15 Biggest Winners and Losers From Week 5 in the NFL
The Biggest Winners and Losers From Week 5 in the NFL
Week five in the NFL was yet another week of exciting football action for fans across the country. There was some good, bad and really ugly. There's no question at this point who the real contenders are and who the doormats are likely to be.
With five full weeks in the books, there's just not a lot of uncertainty. Of course we have no idea how things will play out in the later weeks of the season and in the playoffs, but we do have a clear picture of which teams are going to be competing for top spots in their conferences.
Conversely, the teams that are still winless or in 1-4 holes, we can all but rule them out of contention for division titles. There are a couple of losing teams with an outside chance of earning a Wild Card spot, but that's about the best they can hope for at this point.
Also after week five we have a good idea who the MVP candidates will be. For the most part, there aren't any surprising candidates. It's the same old players that are once again at the top of their games. At the same time, there have been many surprising players who have made a name for themselves through the first five weeks.
NFL seasons are very tough to predict, but after this latest week, there's no doubt who the current winners and losers are. Let's take a look at the biggest ones from week five:
Winner - Alshon Jeffery
There weren't a ton of bright sports for the Bears on Sunday, but Jeffery was no doubt the biggest one. He set a new team record by racking up 218 receiving yards and it's clear he's now a reliable number two option for Jay Cutler.
Loser - Clay Matthews
Matthews is normally a big winner in the game of football, but not this week. The star linebacker needs surgery to repair his broken thumb and will miss at least a month of action.
Loser - New York Giants
They G-Men are down and nearly out. If we were talking about any other team, they'd already be declared dead. This Giants team is on life support and big changes are certainly pending.
Loser - Luke Joeckel/Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars were already in the midst of a horrible season, but things got worse on Sunday when their number one pick went down. Joeckel is now done for the year with a fractured ankle and it's safe to say the Jags are in the driver's seat to 'run the table' to go 0-16.
Winner - Indianapolis Colts
People were questioning the Colts coming into 2013 but after they knocked off the Seahawks in week five, there's no doubt this team is for real. Andrew Luck already looks like one of the game's best QBs and if he keeps it up, the Colts will be a tough team to knock off later in the year.
Loser - Michael Vick
Vick went down with another injury in week five. He's living up to his stereotype as a player who can't stay healthy once again in 2013 and now he might have lost his job for good. If Vick can't go this week and Nick Foles plays well, Chip Kelly could stick with the second-year QB for good.
Winner - Kansas City Chiefs
We all knew the Chiefs were going to be improved in 2013, but no one had them going 5-0 to start the season. Andy Reid has this KC team turned around in a big way and already in good position to make a run at the postseason.
Loser - Matt Flynn
In the words of Hawk Harrelson - he gone. Flynn is done in Oakland and has all but sealed his fate as a career backup QB.
Winner - Terrelle Pryor
Pryor led the Raiders to their second win of the season on Sunday and also got a boost of confidence. Oakland released Matt Flynn and didn't sign Josh Freeman this week. So it's clear, Pryor is their man for the rest of the year.
Loser - Ron Rivera
The Panthers dropped to 1-3 on the season after a bad lose to the Cardinals in week five. No one is feeling this loss more than Ron Rivera who's coaching for his job. The Panthers' head coach is one more bad loss away from getting canned.
Winner - New Orleans Saints
You have to tip your cap to the Saints. With Sean Payton back on the sidelines and a revamped defense under Rob Ryan, this team is clicking on all cylinders. They went into the Windy City on Sunday and flat out beat the Bears in nearly every aspect of the game to run their perfect record to 5-0.
Loser - Brian Hoyer/Cleveland Browns
You have to feel for Hoyer and the Browns. After the QB helped turn the team's season around, he's now done in 2013 with a torn ACL. The Browns will now go back to Brandon Weeden and hope for the best.
Loser - Matt Schaub
There's a solid argument to be made for Schaub being in the worst spot in the NFL right now. He's the QB of a team that was expected to compete for a conference title and fans are starting to turn on him following two straight losses and an NFL record, four straight games with a pick-six.
Winner - New York Jets
Nobody had the Jets doing a dang thing this season. But after five games, they sit alive and well at 3-2. The Jets stunned the Falcons on MNF with a game-winning field goal as time expired and left many across the football world with their mouths wide open.
Loser - Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are without question the biggest losers from week five in the NFL. This is a team that was expected to compete for a Super Bowl, but now they'll be lucky to even make the playoffs at 1-4. There's also no denying that Mike Smith's coaching seat is starting to heat up.