No Lead is Safe Against Aaron Rodgers
It doesn’t even seem like a surprise when it happens anymore, but Aaron Rodgers carried the Green Bay Packers to another come-from-behind win last week against the Cowboys. You literally cannot count this team out until there is no time left.
We saw a few weeks ago when Rodgers rallied the Packers to erase a 21-7 Bengals lead at halftime and eventually come back and win in overtime, and now we saw again last Sunday that Aaron Rodgers is nearly unstoppable. After the Cowboys scored a touchdown to pull ahead 31-28, the Packers had 1:13 and one timeout to drive down the field. But Rodgers did this with time to spare, and made it look easy along the way. The last minute touchdown capped the Packers 20-point 4th quarter, and moved the Packers to 4-1 on the season.
Rodgers finished the game with 221 yard and 3 TDs, enough to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week honours.
The Packers are hot, and head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings this Sunday. As for the Cowboys, they’re now 2-3 and 3rd in the NFC East heading into their bye week. Luckily for them, the Giants have been awful and Washington sits at 2-2 heading into Week 6. However, the Eagles have taken flight in Philly and are off to a 4-1 start to their season.
Speaking of the Giants, they played the Chargers in Week 5 in a battle of two winless teams. Phillip Rivers propelled the Chargers to their first win of the year, throwing 3 TDs along with 258 years. The ground game also played a big role in the victory, as Melvin Gordon had his best game of the year with 105 yards on 20 carries. And while the big story was the Chargers was that they finally got their first win of the season (and first in Los Angeles), the story about that Giants was far worse than just losing again to fall to 0-5. In fact, the Giants might have just lost their their last bit of hope they had remaining for this season on one play.
OBJ suffered a broken ankle on the play, and just like that the Giants top receiver (and arguably the best receiver in the NFL) is done for the season. While hope was fading for the Giants before, it’s just about all gone with the injuries to Beckham, and also Brandon Marshall, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury last week too. Things were bad for the Giants before Week 5, but now after it, things are looking even worse for the rest of the season. It’s still early in October, but it’s probably time for Giants fans to start looking forward to the 2018 Draft.
Once again, the other team in New York, the Jets, continues to surprise everyone as they won again on the weekend. Sure, it was against the Browns who are now 0-5, but don’t forget that the Browns were supposed to be a team making big improvements this season while the Jets were expected to lock up that #1 overall pick for the draft. Instead, the Browns are now one of three winless teams and the Jets are at 3-2, tied with New England and Buffalo for the top spot in the AFC East.
The Jets host the Patriots next week, in a matchup that can decide who takes over first place in the division. It’s safe to say the Jets are pretty fired up about it.
Listening to the experts predict the Jets would be 0-16 this year clearly gave the Jets some motivation, and despite it not always being pretty, they’re getting the results. I still can’t see the Jets making the playoffs, but they’re definitely putting together a season that they can build on moving forward.
Week 6 in the NFL season kicks off with the Panthers playing host to the Eagles on Thursday night.
In case you missed it, check out the Week 4 recap here.