Big come from behind wins dominant the week 5 stories, here are the talking points:
- The Bengals are the first team since 2010 to come back from a 17 point deficit in the 4th quarter. The first three quarters against the Seahawks saw the Bengals struggle to put points on the board but instead let back up running back Thomas Rawls rush for 169 yards including a 69 yard touchdown. However, once the fourth quarter hit, the Bengals did everything they would need to do to make a comeback for the ages. The Bengals were able to score every time they held the ball in the fourth quarter while managing to hold the Seahawks scoreless to force overtime which would see the Bengals win in the final minutes of the game. This is a team poised for a deep playoff run and they prove it every weeks with something special.
- I can’t believe New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is somehow going to find a way to keep his job after another 0-2 start only to get his team on of the hole and take sole possession atop the division. The 49ers may have missed the last two times Eli Manning played in the Super Bowl, if you give this guy enough time, he will find a way down field to score the go ahead touchdown. Not to take anything away from the 49ers who played well enough to keep up with a team on the rise. Like last week’s Sunday night game, these teams matched each other right until the end. I think we should be done judging the Sunday night games if we get high quality games like this every week. Just look at next week where the red hot Patriots take on the…oh, they play the Colts. This used to be an interesting match up.
- In case you missed it, the Falcons once again win after a come from behind win. This is a team that very well could be 1-4 instead of undefeated. Matt Ryan did not play like the leader we have seen in the past instead it was Devonta Freeman leading the team on the ground to keep the Falcons in it till the end. Although Matty Ice was able to put a go ahead touchdown with just mere second left, Kirk Cousins is able to get the Redskins into field goal range leading to another overtime game. But if you have been watching the Falcons this season you just had to know they would find a way to win. The game closes with Robert Alford returning an INT to win the game.
- Let’s take a look at the final overtime game of the week. Last week I highlighted the Browns@ Ravens pointing out the Ravens needed this win to stay relevant in a division that is topped with a undefeated team. The Ravens had multiple chances to put this game away but could not out play the Browns. Josh McCown went 35/51 and threw for over 457 yards which will keep a team in any game no matter what the score. I think it’s about time Ravens start looking at next year and how they are going to fix this mess of a team.
- The last time the Rams ended the Cardinals undefeated season, the Cardinals went on to lose eleven straight games and become a joke of a team. This year however the Cardinals bounced back by trouncing the Lions so bad, Matt Stafford was benched, probably just to keep him safe. Arizona won by the largest margin this week and that is the type of statement a winning team makes following a disappointing loss. The NFC West is not wide open. This is the Cardinals division, no arguments about it.