Steelers MMQB: NFL Week 5 Wrap Up


Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) can

What We Learned in Week 5 in the NFL:

  • Mike Wallace and the Dolphins drop the ball against the Ravens
  • Cincy pulls out ugly win over New England
  • Giants remain winless and Vick injures hamstring
  • Broncos outlast Cowboys in shootout after Romo pulls a Romo late in the game

We just had our first week of action in the NFL where we aren’t left scratching our heads at another Steelers loss. Feels relaxing right? Let’s take some cheap shots at things that went on around the league in Week 5.

The Dolphins jumped out of the gate this season with a 3-0 start and surprised a lot of people. Now they’ve dropped two in a row and are worrying a lot of people. Speaking of drops, WR Mike Wallace, after complaining that the lack of being thrown to was “troubling” him after the first four weeks of the season, had seven catches for 105 yards in the Dolphins 26-23 loss to Baltimore and dropped some key passes that surely had Dolphins fans face palming during the game. Ryan Tannehill was sacked another six times and continues to lead the league in getting beat down each week. You thought it was Ben that was sacked the most so far didn’t you?  Unfortunately if the Dolphins learn to protect Tannehill better it will only focus more attention to the fact that Mike Wallace might as well have flippers instead of hands.

Through the first four weeks of the season when you heard about the Patriots and their undefeated record it also came with the word “ugly”. The Patriots have been finding it difficult, to put it mildly, to make up for the lack of talent in their receiving and tight end corps but were still managing to win games. Sunday against the Bengals, it wasn’t enough. The Bengals ended Tom Brady’s streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass as the Patriots only managed two field goals in their 13-6 loss. The Bengals couldn’t manage to score a touchdown against the Browns last week but were able to outlast New England and deliver their first loss of the season to them.

Who had Week 5 hamstring injury as the first time Mike Vick gets injured this season? We all knew it was bound to happen. I think I was more leaning towards some type of rib injury given how much more he was going to run the ball in Chip Kelly’s new offense for the Eagles. Nevertheless, Philadelphia was able to keep the New York Giants winless with a 36-21 win. Vick said in his post-game remarks that he could have returned to the game Nick Foles got hurt so it may be likely that Vick returns to the lineup next Sunday when the Eagles play Tampa Bay. The Giants are an awful 0-5 and could really contest with Jacksonville for the title of the worst team in the NFL, no matter what Ben Roethlisberger says.

The Cowboys and Broncos delivered a shootout for fans on Sunday combining for 1,039 total offensive yards and the second-highest scoring game in regulation in post-merger NFL history. Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw for 506 yards, five touchdowns, and one very Romo-like interception to ruin it all. With the game tied at 48 in the final two minutes, Danny Trevathan intercepted Romo at the Dallas 24. That allowed Denver to get to the 1-yard line, bleed the clock, and kick the game winning field goal as time expired. Perfectly Romo.

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