Sunday 18 March 2018 / 07:04 PM


Week 5 of the NFL season rolled around with another series of close games, as the Jags left Roethlisberger reeling, Tampa’s kicking woes continued and the Eagles flexed their muscle.

Games of the Week

Detroit Lions 24 Carolina Panthers 27

Trailing 27-10 at the start of the fourth, Detroit were going to need one of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s finest last quarter comebacks, and he came damn close to delivering it.

Carolina had been strong through the first 45 minutes, with Cam Newton laying on three touchdowns and Ed Dickson and Kelvin Benjamin coming up with some big receiving plays.

But a pair of TDs from tight end Darren Fells put Detroit back to within three, with all of the momentum behind them, setting up a nail-biting finish which the Panthers survived thanks to a composed drive to chew up the remaining clock.

Indianapolis Colts 26, San Francisco 49ers 23

An overtime thriller decided by the boot of Adam Vinatieri, after both sides traded chances to score winning touchdowns.

Earlier Jacoby Brissett’s short quarterback run into the end zone had given Indy a comfortable advantage, but San Fran finished hot to force overtime with a pair of late touchdowns.

A clever shovel pass from Brian Hoyer sent Kyle Juszczyk over from three yards, before rookie tight end George Kittle used every bit of his 6-4 frame to drive and stretch out to get the ball in the end zone with 20 seconds to go.

When Brissett threw a red-zone intercept it handed advantage to the 49ers, but San Fran couldn’t make anything of it, gifting Vinatieri with a shot at the game, which he nailed from 51 yards.

Standout Stars

Cam Newton

Finished a forgettable week – where his sexist remark mid-week dominated headlines – with a stellar showing on the field in an important victory over Detroit.

Newton claimed a place as one of our standout players for the second week in a row, after throwing three touchdowns against the Lions, on his way to 355 yards.

He completed 26 of 33 all up, and handled the final drive nicely to kill off a late comeback raid from the Lions.

The Jacksonville air squad

The Jaguars gave Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger nightmares with their ability to pick him off in a 30-9 win over Pittsburgh, plucking his would-be passes out of the air five times.

Two of those were turned into pick sixes, with Telvin Smith and Barry Church taking turnovers to the house, while Jalen Ramsey was huge too, picking one off himself and batting the ball down for Church’s intercept.

By the end of the 60 minutes at Heinz Field Jacksonville had 101 yards from intercepts alone.

Leonard Fournette

A day of destruction for the rookie running back, who scored two touchdowns for the Jags, including a season-long 90 yarder as they powered past the Steelers 30-9.

His first was an athletic jump over his offensive line and the waiting defence, while the second was created off pure pace.

All up Fournette had 181 yards in rushing, averaging 6.5 on his 28 carries, capping a big day at the office.

It was a bad week for….

Nick Folk

You usually don’t hear much about kickers in the NFL until they screw up and cost their team a game. Well, we are hearing plenty about Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk right now.

The veteran missed three field goals in an eventual 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots, with the missed points making all the difference. While the first miss from 56 yards was forgivable, subsequent fluffed attempts from 49 and 31 yards should have been converted, and Folk admitted himself that his side should have won the match 20-19, shouldering all of the blame.

Folk has missed five of his last seven field goal attempts, as well as an extra point the week prior against the New York Giants. And the signs suggest he won’t be around to make amends, with Tampa Bay likely to bring in a new kicker in light of the awful performance.

Ben Roethlisberger

A history-making day for all the wrong reasons, as Big Ben threw five interceptions in a game for the first time in his career, which started way back in 2004.

With two of those picks leading directly to touchdowns at the other end, Roethlisberger contributed hugely to his side being burnt by Jacksonville.

While it’s highly unlikely his role at the team’s starter will be in question, social media erupted as 35-year-old endured one of the worst games of his career.

New York Giants wideouts and their ankles

The Giants lost 27-22 to the Chargers, but the repercussions will extend long beyond this week after they lost their star receiver Odell Beckham Jr to a fractured ankle which looks set to sideline him for an extended period.

‘OBJ’ fell awkwardly and was distraught following the injury, while New York also lost fellow receivers Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard (both ankle) to injuries which could see them miss game time for the G Men.

Somewhere in America there’s a group of free agent wide receivers packing their bags and googling directions to Giants HQ.

Best plays of Week 3

Browns running back Duke Johnson started running, and he just wouldn’t stop, spinning, weaving and darting his way through for an amazing touchdown.

While Johnson chose to go around the defence, Marshawn Lynch preferred to just go striaght through.

This 72-yard touchdown from Nelson Agholor had a bit of everything, including a great celebration at the end.

Week 5 results so far

Cincinnati Bengals 20, Buffalo Bills 16
New York Jets 17, Cleveland Browns 14
Carolina Panthers 27, Detroit Lions 24
Indianapolis Colts 26, San Francisco 49ers 23
Miami Dolphins 16, Tennessee Titans 10
Los Angeles Chargers 27, New York Giants 22
Philadelphia Eagles 34, Arizona Cardinals 7
Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Pittsburgh Steelers 9
Seattle Seahawks 16, Los Angeles Rams 10
Baltimore Ravens 30, Oakland Raiders 17

Green Bay Packers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31

Games to watch for next week

Philadelphia Eagles v Carolina Panthers
Kansas City Chiefs v Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacksonville Jaguars v LA Rams

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