Ell’s NFL Weekly: Week 5

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October 27, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports

Week 5


Bills 24 vs. Browns 37

The Browns pull off a big win at home on Jim Brown Night in a game of backup QBs as both starting QBs had severe knee injuries during the game. Browns QB Brian Hoyer was hit by MLB Kiko Alonso on an 11 yard run and suffered a torn ACL in the 1st quarter. Bills Rookie QB E.J. Manuel suffered a knee sprain that will sideline him for a few weeks as he was hit in the knee directly by a player’s helmet on a 14 yard 1st down run in the 3rd quarter. QB Brandon Weeden replaced Hoyer with 197 yards and a TD. RB Willis McGahee didn’t run well, but carried the ball for 72 yards and a TD. WR Josh Gordon had another good game with 86 yards and TD, while WR Greg Little contributed 71 yards on 3 catches stretching the field. The Browns D played well with 4 sacks and an INT returned for TD, but struggled to stop the run. DE Desmond Bryant left the game in the 3rd quarter with shortness of breath. The Browns special teams was key in this game behind WR/KR Travis Benjamin who broke a team record with 179 return yards including a 79 yard return displaying great speed, vision, and athleticism. On the other side, undrafted rookie QB Jeff Tuel was forced into action due to Manuel’s injury and didn’t appear ready at all. Tuel threw for 80 yards and an INT which was returned 44 yards for a TD by Safety T.J. Ward. RB C.J. Spiller stretched the field well with 8 carries for 66 yards including a 54 yard TD. RB Fred Jackson also had a good game with 53 yards and 2 TDs on the ground, including 40 yards receiving. Rookie WR Robert Woods was the leading receiver with 5 catches for 64 yards. Led by DE Mario Williams with 2 sacks, the Bills D had a good game with 5 sacks and a forced fumble, but the offense struggled without Manuel and the special teams unit struggled to stop Benjamin. The Browns improve to 3-2 moving into 1st place in the AFC North, but the offense might struggle as they lose Hoyer in the process who proved to be the best QB on the roster now it is in Weeden’s hands again. The Bills fall to 2-3 and must find a QB to replace Manuel as Tuel shows he’s not ready; the defense and run game can’t do it all.

Pats 6 vs. Bengals 13

This game was a surprising defensive matchup between two good teams in the AFC as the Bengals prove that they have come a long way and can contend with the best.  Both defenses played well making this a game of field goals until the 4th quarter, when QB Andy Dalton led a good drive complemented with runs by RB Giovani Bernard which led to a TD. Dalton had an efficient game going 20/27 with 212 yards, but he threw an interception in the red zone throwing across his body which was a horrible play. RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard continue to share the ball, with Green-Ellis handling the ball up the middle and the Bernard as the more explosive one. The Bengals D had a good day putting pressure on QB Tom Brady with 4 sacks, 1 INT, and 3 forced fumbles (1 recovered) on the day. CB Adam “Pacman” Jones caught the game ending INT, as the Bengals D had two good stops late in the game after a fumbled by Bernard which was loss. On the other side, Brady struggled going 18/38 197 yards 0TDs, 1INT ending his streak of at least one TD thrown in a game. RB Legarette Blount (12 rushes, 51 yards) and Brandon Bolden (5 rushes, 24yards) ran the ball well, but the defense made stops. The Pats D played well with 4 sacks, 1 INT, and 1 forced fumbled which was recovered by the defense. Bengals improve to 3-2 giving them confidence going forward showing the dominance of the defense. The Pats fall to 4-1 getting their 1st loss of the season in a close one, but they know they can play better and must continue to improve on offense with the new wide receivers.

Lions 9 vs. Packers 22

This game was a tough divisional battle between two divisional rivals with the Packers pulling out the home win as they continued to make the plays to score; mostly field goals. QB Aaron Rodgers went 20/30 for 274 yards and a TD displaying good accuracy, but the Lions D limited them at times and a few drops. RB Eddie Lacy had a good game giving the team balance with 99 yards on 23 carries.  In addition, the runs by WR Randall Cobb who had 72 yards rushing on 2 carries, including a 67 yard rush who broke open the big play. Cobb also added 35 yards receiving. WR James Jones stretched the field well with 4 catches for 127 yards and an 83 yard TD which was the only one in the game. K Mason Crosby went 5/5 with a long of 52 yards as the key scorer in this game. WR Jordy Nelson added 82 yards on 5 catches. The Packers D was after the quarterback all day with 5 sacks on the day led by OLB Nick Perry who had 2 sacks and forced fumbled (recovered by the offense). OLB Clay Matthews left the game with a thumb injury. On the other side, the Lions couldn’t make the big plays without WR Calvin Johnson on the field as the other wide receivers had big drops and couldn’t make the plays he would. Despite the drops, QB Matt Stafford threw for 262 yards and a TD. The run game struggled as RB Reggie Bush had 44 yards rushing, but he did have 25 yards receiving. The TEs led the way in the passing game with Johnson out as TE Brandon Pettigrew with 59 yards and Tony Scheffler with 55 yards led the team. The Lions D played well mostly holding the Packers to field goals, but they only recorded one sack made by both DT Ndamukong Suh and DE Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah also had a forced fumble, but it was recovered by the offense. The Lions fall to 3-2 and probably feel like they could have won this game with Megatron, but they are in good standings. The Packers improve to 2-2 in a much needed win as they gave a balanced effort on both sides of the ball, but they must make TDs.

Seahawks 28 vs. Colts 34

The Colts get a big home win as they take down the undefeated Seahawks, although the Colts were behind until the 4th quarter. The Seahawks lead could have been worst had the safety been rightfully ruled a TD in the 1st quarter after a blocked punt which would have put the Seahawks up 17-0.  However, QB Andrew Luck showed good leadership in the game going 229 and 2 TDs which includes a 4th quarter drive ending in a TD pass to WR T.Y. Hilton. Hilton led the team with 5 catches for 140 yards and 2 TDs in the game including a 73 yard bomb. WR Reggie Wayne complemented him well with 5 catches for 65 yards. Newly acquired RB Trent Richardson was average in the game with 56 yards on 18 carries. RB Donald Brown balanced him well with 6 carries for 37 yards and a TD. The Colts D played well late in the game despite getting down early. OLB Robert Mathis had 2 sacks and a forced fumble leading the way. The Colts Special Teams unit also scored a TD after a blocked FG by DT Lawrence Guy. On the other side, QB Russell Wilson’s accuracy struggled as they were missing three of their starting offensive lineman, but he ran the ball well. Wilson went 15/31 with 210 yards passing, 2 TDs and 1 INT, and 13 carries for 102 yards. RB Marshawn Lynch also pounded the rock with 17 carries for 102 yards. WR Doug Baldwin led receivers with 5 catches for 80 yards and WR Golden Tate played well with 5 catches for 61 yards and TD. The Seahawks D played well, but gave up too big plays and couldn’t hold up in the 4th quarter. The Colts improve to 4-1 showing that maybe they can be a legit playoff team as they stand at the top of the AFC South as maybe the best team in the division.  The Seahawks fall to 4-1, but are still in good standings. This is a game they could have won, but they will continue to be one of the best in the NFC despite the loss.

Ravens 26 vs. Dolphins 23

The Ravens pull off the tough road win against the Dolphins as both defenses played well, but the Ravens played better in the clutch on the way to a comeback, but this was a game the Dolphins could have won. QB Joe Flacco struggled on the day with pressure in his face, but helped put the Ravens ahead with his long throws to WR Torrey Smith. Flacco had 269 yards on the day and Smith had 121 yards on 6 catches. RB Ray Rice had his best game of the season, but it still wasn’t up to his standards as he had 27 carries for 74 yards and 2 TDs with 28 yards receiving; he also had a fumble that he loss. Backup RB Bernard Pierce ran well with 46 yards on 11 carries. WR Tandon Doss stretched the field with 3 catches for 58 yards and TE Ed Dickson had 2 catches for 51 yards. The Ravens D played well, despite a couple big plays given up by the secondary, but OLB Terrell Suggs led the way with 3 sacks including a big one in the 4th quarter.  On the other side, QB Ryan Tannehill stood tall in the pocket, but was under constant pressure all day as he had 307 yards and a TD. RB Lamar Miller was shutdown with 7 carries for 15 yards and backup RB Daniel Thomas had 2 rushes for -1 yards. WR Mike Wallace led receivers with 7 catches for 105 yards, although he made some spectacular catches, he had some big drops. WR Brandon Gibson had 74 yards on 4 catches on the day including a 46 yard bomb to keep the game alive late in the 4th quarter.  FB/TE Chris Clay continues to impress with 3 catches for 52 yards and a TD. The Dolphins defense played well early with 2 sacks, an INT returned for TD, and a FF recovered by the defense, but they gave up too many big plays in the offense wasn’t helping. The Ravens improve to 3-2 gaining the top spot in the AFC North in a tough win, but they must play better on offense and continue to improve in the secondary. The Dolphins fall to 3-2 falling behind the Pats for 1st in the AFC East, but they must find a way to protect Tannehill better and continue to improve in the secondary. Guard Kelechi Osemele did not play in the game for the Ravens. DE Cameron Wake started the game, but had to leave while playing injured, MLB Dannell Ellerbe hurt his shoulder in the game, and CB Nolan Carroll suffered a rib injury.


Saints 26 vs. Bears 18

The Saints pull off a big road win against the Bears in a tough NFC matchup where the Saints proved they were the better team. QB Drew Brees picked apart the defense going 29/35 with 288 yards and 2 TDs. The Jimmy Graham showed continued as the tight end had 10 catches for 135 yards continuing to carve defenses. RB Pierre Thomas didn’t have a good game rushing with only 35 yards, but he contributed in the receiving game with 55 yards and 2 TDs including a nice 25 yard TD on a big 3rd down play. The Saints defense sent the pass rush from all angles to get to QB Jay Cutler even forcing a fumble. Cutler picked up stats playing from behind with 358 yards 2TDs and 2 fumbles (1 loss). Surprisingly it was WR Alshon Jeffery who had a big game with 10 catches for 218 yards and a TD giving you a sense of what he could bring in the future. RB Matt Forte was efficient in the run game with 12 carries for 55 yards and 40 yards receiving continuing to be a dual threat in this system. The Bears secondary was carved by Brees and couldn’t get much pressure on him. The Saints improve to 5-0 proving that they are one of the best team in the NFC finally having balance on both sides of the ball under HC Sean Payton. The Bears fall to 3-2 in a win they needed to get a lead in the NFC North, but they have work to do especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Eagles 36 vs. Giants 21

 The winless Giants fall short on their comeback against the Eagles, even though QB Mike Vick injured his hamstring and QB Nick Foles finished the game showing great passing skills. Vick had 105 yards passing and 79 yards rushing on 7 carries on the day while Foles had 197 yards and 2 TDs. RB Lesean McCoy played well providing 46 yards and a TD on the ground and 46 yards receiving. WR Desean Jackson led the way with 132 yards on 7 catches and a TD really stretching the field. TE Brent Celek had a good game with 47 yards on 3 catches including a nice 25 yard TD by Foles. The Eagles played good defense until they allowed a comeback, but they forced turnovers (3 INTs) to make the difference. On the other side, QB Eli Manning continues to commit turnovers after getting them into a position to win; Manning had 334 yards 2 TD and 3 INTs on the day. The run game struggled again behind RBs Brandon Jacobs (11 carries, 37 yards) and David Wilson (6 carries, 16 yards and a TD). WR Hakeem Nicks led the way with 9 catches for 142 yards and WR Rueben Randle led the way with 6 catches for 96 yards and 2 TDs. The Giants defense continues to struggle as they don’t get much pass rush and the secondary is carved for big plays. The Eagles improve to 2-3 tied for the NFC East lead, but they have improvements to make on both sides of the ball and they might also be without Vick. The Giants fall to 0-5 and still have many holes that need to be fixed from turnovers to the run game to the defense.

Chiefs 26 vs. Titans 17

The Chiefs improve to 5-0 in a tough AFC battle as both teams played good defense, but the Titans who were led by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with QB Jake Locker out with injury. QB Alex Smith struggled as he threw for 245 yards and an INT. However, WR Donnie Avery continues to impress with 3 catches for 91 yards as their leading wide receiver. However, the offense was run through RB Jamaal Charles who had 22 carries for 108 yards and a TD and 5 catches for 37 yards, but he did lose a fumble. The Chiefs defense continues to impress with 3 sacks, 2 INTs, and a FF in the game. The Chiefs Special Teams unit scored as they blocked a punt which was recovered in the end zone for a TD as the 1st score of the game. On the other side, Fitzpatrick struggled against the tough defense as he threw for 247 yards, a TD, and 2 INTs (one in the 4th quarter to seal the loss). However, he did run 9 carries for 50 yards and TD leading the rushing attack. RB Jackie Battle continues to run well with 6 yards for 38 yards, while the starter Chris Johnson struggled with only 17 yards on 10 carries. However, Johnson did have a big play receiving with a 49 yd TD and 63 yards on the day on 4 catches. WR Kendall Wright led the way with 6 catches for 74 yards. The Titans D played well, but didn’t receive much help from the offense and couldn’t stop the run. The Chiefs at 5-0 continue to show the many ways they can win, but the offense can’t expect to win playing like this. The Titans fall to 3-2 losing to a quality team, but they must continue to improve on offense, especially in the running game.

Jags 20 vs. Rams 34

This game actually started out with the Jags on top, until QB Blaine Gabbert’s ugly play showed up giving the Rams a 24-10 lead going into halftime, but the Jags had a chance to comeback late in the game until QB Sam Bradford threw a 31yd TD pass to WR Austin Pettis who caught 2 TDs on the day. Bradford had a good game spreading the ball well with 222 yards and 3TDs although it was the Jags defense he was up against. The Rams finally saw production out of the run game as RB Zac Stacy ran for 78 yards on 14 carries and RB Darryl Richardson complemented him well with 48 yards on 13 carries. The Rams D played well with 2 sacks, 2INTs, 3 forced fumbles (1 fumble recovery), and a TD on an 82 yard INT return by Safety Matt Giordano. On the Jags side, Gabbert played horribly as usual displaying poor accuracy with 181 yards 1 TD and 2 INTs; he started the game well giving the Jags a 7-0 lead on a 67 yard TD pass to WR Justin Blackmon, but he followed that drive with a pick 6 (INT for TD) on the next one. Blackmon playing in his 1st game of the season, due to a 4 game suspension played well with 5 catches for 136 yards and a TD despite the rust. Gabbert left the game in the 2nd half with a hamstring injury and was replaced by QB Chad Henne going 7/13 with 89 yards and a TD, but he couldn’t bring them back. RB Maurice Jones-Drew finally had a decent game rushing with 70 yards on 17 carries, but the run game was negated with the Rams up big. WR Cecil Shorts had a good game with 5 catches for 74 yards and a TD. The Jags D got some pressure on Bradford, but didn’t make the impact plays needed as the offense didn’t help the cause not moving the ball well and giving up points and short fields. The Jags fall to 0-5 and don’t seem to have anything to really build off on either side of the ball despite their best offensive game of the season as the biggest concern is QB play. It also doesn’t help that the team loss rookie #2 draft pick Left Tackle Luke Joeckel for the season due to a broken ankle; this was his 1st start at left tackle after LT Eugene Monroe was traded to the Ravens. The Rams improve to 2-3 after playing well on both sides of the football, but they must prove that they can also play well against better competition too going forward as they are in a tough division.

Panthers 6 vs. Cards 22

This game was a close battle that could have gone either way as both QBs played horribly due to both defensive pressure and inefficient play. The Cards D led the way with 7 sacks, 3 INTs, and a forced fumble on QB Cam Newton which was recovered by the defense. QB Carson Palmer threw for only 175 yards in the game 3 INTs and a late TD in the 4th quarter to seal the game for good giving no hope for a comeback. RB Rashard Mendenhall continues to struggle running the football (43 yards), but he did run in a TD. RB Andre Ellington continues to be a dual threat as he had 7 carries for 52 yards and 4 catches for 31 yards which is great from a backup. On the other side, Newton passed the ball well going for 308 yards, but had 0 TDS, 3 INTs thanks to being under constant pressure all game. The run game was also shutdown as RB DeAngelo Williams only had 39 yards on 12 carries, FB/RB Mike Tolbert contributed 31 yards, and Newton had 25 yards. The Panthers D played well with 2 sacks and 3 INTs of their own, but it wasn’t enough as they didn’t get help from the offense. The Cards improve to 3-2 playing good defense and showing toughness under HC Bruce Arians; he appears to be doing a great job so far. The Panthers fall to 1-3 as they need more work on the offensive side of the ball and need to limit their turnovers.

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Broncos 51 vs. Cowboys 48

The Broncos win a great back and forth shootout with the Cowboys where they actually led in the beginning 14-0. The Broncos O had another great day behind QB Peyton Manning who went 33/42 with 414 yards 4 TDs (5 total) and 1 INT; he recorded his 1st rushing TD in 5 years on a play action fake at the goal line. RB Knowshon Moreno led the way for the running back trio with 93 yards and a TD on 19 carries. Moreno also added 5 catches for 57 yards in the receiving game. TE Julius Thomas was back to making plays with 9 catches for 122 yards and 2 TDs. WR Eric Decker also had a good game with 87 yards and a TD. The Broncos D did get some pressure on QB Tony Romo behind OLB Shaun Phillips who had 2 sacks, but Romo carved the defense until a late INT by LB Danny Trevathan that put the Broncos in position to win; he continues to impress in coverage. On the other side, Romo displayed good accuracy in a battle with the Broncos spreading the ball well on the way to 505 yards 5 TDs and 1 INT. RB Demarco Murray added 43 yards and a TD on the ground, but this was a passing game. Three Cowboys went over 100 yards: WR Terrance Williams had 4 catches 151 yards and TD, WR Dez Bryant had 6 catches for 141 yards and 2TDs, and TE Jason Witten had 7 catches for 121 yards and a TD. WR Cole Beasley also got in on the action with 47 yards and a TD. The Cowboys started well, but the defense was carved by Manning and didn’t do much besides an INT by Morris Claiborne and a forced fumble on Decker. The Broncos improve to 5-0 continuing the offensive onslaught of point, but the defense appears to be in question today. The Cowboys fall to 2-3, but display a good offensive show at home, however the defense needs to play a lot better in the secondary.

Texans 3 vs. 49ers 34

The 49ers embarrass the Texans as QB Matt Schaub has a horrible game making a new NFL record with 4 straight games with an INT returned for TD. QB Colin Kaepernick only threw the ball 15 times, but completed 6 for 113 yards with a 64 yard TD to TE Vernon Davis in the 4th quarter. The 49ers run game did the dirty work as everybody got carries: RB Frank Gore 81 yards and a TD, RB LaMichael James 4 carries and 31 yards, RB Kendall Hunter 29 yards, Kaepernick with a 14 yard run, WR/KR Kyle Williams with a 12 yard run, and RB Anthony Dixon 13 yards and a TD. TE Vernon Davis was the leading receiver with 88 yards on 3 catches and a TD. The 49ers D played well with 3 INTs, 1 sack, 1 TD, and 1 FF which was recovered by the defense. CB Tramaine Brock recorded 2 INTs and DE Tony Jerrod-Eddie recorded the other. On the other side, Schaub only threw for 173 yards, 0 TDs, and 3INTs was replaced by QB T.J. Yates late in the game going 3/5 for 15 yards. The run game actually did well as RB Arian Foster had 98 yards on 21 carries and RB Ben Tate had 7 carries for 28 yards (1 fumble), but the run game was negated with the big lead. The Texans D had no chance with the turnovers and poor offensive play leading to easy scores on the ground. The 49ers improve to 3-2 with a much needed home win which was won by defense and running the football. The Texans fall to 2-3 and surprisingly have QB issues to deal with as Schaub has been struggling lately continuing to commit turnovers.

Chargers 17 vs. Raiders 27

In the latest starting game in NFL history, the Raiders pull off a big win at home playing well on both sides of the ball in a game that was not as close as the final scores shows. QB Terrelle Pryor had an amazing game completing his 1st 10 passes on the day going 18/23 with 221 yards and 2 TDs, 0INTs. RB Darren McFadden missed the game, but backup RB Rashard Jennings had 10 carries for 41 yards in his absence and FB Marcel Reece contributed 32 yards rushing on 7 carries and 25 yards receiving. Pryor continues to show good chemistry with WR Danarius Moore who had 5 catches for 84 yards and a TD. WR Rod Streater also had a good game with 56 yards and a TD on 3 catches including a 44 yard TD on the 1st Raiders drive. The Raiders D played well led by leader Safety Charles Woodson who recorded 4 tackles, 1 INT, and a fumble recovery for TD giving him 13 defensive TDs for his career tying an NFL record. The defense had 2 sacks, 3INTs, and a forced fumble which was recovered on the day. On the other side, the Chargers struggled without two key offensive lineman and also losing RB Ryan Matthews in the game to a concussion. The Chargers didn’t score until the 3rd quarter and that almost didn’t happen as the field goal was blocked, but ran for a 1st down after being recovered by the offense. QB Philip Rivers struggled in this game despite throwing for 411 yards as he had 2TDs and 3 INTs on the game including an INT to rookie CB D.J. Hayden late in the game while trying a comeback, Hayden’s 1st of the year. The run game was non-existent without Matthews as RB Danny Woodhead had only 17 yards on 9 carries and a costly fumble returned for a TD by Woodson. With Rivers in passing mode aiming for a comeback from a big deficit, the receiving game put up big numbers as WR Vincent Brown had 7 catches for 117 yards, WR Keenan Allen had 6 catches for 115 yards and a TD in the game, TE Antonio Gates with 74 yards on 7 catches, and RB Danny Woodhead with 9 catches for 58 yards and a TD as he continues to be a major factor as a receiver. The Chargers D applied pressure on Pryor with 4 sacks, but it was too late as the Raiders had done most of their damage early in the game. The Raiders improve to 2-3 showing great improvement under Pryor as starter this season. The Chargers fall to 2-3 in a game many expected them to win, the defense needs to play more consistently and the run game still needs improvement. With Rivers, as the Chargers best player they can’t afford too many turnovers out of Rivers and the rest of the offense.

Jets 30 vs. Falcons 28

The Jets pull off a big win on the road versus the Falcons holding off a late 2nd half comeback try. Jets rookie QB Geno Smith showed good composure and good accuracy especially on a 2-minute drill late in the 4th quarter leading the team up the field to a game winning field goal by K Nick Folk. Smith went 16/20 for 199 yards and 3 TDs. RB Bilal Powell struggled in this game with only 38 yards on 12 carries, but RB Mike Goodson added 32 yards on 3 carries and RB Chris Ivory added 27 yards on 4 carries. TE Jeff Cumberland had an amazing game as the leading receiver with 3 catches for 79 yards and a TD; he even had a 47 yard catch stretching the D. WR Jeremy Kerley had 5 catches for 68 yards and a nice 15 yard TD showing his toughness and agility. The Jets D played well until the 2nd half where they got carved by QB Matt Ryan; however he was under constant pressure. On the other side, QB Matt Ryan went 36/45 with 319 yards and 2 TDs, but he did fumble and lose the ball. The run game struggled under RB Jacquizz Rodgers who had 43 yards and 2 TDs on 14 carries, including 15 yard receiving after losing FB/RB Jason Snelling to a concussion; Snelling only had 13 yards rushing on 7 carries. WR Julio Jones was the leading receiver with 99 yards on 8 catches and TE Tony Gonzales had 97 yards on 10 catches. WR Roddy White left the game with a hamstring injury after 45 yards on 4 catches. The Falcons D was able to get some pressure on Smith led by DE Osi Umenyiora with 2 sacks, but the Jets won this one with a balanced effort. Falcons HC Mike Smith took a lot of criticism for going for it on 4th and 1 with 1 second left before the half instead of taking the field goal, even though the run game had been struggling. The Jets improve to 3-2 continuing to play well under behind Geno Smith as starter continuing to find ways to win the game. The Falcons fall to 1-4 as their defensive and injury issues continue. Both teams have been a surprise, with the Jets outplaying what people believed and the Falcons struggling miserably.


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