Trailing Seattle 24-7 entering the fourth quarter with their unbeaten record on the line, Andy Dalton rallied the Bengals to their biggest win of the season. In a game that Bengals fans are accustomed to losing, Dalton went 13 of 15 for 135 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime on Sunday, leading Cincinnati to 20 straight points.
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Aaron Rodgers had three turnovers at home
Before Sunday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had not thrown an interception at home since December 2012. His clean sheet came to an end against the Rams when he threw an interception on a deflected pass in the first quarter before adding another a few drives later, he threw another. To top off his uncharacteristically sloppy day, Rodgers lost a fumble after a second-half sack. The Packers still won, 24-10.
Browns get first win in Baltimore since 2007
The Browns earned a rare win in Baltimore on Sunday and they did it with a record-breaking performance from quarterback Josh McCown, who set a franchise regular-season record with 457 passing yards as Cleveland stunned the Ravens and sent them to their first 1-4 start in team history.
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Devonta Freeman torches Redskins run defense
The Redskins had allowed just 78 rushing yards per game heading into Week 5 against the Falcons, but then Devonta Freeman came along. Freeman led the Atlanta run game by rushing 27 times for 153 yards and a touchdown. In total, the Falcons wound up with 176 rushing yards on 32 attempts, shocking Washington’s run defense and going to 5-0 on the year.
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Kansas City crumbles without Jamaal Charles
Kansas City was crippled without its top offensive player. When Charles tore his ACL, the Chiefs held a commanding 14-point lead. Later, they had no workhorse to help run the clock out on the feisty Bears and Jay Cutler, of all people, in the 18-17 loss.
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Cowboys stick with Brandon Weeden (for now?)
Brandon Weeden was certainly not the reason why the Cowboys lost in Week 4, but it’s more difficult to defend his Week 5 performance. Although Weeden completed 26-of-39 passes, he finished with just 188 yards through the air. He took three sacks and threw one interception, and the offense was just 4 of 14 on third-down conversion attempts. Jason Garrett previously praised Matt Cassel’s ability to pick up the offensive scheme fast, and it would be even more surprising if we don’t see him starting when the Cowboys return to action in Week 7.
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Colts' offensive line shuts down J.J. Watt
The Indianapolis offensive line hasn’t exactly been a powerhouse early in the season, but you wouldn’t have known that Thursday night. The line held Watt, the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, without a sack. Watt finished the night with just two assisted tackles. That’s a far cry from his previous two games against the Colts where he totaled 13 tackles, four sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown.
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Seattle's defense unravels again in fourth quarter
Back in the day, a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead for the Seahawks meant a win. Not anymore. Sunday was the first time they had blown a 17-point lead since October 2004. Seattle has also coughed up fourth-quarter leads in road losses at St. Louis and Green Bay, and only a blown call in the end zone helped the Seahawks hold off Detroit in Week 4.
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Eli Manning does it again
Although he is known for two-minute drives to close out comeback wins over the course of his career, Manning hadn't done too much of that recently. In Week 5, despite playing the whole drive without Rueben Randle and the start of it without Odell Beckham Jr., Manning led an 82-yard touchdown that gave the Giants (3-2) a third straight win.
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Jameis Winston and Doug Martin lead the way
For the first time in his brief NFL career, Jameis Winston went an entire game without a turnover. The result? A 38-31 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. While the defense struggled to stop Blake Bortles, both Winston and Doug Martin stepped up in a big way. Winston completed 13-of-19 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown, while Martin looked like a rookie again, rushing for 123 yards and scoring three total touchdowns.