Now we’re getting into it. Week five is when you can actually start to look at form lines and come to meaningful conclusions. Nobody cares if a guy is averaging three TD’s per game after one game. But eight TD’s in five games is impressive (we’re looking at you Devonta).
In terms of results, there were few surprises: the Patriots, Bengals, Broncos, Falcons and Packers all remained undefeated – well I guess the Bengals beating the Seahawks to stay perfect was fairly amazing – but stay with me here.
The real surprise is simply that there are so many teams still without a blemish on their record. Surely they can’t all keep this up? If they can, something will have to give in week eight, when the Packers face the Broncos at Mile High – I already can’t wait.
Four things caught my eye this week, and not all of them were good…
Chiefs lose Jamaal Charles to a torn ACL; lose to Bears
Jamaal Charles’ injury has provided the Kansas City Chiefs with a dilemma: how do you replace the irreplaceable?
The answer? Well, obviously I don’t know, nobody does! Charles has been the focal point of a run-heavy offence for many years, and to great success; Charles has rushed for over 1,000 yards in five of his eight seasons in Kansas. Quite simply, he’s big time. You can’t really replace a guy like that. I guess, if you’re Kansas City, you just hope that Alex Smith has it in him to shoulder more of this offence than ever before. I hate seeing this in any sport – all the best in your recovery, Jamaal.
Fantasy watch: In what was a fairly disappointing game for fantasy owners, Matt Forte provided a positive; his late TD catch, coupled with 109 total yards, nudged him to 16.90 fantasy points
#Tommy stays perfect; gets first win at Jerry World
The Patriots were back to their irresistible best after their bye week, showing the Cowboys just how important having a great, or even just serviceable, QB at the helm is. Let’s call it, the Ryan Fitzpatrick rule. Sure, that might seem unfair, seeing as Tony Romo is injured, but if you’re Jerry Jones, find someone better. You’re the owner of the Dallas Cowboys; don’t stoop to making Brandon Weeden your starting QB. Ever. Again. And so, next stop on the QB carousel, Matt Cassel…
Fantasy watch: Tom Brady kept on rolling with 275 passing yards, three total TD’s and 25.30 fantasy points. This kept his points per game average at 25.97, the best of any player in the NFL.
Is Eli Manning throwing his way into the MVP conversation?
Probably not just yet, but if he can keep this roll going – he’s thrown for 10 TD’s and just two interceptions – he will definitely have to be considered. The Giants need this version of Eli – not the 2014 version, who was prone to throwing picks – if they want to win the NFC East, and these next two weeks will be vital; they play the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy watch: Eli Manning threw the ball a lot, but was also very good. Manning’s 452 passing yards, three TD’s and 1 interception were good for 28.74 fantasy points, the third best this week in the NFL.
Aaron Rodgers’ streak is over; the end is nigh
That’s right, for the first time since 2012 Aaron Rodgers threw an interception at Lambeau Field. Then he threw another. Then he fumbled. Then I pinched myself to make sure what I was seeing was real.
Suffice to say, it was not a good day by Rodgers’ standards, and he can thank the Packers’ swarming defence for picking up the slack; they forced a truly awful Nick Foles into throwing four (FOUR!!!) interceptions on the day. The good news for Packers fans is that Rodgers isn’t likely to have another game like this for around three years. I wouldn’t consider their Super Bowl ticket punched, per se, but damn these Packers are looking good.
Fantasy watch: The aforementioned Green Bay defence was relentless in pressuring Foles, and owners reaped the rewards, coming away with a handy 21 fantasy points from four interceptions – one of which was returned for a TD.
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