NFL Winners & Losers: Week 5

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How you feeling Panthers fans? What about you Packers fans? Well, only one of those fanbases feels remotely good following their kicker’s performance in another wild Week 5 of the NFL.

Graham Gano hit a 63-yard game-winning field goal that stole the hearts of the NFL world, minus New York. Meanwhile, Mason Crosby shit the bed with his four missed field goals and one missed extra point in a performance that summarized the Packers as a whole in that loss against the Lions.

Elsewhere, Drew Brees became the NFL’s all-time leading passer at the expense of the Washington Redskins’ pride, rookie quarterbacks (despite their performances) all earned wins, there are no winless teams left, and Blake Bortles looked very retro Blake Bortles against a Chiefs defense that we all thought was horrendous.

Let’s take a look at the Winners and Losers from Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season:


WINNERS


Graham Gano– Gano was the hero of the week. He hit a 63-yard game-winning field goal in the final seconds. And it wasn’t in Denver, where those can be much easier. Gano was solid all day connecting on 4 field goals, 3 of which were of a significant distance.

Drew Brees – Not only did Brees lead an absolute manhandling of the Washington Redskins in a 43-19 victory, but Brees became the NFL’s all-time leading passer in his home stadium and in front of his family. Watching him embrace his sons and family was emotional to say the least.

Rookie Quarterbacks – Baker Mayfield. Sam Darnold. Josh Allen. Josh Rosen. Rookie quarterbacks went 4-0 on the weekend.

Cleveland Browns – The entire football world are Browns fans it seems (unless your team happens to be playing them.) I gathered around a television at a bar with a bunch of Lions and Steelers fans and we all cheered in elation when Greg Joseph kicked the Browns to their first Sunday victory in over 1,000 days.

Buffalo Bills – The Bills keep proving that they’re not a gimme win. Buffalo keeps playing spoiler to teams that look to have high hopes this season. Don’t sleep on this team.

Philip Rivers – Philip Rivers let it fly against the Raiders completing 22 of 27 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns for a 143.4 passer rating. Now will the real Los Angeles Chargers stand up? Who are you? Make up your mind.

Cincinnati Bengals – While the Bengals were napping for the entirety of the first half, they emerged determined in the second half staring down a 17-0 hole. Joe Mixon rushed for 93 yards on 22 carries and added 22 yards in the receiving game in a touchdown. But it was the defense that was a big reason for the Bengals’ comeback as they scored twice.

Detroit Lions – Hey, anytime you beat Green Bay you’re a winner. Also, anytime you make Aaron Rodgers suffer, you’re a winner to me. This Bears fan thanks you for making this bye week a victory as we remain 1.5 games ahead in the NFC North.

Arizona Cardinals – Winless no more! Cardinals got their first victory of the season against a 49ers team that now looks poised for that No. 1 overall pick. My, oh my, how the tables quickly turn.


LOSERS


Mason Crosby– Well, it doesn’t get much worse than Mason Crosby’s Sunday afternoon. Crosby missed four field goals, as well as an extra point, in what was just an embarrassing effort by the Packers. He eventually connected on one field goal in the final seconds, but it was too late by then. The damage had been done.

Philadelphia Eagles – ’d say the Super Bowl Hangover is a very real thing. The Eagles looked sloppy — and Carson Wentz looked very un-Carson Wentz — in a 23-21 loss to the Vikings. Philly now sits at 2-3 in a division where you’re never really out of it. But for the Eagles, it’s more about the team’s attitude than division placement.

Miami Dolphins – My, how things have changed following a 3-0 start for the Dolphins. Miami blew a 17-0 lead in a 24-17 loss to the Bengals. Ryan Tannehill looked terrible, practically giving the ball away for free. Things won’t get easier with Khalil Mack coming to town next week.

Blake Bortles – Well, the Jaguars didn’t really have an answer for the Chiefs. But that was mostly due to quarterback Blake Bortles, who tossed four interceptions — including one off the helmet off his own guy — in the losing effort. Do we have Bortles issues once again?

Raiders Defense – Jon Gruden continues to look like a bigger moron with each passing week as his defense continues to get throttled. The Raiders were no match for the Chargers’ two-back backfield. Melvin Gordon amassed 120 total yards from scrimmage (66 through the air on four catches), and Austin Ekeler made the most of his one reception by turning it into a 44-yard touchdown.

Broncos Defense – For once, the problem was not Case Keenum. The problem was the vaunted Broncos defense, who gave up 323 yards — on the ground. Isaiah Crowell ran all over the Broncos amassing 219 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Atlanta Falcons – It only continues to get worse for the Falcons as their defense continues to give games away to opponents. It certainly didn’t help that Matt Ryan was off target all day in Pittsburgh. Atlanta now sits at 1-4 and you have to wonder if it’s too steep for the Falcons to emerge from the NFC South basement.

New York Giants – Not only did the Giants get their hearts broken in the final seconds with Gano’s 63-yard field goal, but there’s a ton of drama surrounding a questionable call by the refs, as well as the drama that Odell Beckham Jr. seems to be inciting.

San Francisco 49ers – Just when you think things can’t get worse for the 49ers. Matt Breida, who was carrying this team in Jimmy Garoppolo’s absence, left with an injury early in the game. And you have to wonder if the 49ers broke a mirror or something because it’s just one thing after another now.

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