With NFL week five in the books, it’s time to take a look at the takeaways from the week. With a bigger sample size being present, it’s becoming more clear who teams really are.
Takeaways From Week Five in the NFL
Russell Wilson is a Top-Three Quarterback…at Minimum
It’s no secret how good Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is at this point. If you aren’t viewing him as at least a top-five quarterback at this point you’re wrong. However, he is showing now that he is at the very least top-three.
His stat line against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday wasn’t out of this world. However, if you watched the game, you saw how impressive he was.
For most of Wilson’s career, he has had poor offensive lines in front of him. While that has been slightly improved over the past few seasons, the offensive line in Seattle still isn’t good.
That has Wilson constantly running for his life. Even with that, Wilson continues to put up impressive numbers, and carry a Seattle roster that isn’t as good as when he got in the league, to wins.
Most would say Patrick Mahomes is the top quarterback in the league. That’s hard to argue, but each week Wilson is showing that he might be second and the gap might not be as big between the two as many might think.
The New Orleans Saints Might Be the NFC Favorites
Of course, this comes with the caveat of once Drew Brees is back. Some thought the Saints would struggle while Brees was out, but they are now 3-0 since he injured his thumb week two against the Rams.
That 3-0 record comes with impressive wins over the Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The defense and special teams were largely responsible for the first two wins, and this past weekend Teddy Bridgewater threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns.
The Oakland Raiders Have a Good Offense
Most would not have expected this to be a statement after week five of the NFL season. However, this appears to be the case.
They have scored 55 points over the past two weeks, wins over the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears.
The two main reasons the offense has been so much better as of late is Derek Carr is playing at a high-level, and Josh Jacobs is playing at the level most thought he could when he was drafted in the first round.
On the outside, Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller have been huge, but this team has needed another wide receiver. They addressed that yesterday by going out and trading for former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones.
Nobody has questioned Jon Gruden’s ability to design an offense. The reason most didn’t believe in this Raiders offense is the lack of belief in Derek Carr. However, Carr appears to have figured things out.
Now, the next step for the offense is to figure out pass protection on the offensive line. If they can do that, this offense will be more consistent in showing their ability, just like they have the past two weeks.
NFL Week Five Takeaways Continued
Minnesota is Still a Good Team
This is an unpopular opinion. The easy thing to do when it comes to the Minnesota Vikings has been to bash Kirk Cousins.
To a large extent, that’s been warranted so far this season. Cousins has largely been bad this season and he has missed throws he should be making or has thrown bad interceptions at the wrong time.
However, Cousins’ overall numbers on the season are still good. He has completed 68.3 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and two interceptions. His 8.3 yards per attempt also isn’t bad at all.
Everyone also knows about Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs on the outside. Now there has been some drama around Diggs this season and him possibly wanting out, but both receivers have been their productive selves this season.
Now the big difference-maker this season has been Dalvin Cook. Not only is Cook second in the league in rushing yards with 542 yards, but he has five touchdowns on the ground, and he has 200 receiving yards on the season.
The main issue with the offense has been the offensive line. Cousins has been sacked 11 times this season. Now some of that is Cousins holding onto the ball too long, but this offensive line still isn’t good.
On the other side, the defense is still good as well. They have yet to give up more than 21 points this season.
Minnesota is going to hang around in the NFC North this season and be a playoff contender, and if the offense can find more consistency, they could go on a good run.
Indianapolis is the Real Deal
The Indianapolis Colts have turned around their roster from a few years ago and now they have a very good roster.
However, that doesn’t appear to be the case after their Sunday Night win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Defensively this is also a pretty good unit. It’s not the best in the league, but they played a good game this past weekend and it’s a unit you can win with.
The margin of error isn’t what it was if Luck were the quarterback, but this is still a very good roster that should have a good chance of winning the AFC South.
Also, in a weaker AFC, the Colts could make a decent run in the postseason if they get there.
This is Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns came into the season with a lot of hype. However, they have been very inconsistent through five weeks. Frankly, this is just who Cleveland is.
The Browns have two very ugly losses. Week one they lost 43-13 to the Tennessee Titans, and just last night they lost 31-3 to the San Francisco 49ers.
Now the 49ers are 4-0, but there’s no reason for the Browns to be losing by 28 points against them. On the other side, the Titans aren’t that good. So there’s no reason to be losing at home to the Titans like they did week one.
However, the Browns do have a very impressive 40-25 week four win over the Baltimore Ravens. And in that game, they were up 40-18 before Baltimore scored with 30 seconds remaining.
This has been an inconsistent team this season, and that doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon.
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