Lady Speaks: My 5 Winners & Losers From Week 5

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Even though it’s great to see the Yankees and Red Sox battle in the division series, Week 5 still had its perks with another overtime by no other than the Browns and a record-breaking performance. I would say this though: we have to do something about this rougher the passer call.

 

Winners:

5.Steelers

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A win that they needed. Fans were hyped when LeVeon Bell said he would return Week 7 but the Steelers organization said no no, we still want to trade. I know that put a lot of pressure on running back James Connor who hasn’t done much since the first game that ended in a draw. Connor let the Steelers fans know they’re in good hands with 110 yards and 2 touchdowns later against the Falcons. Antonio Brown showed up as well with his first 100+ yard game this season and 2 touchdowns. Ben Roethlisberger had a rough start having 3 interceptions his first game but it seems things are coming along now.

 

4. Browns OT

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I told you last week there would be an upset or two in the upcoming weeks for the Cleveland Browns. It happened pretty quick. Don’t criticize them for being an overtime team. I love the fight in this team and hey, their record is better than a lot of teams that should be on their A-game. Their 3rd overtime game winning against their division rival shows the instability in the AFC North. Not saying the Browns will make the playoffs. Or can they?

 

3.Bengals 24 points

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Dolphins had the game sitting at 17 to 3 by the end of the 3rd quarter. Then they let the Bengals score 24 points in just the 4th quarter to steal the win. Wow! Not one point from the Dolphins in the 4th quarter. Joe Mixon scores off rip in the 4th, Michael Johnson’s pick 6, Randy Bullock with a field goal and Sam Hubbard on a fumble return touchdown. We’ve seen the Bengals look great and fall off later in the season or like usual, in the playoffs. This season is a little different.

 

2.Isaiah’s 219 yards

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The on and off Jets. When it comes to rookie quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Allen, you don’t know what you’re going to get. Jets win at home against the Denver Broncos after Darnold scores 3 touchdowns and Isaiah Crowell’s puts up an astonishing 219 rushing yards and 12 receiving yards. Only one touchdown off those yards but still, that’s a lot of running. He has more yards in this one game than he does all season plus he moved up to top 3 for leading rushers under Ezekiel Elliot and Todd Gurley.

 

1.Record Breaking Brees & Brady

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The perfect play for Drew Brees to make history. A 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith after Redskins defense (really on Josh Norman) blows the cover. Brees takes the crown from Peyton Manning with 72,103 yards in a highlight night with 363 yard and 3 touchdowns. Brees has dominated in every game this season except against, what are the odds, the Giants who managed to keep Brees from scoring with a 36.9 quarterback rating that game. Nonetheless, I don’t believe Brees gets enough credit. In his career, he’s had five seasons where he’s passing over 5,000 yards, 9 seasons with 30_ touchdowns and 7 seasons where his quarterback rating is above 100. At 39, he’s currently top 3 in my book.

Then you got the “Goat” in Tom Brady who scored his 500th touchdown with new Patriot Josh Gordon against the Colts. He joins the big guys Peyton Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508). For other numbers, this would be the 71st receiver to catch a touchdown pass from Brady which broke Vinny Testaverde’s record and Andrew Luck is 0-6 against Brady in his NFL career.

 

 

Losers

5.Chiefs vs Jaguars

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I had to see this offensive power play against a good defense. However, it could be on both the winner side and loser side. Why? Patrick Mahomes scored 0 touchdowns and Blake Bortles threw 4 interceptions. So can I really say Chiefs defense improved and the overall team is real when Bortles threw 4 interceptions? Is Patrick Mahomes that good against a top 3 defense yet scored no touchdowns? I’ll only say this is a loss for these teams is because it proved my point: Blake Bortles is NOT that good and the Chiefs overall is not the best undefeated team.

 

4.NFC East

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After Odell Beckham’s interview bashing his offense, Eagles losing Jay Ajayi for the season, Redskins letting Brees make history on them and Cowboys trying not to depend on Ezekiel Elliott too much has this division looking out of sorts. Every team in this division lost this week and surprisingly keeps the Giants in it with only 1 win thus far. The only team over 500 is the Redskins but after their performance Monday night, I see a couple more losses in the next couple of weeks and two of the games are against division rival, the Cowboys and NY Giants. As usual, the NFC east always comes down to the wire. I was expecting, with all the talent, a winsome division.

 

3.Josh Norman Bites

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When fans saw this play, they thought it was rigged. How can Josh Norman, considered one of the best corners in the game, miss Tre’Quan Smith? Norman bit on a route by Alvin Kamara leaving Smith wide open as he ran right by Norman putting safety Montae Nicholson in a tough situation. This led to an easy 62-yard touchdown for Smith and a record-breaking moment for Drew Brees. I can see why some believe it was rigged.

 

2. Mason Crosby

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He missed 4 field goals. A 41-yarder, 42, 38 and a 56 yarder (that I could understand it being missed).

Packers lost by 8.

If those field goals were made, that’s 12 points. Oh and he missed an extra point as well so that’s 13 points. You get the picture.

 

1.Blake Bortles

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I understand you don’t have Leonard Fournette on the field which is very disappointing but four interceptions against an OK defense is unacceptable. Your defense is trying their best to stop Patrick Mahomes from his winning streak but you score zero in the first half. The defense did their job being the only team to not allow Mahomes to score any touchdowns and get two picks. Yes, Bortles put up 430 yards but that means nothing with one touchdown and 4 turnovers. You want to move up in passing yards or down in the AFC South?

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