Best and Worst Moments from NFL Week 5
October 9, 2018
Week 5 of NFL concluded with a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins in which the Saints claimed their victory. The Redskins were not the only team to flop; the others that failed to deliver the past week were the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons, among others. On the other hand, teams like the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, and Cleveland Browns did themselves well.
However, not all players from the losing teams made bad decisions, and not all players from winning teams had their best moments. Here are some of the fan-favorite moments and flops from NFL’s Week 5.
1| Odell Beckham, Jr.’s Giants Touchdowns
Even if the team lost to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham made his first receiving touchdown for this year.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw 33 yards of Beckham’s receiving touchdown. NFL tweeted, “Two defenders closing in? Doesn’t matter.”
Two defenders closing in?
Eli. @OBJ. 33 yards… SIX.
— NFL (@NFL) October 7, 2018
Beckham also threw a 57-yarder touchdown to running back Saquon Barkley. New York Giants tweeted a 24-second video featuring the touchdown with a caption, “DID. YOU. SEE. THAT!?!” That video which also shows Beckham’s pass traveling 24 yards in the air has now garnered over 9,000 retweets and 21,000 likes.
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 7, 2018
Contributing to two touchdowns, Beckham might have just made himself a fan favorite.
2| Rookies Making History
Four rookie quarterbacks, Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, New York Jets’ Sam Darnold, Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield, and Arizona Cardinals’ Josh Rosen, started playing in Week 5. Some may call it beginner’s luck, but all of these rookies brought their teams to victory as they made 4-0 on their first time. It was the first time as well in Super Bowl history that rookies made a combined 4-0 in the same week.
The Bills rookie, Josh Allen, also became one of the leading players this year to make the most rushing touchdowns. Against the Tennessee Titans, Allen scored his third rushing touchdown as he veered to the left then split the defense until he dove for the touchdown.
NFL tweeted, “There goes @joshallenQB! 14-yard rushing TOUCHDOWN!”
There goes @joshallenQB!
14-yard rushing TOUCHDOWN!
— NFL (@NFL) October 7, 2018
3| Kenny Golladay’s Stiff-Arm Against Ha Ha Clinton Dix
Entering the season, Golladay was easily the wide receiver option behind Marvin Jones II and Golden Tate. But this week, he proved that he can be the team’s first choice. His size, speed, and wide catch radius aided the boost to Lions’ score in defeating the Green Bay Packers.
Last Sunday, Golladay caught four 98-yard passes including a pass from quarterback Matt Stafford that left Golladay running 60 yards while aiding a stiff-arm on Ha Ha Clinton Dix. A Lions fan tweeted a gif showing Golladay winging it with the caption: “Golladay is a beast.”
— Mike GM 🔨 #OnePride #DetroitVsEverybody #GoBlue (@archambeaum3) October 8, 2018
In Week 5, the underdogs basked in their moment, and several rookies stole the limelight. Who would have thought that the team’s third option could suddenly be top choice and that the losing team can still make the most memorable touchdowns?
1| Mason Crosby Missing FIVE kicks
Green Bay Packers placekicker Mason Crosby set the Week 5 record for most missed kicks by failing to kick five field goals last Sunday. What fans are disappointed about is that his field goals are not even long misses. His three field-goal attempts were 39, 41, and 42 yards out. His one other field-goal miss was recorded 56 yards out.
With Crosby’s five misses, the Packers were losing by 11 points. With nine minutes left, the score was 31-20 to the Detroit Lions. The Packers were given an opportunity to get extra points plus a chance to score another field goal. But Crosby missed it once again and ended the night with 13 points unscored out on the field.
An NFL fan tweeted a video of Crosby’s extra-point attempt.
— Sheikh Al Pope (@p_pope) October 7, 2018
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers coach, still believes in Crosby’s ability to make winning kicks as the player’s track record shows his good performance, but perhaps except for that match when he made terrible misses. McCarthy said:
“He’s got to make those kicks. He’s a proven highly successful kicker, and I believe in him but he’s got to make those kicks.”
2| Bortles’ Off Interceptions
Last Sunday, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was inconsistent and gave questionable interceptions. He turned the ball over five times during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was so off during the game that he made a pass that bounced off an offensive lineman’s helmet for the Chiefs to intercept.
Bortles’ performance was so inconsistent that fans make jokes saying they had to guess which games got “Bad Blake Bortles” and “Good Blake Bortles”.
NFL fan Geoff Schwartz tweeted, “Is this Bad Blake Bortles?”Schwartz even added a follow-up tweet asking, “But seriously, who the heck is his target here?”
But seriously, who the heck is his target here?
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) October 7, 2018
3| Chris Jones Punching a Jaguar
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones made an offense when he punched a downed Jaguars player on the leg. During an extra-point attempt, Jones landed on top of a Jaguars player and was ejected from the win when he made the unnecessary roughness.
NFL fan Jeff Rosen tweeted, “Chris Jones kicked out of the game. Maybe Kelce can mentor him too.”
— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) October 7, 2018
Week 5’s highlights ranged from history-making scenes to disappointing moments. Players still have time to improve or redeem themselves as the next week of NFL season starts this Thursday. Who knows what is to come for this Week 6 which is to be kicked off by a match between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.