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Around the NFL: A Look Back at Week 5
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9 Oct 2018 12:42 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell rushes against Denver. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Around the NFL, Week 5:

Wipe Out!

On just 15 carries, New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell set a franchise rushing record with 219 yards in their 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos, including a 77-yard scoring scamper. That’s a whopping 14.6 yards per carry. He’s the fourth player in NFL history with 200-plus rushing yards on no more than 15 carries. The first to do so since Derrick Ward of the New York Giants in 2008.

Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold connected on three scoring strikes on Sunday, including a 76-yarder to Robby Anderson. The Jets are the sixth team since the 1970 merger to have a touchdown run and a touchdown pass of at least 75 yards in the same game. 


In a last-second loss to the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants wide out Odell Beckham Jr. was worth every penny. Not only did he catch eight balls for 131 yards and a touchdown, the blond bomber connected on a 57-yard touchdown pass to become the fourth player in the history of the NFL with 100-plus receiving yards and a 50-yard TD pass in the same game. Former New England Patriot David Patten is the only other player to also have a touchdown reception.  

More Free Football!

For the third time in 2018, the Cleveland Browns have gone to overtime, which is tied for the most OT games through five games to start a season. This is also the first time in NFL history that there has been at least one overtime game in each of the first five weeks.  

Rams Running Away

With their 33-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Los Angeles Rams improved to 5-0 and became the fifth team in league history to start a season with five-straight 30-point games. All five have done so since 2000 and the past three teams have all gone on to make the Super Bowl.  

Rip It! Rip it Good!

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 301 yards with a touchdown in a 23-21 upset win at the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s the first player in NFL history with 30 completions in four-straight games. Adam Thielen had 116 receiving yards to become the third player ever with 100-plus receiving yards in the first five games of a season.

Rookie Watch

No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield threw for 342 yards in Cleveland’s overtime win over Baltimore. He’s the sixth quarterback who was selected with the first pick in the common draft era to win his home opener.

Selected right after the OU quarterback, PSU running back Saquon Barkley went to the New York Giants with the second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He posted his fifth-straight game with 100-plus scrimmage yards with 48 yards on the ground and 81 yards through the air against Carolina, including a pair of TD receptions. Adrian Peterson and Kareem Hunt are the only other players to start their careers with five 100-yard scrimmage games in a row. Hunt has the record with seven.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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