TWSN Top Five NFL Games Of Week Five

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TWSN Top Five NFL Games Of Week Five

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TWSN Top Five NFL Games Of Week Five

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Week Five of the NFL season started off slow with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, but once Sunday came the action picked up with plenty of exciting games. TWSN NFL analysts Marissa Myers, Logan Fulmer, Matt Levine, Isaac Nelson, and Andrew Little give the top five games of the week.

Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Just when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thought their game was in hand against the Atlanta Falcons, things changed quickly. While Tampa Bay held on for the win, concerns seem to linger over this team. They aren’t putting teams away like they have in the past, and simple games don’t seem so simple anymore. Quarterback Tom Brady looked good over the weekend and helped lead his team to a 21-15 victory. The defense has been the heroes of the season so far, while the offense keeps struggling week after week. If Tampa Bay wants to reach their goals of another Super Bowl, things will need to change quickly. They travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers next week in what should be a very interesting game. (Matt)

 

Los Angeles Chargers @ Cleveland Browns 

We saw the aggressiveness of the Chargers and head coach Brandon Staley back as they traveled to Cleveland and escaped with a win against the Browns. Cleveland was dominant early, as they scored on their first two possessions, and held the Chargers to just a field goal in their first two. Throughout the remainder of the game, it stayed competitive, especially for the respective running backs on each team. The second half had no punts by either team. The real stickler for Cleveland was that their four drives consisted of one touchdown which is great, but also a turnover on downs, an interception, and then the final missed field goal. That is where the real controversy is. The other fourth down attempts in the game all had their merit, except for the Chargers’ one on the last drive of the game. With fourth and one in their own territory (Chargers 46), Los Angeles opted to go for it with a 1:13 on the clock and no Cleveland timeouts. The Chargers were stopped and Cleveland got the ball in Chargers territory, only needing a field goal to win. With a resilient effort by the defense, Cade York lined up for a 54-yard field goal attempt for the win, and it went wide right. The decision to go for it almost cost them the game, but the Chargers were able to hang on in regulation and escape Cleveland with a win. (Isaac)

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars 

Two teams in the same division who seemingly are trending in different directions. The Jaguars have shocked a lot of people this year, while the Texans came in winless. The theme of this game was honestly below average football. The Jaguars looked like their old selves, while the Texans showed some promise. There was a total of one touchdown scored in this game and that was the eventual game winning score as rookie Dameon Pierce capped off an impressive day with a one-yard touchdown run with three minutes left. He ended the day with 113 scrimmage yards, powering the Texans to their ninth straight win over the Jaguars. (Logan)

 

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings 

It looked as if the Vikings had an easy win under wraps. To start the game, Kirk Cousins had completed 17 straight pass attempts to help the Vikings score on their first three possessions and gain a 21-3 lead by the middle of the second quarter. Then the Bears finally woke up after Ryan Wright shanked a punt. The offense for the Bears got started with a great pass from Justin Fields to Darnell Mooney that went for 39 yards. That pass not only showed massive strides from Fields, but set up a touchdown run from David Montgomery. This momentum established before halftime carried over into the second half as the Bears scored a touchdown on that drive with a pass from Fields to the rookie Velus Jones Jr. This cut the Vikings lead as the score was now 21-16. With the Vikings missing a field goal and Kindle Vildor intercepting Cousins, it led to back-to-back field goal drives for the Bears to give them the 22-21 lead. That lead would be short-lived as the Vikings woke back up and went on a 17 play touchdown drive with Cousins running it in himself and followed it up with a two-point conversion to Justin Jefferson to make it 29-22. The Bears had a chance, as they were establishing what could’ve been a scoring drive, but Cameron Dantzler called the game by causing, and recovering, a fumble. The offense for the Bears showed growth with Fields passing for 208 yards, but their inability to contain Jefferson who ended up with 154 receiving yards, and Dalvin Cook who ended with 94 rushing yards early on helped the Vikings secure the win. (Marissa)

 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens 

The Sunday Night battle for the AFC North lived up to the hype, but not in the ways many expected. Both offenses had slow days and turned the ball over. The Cincinnati Bengals struggled to establish a rhythm on offense, a theme of the season so far, until the end of the first half when they scored 10 unanswered points to tie the game. The poor offense continued for both teams in the second half. All of Baltimore’s remaining points were from Justin Tucker field goals. The Bengals had a chance to tie the game at 13-13 midway through the fourth quarter, but instead opted to go for a fourth down conversion. Zac Taylor dialed up a shovel pass that failed to succeed, a decision that would come back to haunt him. The Bengal defense held Lamar Jackson and company to a field goal on the next drive, and Joe Burrow stormed down the field for a go-ahead touchdown. However, Cincinnati left too much time on the clock, and Justin Tucker nailed the game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired. It was a fitting end for the closely contested matchup. The Ravens ended their home-game losing skid, and the Bengals furthered concerns over play calling and their struggling offense. (Andrew)

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