Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Game Balls and Penalty Flags- Week 5

How 'bout them Lions? 5-0 for the first time since 1956! Add to that the Bills and 49ers are both 4-1, the little brothers are the darlings of the NFL midway through October. And, Tim Tebow is now a starting QB in the league, this is just a strange season.


Fred Jackson, RB Buffalo: Jackson had 196 all-purpose yards and a touchdown to lead the Bills past the alleged Dream Team.

George Wilson, DB Buffalo and Nick Barnett, LB Buffalo: The Senator gave Michael Vick fits all day finishing with 11 tackles, three pass defended and an interception. Barnett picked off Vick twice with one going for a touchdown and the other stalling what may have been a game tying drive by the Eagles.

Oakland Raiders: A day after the owner and face of their franchise, Al Davis, passed away, the silver and black's Michael Huff intercepted Matt Schaub in the end zone to preserve the victory. In true Raider fashion, they "Just won, baby."

Matt Cassel, QB Kansas City: Cassel threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns, as Kansas City scored the final 21 points to pull out a 28-24 victory over the winless Colts.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings held a big lead! Adrian Peterson rushed 29 times for 122 yards with three first quarter touchdowns and Donovan McNabb ran in another score as the Vikings made it 28-0 in the first quarter. For the first time this season, Minny did not blow a huge lead and remembered they had the best RB in the NFL.

Brandon Browner, DB Seattle: The former CFLer returned an interception 94 yards when it looked like the Giants were going in for the game winning score with just over a minute to play as the Seahawks won 36-25.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB Pittsburgh: Big Ben tied a team record with five touchdown passes despite playing on an injured left foot. The five touchdown passes tied a single-game team record Roethlisberger already shares with Mark Malone and Terry Bradshaw.

Jahvid Best, RB Detroit: Best carried the ball 12 times for 163 yards including an 88 yard score, the second longest in Lions history beating division rival Chicago on Monday Night Football.


Chicago offensive line: The Bears line committed numerous false starts and nearly send Jay Cutler home on a stretcher. Cutler was sacked three times, but was running for his life all night.

Mark Sanchez, QB New York Jets: Playing against the worst rated defense in the NFL, Sanchez could only muster 166 yards and just 225 yards of total offense in a critical division matchup vs. New England.

Kyle Orton, QB Denver: Orton was awful in the first half. He completed just six of 13 passes for 34 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. With that performance, Orton has ushered in the Tebow era in Denver.

Michael Vick, QB Philadelphia: While Vick did pass for 315 yards and rushed for another 90, his career-high tying four interceptions sparked an opportunistic Bills defense as Philly falls to 1-4 overall.

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