The NFL scores Week 5 followed the usual routine. Although the NFL scores Week 5 had fewer surprises than usual, the late scores of the day made up for it. At the end of the afternoon, there were no more undefeated teams, and a few presumed NFC contenders took another hit. The most hyped game of the weekend is still yet to come tonight, but there have already been a few headlines made. But at this point, the surprises in the NFL this week are merely par for the course.
The Saints, Vikings, Cowboys, Packers and 49ers were considered the favorites in the NFC a month ago. Today, the Saints are 3-2 after a troubling 30-20 loss to the Cardinals. The Packers have also sunk to 3-2 after a 16-13 overtime loss to the Redskins. The Cowboys are even worse, as a 34-27 defeat to the Titans dropped them to 1-3. But they are not the 49ers, whose 27-24 defeat to the short-handed Eagles left them at 0-5.
The NFL scores Week 5 are not finished yet, as the Vikings will try to avoid a 1-3 start against the Jets. However, with Randy Moss’ return and Brett Favre’s current scandal, no one knows what to expect from them. Of course, no one knows what to expect from this season, period.
The Chiefs ensured there would be no unbeaten teams after their offense panned out in a 19-9 defeat to the Colts. Only seven other teams have just one loss, with three in the NFC. Those three teams are actually the Falcons, Bears and Buccaneers, of all franchises.
The Falcons survived another upset bid by outlasting the Browns 20-10, while the Bears survived four Todd Collins interceptions and only 32 passing yards to handle the Panthers 23-6. The Buccaneers took advantage of late Carson Palmer interceptions to upset the Bengals 24-21. After Week 5, these are the leaders in the NFC.
The Giants took a step toward leadership by thumping the Texans 34-10, while the Rams took a step back in a 44-6 blowout to the Lions. In the AFC, the Chargers suffered another bad early season loss, this time in a 35-27 upset to the Raiders. However, the Ravens have an increasingly rare three-game winning streak, following a 31-17 triumph over the Broncos. Even the Jaguars are 3-2, following a 36-26 win at Buffalo.
The league power structure was made no clearer following this week’s scores, especially in the NFC. The AFC may be clearer, with the Ravens, Steelers, Patriots, Jets and Colts pulling ahead, and everyone in the AFC South winding up at 3-2. However, the Jets can just as easily fall back down, if Moss, Favre and the Vikings come together tonight.
Yahoo Sports- “Week 5 Scoreboard”
SI.com- “Giants-Texans featured teams in different directions, more Snaps”