Top 10 Most Surprising NFL Teams of Week 5 (2022)
How did this team win? The Giants have had a surprise resurgence into relevance but haven't really beaten anyone now this is a signature win. I can't tell if it was more the Giants skill or Packers just choking. Daniel Jones looked ok but Saquon had himself a game. Don't look now but the Giants have their best start since 2009 and already tied their win total from a year ago. Brian Daboll has shown he's worthy of being coach of the year. Perhaps the Giants are the sleeper team of the year
Green Bay what the hell was that? You really lost that game? You had a 14 point lead and looked like you would put this one away then came the second half and dear god what a failure on nearly every front. You couldn't score at all except a safety meanwhile NY scored 17 unanswered points as the Packers defense was missing in action. That was pathetic. The Packers absolutely choked that game away. These are the type of games that come back to haunt you down the road. What happened to the run game because it looked nonexistent?
I don't think anyone saw this coming. Sure, Miami had a third string quarterback, but still the offense was firing. The Defense did its job and while Miami was depleted, the Jets are starting to turn the corner, or so it appears. It's a strange thing to say, but don't underestimate the Jets because these aren't the Jets of old. Past NY Jets teams probably would've overlooked Miami and lost, but this team feels different. I don't know what to make of them just yet, but they have my attention.
How bout them Cowboys? Seriously are they actually good or are the Rams just bad? Who knew without Dak the Cowboys would not only survive but thrive? DeMarcus Lawrence got started with a fumble recovery for a touchdown and Tony Pollard had another Touchdown. The defense was the real highlight making the Rams day a living hell outside of one Cooper Kupp Touchdown. As much as I hate to say it, I think we must admit and accept that Dallas is going to be good. At least until January. Or the Rams are just experiencing the Super Bowl hangover. Either way, you can't underestimate Dallas and can't deny for being a backup Cooper Rush has been solid and done what he had to do to win games. Up next week is a real test.They get Philly. If they win that? Cowboys fans will become more insufferable than they usually are.
Detroit, where did your offense go? Weren't you supposed to be the top ranked offense? It didn't matter what the Lions did the Patriots were one step ahead, and on 4th down the Lions weren't prepared at all. Thankfully the Lions enter their bye week. Dan Campbell may be a likable guy, and Detroit is the lovable underdog story of the NFL, but this is quite disappointing. I expected more out of them. I thought they were better than that on defense. To be honest the defense was ok by Detroit standards this week, but there's nothing they can do when the offense just vanished into thin air.
Nice try Vegas, but even when we gave you a 17 point head start and the refs literally hand you a controversial Roughing the Passer Call you still can't beat us. Kansas City gave you every opportunity, but you couldn't deny Travis Kelce if you tried. Josh McDaniels, why would you go for 2? Down 30-29 the analytics deceive another coach. There's trusting analytics to make decisions and there's stupidity. In this situation in retrospect, just take the point and make it to overtime at the very least. That was a risky gamble and it failed. Sorry Raiders maybe your receivers should practice not running into each other on the final play of the game. Also, Davante, I hope you enjoy your incoming fine for shoving a camera guy to the ground. Worthy recipient of the Lolcow of the week award.
Chiefs won that game but man they could've lost it like 5 different times. KC likes to do this thing where having a 0-0 game is boring so we spot the opponent 17 points and then try to play the game. Seriously we do this all the time. It's like playing against the A.I on a hard setting and letting it win at first before actually trying. Fortunately, Travis Kelce is a god who could not be contained by mortal Raiders defenders. He scored 4 touchdowns in one game. Hands down the best TE in the NFL. Anyway, I'd argue the turning point came from Chris Jones's "Roughing the Passer" call. Seriously the NFL needs to address this. Chris Jones does a textbook strip sack and recovers the fumble and was called for roughing the passer? HOW? Yeah he landed on Derek but what the hell else was he supposed to do? Give Derek a pillow and blanket and tuck him in with a bedtime story? This was a joke of a penalty and Arrowhead let the refs hear it. a win is a win, that's all I have to say.
Cleveland, this is bad karma from the football gods. No happy ending for you. Nick Chubb had a good game, and even though the Chargers tried their hardest to "Charger it" and give you the game, Cade York couldn't seal the deal. Also the defense didn't look good. This feels like one of those games that you cannot afford to lose. And nobody feels bad for you guys either. A normal team takes advantage of an opponent's stupid decision, foolishly deceiving themselves by claiming the analytics say go for it. But this is Cleveland. Factory of sadness reigns supreme.
Chargers, you got very lucky to win this game. Brandon Staley is one of the most aggressive coaches in the league and he nearly gambled the game away. There's a difference between trusting the analytics and just being stupid. Plain and simple. Instead of pinning Cleveland deep in their own territory had they punted the ball away, LA decides to go for it on 4th down and fails giving Cleveland a shot to win the game with the ball just outside field goal range. They tried to Charger it but the powers of the factory of sadness were too strong for the Charger curse. Anyway, Austin Ekeler had himself a day and so did Mike Williams. Something about these two teams playing each other makes a fun and entertaining game.
The Bears may have lost the game but give them some credit for making this a game. You thought this was going to be a blowout after the Vikings seemingly had seized control, but Da Bears actually came back from down 18 points to take the brief lead and it wasn't until late in the game that Minnesota escaped with a win. Considering this is the Bears offense we're talking about, they are notorious for not being able to pass the ball that well. That offense was surprising to keep this a competitive game.