Overall, it was a pretty poor week in the NFL. Because of the vast mediocrity throughout the league, it is hard to find subjects that not only interest Patriot fans, because we only care about teams that threaten our chance at a Super Bowl, but NFL fans in general. Nevertheless, lets take a look at my 3 biggest takeaways from Week 5 in the NFL.
1. Aaron Rodgers is in fact human
After an incredible start to the regular season, Aaron Rodgers came back to earth against the suddenly relevant St. Louis Rams, led by rookie Todd Gurley. Rodgers threw two interceptions (his first at home since 2012) and also had a lost fumble. Thankfully for Packers fans, a relentless pass rush forced Rams QB Nick Foles to throw four interceptions in a 24-10 win for GB. As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see how the Packers go about winning games. Similar to the Patriots, Green Bay boasts an incredible offense but questionable defense. While I personally think that the Patriots are a more overall complete team, the Packers could very well represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50.
2. Jamaal Charles' Injury Seals Kansas City's Fate
Heading into Week 5, saying that Kansas City was struggling would be an understatement. However, as we look at the rest of the season, it is only going to get harder for the Chiefs. Sunday, against the Bears, Jamaal Charles suffered a non-contact injury, which was later confirmed as an ACL tear in his right knee. He will obviously be out for the remainder of the season. For some reason, I have always liked the Chiefs. I love their defense and their passionate fanbase. Unfortunately, this looks to be a lost season as they lose their best player and will now have to rely on Alex Smith, who legitimately can't throw a football downfield.
3. Brandon Weeden Cannot Lead The Cowboys Anymore
This is a tough pill for Brandon Weeden to swallow because he really hasn't done anything wrong. Weeded completed 67% of his passes, totaling 188 yards and 1 interception. While these numbers aren't stellar, I wouldn't really call them bad. However, he isn't doing the one thing that he is getting paid to do: win. No one truly expected him to beat the best team in football last Sunday, but he can't be afraid to take shots down the field and throw the football. The Cowboys traded for ex-Patriots QB Matt Cassel, and its time that they unleash him. Sorry Weeden, its nothing personal.
By Pete Packowski