It’s not easy to catch passes in the NFL. You know when it’s really not easy? When you’re your team’s only legitimate receiving threat and are drawing shadow coverage from Brent Grimes. Neither of those facts stopped Smith from going 6/121 Sunday, and making him 5-for-5 in clearing the 85-yard mark this season. The breakout third-year pro is averaging a mind-boggling 20.6 yards per catch, and on pace for an 86/1,779/4 line.
It’s not easy for an NFL quarterback to enter a game he didn’t start and have success. Just ask Jeff Tuel. You didn’t get any meaningful reps during the week, and are asked to go from wearing a baseball cap to evading Jason Pierre-Paul at a moment’s notice. But Foles didn’t make it look so terribly difficult yesterday, completing 16-of-25 passes for 197 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while icing a game the 1-3 Eagles absolutely had to have against a hapless division rival. Foles is expected to get the call against the Bucs’ much tougher defense in Week 6.
With 31.25 percent of the season in the books, Manning is on pace to break the yardage record by 553, touchdown record by 14 and throw only three interceptions in the process. Manning isn’t going to throw for 6,029 yards, and probably won’t even approach Drew Brees’ record 5,476 yards from 2011. But Tom Brady’s 50 touchdown passes from 2007 are very much in the crosshairs, as is the record 589 points his team scored that season.
Stats of the Week
According to Football Outsiders’ Scott Kacsmar, Tony Romo is the first quarterback in league history to lose a game where he attempted more than 30 passes and posted a 140-plus QB rating … and he’s now done it twice. Per Kacsmar, non-Romo quarterbacks are 159-0-1 since 1960 when throwing at least four touchdowns and posting a 140-plus QB rating. Romo is 1-2.
Ronnie Brown has played more than 550 NFL snaps since he did this in Week 4 2011.
LeGarrette Blount has lost seven fumbles in 507 career touches. Stevan Ridley has lost three fumbles in 436 career touches.
Number of Giovani Bernard fumbles lost this season: One. Number of BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumbles lost this season: One. Bernard’s yards per carry: 4.6. BJGE’s yards per carry: 2.9.
Someone else averaging 2.9 yards per carry? Ray Rice.
The 0-5 Giants have been out-scored by 100 points. That’s five points for every month since they beat the Patriots in the 2012 Super Bowl.
Danny Woodhead has as many catches as Victor Cruz — and 253 fewer yards.
Ryan Tannehill has taken eight more sacks than any other quarterback in football.
The Your Quarterback Is A Franz Kafka Novel Come To Life Award: Only Tony Romo — a quarterback whose most famous throws are all interceptions — could cap off a 506-yard, five-touchdown day with his worst throw: A game-sealing pick to a linebacker. Maybe in another life, Tony, maybe in another life.
Least Valuable Player, Non-Gabbert Division: The Cardinals are 3-2, but no thanks to Carson Palmer’s latest nightmare Sunday, where he tossed multiple picks for the third consecutive game, and was held below 200 yards for the second time in three weeks. The Cardinals would have done well to make a run at Josh Freeman.
The What Are You Doing With Your Life Award: Cam Newton is surrounded by dullards on his coaching staff and Schefflers in his receiver corps, but they can’t take all the blame for his third nightmare effort in four games.
Most Absurd Moment of Week 5, Non-Romo Division: This pass by Andy Dalton.
The All Buy Low Team: QB Tom Brady, QB Colin Kaepernick (pennies on the dollar), RB C.J. Spiller, RB Stevan Ridley, WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR A.J. Green, WR Vincent Jackson, TE Jordan Cameron (prey on Brandon Weeden fears), TE Jared Cook (since his upside can be gotten for a song)
The All Sell High Team: QB Alex Smith, QB Philip Rivers (just not enough talent around him), RB Fred Jackson, RB Bilal Powell, WR Andre Johnson (increasing durability issues, looming quarterback drama), WR Julian Edelman (will stay valuable, but not this valuable), WR Alshon Jeffery (a good, useful young player, but expectations officially out of whack), TE Charles Clay (can simply be sold for more than he’s worth), TE Owen Daniels (his name is worth more than his game)
Week 5 Fantasy All Pro Team: QB Tony Romo, RB Jamaal Charles, RB … Any suggestions for a second?, WR Torrey Smith, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR T.Y. Hilton, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Julius Thomas