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NFL Week 5 Thoughts

USA Today
Recap

Week 5 of the NFL season got underway yesterday when the New England Patriots beat the undermanned Indianapolis Colts 38-24.  The Patriots dominated the first half and led 24-3 at the break.  However, costly drops, that turned into interceptions and a beautiful display of passing by Andrew Luck saw the gap tighten to 24-17 before Tom Brady found Josh Gordon on a jump ball in the end zone.  As a result, Brady reached a milestone and broke a record.  The milestone was his 500th career touchdown pass, becoming only the third quarterback to reach that plateau along with Brett Favre (508) and Peyton Manning (539).  The record breaker was finding his 71st different target for a touchdown, breaking Vinny Testaverde’s record of 70.  


The Patriots, after Thursday night’s game, sit at 3-2 while the banged up Indianapolis Colts fall to 1-4.

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

For the NFC North, no one could’ve seen this coming a month before the season began.  The Chicago Bears sit at 3-1, with one of the most terrorizing defenses in the league and look primed to claim the NFC North title.  For the Packers and Lions Sunday afternoon, this become a must win game for both teams.  For Detroit, other than the game against New England, their defense has been in shambles.  Receivers continue to expose the secondary and a non-existent pass rush has left the Lions improved offense out to dry.  The Packers, on the other hand, have been inconsistent, but do boast Aaron Rodgers.  Their defense is also significantly better.  Their problem?  Injuries.  They have no wide receivers with at least a year of experience healthy enough to play.  Sounds awfully familiar to one team the Lions have faced.  Barring some sort of Aaron Rodgers miracle (which he’s capable of), the Lions should win this.  Lions 30, Packers 21.

Atlanta Falcons (1-3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1)

At the beginning of the season, this was a potential Super Bowl preview.  Two high powered offenses with dynamic play-makers and two young, but athletic defenses was a mouth-watering prospect.  Now, it’s just two teams who sit in the basement of their division grasping and clinging to any hope to salvage this campaign.  The Falcons visiting Steelers IS going to be a shootout.  There won’t be many third downs to speak of and almost certainly no reason for punters to even dress out.  Since it’s in the Steel City, the Steelers should escape with this one.  Steelers 44, Falcons 38.

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1) vs.  Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

The location of this game determines the outcome.  Since it’s in Kansas City, the Chiefs explosive and dynamic offense should expose the Jaguars defense who may be on the field for quite some time.  Additionally, with Blake Bortles being as inconsistent as he is, coming off a good game, expect him to slide back down and struggle with the crowd noise at Arrowhead Stadium.  The Patrick Mahomes show continues for another week.  Chiefs 28, Jaguars 13.

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

A rematch from the NFC Championship finds a pair of teams struggling for form.  The Vikings defense has had a myriad of problems defending anything.  Their low point was a thrashing at home by way of Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.  The Eagles, on the other hand, just can’t find footing early on in their campaign.  Carson Wentz has received little to no protection from his offense line and the Eagles just don’t have any offense weapons.  The Vikings were embarrassed back in January and will look to rebound against an average Eagles team so far.  Vikings 31, Eagles 17.

Washington Redskins (2-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (3-1)

The Redskins are unreadable.  They’ve beat the hapless Cardinals, lost to the Colts, and beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers before having their early bye week.  Their defense is stifling and that’s about the only constant on the team.  The Saints are lucky to be sitting at 3-1.  After getting torched by Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1, they should’ve lost to the Browns in Week 2 if Zane Gonzalez didn’t forget how to do his job.  And in Week 3 they narrowly won a shootout against the reeling Atlanta Falcons.  This game should be closer than many think, but Brees may reach the milestone Brady did on Thursday night by throwing 4 touchdowns.  Saints 34, Redskins 28.

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Who did Tom Brady throw his first career touchdown pass to?
Created 10/5/18
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