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NFL Week 5: News and observations

Save for the Monday night game between the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins at the Superdome, NFL Week 5 is in the books.

All told, we got to see Josh Allen throw for less than 100 yards with an interception, and still somehow win. We saw the Pittsburgh Steelers get back on track with their first home win of the season, beating up on the Atlanta Falcons to the tune of 41-17. We also saw Mason Crosby decide to single-handedly beat the Green Bay Packers by missing four field goals and an extra point in a 31-23 loss.

Of course, much more happened than just a few wild statlines and a gut-check from the Steelers in NFL Week 5.


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For starters, we found out that the Kansas City Chiefs can win when everything doesn’t go right offensively. Patrick Mahomes went over 300 yards passing for the fifth time in five tries this season, but he finally threw an interception (two of them, in fact). Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce dropped a sure touchdown and the team took 11 penalties, with Chris Jones and Dee Ford getting ejected.

None of it mattered. Kansas City rolled up over 400 yards of offense against the Jacksonville Jaguars and their top-ranked defense, winning 30-14 at soggy Arrowhead Stadium. The defense racked up five sacks and just as many turnovers, including four interceptions from Blake Bortles. The result has Kansas City as the only undefeated team remaining in the AFC, sitting 5-0 and in firm control of both the AFC West and the chase for the top seed come playoff time.


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The Minnesota Vikings also made a statement of their own on NFL Sunday, travelling to the City of Brotherly Love and beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-21. Minnesota jumped out to a sizable first-half lead thanks to the combination of Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen, with Cousins finishing with a 300-yard day and Thielen amassing 100 yards for the fifth time this season. Linval Joseph also got into the act with a fumble return for the touchdown, helping Minnesota get to 2-2-1 on the season with the Arizona Cardinals coming up next.

Finally, the Oakland Raiders appear on the verge of completely blowing up. Oakland took on the Los Angeles Chargers at a silver and black-covered StubHub Center, and sent the home crowd back to northern California with a disappointing 26-10 defeat. Oakland is now 1-4 and looking worse than it ever did under former head coach Jack Del Rio. The Raiders have to figure out what has gone wrong with Derek Carr, who threw a brutal interception in the end zone to Melvin Ingram, giving him eight on the year. If Carr doesn’t play much, much better… say good night.

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