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2021 NFL Week 5 Recap

By Hank Blaine

NFL Week 5 brought us another round of surprises, including a legendary coach calling it quits due to nothing that happened on the field. The lone remaining undefeated team will enter week 6 without a loss, and there’s something wrong in Kansas City. Check out what happened this past week in the NFL.

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2021 NFL Week 5 Recap

Panthers, Raiders, and Broncos lose their second straight

The Carolina Panthers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Denver Broncos dropped their second straight games. Heading into NFL Week 4, all three were undefeated. Heading into NFL Week 6, all three show 3-2 records. What happened?

Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold may not be the savior after all. The Panthers were up 15-6 at halftime, but Darnold threw 3 picks to spark a Jalen Hurts led Philadelphia rally. Carolina fell 21-18.

The Denver Broncos looked horrible in a 27-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the second straight week, Denver’s defense didn’t play well. The Chicago Bears dusted the Raiders 20-9. Las Vegas looked uninspired and like they were going through the motions. On Monday, head coach Jon Gruden resigned, but he didn’t resign because Vegas fell to 3-2.

Gruden resigned because of emails he had sent to then WFT executive Bruce Allen in 2011. Somebody wanted to cancel Gruden. Las Vegas and the NFL allowed them to do so.

Seattle loses Wilson for 6 to 8 weeks

Russell Wilson, the heartbeat of the Seattle Seahawks, is out for at least six weeks. Wilson could be out of commission for up to two months. Without their quarterback, Seattle may not win a game. The defense is a mess. It ranks dead last in yards allowed. So losing Russell is a big deal, which is the main reason Seattle is now a close to +7000 choice to win the Super Bowl.

Arizona remains undefeated after victory over San Francisco

Only one team is undefeated heading into NFL Week 6 and it’s the Arizona Cardinals. Nobody thought Zona would be the best team in the loaded NFC West.

But injuries to Wilson and Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco has opened the door. The Los Angeles Rams are right there. AZ beat the Rams at Sofi a couple of weeks ago, though.

Don’t expect Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, and Arizona’s much better than anticipated defense to remain undefeated. On Sunday, the Cardinals take on Baker and the Browns in Cleveland.

Dallas turning into a scoring juggernaut and Rodgers outduels Burrow

The Cowboys continue to fly under the radar. For the second time in the past three weeks, the Cowboys broke the 40-point barrier. Because Big D accomplished the feat against the New York Giants in a 44-20 victory, nobody cared. Dallas continues to offer Super Bowl odds at around +1400. That could change.

Dallas has a big chance to go undefeated from now until the end of the season. The only team the Boys might struggle beating are the Cardinals in a home game on Jan. 2, the second to last week in the regular season. While Dallas dominated, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and the Bengals’ Joe Burrow dueled in a classic.

The game happened in Cincinnati. Rodgers and the Pack prevailed 25-22 in overtime. Green Bay, though, isn’t dominating foes ala the Cards, Bucs, and Cowboys. So don’t jump on AR and the Pack to win the Super Bowl just yet. Based on visuals, Green Bay will struggle to win the NFC.

Bills dominate the Chiefs in Kansas City

NFL Week 5’s most important game happened on Sunday Night Football. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were -3 home favorites against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Bills destroyed KC 38-20. Say what you will about Mahomes and his interceptions, the great one threw a couple, but the real reason Kansas City lost is because they don’t have it this season.

The defense is flat out bad. It’s not a bend but don’t break or defense built around stopping the pass or rush. The Chiefs’ D is plain bad. The offense is great, but Andy Reid’s play-calling is suspect. For example, Reid and the Chiefs decided to go for it on 4 th and 5 in Buffalo territory instead of allowing Harrison Butker to attempt a long field goal.

What’s really disturbing about that drive is that KC started on their 40-yeard line. After Mahomes rumbled for 23 yards on the first play, Kansas City’s drive stalled. Kansas City is 2-3. Their only victories happened against the Cleveland Browns, a game they could have lost, in their first game. Even Philadelphia challenged KC in the Chiefs’ second win.

The Chargers are rolling in the AFC West. So there’s a chance Kansas City never recovers, loses their division, and doesn’t secure a wildcard. As crazy it sounds, the Kansas City Chiefs could miss the playoffs this season.

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