What a crazy weekend for sports. We had some incredible college football games, postseason baseball, and a heavyweight slugfest between Fury and Wilder. We then closed it out with a wild NFL Sunday.
Week five truly had it all. Shootouts, overtime games, and a historically bad day for kickers. Especially in the Packers vs. Bengals game which we'll get to later. In my opinion, week five was the most action-packed week I have seen in a long time.
BILLS STOMP OUT THE CHIEFS
I'll admit that I fell asleep in the middle of the third quarter. That hour-long lightning delay was not ideal for everyone that needs to get up for work. With the half of football I did watch, the Bills looked like the best team in football.
I think the Bills are the most well-rounded team in the league. That was on full display last night. The offense is as explosive as any team in football. Josh Allen slinging bomb after bomb for touchdowns is something I expect from the Chiefs. Allen is impressive as any quarterback in the league when it comes to arm talent and making those off platform throws. One of the most underrated signings in the offseason was Emannuel Sanders. He fits so well with the Bills offense. Their defense is top five in the league also. Their defense is littered with playmakers and made Mahomes look pretty pedestrian last night.
I'm officially worried about the Chiefs. Their defense is putrid. I can't see them going far in the playoffs if their defense continues to give up big plays. The offense can only do so much to keep them in games. I know they were without Chris Jones last night, but this has been an ongoing problem all season. I think the Chiefs still make the playoffs, but there definitely should be some concern in Kansas City. Especially with how Justin Herbert and the Chargers look.
CHARGERS VS. BROWNS SHOOTOUT
Watching Justin Herbert in the NFL vs. when he was in Oregon is a wild transition. He was good at Oregon, but they never showed off his ridiculous arm talent we're seeing in the NFL.
There were 41 points scored in the fourth quarter of this game. This was the NFL version of that Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma game that everyone brings up every time Baker Mayfield plays Patrick Mahomes.
Also thought the play where the whole Browns defense dragged Austin Ekeler into the endzone was pretty funny. All Ekeler was trying to do was run out more clock, but the Browns defense just carried him into the endzone. A good stat boost for Ekeler's touchdown count.
My main takeaway from this game is Brandon Staley was built in a lab by the NFL Twitter analytics community. His aggressive game management is what every NFL analytics nerd lives for. He is their new king.
GOD DAMN KICKERS!
What a terrible day for kickers. They were missing kicks all over the league. I don't know if this is the official stat, but apparently, there were 12 field goals missed and 12 extra points missed. The Bengals-Packers game was an emotional rollercoaster for kickers.
Five straight missed field goals from both teams?! No kicker in that game wanted to be the hero. What's even worse is Evan McPherson celebrated a missed kick, thinking he just drilled the game-winner.
One of the dumbest games I have ever watched. Dumb, but awesome game.
THE WHOLE GIANTS OFFENSE DIED IN DALLAS
No team had worse injury luck than the Giants. In one half, the Giants lost Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, and Kenny Golladay. Going into the game, they were already without Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, and Andrew Thomas. 70% of the Giants starting offense was out against the Cowboys.
On the bright side, at least Kadarius Toney looks like a star in the making. He was having a breakout game until he decided to throw a punch.
He finished the day with 10 receptions and 189 yards, the most by any rookie this season. He also broke OBJ's franchise record for most receiving yards in a game by a rookie.
The Giants season is in the dumps again. Hard to imagine them doing anything with all these injuries while being in a 1-4 hole. If Dave Gettleman doesn't get fired by the bye week, they might riot the streets of New York.
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