Week 5 in the 2009 NFL season looked like there were some match ups that were going to lead to some blowouts, and that is exactly what happened. The potent Vikings manhandled the under matched Rams by the score of 38-10. The Giants proved they were the much better team in their 44-7 victory over the Raiders. The Eagles coasted to a 33-14 win over the Buccaneers. The Falcons flew across the country and dismantled the 49ers by the score of 45-10. The Seahawks defended their home field against the Jaguars and won by the score of 41-0. There were also some good close games too. The Dolphins won in the final seconds 31-27 over the Jets. The Broncos kicked an overtime field goal to complete their 20-17 win against the Patriots. The Bengals pulled out a 4th quarter 17-14 victory over the Ravens. The Cowboys won in overtime too by the score of 26-20 over the Chiefs. The low scoring game of the day though was the Browns 6-3 win over the Bills.
Here are some interesting facts from week 5 in the 2009 NFL season:
-One of the most unusual, or worst, stat lines for a winning quarterback was put up by Derek Anderson in the Cleveland Browns 6-3 win over the Buffalo Bills. He completed two passes on 17 attempts for 23 yards, with no touchdowns, and one interception. 2/23, 23yds, 0TD, 1int. That’s through four quarters of play!
-The Dallas Cowboys have had some great wide receivers over the years including Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, Michael Irvin, Terrell Owens, and Roy Williams. On Sunday though, Miles Austin caught ten passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. That is more yards than any other Cowboys receiver has ever accumulated in a game. That is just 28 yards short of the total yards that Austin himself gained during the whole 2008 season.
-Mario Manningham, wide receiver for the New York Giants, is leading the league in the category of most receptions for 20 or more yards with eight.
-When the Minnesota Vikings beat the St. Louis Rams 38-10, it was the 400th career victory in Minnesota Vikings franchise history. It also meant that Brett Favre won in his first football game after turning 40 years of age.
-Five running backs have carried the ball at least 30 times this year and are still averaging six or more yards per carry: Correll Buckhalter (Philadelphia – 7.2), Ahmad Bradshaw (NY Giants – 6.5), Pierre Thomas (New Orleans – 6.4), Frank Gore (San Francisco – 6.2), and Chris Johnson (Tennessee – 6.0).
–Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell had a bad game throwing the ball, going 8 for 13 for 100 yards and no touchdowns. He had an even worse day not throwing as he lost three fumbles during the team’s 44-7 loss to the New York Giants.
-The NFL quarterback who leads the league in interceptions thrown is Jake Delhomme of the Carolina Panthers. His eight interceptions are tops, or bottoms, in the league even though the Panthers have already had their bye week and he has played in one fewer games than the majority of the other quarterbacks in the league.
-No player in the NFL so far has more tackles than London Fletcher of the Washington Redskins, who has racked up 59 so far.
-The Seattle Seahawks‘ 45-0 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars was the team’s second shutout of the season. That is half of the shutouts that have happened in the league so far this year. Interestingly, the St. Louis Rams are on the other end of the spectrum, as they have been shutout twice.
-The lowest scoring team that still has a winning record is the Denver Broncos who have scored just 99 points through their first five games. They have been helped out immensely by the fact that they have only given up 43 points so far, which is the fewest points given up in the league so far in 2009.
-Matt Schaub, the quarterback of the Houston Texans, put up his third 300 yard passing game of the season in the team’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The most 300 yard passing games he has ever had in a season is four.
-Through the first five games of the season, the St. Louis Rams have been outscored by their opponents by 112 points, an average of 22.4 points per game.
-The Indianapolis Colts‘ Reggie Wayne leads the league so ar with 26 catches for first downs.