Colin Maruscsak, Staff Writer |
Last Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks faced off against the Los Angeles Rams to kick off Week 5. Both teams were looking to establish themselves as frontrunners for the NFC West title. Throughout the game, both teams managed to stay within one or two possessions of each other, ending with a final score of 30-29 in favor of the Seahawks. Russell Wilson had a strong showing, throwing for 268 yards and four touchdowns. The Seahawks will face the Cleveland Browns this week and look to continue their winning streak while the Rams will try to get back in the win column going up against the San Francisco 49ers who are currently 4-0 and in first in the NFC West.
Another intriguing divisional matchup in Week 5 was the Pittsburg Steelers versus the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens wanted to cement their place at the top of the division while the Steelers were looking to bounce back after a rough first four weeks. The game was close all the way through, going into overtime where on the Steelers first drive JuJu Smith-Schuster fumbled the ball after securing a catch, leaving the Baltimore Ravens in field goal range, eventually leading to a Justin Tucker game winner. The ball barely snuck inside the left upright in time, propelling the Ravens to a 3-2 record, and the top spot in the AFC North Division.
Both the Arizona Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals were looking to score their first wins of the season against each other last week. In a close 26-23 win, the Cardinals prevailed after an outstanding performance by rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray threw for 253 yards, rushed the ball for 93 yards, and had a rushing touchdown. This weekend, the Cardinals will be competing for their second win of the season against the Atlanta Falcons while the Bengals will look to end their winless streak against the Ravens.
The story for the New Orleans Saints has been all about Teddy Bridgewater ever since Drew Breese got injured, and for good reason. Bridgewater had yet another fantastic week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. His clear favorite receiver was Michael Thomas, who racked up 182 receiving yards and caught two of those passing touchdowns thrown by Bridgewater. This win put the Saints into sole possession of first place in NFC South, knocking the Buccaneers out of first and leaving them tied for second with the Carolina Panthers.
Lastly, one of the most notable games this week took place across the pond in London, with the Oakland Raiders taking on the Chicago Bears. Oakland managed to squeeze out a win against the Bears 24-21. One key performance in this game was Joshua Jacobs for Oakland, having 123 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Oakland will take on the Green Bay Packers this weekend while the Bears will look to score a clutch victory against the high powered Saints this Sunday.
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