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NFL Week 5 overreactions and reality checks: Tom Brady penalty cost Falcons; Justin Tucker the GOAT kicker?


Week 5 of the NFL definitely had its share of shocking results. The Recent York Giants upset the Green Bay Packers in London to stay right within the thick of the NFC East race and the Houston Texans recorded their first win of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars becoming the last team to win a game within the league this 12 months. 

The 2022 season joined the 1998 and 2018 seasons because the only seasons because the merger through which every team has a minimum of one win through Week 5. The Recent York Jets are over. 500 through five weeks for the primary time because the 2017 season and the Giants have began 4-1 for the primary time because the 2008 season. The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-0 for the primary since since 2004 and are the lone unbeaten team within the NFL. 

With all of the exciting games that ensued in Week 5, these are the most effective reactions from each contest — and whether these storylines are overreactions or reality. 

The Giants are literally a very good football team

Overreaction or reality: Reality

The Giants are well-coached by Brian Daboll and the coaching staff he put together. Mike Kafka is an innovator and artistic play caller and Wink Martindale has transformed that defense right into a unit that makes key stops and is all the time in position to make plays. 

Recent York beat Green Bay despite having three healthy receivers on the energetic roster, a poor offensive line outside of Andrew Thomas, and a banged-up Daniel Jones. Additionally they were down their top two edge rushers in the beginning of the 12 months and two of their top 4 cornerbacks. 

Cannot fault the schedule. Recent York is 4-1 and will likely be an issue for a lot of opponents all year long. 

The Eagles must be concerned about their passing game

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

Sunday’s win over the Cardinals wasn’t ideal for Philadelphia, which played portions of the sport without starting left guard Landon Dickerson and starting center Jason Kelce (each returned). The Eagles also did not have left tackle Jordan Mailata, playing the sport with three backup offensive linemen at one point. 

The Cardinals provided a blueprint to decelerate the passing game, because the secondary hit the receivers hard on contact and were physical at the road to remove the deep pass. Arizona blitzed Jalen Hurts and compelled him to do away with the football as well. Philadelphia was still in a position to grind out yards with its powerful running game and skill to attain rushing touchdowns within the red zone — with Hurts playing an enormous role. 

The Eagles face a very good Cowboys secondary next week. Expect heavy blitzing and physical play. Let’s have a look at how Nick Sirianni and Shane Steichen adjust. 

Sauce Gardner is the favourite for Defensive Rookie of the Yr

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

Sauce Gardner is having a very good 12 months — and had a excellent game Sunday to guide the Jets defense. He had a security on Teddy Bridgewater that set the tone for the Jets while also having a interception and five tackles within the victory that got Recent York to over .500. 

A difference-maker for the Jets, Gardner has a 49.8 passer rating allowed when targeted, only giving up one touchdown and one interception on 26 targets (46.2% completion rate). Is he the favourite for Defensive Rookie of the Yr? Because of Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen (13.2 rating allowed in 24 targets with three interceptions), not yet. 

Roughing-the-passer penalty on Tom Brady cost the Falcons the sport

Overreaction or reality: Reality

Grady Jarrett’s sack on Brady would have given the Falcons the ball back in a 21-15 game. The Buccaneers were facing a third-and-5 on the Falcons’ 47-yard line when Jarrett delivered what gave the impression to be a clean sack on Brady. As a substitute, Jarrett got a roughing-the-passer penalty and the Falcons were forced to burn their last outing. 

Tampa Bay got a primary down three plays later and ran out the clock for the win. The Falcons didn’t get the chance to get the ball back to see in the event that they could complete the comeback after trailing 21-0 within the third quarter. 

Referee Jerome Boger’s explanation was as bad as his call. The Falcons deserved a shot to win the sport. 

Trevor Lawrence makes too many mistakes to be considered a very good quarterback

Overreaction or reality: Reality

Two interceptions by Trevor Lawrence ended up costing the Jaguars on a day they only scored six points against the Texans. One was an unnecessary throw contained in the 10-yard line that resulted in a turnover in a 6-6 game, taking away a minimum of three points off the board.

Lawrence has 4 interceptions and 4 fumbles this 12 months, eight giveaways in five games. He’s come a great distance and continues to be growing in Doug Pederson’s offense, but he is not a very good quarterback right away. The giveaways must be eliminated, especially since they seem to be a huge reason Jacksonville has lost its last two games. 

Taysom Hill is the most effective all-around player within the NFL 

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

That is an interesting debate, considering Taysom Hill just had a game which he rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns, threw for a touchdown, and had a fumble recovery on special teams. Hill can literally do all of it on offense, the final word weapon for an offense with a backup quarterback in Andy Dalton and down Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave. 

Hill leads the Saints in rushing yards (228) and rushing touchdowns (five) while averaging 10.9 yards per carry. He may be used on gadget plays to beat you along with his arm and legs and may catch passes as a H-back/tight end. Hill also makes tackles on special teams. 

The perfect all-around player within the NFL right away could also be Saquon Barkley, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, or Jalen Hurts. Hill should definitely be within the conversation. 

Brandon Staley is unnecessarily dangerous on fourth down 

Overreaction or reality: Reality

What Brandon Staley did on fourth down Sunday was ridiculous. Going for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 46 with 1:14 left wasn’t needed in a 30-28 game, especially since Los Angeles could have pinned Cleveland deep in its own territory with no timeouts and a minute to go. As a substitute, Staley dialed up a Justin Herbert pass to Mike Williams that was ruled incomplete — which upset the injured Keenan Allen from his couch. 

A conversion would have sealed the win, however the Browns needed just 20-to-25 yards with time on their side to steal a victory at home. Staley gave them that chance, but Cade York missed a 54-yarder for the win.

The Chargers got lucky — and Staley can dial back on the aggressiveness. There is a time and place in games for it. 

Overreaction or reality: Reality

This really is a fact. The Steelers aren’t a very good team to start with, they are actually 0-8 in games T.J. Watt doesn’t play. The Bills torched a defense that has held its own without Watt, as Pittsburgh allowed 552 yards while racking up just three pressures, one quarterback hit, and no sacks in a blowout loss. 

When Watt will return is anyone’s guess, however the Steelers defense can only accomplish that much behind a rookie quarterback and a nasty offensive line struggling to attain points. The defense imploded against arguably the most effective team within the NFL. 

The Titans are the most effective team within the AFC South

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

Tennessee may be the most effective team on this bad division. Possibly it’s Jacksonville, regardless that the Jaguars lost to Houston. Possibly it’s Indianapolis, who wins within the ugliest of the way behind poor quarterback play and a clumsy offensive line that must be higher. 

The Titans haven’t scored some extent within the fourth quarter through five games, which has to vary if Tennessee goes to win consistently. Tennessee has a variety of flaws, but additionally has Derrick Henry to hold the team. 

Through five games, we actually do not know who the most effective team within the AFC South is. The Titans, nonetheless, do sit in first place. 

The Vikings offense is back on course 

Overreaction or reality: Reality

What Minnesota did against a solid Chicago defense was price monitoring. Kirk Cousins looked like his old self after completing a team-record 17 passes to begin the sport, finding Justin Jefferson underneath all day long as Minnesota scored touchdowns on its first three drives that went a complete of 247 yards.

If Greg Joseph doesn’t miss two field goals, the Vikings get 35 points on a day the offense looked much like what Kevin O’Connell envisioned. The Vikings were 12 of 15 on third down and 4-for-4 within the red zone. This offense goes to show up similar performances like Sunday to compete with the most effective within the NFC.

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

Bailey Zappe got the gang rocking at Gillette Stadium on Sunday after going 17 of 21 for 188 yards with one touchdown and one interception within the Patriots’ 29-0 shutout win. The Patriots didn’t punt until the fourth quarter and Zappe did a very good job against zone coverage, delivering crisp throws while Rhamondre Stevenson carried the offense at running back. 

Should Zappe start when Mac Jones is healthy? The Lions have the worst defense within the NFL and were losing defensive backs throughout the sport (five total). Jones was a first-round pick that needs the identical game plan Zappe got in his first start. 

The sport manager is what the Patriots have for winning games. Matt Patricia should use that to his advantage. 

Justin Tucker is probably the most clutch kicker ever

Overreaction or reality: Reality

Justin Tucker was automatic at the top of the sport again, hitting a 43-yard field goal as time expired to provide the Ravens a much-needed victory on “Sunday Night Football.” The Ravens kicker is 17-for-17 on field goals in the ultimate minute of regulation or time beyond regulation and 5-for-5 within the postseason in that scenario. 

Tucker has made 75 straight field goals within the second half and time beyond regulation and 61 straight within the fourth quarter and time beyond regulation — the longest in NFL history. His 91.2% field goal conversion rate is the most effective in NFL history.

Tucker is probably the most clutch kicker ever. Sorry Adam Vinatieri. 

The Cowboys must play Dak Prescott against the Eagles 

Overreaction or reality: Reality

If Dak Prescott can grip the football and throw it with velocity, he should start against Philadelphia within the NFC East showdown. Cooper Rush won the sport against the Rams, but he wasn’t effective going 10 of 16 for 102 yards. Rush fumbled the ball twice and was sacked thrice, looking every little bit of a backup quarterback who was carried by a robust run game and a dominant defense. 

The Cowboys need Prescott to beat Philadelphia. If he’s healthy, he should play. 

Matt Rhule must be fired Monday 

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

This week could also be it for Matt Rhule, because the Panthers just don’t appear to have a pulse on offense. The Panthers went 3 of 15 on third down and scored only one offensive touchdown behind a struggling Baker Mayfield — who threw a pick six to Emmanuel Moseley that essentially put the sport out of reach within the second quarter. 

Carolina stands out as the worst team within the NFL, and Bank of America Stadium was taken over by 49ers fans throughout the afternoon. That may’t make owner David Tepper joyful as he’s losing the heartbeat of his team. Rhule should get one other few weeks to see if he can turn it around, however it could also be time to chop the cord. 

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