Week 5 of the 2019 season is done, and we already have one firing and more quarterbacks go down, others rise up to victory and others step in to futures unknown. Some team surprisingly went off, others raised eyebrows, and a few disappointed.
There are some key things to be gathered in every game and the following is what we should take away from this past weekend.
1. Eagles 31, NYJ 6
PHI – The Eagles offense took a back seat while the defense scored two touchdowns and decimated the Jets’ offensive line en route to 10 sacks on Jets emergency QB Luke Falk. Jordan Howard got the bulk of the carries again as he got one of the Eagles’ two offensive touchdowns, Zach Ertz caught the other.
NYJ – Until the Jets get a healthy Sam Darnold, they don’t stand a chance. The offense is rotting away under Luke Falk, who is only doing the best that he can. Falk finished with just 120 yards, two interceptions and had a QBR of 1.8. Also, the harder it is for Falk, Le’Veon Bell can’t do what he does best.
2. Texans 53, Falcons 32
ATL – Is there anyone better in garbage time than Matt Ryan? He’s thrown over 300 yards for the fifth-straight week. Unfortunately, the Falcons are way out of the
TEN – It was a coming out party for rookie A.J. Brown and we finally got a Corey Davis signing, though it’s doubtful many people figured that either would do much prior to setting their Week 4 lineups. Marcus Mariota spread it around eight difference receivers and Derrick Henry was impressive running for another 100 yards.
3. Ravens 26, Steelers 23
BAL – Lamar Jackson put up a dud of a game where he threw for just 161 yards and ran for 70 yards. Outside of an early red zone touchdown to Marquise Brown, who later left the game with an ankle injury, Jackson played a lot of underneath stuff to Willie Snead, the backs and tight ends. It was as unremarkable as a day could be for anyone besides Justin Tucker.
PIT – The addition of Minka Fitzpatrick has helped solidify this secondary which has put up three straight quality games, allowing two touchdowns but minimal yardage. Unfortunately, on offense, with the team already onto their backup quarterback, Mason Rudolph suffered a punishing blow to the head from Earl Thomas, who then hit the turf with his head a second time on the fall down. That blow sent him to the locker room and may be in concussion protocol for awhile folks. Emergency quarterback Devlin Hodges needed to take over and finish the game, further putting the immediate future of other Steelers skills players in mystery.