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Around the NFL Week 5: Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson Shine on Sunday

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Around the NFL Week 5: Christian McCaffrey and Deshaun Watson Shine on Sunday

2019-10-07 14:29:321 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey shrugs off tackler. (Image Source: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Let’s go around the NFL, Week 5:

The Unstoppable Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey had a game, as he put up 237 scrimmage yards with three touchdowns in a 34-27 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was his third-straight game with at least 175 scrimmage yards.

On the season, the Stanford man has 587 rushing yards and 279 receiving yards, becoming just the second player in NFL history to rush for 500-plus yards and have at least 250 yards receiving through five games. Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas of the Buffalo Bills was the first.

Keeping it Close

With one game left to play in Week 5, there were nine games on Sunday that were decided by seven points or less, with the Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers going down to the final play. There have been 42 games decided by a touchdown or less this season, which is tied for the most-such games (2006 season) through five weeks.


The New England Patriots defense continues to dominate the early portion of the season as they’ve allowed just 34 points through five games, which is fewest points allowed after five games since the 2005 Indianapolis Colts (29 points) and the fifth fewest since 1970.  

Philadelphia Sack Exchange

The Philadelphia Eagles crushed the New York Jets 31-6 behind a season-best 10 sacks. They’re also the first team in NFL history to record 10 sacks and score two defensive touchdowns in the same game.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick had two of those sacks and he also returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown, becoming just the fourth defensive back since the sack became an official stat in 1982 to record two sacks and score a TD in a game.  

Perfect Game

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was 28 of 33 passing for 426 yards with five touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating (the highest possible rating) in a 53-32 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

He’s the first player in NFL history with 400-plus yards, at least five touchdown passes, and no more than five incompletions in the same game.

Rookie Watch

In defeat, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for 374 yards and two touchdowns with a passer rating of 101.9. He’s one of three players in the Super Bowl era with a passer rating of 100 or greater with no interceptions through four career starts.

In London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, which is the most by a rookie runner in the NFL’s 25 London games. Adrian Peterson is the only other player with 100 rushing yards and two scores in a game in the history of the league’s International Series.

He’s Not a Running Back, But…

Boy can Lamar Jackson run. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback threw for 161 yards and rushed for 70 yards to give him 1,003 rushing yards in his career to tie Robert Griffin III for the quickest to 1,000 yards rushing by a quarterback (21 games).

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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