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NFL: Best and Worst of Week 5

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.

Best QB

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys – 25/36, 506 yards, 5 TD, INT

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

Worst QB

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

Best RB

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

Worst RB

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

Best WR

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.

Runner(s) Up: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys – 6 receptions, 141 yards, 2 TD; T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – 5 receptions, 140 yards, 2 TD

Worst WR

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)

Best Defense

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

Worst Defense

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.

About Jamie Plunkett

The site is owned and operated by Jamie Plunkett, a TCU graduate with a B.S. in advertising and public relations. In short, he’s a sports junkie. Born and raised in Dallas, he grew up following Dallas sports closely and passionately. He created the Dallas Sports Rant as an opportunity to unleash his sports knowledge and bias on the rest of the world. He also performs a pretty excellent karaoke version of Ice Ice Baby.

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