 69 yds, 1 TD

Jakeem Grant, PR: 3 ret, 85 yds, 1 TD


Written by: George Haraktsis



Oakland Raiders (1-4) vs Los Angeles Chargers (3-2)


Final Score: Chargers 26, Raiders 10

Recap

As most people expected, this game was dominated by the Chargers for the most part. They were led by a great performance by quarterback Philip Rivers, who threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns. His main target was Keenan Allen, who finished with eight receptions for 90 yards. The Chargers defense was outstanding as well, holding running back Marshawn Lynch to only 31 yards and forcing Derek Carr to throw an interception. The only bright spot for the Raiders was Martavis Bryant, who pulled in three receptions for 91 yards.


The first half of this game was all Chargers. They scored on a field goal by Caleb Sturgis in the first quarter, which was followed by a field goal by the Raiders from Matt McCrane to tie the game. That was the last sign of this one being close as the Chargers scored on a touchdown pass from Rivers to Austin Ekeler and on a touchdown run by Melvin Gordon to make it 17-3 at the half. The Chargers ran up the score on Oakland, going up 26-3 in the fourth at one point. Oakland scored on a touchdown pass from Carr to Jordy Nelson in garbage time to make the score look a little better, but it wasn’t enough as the Raiders now fall to 1-4 on the season.


Notable Performances

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr, QB: 24/33, 268 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT

Marshawn Lynch, RB: 9 rush, 31 yds, 3.4 ypc

Martavis Bryant, WR: 3 rec, 91 yds


Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers, QB: 22/27, 339 yds, 2 TD

Melvin Gordon, RB: 19 rush, 58 yds, 1 TD, 3.1 ypc

Keenan Allen, WR: 8 rec, 90 yds


Written by: Ryan Lippert



Arizona Cardinals (1-4) vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-4)


Final Score: Cardinals 28, 49ers 18


Recap

The Cardinals took home their first win of the season, making 2018 the first time since 1990 all 32 teams have at least 1 win before week 5. This divisional matchup was much closer than the score suggests, as the 49ers had a chance to take the lead late into the 4th quarter, but two turnovers turned into a quick 14 points for Arizona putting the game out of reach. Both teams had their highs and lows in this contest, but one of the biggest story lines was the injury suffered by running back Matt Breida. The X-Rays taken by his ankle came back negative and he should be slated to return in a few weeks, but this put a damper on the contest resulting in stagnant offensive production for most of the game.


San Francisco opened the day with a long opening drive ending in a Matt Breida touchdown, but on Arizona’s first play of scrimmage, Christian Kirk hauled in a 75 yard touchdown grab to tie up the game. The Cardinals held a lead for the remainder of the game with their defense forcing three turnovers. Josh Rosen only completed 40% of his passes for 170 yards and a TD, while getting outplayed by C.J Beathard who put together 3 total touchdowns with 349 yards on 63% and three turnovers.


Notable Performances

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Rosen, QB: 10/25, 170 yds, 1 TD

David Johnson, RB: 18 rush, 55 yds, 2 TD, 3.1 ypc, 2 rec, 16 yds

Christian Kirk, WR: 3 rec, 85 yds, 1 TD


San Francisco 49ers

C.J. Beathard, QB: 34/54, 349 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT; 1 rush, 7 yds, 1 TD, 1 fum

Matt Breida, RB: 8 rush, 56 yds, 7.0 ypc

George Kittle, TE: 5 rec, 83 yds


Written by: Jason Feiner



Minnesota Vikings (2-2-1) vs Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)


Final Score: Vikings 23, Eagles 21


Recap

From week to week the NFL landscape changes more than any other sport. A 1-2-1 Minnesota Vikings were not supposed to come into Philadelphia and beat an Eagles team that everyone expected to make a statement win on Sunday. With 7:32 left in the 3rd quarter, the Vikings were up 20-3 but simply couldn’t establish the run, giving the Eagles time to make their way back into the game. Philadelphia was able to come back late in the 4th quarter, cutting the lead down to 2 points with just over a minute to go. Needing to recover an onside kick, the Eagles nearly pulled it off, but Adam Thielen, the star of the game, spoiled his opponent’s hopes and sealed the deal by recovering the ball at the bottom of a pile.


Although both teams were able to put up over 350 yards of offense, this game was a battle of defense, and each defensive line seemed to dominate throughout the game. In the second quarter, Linval Joseph recovered a fumble on a strip sack and took it to the house 64 yards for a touchdown. Adam Thielen was hands down the player of the game. He finished with his 5th straight 100-yard performance on the season, and has solidified himself as one of the league’s best wideouts. Carson Wentz was able to lead his team on 2 lengthy drives late in the game, looking sharp and on point with his throws, but simply ran out of time to complete the 17 point comeback. If not for the two costly turnovers by the Eagles, one of which came from a Jay Ajayi fumble on 1st and goal from the 6 yard line, this game could have easily gone the other way.


Notable Performances

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins, QB: 30/37, 301 yds, 1 TD

Latavius Murray, RB: 11 rush, 42 yds, 3.8 ypc

Adam Thielen, WR: 7 rec, 116 yds, 1 TD

Stefon Diggs, WR: 10 rec, 91 yds


Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz, QB: 24/35, 311 yds, 2 TD

Jay Ajayi, RB: 8 rush, 29 yds, 3.6 ypc, 1 FUM

Zach Ertz, TE: 10 rec, 110 yds, 1 TD

Written by: Jack Bourgeois



Los Angeles Rams (5-0) vs. Seattle Seahawks (2-3)


Final Score: Rams 33, Seahawks 31


Recap

Following a narrow victory over Seattle, the Rams stayed undefeated. They are one of the best teams in the league and now join five teams in NFL history to have accrued 30+ points in the each of the first five weeks of the season. In what turned out to be an exciting divisional matchup, the Seahawks were able to go blow for blow with the best offense in the league. After a first half that saw both teams enter the locker room tied at 17, the second half held some more enticing play. This game came down to the wire after the Rams made what turned into the game winning field goal, but left too much time on the clock for Russell Wilson and Co. On the second play of Seattle's final drive, Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 45 yard catch, but two costly penalties backed them out of field goal range and closing the door on the comeback attempt.


Both offenses were potent, with Seattle recording its third consecutive game with a 100 yard rusher, and Todd Gurley finding the end zone three times. This game was a thrilling divisional showdown and the rematch in week 10 will be a must see.


Notable Performances

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff, QB: 23/32, 321 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT

Todd Gurley, RB:22 rush, 77 yds, 3 TD, 3.5 ypc; 4 rec, 36 yds

Cooper Kupp, WR: 6 rec, 90 yds, 1 TD

Robert Woods, WR: 5 rec, 92 yds


Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson, QB: 13/21, 198 yds, 3 TD

Chris Carson, RB: 19 rush, 116 yds, 6.1 ypc

Mike Davis, RB: 12 rush, 68 yds, 1 TD

Tyler Lockett, WR: 3 rec, 98 yds, 1 TD


Written by: Jason Feiner



Dallas Cowboys (2-3) vs Houston Texans (2-3)


Final Score: Texans 19, Cowboys 16


Recap

The Houston Texans outlasted the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in overtime, marking the Texans’ first win over the Cowboys in 16 years and claiming in-state bragging rights until they meet again. The Houston victory gives both teams 2-3 records heading into week 6 of the season. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense failed to put up 20 points for the fourth time in five games this season, as Houston held Dallas to just 292 yards of total offense, including only 54 yards rushing for the NFL’s leading rusher (Ezekiel Elliott). Dallas’ defense was no slouch either, with four different goal line stands (when Houston was inside the 5) and a Xavier Woods’ INT on the final drive of regulation as the Texans’ offense was nearing field goal range.


In what was primarily a defensive battle throughout much of the night, it was the explosive offensive connection of Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins that was the difference down the stretch. Following a huge stop on the opening drive of OT, Jason Garrett opted to punt on fourth-and-1 at the Houston 42-yard line. Shortly after, Watson found Hopkins across the middle for a 49-yard catch-and-run featuring back-to-back spin moves like you normally would only see in a video game. Hopkins’ highlight-reel play was a gain of 49 yards and led to Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 36-yard game-winning FG with 1:50 left in OT.


Notable Performances

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott, QB: 18/29, 208 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT; 6 rush, 34 yds

Ezekiel Elliott, RB: 20 rush, 54 yds, 2.7 ypc; 7 rec, 30 yds

Geoff Swaim, TE: 3 rec, 55 yds


Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson, QB: 33/44, 375 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT; 10 rush, 40 yds

Alfred Blue, RB: 20 rush, 46 yds, 2.3 ypc; 8 rec, 73 yds

DeAndre Hopkins, WR: 9 rec, 151 yds


Written by: Greg Lehr



Washington Redskins (2-2) vs New Orleans Saints (4-1)


Final Score: Saints 43, Redskins 19


Recap

Welcome to history, Drew Brees. The 39 year old, future Hall of Famer set the NFL record for most passing yards on a 63-yard strike to a wide open Tre’Quan Smith. For the entirety of the game, Brees showed why he is considered one of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game as he shredded a porous Redskins secondary, completing almost 90% of his passes. Mark Ingram had a very nice return from his 4-game PED suspension, scoring two touchdowns and essentially giving Alvin Kamara the night off. The Saints’ defense overwhelmed Alex Smith, forcing him into a fumble and an interception while also recording 3 sacks.


The score was close near the end of the 1st half — Washington was down just 13-6 — but Mark ingram barreled through to his 2nd touchdown of the night. The Redskins offense didn’t play particularly poorly, but with the Saints piling on the points they were forced to abandon the running game, which is where their offense thrives. They scored a 2nd half touchdown for the first time all season, but it was too little, too late. They remain in first place in a murky NFC East division, while the Saints take possession of 1st place in the NFC South.


Notable Performances

Washington Redskins

Alex Smith, QB: 23/39, 275 yds, 1 INT; 2 rush, 7 yds, 1 TD

Chris Thompson, RB: 8 rush, 17 yds, 2.1 ypc; 6 rec, 45 yds

Mason Foster, LB: 10 tackles


New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees, QB: 26/29, 363 yds, 3 TD

Mark Ingram II, RB: 16 rush, 53 yds, 2 TD, 3.3 ypc

Tre’Quan Smith, WR: 3 rec, 111 yds, 2 TD


Written by: Alexander Amir

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