There’s going to be a few kickers dreading the game tape viewing this week as we saw an incredible 24 kicks missed (12 field goals, 12 extra points) on Week 5 of the NFL.
However, for some teams, the game tape will make pleasurable viewing, especially if you are a member of the Buffalo Bills roster after their sensational and statement win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead in Sunday’s late game.
Before we take a look at some of the key takeaways from Sunday night’s action, let’s recap how each of the games went before we take a look at some of the pressing issues pertaining to the action on Sunday.
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NFL Results – Week Five So Far
- Los Angeles Rams (4-1) 26-17 Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
- New York Jets (1-4) 20-27 Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
- Green Bay Packers (4-1) 25-22 Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) OT
- Detroit Lions (0-5) 17-19 Minnesota Vikings (2-3)
- Denver Broncos (3-2) 19-27 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)
- Miami Dolphins (1-4) 17-45 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1)
- New Orleans Saints (3-2) 33-22 Washington Football Team (2-3)
- Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) 21-18 Carolina Panthers (3-2)
- Tennessee Titans (3-2) 37-19 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
- New England Patriots (2-3) 25-22 Houston Texans (1-4)
- Chicago Bears (3-2) 20-9 Las Vegas Raiders (3-2)
- Cleveland Browns (3-2) 40-47 Los Angeles Chargers (4-1)
- New York Giants (1-4) 20-44 Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
- San Francisco 49ers (2-3) 10-17 Arizona Cardinals (5-0)
- Buffalo Bills (4-1) 38-20 Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
- Indianapolis Colts (1-3) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-1) – Monday Night Football
Key Take-Aways From Sunday Nights NFL Action
Bills The Best In The AFC?
At the start of the campaign, it was expected that the Kansas City Chiefs would be the dominant force in the AFC.
After their beat down of the Chiefs on Sunday Night, that team appears to be the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills continued their brilliant form with a comprehensive 38-20 win over the current AFC Conference Champions. They were superb both defensively and offensively and special teams also played a part with forced fumble earning them a turnover.
Josh Allen was imperious, hitting 15 of 26 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. He added 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground too.
139.3 QB Rating, 316 Pass Yards, 3 Pass TD, Rush TD
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— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) October 11, 2021
This was a statement win on prime-time and further evidence if needed that there is a shift in the power dynamics in the AFC this season.
Kickers Have A Nightmare Week
Who’d be a kicker in the NFL? Mason Crosby certainly had a week to forget. Having made 28 field goals in succession, and despite having hit three successfully earlier in the game, Crosby missed an extra point and three field goals, two late in the fourth quarter and one in overtime, before nailing a 49-yarder to hand the Packers a vital win.
Evan McPherson wasn’t immune in the same game, missing two field goals, one at the end of the fourth quarter and one in overtime, either of which would have handed the win to the Bengals.
They weren’t the only kickers to struggle with a total of 24 points and field goals missed.
How many coaches will be seriously considering taking the 2-point conversion more often next week?
Chargers Are The Real Deal
Three times now Baker Mayfield has seen his Cleveland Brown teams put up 42 points or more and still lose the game. Last night, they went down 47-42 to the Los Angeles Chargers in a thrilling contest.
With the score at 27-21 for the Browns heading into the fourth quarter, the Browns punted on their first possession of the quarter and then we saw five touchdowns in the next five possessions, after which the Browns led 42-41.
The Chargers then scored their fourth touchdown of the quarter to take the lead before forcing the Cleveland to turn over the ball on downs, allowing the Chargers to take the knee and a stunning win.
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— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) October 10, 2021
Baker Mayfield had a much better game, throwing for 305 yards and two touchdowns. David Njoku had 149 yards receiving and Nick Chubb (161 yards) and Kareem Hunt (61 yards) combined for 222 yards on the ground.
However, it wasn’t enough as Justin Herbert threw four touchdowns for 398 yards, with Mike Williams hauling in two of them for 165 yards in what was a thrilling contest.
The Chargers look the real deal and one of the main challengers to the Bills in the AFC.
Injuries May Have Killed The Giants Season
They are now 1-4 after losing 44-20 to divisional rivals the Dallas Cowboys, but the New York Giants season may well already be done.
Having already been without three starters on offense, the unfortunate Giants lost quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Kenny Golladay to injuries in this game, all of them looking likely to miss significant time.
That has decimated the Giants offense and with their defense struggling also, this could be a very tricky few weeks for the Giants to negotiate with some tough games on the horizon.
There’s always next year, Giants fans!
Key Wins For Bears, Saints, Titans, Eagles and Cardinals
There were other big wins for a number of teams this week. The Arizona Cardinals remained unbeaten, heading to 5-0 on the season after beating the San Francisco 49ers. It was a good win for the Cards who have shown they can lean on offense or defense for victories over the opening weeks of the season.
The Bears, Saints, Titans and Eagles all also picked up key wins. AJ Brown came back for the Titans but it was Derrick Henry once again that put the Jags to the sword with another stellar performance which just confirmed his position as the best running back in the game at present.
The Patriots won, but were not at all convincing against the Texans, while the same can be said for the Vikings over the Lions, but the Bucs put Miami to the sword in convincing fashion in the all-Florida battle at Raymond James Stadium.
Tonight, the action heads to Maryland, where the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts face off in what should be a cracking Monday Night Game.
Tune in tomorrow for our review of the action from that game.