NFL Week 5 Recap

Week 5 in the NFL will be history once the Houston Texans (4-0) square off against the New York Jets (2-2) in MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football. However, Sunday’s slate of games are in the books.

The Miami Dolphins (2-3) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) 17-13 in Paul Brown Stadium.  Miami’s running backs Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas combined for 77 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Fins.  Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was 17-for-26 for 223 yards and finished with a 92.3 passer rating, the highest total of his young career.  Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin was pleased with how his team played against a Bengals team that had won three straight entering Sunday’s game.

However, only one Florida team came away with the “W” on Sunday.

The Chicago Bears (4-1) blew out the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) 41-3 at Everbank Field. Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert was 17-for-33 for 142 yards in the loss.  Gabbert threw two interceptions that were both returned for touchdowns by Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman and linebacker Lance Briggs.  Gabbert says he needs to protect the ball in order for the Jaguars to compete.

With the loss, the Jaguars dropped to 0-3 at Everbank Field.

Other highlights from around the league…

The New Orleans Saints (1-4) finally got in the win column against the San Diego Chargers (3-2) thanks to a record-breaking night from quarterback Drew Brees.  Brees was 29-for-45 for 370 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-24 win against San Diego.  Brees broke Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas’ half-century old record by throwing a TD pass in 48 straight games.

The Indianapolis Colts (2-2) defeated the Green Bay Packers (2-3) 30-27 as Colts quarterback Andrew Luck set a Colts rookie record when he threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns.  The Colts rallied from an 18 point deficit to win.

The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) edged the Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) 9-6;  the New York Giants (3-2) took care of business against the Cleveland Browns (0-5) 41-27; the Atlanta Falcons improved to 5-0 after their 24-17 win against the Washington Redskins (2-3).

The Steelers, Seahawks, Vikings, Patriots, 49ers, and Rams all came away with wins in Week 5.  Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, and Tampa Bay all had their BYE weeks.

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