The contenders and pretenders are starting to separate themselves. Are the Atlanta Falcons for real? You can't argue with the results as their overtime win on Sunday pushed them to a 5-0 record. But they're not the only ones who stood out. So, let's see who deserves praise in the NFL Week 5 Awards. -- Sid Saraf
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Got Him! Award: Charles Woodson
Woodson, a future Hall of Famer, was looking forward to Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Why? Simple: He had never intercepted Peyton Manning. Not once. "He's eluded me for 18 years," the Raiders safety said earlier this week. Well, Manning couldn't hide any longer. Woodson didn't just pick off No. 18 on Sunday, he did it twice (albeit in a losing effort). Not bad for a 39-year-old, eh? Oh, by the way, Woodson was the man who was awarded the Heisman Trophy over Manning back in 1997. Do you think Charles is on Peyton's Christmas card list?
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All Good Things Must End Award: Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers hadn't thrown an interception at home in a long time. Like, a really long time -- 587 consecutive pass attempts that stretched back to December of 2012. Can you guess what happened on Sunday? Yep. He threw an interception in the first quarter. Then he threw another one in the second quarter and lost a fumble in the third. When it rains, it pours. Don't worry, the Packers still beat the Rams and Rodgers is now free to get to work on another streak.
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Encore Award: Todd Gurley
The highly touted rookie running back made waves last week when he rushed for more than 100 yards in a Rams victory. Could he do it again? You know it. Gurley carried the ball 30 times (30!!) and rushed for 159 yards -- with a long of 55 -- at Lambeau Field on Sunday and he's still just months removed from a knee injury. Can you imagine how good he'll get as he gains strength? This kid just might make it in this league.
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Bill of Goods Award: Tyrod Taylor
Not much was going right for the Bills in Tennessee on Sunday. The Titans had more total yards and were dominating time of possession. And Buffalo was already without two running backs -- LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams -- and one wide receiver in Sammy Watkins. Did that stop Taylor? Nah. The QB did what he had to do to get a win. He threw a TD pass and ran for another one as the Bills erased a 10-point deficit and gutted out a victory. ''Man, it was tough sledding, but he's got guts, he's got heart," head coach Rex Ryan said. He wasn't playing great, but at the end of the day he's the reason we won the game.'' Way to go, TT!
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Jay Cutler Award: Matthew Stafford
Remember when Stafford threw for more than 5,000 yards in 2011? That really does seem like a distant memory. Fast-forward to Sunday, Stafford wilted against the strong Cardinals defense, throwing three interceptions before getting pulled for Dan Orlovsky in the second half. Yuck. What's worse, the Lions got stomped 42-17 and fell to 0-5 this season. People in Detroit probably can't wait for basketball season to start.
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Clutch Gene Award: Jay Cutler
We like to have fun at Cutler's expense in these awards every week, but this is no laughing matter. Not only did he shake off a hamstring injury to lift the Bears to a win last week, he did it again on Sunday. Facing a fierce Chiefs pass-rush behind a sketchy offensive line, Cutler was a steely eyed missile man. He marched the Bears on two TD drives -- the second with just seconds left on the clock -- and got his team an 18-17 win. So, Jay, how were you able to get it done? "I trust the guys around me,'' Cutler said. ''I know all I've got to do is get the ball out to them and they'll do most of the hard work.'' Typical Cutler. So humble.
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Officially a Fantasy Stud Award: Devonta Freeman
Let's recap the past three games for the Falcons' second-year running back. Three touchdowns in Week 3. Another three in Week 4. And on Sunday? How about 34 touches for 197 total yards and a touchdown as the Falcons won in overtime. Those of you who play fantasy football probably remember that Freeman was a middle-round pick this year. That's not going to be the case next year. And for those of you who nabbed him in a keeper league, rejoice. The man might stand just 5-foot-8, but he's playing like a giant.
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Reclaim Your Home Award: Buccaneers
The Buccaneers beat the Buffalo Bills at home on Dec. 8, 2013. They didn't win another game at Raymond James Stadium until Sunday, when running back Doug Martin -- 27 touches, 158 total yards and three touchdowns -- fueled a victory over the Jaguars. "This was just smash-mouth football," QB Jameis Winston said. "We lined up in two-tight end formations, two-running back formations and pounded that football." That's how it's done.
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Sid Saraf Award: Josh McCown
If you follow the FOXSports.com NFL expert picks every week -- who doesn't? -- you probably noticed that one man had the gumption to pick the Browns to beat the Ravens this week. That would be yours truly. And who made me look like a genius? That would be Josh McCown, who threw for 457 yards -- his third straight game with at least 300 yards passing -- as the Browns won in Baltimore for the first time since 2007. Special credit should go to head coach Mike Pettine, who had the sense to hand the starting QB job back to McCown instead of sticking with Johnny Manziel once the former returned from injury. "Everybody wrote me off. Browns didn't write me off. Didn't write myself off. Wife and kids didn't write me off," McCown said after the game. Well said.
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Big Red Ward: Andy Dalton
The haters had their torches in hand once the Bengals fell behind by 17 points on Sunday against the Seahawks. Did Dalton let Cincinnati fall to another ugly loss? Hell no. Not on this day. The Red Rifle came to life in the fourth quarter and helped his team tie the score with a touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert and another score on a QB draw. He then led a scoring drive in overtime that won the game and pushed the Bengals to 5-0 -- the first time the Bengals have won their first five games since 1988, the year they reached the Super Bowl. "For us to come back against a really, really good team is huge,'' Dalton said. Keep doing what you're doing, Andy.