As Week 5 in the NFL came to a close last night, it’s time to take a look at the best and worst performers from the weekend.
Romo is catching a lot of flack this week, despite setting a single-game career high for passing yards. His interception at the 2 minute warning in the 4th quarter led to the game winning field goal for Denver, but when your QB leads your offense to 48 points and you lose, maybe it’s time to look at the defense a little bit.
Runner Up: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos – 33/42, 414 yards, 4 TD, INT, Rush TD
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans – 19/35, 173 yards, 3 INT
Schaub threw a pick 6 for the fourth consecutive game, and generally couldn’t hit open receivers against the San Francisco 49ers. It led, eventually, to his benching in favor of T.J. Yates. Head coach Gary Kubiak said after the game that Schaub is still the starter, but we’ll see if that holds true on Sunday.
Runner Up: Tom Brady, New England Patriots – 18/38, 197 yards, INT
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens – 27 carries, 74 yards, 2 TDs
Ray Rice finally looked healthy again in his return to the lineup, and he tore Miami up early and often. If Baltimore can get back to establishing the run with Rice, they could go on a little bit of a winning streak. Their next 4 games are against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
Runner Up: Jamaal Charles – 22 carries, 108 yards, TD
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins – 7 carries, 15 yards
Miller had his worst outing of the season since Week 1, averaging only 2.1 yards/carry and not catching a single pass out of the backfield. The result? Miami’s second straight loss after getting off to a 3-0 start.
Runner Up: LeGarrette Blount – 12 carries, 51 yards, fumble
Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears – 10 receptions, 218 yards, TD
Jeffrey has established himself as the 1b to Brandon Marshall’s 1a, and it’s paying big dividends for the Bears’ offense. Now their defense just needs to get it in gear.
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans – 3 receptions, 39 yards.
Johnson was targeted 10 times on the day, only managing to pull down three of them. This was partially not his fault though, as Matt Schaub was doing Matt Schaub things all day.
Runner Up: Sydney Rice, Seattle Seahawks – 1 reception, 8 yards (4 targets)
San Francisco 49ers – 315 yds allowed, 3 points, 4 forced turnovers
The 49ers dominated a Houston Texans team that is just straight up reeling. Their great play resulted in the benching of Houston’s quarterback, Matt Schaub.
Runner Up: Arizona Cardinals – 353 yards allowed, 6 points, 4 forced turnovers
Dallas Cowboys – 517 yards allowed, 51 points allowed, 2 turnovers forced.
Dallas’ defense is the reason they lost to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. They didn’t force a single punt, and gave Denver five first downs off of penalties. Despite forcing Peyton Manning’s first interception of the season, allowing 51 points and negating a career day from Tony Romo isn’t ever going to get it done.
Runner Up: Denver Broncos – 522 yards allowed, 48 points allowed, 2 turnovers forced.