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NFL WEEK 5:What we learned

We continue to see games being switched and postponed due to positive Covid-19 tests but we also got to see some fans in stadiums around the league and a lot of great action to go with it.

The season is still young but the elite teams are showing their muscle and that was the case again in week 5 but what are the main things we learned from this past week of NFL action?

  • Even the greats can make mistakes:

Tom Brady & The Buccaneers have said that it wasn't the case but after Cairo Santos had kicked the go-ahead field goal with 1:17 on the clock, the Bucs had one final drive to claim victory. However, Brady's fourth down pass was broken up DeAndre Houston-Carson, but the three time league MVP, put up four fingers as if he had one more shot.

Sorry Tom, not the case.

Instead, the Bears got the ball back with 33 seconds to go and eventually ran out narrow winners, final score in Chicago, Bears 20-19 Buccaneers.

Last week, I was singing the praises of Tom Brady following his five touchdown performance against the Chargers but this week he has reminded me that he is only human and is capable of a mistake in a big moment. Well hey if it can happen to Tom Brady it can happen to anyone right, so lets not be so worried.

  • 2020 is the year of Wilson:

The 2020 season is Russel Wilsons time, the 31 year old is locked in and it seems like it is going to take a miracle to stop his 5-0 Seahawks. Seattle ran just 18 plays in the first half as they trailed 13-0 to Minnesota at half-time but they bounced back to lead 21-19 in the rain soaked Century Link Field, heading into the fourth.

After the Vikings re-took the lead with a touchdown, Seattle had over seven minutes to get up the field and answer back but instead Wilson made a decision to throw deep and was picked off with 5:56 on the clock. Now Seattle were in danger of losing their perfect record.

The Vikings were looking good to force at least over time when they reached Seahawks territory with just over two minutes remaining but on 4th&1 on Seattle's six yard line, the Vikings were halted for no gain and the ball was back in Russ' hands for one final drive.

Time was not on Seattle's side and with only one time out they needed a miracle to win but miracles are what this Seahawks team does best. On 4th&10 all hope seemed to be lost but Wilson found DK Metcalf deep for a 39 yard gain and that duo combined again to score the winning touchdown. Wilson finding Metcalf with an impressive play on 4th&goal with just 15 seconds remaining. Final score, Seahawks 27-26 Vikings.

The win capped by the 94 yard drive with under two minutes to go and they didn't even use their one timeout. Seahawks are the team to watch this year and Wilson is the man to beat for MVP.

  • Raiders are loving their new home in Vegas:

The Las Vegas Raiders are loving their new home in Nevada. They claimed their third win of the season (2-0 at home) against the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs(4-1) on Sunday evening. The Raiders have not been to fill their new stadium with a crowd as of yet but they seem to have settle well in their new surroundings.

In this AFC West clash most were expecting a Chiefs win and a dominant display from Patrick Mahomes, while Mahomes was impressive, throwing for 340 yards, two touchdowns and a pick but he was matched all the way by Derek Carr who threw for 347 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The Raiders dropped 40 points on the Chiefs and showed that they may just have something here. Final score in Las Vegas, Raiders 40-32 Chiefs.

The new-look Raiders have score 30+ points in each of their three wins this season and when they are on it they come to win. While it is still early days for this team they have a more than legitimate of making the playoffs, especially with the way the Broncos and Chargers have started the year.

They are definitely going to need more big wins like this to reach the post season but Las Vegas' first NFL team look well set for a solid first season.

  • Cowboys will have to continue to find a way to win without Dak:

Dak Prescott had made a superhuman start to the season statistically but sadly his season has now been ended after just five weeks. The QB suffering a compound fracture and dislocation of the right ankle. A cruel blow to the Cowboys and to Dak himself but it didn't stop Dallas from victory and improving to a 2-3 record.

The ball was now in the hands of backup quarterback, Andy Dalton and things didn't look good after he fumbled a snap early on but he recovered and eventually led the team to a 37-34 victory, with a little help from Ezekiel Elliot and his young wide receivers.

With Prescott now out for the season the Cowboys are going to have to continue to find ways to win without their star man and this will certainly put more onus on big Zeke Elliot to pick up some of the slack. The star running is more than capable of stepping up and with their lack of competition in NFC East, Dallas will still be quietly confident of snatching a playoff place but it is going to take a great deal of planning and courage.

  • AFC North is the space to watch:

Before the season began most would have been confident of the Ravens topping this division with the Steelers having an outside shout but after five weeks of football it is turning into the most competitive division in the league.

The Steelers are top (4-0) with the Ravens and Browns both just behind (4-1). You know what you get from Pittsburgh, quality defense and a great QB in Ben Roethlisberger and of course Baltimore have 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson but the Browns are still somewhat of a question mark, they have made a great start and it appears Odell Beckham Jr is returning to his best but it still wouldn't be a surprise to see them lose their next three games.

It could be a three horse race all the way with the talent available to each team and we will have a clearer picture of the Steelers and Browns following their week 6 matchup. It is arguably most common to see one team dominating a division these days but the AFC North is throwing a curve ball and lets just hope it continues on until December.