NFL Today, Week 5
Monday October 12th
Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) in New Orleans (2-2) Monday at 8:15 p.m. EDT, ESPN.
Drew Brees looks to improve his 3-0 record against the team that drafted him two decades ago. The Chargers enter the game on Monday night after losing three straight times and falling in the last five games on a Monday night. Brees was a Chargers second round election in 2001 and spent five seasons with the franchise before joining the Saints in 2006. Brees is now the NFL's leading passerby.
- Deshaun Watson, Texan, threw for a season high of 359 yards and three touchdowns when Houston scored his first win, 30-14 against the Jaguars.
Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers, tossed for 313 yards - his eighth 300-yard game - and two touchdowns when Carolina won his third straight game, 23-16 against the winless Falcons.
- Kyler Murray, Cardinals, went 27 of 37 for 380 yards and a touchdown in a 30-10 win at the Jets.
- Derek Carr, Raiders, finished his first Kansas City win after six losses (40-32) with a 347-yard pass and three touchdowns. KC's Patrick Mahomes finished the race with a 340 yard pass and two touchdowns and an interception.
- Jared Goff, Rams, threw 309 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another in a 30-10 romp in Washington.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins, threw 350 yards and three touchdowns when Miami upset San Francisco at 43-17
Todd Gurley, Falcons, had 121 yards over 14 runs including a 35-yard TD in Atlanta's 23-16 loss to Carolina.
- Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, ran 91 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-34 shootout win over the Giants.
- Tyreek Hill, Chiefs, who scored against Las Vegas, now has 36 touchdowns and five quick touchdowns during his career. He joined Jerry Rice (197 touchdowns, 10 total touchdowns) as the only player with at least 35 touchdowns and five touchdowns since 1970.
- Brandin Cooks, Texan, had a season high of 161 yards and a TD in a 30-14 win over Jacksonville
—Chase Claypool, Steelers, scored four touchdowns, and the rookie became the first Pittsburgh player to score four goals in a game since WR Roy Jefferson in 1968. He's also the first rookie to score three touchdowns since at least 1950, adding one more to the bottom, and the first Canadian to score three hits in a game since Joe Rooney of the Duluth Eskimos on October 23, 1927. Pittsburgh defeated Philadelphia 38-29.
- Travis Fulgham, Eagles, got 10 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Steelers.
- Travis Kelce, Chiefs, had eight catches for 108 yards and one touchdown in a 40-32 loss to the Raiders.
- CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys, had eight receptions for 124 yards in the 37:34 win over the Giants. Lamb is the second player to have five or more receptions in each of his first five career games in NFL history, joining Terry Glenn in 1996.
- Jason Sanders, Dolphins, scored three field goals in the last two minutes of the first half, which has not happened in at least 2000. Sanders scored a total of five field goals, setting a franchise record of 14 to open the season.
- Abraham Gano, Giants, had three field goals of at least 50 yards for the Giants, 55, 50, and 54, and a 28-yarder if lost in Dallas.
Isaiah Rodgers, Colts, had the longest return of a player in the league this season, a 101-yard kickoff return in Cleveland.
- Rams DT Aaron Donald, two-time Defensive Player of the Year, had four sacks in a dominant performance in the Rams 30-10 win in Washington. He has 7 1/2 sacks in five games. Teammate Troy Reeder had three bags. Donald and Reeder are the first teammates to have at least three bags in the same game since week 17 of the 2015 season.
—Rookie Patrick Queen highlighted Baltimore's strong defensive performance with a 52-yard fumble return for his first NFL touchdown in a 27-3 win over Cincinnati. The ravens had seven sacks, including one for the queen.
- Stephen Tuitt, Steelers, had 1-2 of the team's five sacks of Carson Wentz in a 38:29 win.
Philip Rivers, Colts, started his 229th game in a row, joining him with Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews for the second longest in league history. Brett Favre started 297 games in a row. Rivers also became the fifth quarterback with 5,000 degrees, joining Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
STREAKS & STATS
Kansas City's 40:32 home defeat to Las Vegas set a franchise record of 13 wins. ... The Ravens have forced sales in 18 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL and the second longest in franchise history. Baltimore has 32 takeaways during its 18 game run ... Since Lamar Jackson started Ravens in Week 11 of the 2018 season, Baltimore has scored at least 20 points in 28 regular season games. That binds the Rams from 1999-2000 for the second longest such series; Denver, from 2012 to 2014, has the longest at 30. ... The Panthers won their third straight and lost to their NFC South rivals one loss in five games. In their last ten encounters, they beat Atlanta for the second time. ... San Francisco is 2-0 at MetLife this season with a win over the Jets and Giants, but has lost all three home games. ... Arizona scored touchdowns on drives of 96, 89, 75 and 70 yards while routing Jets 30-10. ... Bengal rookie QB Joe Burrow was sacked 22 times in five games, seven times on Sunday by Baltimore. He was previously released eight times in Philadelphia. ... In the Browns' 32:23 win, they rolled together 228 yards in the first half and a total of 383 yards for the Colts defense game, which allowed the NFL the fewest yards, points and interceptions.
Baltimore (4-1) got off to the best start in franchise history with a 27-3 win over Cincinnati. The previous time was in 2012 when they won the Super Bowl. ... Pittsburgh are 4-0 for the first time since 1979 after beating Philadelphia 38:29. ... At the other end of the ranking, the Falcons and Jets fell to 0-5. Atlanta is there for the first time since 1997 and has got coach Dan Quinn going even further. The same applies to Adam Gase in New York: The 0: 5 start is the third in the history of the jets and joins in 1980 and 1996. The 96 team went 1:15 and had the worst start in franchise history with 0: 8.
The NFL has messed up its regular season schedule over coronavirus outbreaks with Tennessee and New England. The Denver, New England game, which was originally scheduled for Sunday and then moved to Monday night when the Patriots had more positive COVID-19 tests, will now be played the next Sunday afternoon. The Kansas City game in Buffalo, due to be played Thursday night, has been postponed to Monday, October 19.
The game on Tuesday evening with the Bills at the Titans, which was originally supposed to be played on Sunday, is still on schedule despite another positive test result in Tennessee.
Other changes: Jets at Chargers will switch from week 6 to week 11; Jaguars at Chargers moves from week 8 to week 7; Broncos chargers switch from week 11 to week 8; Dolphins' chargers switch from week 7 to week 10; Dolphins at Broncos switches from week 6 to week 11.
QB Alex Smith ended his remarkable comeback 693 days after a broken tibia and fibula, 17 surgeries, and a life-threatening infection put his career at risk. Smith started like the old man, doing 5 of 6 passes with short tees after relieving injured starter Kyle Allen late in the second quarter when Washington lost 30-10 to the Rams. He finished 9 of 17 for 37 yards in the rain behind a fighting offensive line.
ROMEO, OH ROMEO
Romeo Crennel won a win as Houston interim coach and replaced the sacked Bill O'Brien. At 73, he became the oldest coach in NFL history, overtaking Hall of Famers and league founder George Halas, who was 72 in his last game with the Bears in 1967. Houston improved against the run under Crennel, a former defense coordinator. After Houston allowed an NFL worst game of 181.8 meters per game under O'Brien, he limited the Jaguars to 75.
The Cowboys saw another slight increase in the pandemic reduced crowd at 25,147. The AT&T Stadium has 80,000 permanent seats. ... Cleveland had roughly 12,000 fans when it defeated Indianapolis. ... A sparse, socially distant crowd of 6,656 people took part in Carolina's victory in Atlanta at the 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ... Houston had 12,413 fans on hand to see his first win of the season. ... 4,708 people were present for the Steelers' victory over the Eagles in Pittsburgh.
Dallas QB Dak Prescott suffered a broken right ankle and should have surgery. He was walking into DB Logan Ryan's arms at the end of a 9-yard run when his right lower leg got caught under Ryan and appeared to snap. Eagles guard Lane Johnson was rushed to the locker room in Pittsburgh with an ankle injury. The Steelers lost Pro Bowl left guard David DeCastro (abdominal injury) and WR Diontae Johnson (back) ... Cardinal star LB Chandler Jones was excluded from the Jets after a biceps injury in the first half. ... Carolina lost three defensive starters in Atlanta: DE Brian Burns (concussion); CB Donte Jackson (toe) and Tackle Kawann Short (shoulder). Falcons CB Kendal Sheffield walked left with an injured right ankle and DE Takk McKinley sustained a groin injury. ... Cincinnati DT D.J. Reader (knee), WR A.J. Green (thigh) and DT Sam Hubbard (left elbow) injured in Baltimore ... Jacksonville WR D.J. Chark injured his ankle in Houston.
For the second straight week, a player was ejected for aiming after being hit against a Texan. Jaguar's Safety Josh Jones was disqualified for his strike at Brandin Cooks after taking a 23-yard catch early in the third quarter. The penalty came a week after Minnesota's Harrison Smith was ejected from helmet to helmet against Jordan Akins for his helmet to helmet hit. Akins suffered a concussion from being hit by Smith. Cooks wasn't hurt.
"I've been called every name in the book. People hate me, people love me, depending on the week. That outside noise isn't important. It's important to all practice and prepare." - Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick after a 43-17 win in San Francisco.
"It's definitely crazy, it's crazy. But I don't really like to think about breaking records or making history. It's super cool, but I don't go into the game and think, 'I'm going to try to make history today . '”- Steelers rookie WR Chase Claypool after four touchdowns in a 38:29 win over Philadelphia.
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