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RealGM's Week Five NFL Rundown

Oct 05, 2008 11:55 PM EST

Chances are you saw a majority of the thirteen games played on Sunday in the NFL?s Week Five, but there is no need to worry if you weren?t watching all the action. RealGM is here to help summarize all that went down as NFL teams took the field in the first weekend of October.

We will also showcase each game's top FIC* (field impact counter) performers using RealGM editor Chris Reina's innovative statistical system and calculate each team?s Trench Counter**.

Washington 23, Philadelphia 17 Team Trench Counter: Redskins +6.5, Eagles -6.5

The Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) jumped out to a very quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Washington Redskins (4-1) had the last laugh on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Brian Westbrook scored on a 9-yard run on Philadelphia?s first possession, and then DeSean Jackson returned a punt 68 yards after a three-and-out on Washington?s first drive. The Redskins hung around, thanks to spotless defense and three field goals through the remainder of the first half, and remained hot in the third and fourth quarters.

Washington took a 16-14 lead on an 18-yard pass by Antwaan Randle El to tight end Chris Cooley and put the game away on a 4-yard touchdown run by Clinton Portis in the fourth. David Akers kicked a field goal midway through the quarter to pull the Eagles to within a score, but for the second-straight week they couldn?t reach the end zone late. Donovan McNabb, 17-for-29 with 196 yards, and Jason Campbell, 16-for-29 with 176 yards, were nearly identical, but the latter was able to come away with the victory. Brian Westbrook, who started but missed time with a chest injury, has 86 total yards while Portis burned Philadelphia?s usually stout rush defense for 145 yards. Neither team committed a turnover.

Game FIC Scores - Jason Campbell, WAS: 15 - Donovan McNab, PHI: 18 - Clinton Portis, WAS: 57 - Brian Westbrook, PHI: 41 - Reggie Brown, PHI: 46 - Chris Cooley, WAS: 68

N.Y. Giants 44, Seattle 6 Team Trench Counter: Giants +26.4, Seahawks -26.4

The New York Giants (4-0) looked even better without Plaxico Burress on Sunday than they did in the first three games of the season with the elite receiver. The Giants drubbed the Seahawks (1-3) in East Rutherford thanks to the tremendous play of both Eli Manning and running back Brandon Jacobs. Manning went 19-for-25 with 267 yards and a pair of touchdown, with backup David Carr going 1-for-1 with 5 yards and a touchdown in garbage time near the end of the game. Jacobs rushed fifteen times for 136 yards and two scores in the victory.

Matt Hasselbeck continued to struggle, going 11-for-21 with 105 yards and an interception, as the Seattle offense had a very difficult time moving against New York. Receiver Deion Branch made his season debut for the team, grabbing three passes for 31 yards, but had to leave in the second half with an injury to his foot. Julius Jones rushed for 61 yards on seventeen carries for the Seahawks, who went 1-for-11 on third down. Giants' receivers Domenik Hixon, four catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, and Sinorice Moss, four catches for 45 yards and two scores, played terrific in the absence of the suspended Burress.

Game FIC Scores - Eli Manning, NYG: 35 - Matt Hasselbeck, SEA: 6 - Brandon Jacosbs, NYG: 69 - Julius Jones, SEA: 21 - Derrick Ward, NYG: 20 - Domenik Hixon, NYG: 60 - Bobby Engram, SEA: 39 - Sinorice Moss, NYG: 37 - Amani Toomer, NYG: 36

Miami 17, San Diego 10 Team Trench Counter: Dolphins +15.3, Chargers -15.3

The Miami Dolphins (2-2) have already won more games than they did in the entire 2007 season after they defeated the San Diego Chargers (2-3) at home on Sunday. Chad Pennington managed a terrific game, going 22-for-29 with 228 yards and a touchdown, while Ronnie Brown had 125 yards and a score of his own on the ground. Brown scored on a 5-yard run on a direct snap in the second quarter, the team?s new go-to play, giving Miami a 17-3 lead. The Dolphins? defense didn?t force any turnovers, but they sacked Philip Rivers twice and held LaDainian Tomlinson in check.

Rivers went 13-for-28 with 159 yards and a touchdown while Tomlinson ran for just 35 yards on twelve attempts. Rivers connected with former-Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers for a 17-yard score in the third quarter, but San Diego wasn?t able to score again as Miami held on for their second-straight victory. Greg Camarillo was the game?s leading receiver with six catches for 68 yards, including a 17-yard strike from Pennington that gave the Dolphins the lead in the second quarter.

Game FIC Scores - Chad Pennington, MIA: 26 - Philip Rivers, SD: 14 - Ronnie Brown, MIA: 49 - LaDainian Tomlinson, SD: 22 - Ted Ginn Jr, MIA: 35 - Vincent Jackson, SD: 30 - Anthony Fasano, MIA: 27 - Antonio Gates, SD: 7

Indianapolis 31, Houston 27 Team Trench Counter: Texans +3.1, Colts -3.1

The Indianapolis Colts (2-2) stormed back with seventeen points in the final four minutes as they knocked off the Houston Texans (0-4) at Reliant Stadium. Sage Rosenfels, who started in place of ill quarterback Matt Schaub, went 21-for-33 with 246 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in the loss while rookie running back Steve Slaton tore up the Colts? defense for 93 yards and two trips to the end zone. Andre Johnson, Rosenfels? top target, caught nine passes for 131 yards and a score as Houston took a 27-10 lead into the final five minutes of the game.

Peyton Manning, who looked confused in the first half, finished the game with 247 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on 25-for-34 passing in the comeback win. Joseph Addai had 71 rushing yards and a score, but it was the defense that got Indianapolis back in the game with the clock seemingly against them. After Manning hooked up with Tom Santi in the end zone with 4:04 left, linebacker Gary Brackett forced a fumble by Rosenfels and returned it 68 yards for a quick score. Three plays later, Robert Mathis forced another fumble, which set up a quick connection between Manning and Reggie Wayne to give the Colts a 31-27 win.

Game FIC Scores - Peyton Manning, IND: 31 - Sage Rosenfels, HOU: 27 - Steve Slaton, HOU: 43 - Joseph Addai, IND: 26 - Andre Johnson, HOU: 80 - Reggie Wayne, IND: 61 - Dallas Clark, IND: 46 - Owen Daniels, HOU: 29

Atlanta 27, Green Bay 24 Team Trench Counter: Falcons +8.1, Packers -8.1

Aaron Rodgers? shoulder didn?t seem to bother him, but a late interception cost the Green Bay Packers (2-3) against the Atlanta Falcons (3-2). Rodgers went 25-for-37 with 313 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception while rookie Matt Ryan went 16-for-26 with 194 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception of his own. With the Packers trailing 20-17 midway through the fourth, Rodgers was picked off in Green Bay territory.

Michael Turner, who had 121 yards on twenty-six carries, scored on a 2-yard run after the interception to give Atlanta a two-possession lead with 3:35 left in the game. Rodgers led the offense down the field quickly, going 72 yards for a touchdown in 1:39, to trim the Falcons? lead to just three points, but the Packers couldn?t recover an attempted onside kick. Turner then ran on three-straight plays, earning a first down, and Ryan kneeled twice to end the game.

Game FIC Scores - Aaron Rodgers, GB: 41 - Matt Ryan, ATL: 29 - Michael Turner, ATL: 40 - Ryan Grant, GB: 24 - Roddy White, ATL: 79 - Greg Jennings, GB: 53

Chicago 34, Detroit 7 Team Trench Counter: Bears +16.4, Lions -16.4

The Chicago Bears (3-2) routed the Detroit Lions (0-4) on Sunday at Ford Field, thanks to tremendous play by their defense and quarterback Kyle Orton. The Chicago defense had four sacks, one interception, and a forced fumble against Detroit while limiting the Lions to just 185 yards of total offense. Orton went 24-for-34 with 334 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Devin Hester and Matt Forte for the scores. Forte, who had 61 total yards, added a rushing touchdown in the victory.

Rookie running back Kevin Smith was the lone star for the Lions, with 56 total yards and the team?s only touchdown. Jon Kitna was 8-for-16 with 74 yards before he was forced out of the game with back spasms at halftime. He was replaced by Dan Orlovsky, who went 13-for-23 with 97 yards and an interception while leading the Lions on their only scoring drive near the end of the third quarter. The Bears did, however, intercept Orlovsky on his second pass attempt, with Charles Tillman bringing the ball all the way back for a 26-yard score.

Game FIC Scores - Kyle Orton, CHI: 45 - Dan Orlovsky, DET: 6 - Jon Kitna, DET: 1 - Matt Forte, CHI: 30 - Kevin Smith, DET: 29 - Roy Williams, DET: 55 - Rashied Davis, CHI: 55 - Calvin Johnson, DET: 10

Carolina 34, Kansas City 0 Team Trench Counter: Panthers +26.2, Chiefs -26.2

The Carolina Panthers (4-1) soundly defeated the Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) on Sunday after dominating in all facets of the game. Jake Delhomme went 14-for-22 with 236 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception while DeAngelo Williams ran for 123 yards and a pair of scores. Williams also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Delhomme in the second quarter. Carolina?s defense notched three sacks, two interceptions, and a pair of forced fumbles, as they held Kansas City to just 127 total yards.

Damon Huard went 10-for-21 with just 86 yards and two interceptions while Tyler Thigpen went 5-for-10 with 37 yards in the fourth quarter. Larry Johnson had just two yards on seven carries, and the Chiefs managed just 25 total rushing yards on seventeen attempts. Dwayne Bowe caught five passes for 57 yards, and tight end Tony Gonzalez made history, becoming the NFL?s all-time leader in receiving yards by a tight end with 10,075 for his career.

Game FIC Scores - Jake Delhomme, CAR: 30 - Damon Huard, KC: -1 - DeAngelo Williams, CAR: 70 - Larry Johnson, KC: -6 - Steve Smith, CAR: 54 - Dwayne Bowe, KC: 34

Tennessee 13, Baltimore 10 Team Trench Counter: Titans -6.7, Ravens +6.7

The Tennessee Titans (5-0) stormed back in the fourth quarter to knock off the Baltimore Ravens (2-2) and keep their perfect record intact. Kerry Collins went 17-for-32 with163 yards and two interceptions, and a timely touchdown strike to Alge Crumpler with 1:56 left in the game that gave the Titans the three-point win. The Ravens kept Tennessee?s ground game in check, holding Chris Johnson and LenDale White to just 48 combined yards as defense dominated the game.

Rookie Joe Flacco went 18-for-27 with 153 yards and two interceptions while Willis McGahee (64 yards) and Le?Ron McClain (51 yards and a touchdown) moved the ball well on the ground. The two teams combined for 316 total yards in the game, less than a good number of teams did themselves in Week Five. Each team punted four times, with Matt Stover?s missed 45-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter weighing heavily in the outcome of the game.

Game FIC Scores - Kerry Collins, TEN: 14 - Joe Flacco, BAL: 13 - Le'Ron McClain, BAL: 28 - Chris Johnson, TEN: 8

Denver 16, Tampa Bay 13 Team Trench Counter: Broncos -2.9, Buccaneers +2.9

The Denver Broncos (4-1) held on for a big win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) at Invesco Field on Sunday afternoon. Jay Cutler wasn?t terrific, but he did enough, going 23-for-34 with 227 yards and a touchdown, to help lead the Broncos to victory. Michael Pittman and Selvin Young combined for 77 rushing yards while Brandon Stokley led Denver with six catches for 52 yards and a score in their three-point win over the defensively-oriented Buccaneers.

Brian Griese, who went 13-for-19 with 88 yards, was replaced by Jeff Garcia after injuring his arm. Garcia went 13-for-17 with 93 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in the close loss. Griese replaced Garcia as the starter after the team?s season-opener, and it was rumored that Tampa Bay was looking to rid themselves of Garcia soon after. Warrick Dunn and Earnest Graham tallied 133 yards on the ground, but the Bucs ran out of time as the Broncos got the ball with less than two minutes left and recorded a pair of first downs to preserve their lead.

Game FIC Scores - Jay Cutler, DEN: 30 - Jeff Garcia, TB: 16 - Brian Griese, TB: 6 - Warrick Dunn, TB: 36 - Earnest Graham, TB: 35 - Michael Pittman, DEN: 27 - Brandon Stokley, DEN: 37 - Brandon Marshall, DEN: 16 - Tony Scheffler, DEN: 37

New England 30, San Francisco 21 Team Trench Counter: Patriots +11.3, 49ers -11.3

The New England Patriots (3-1) erased the memory of their embarrassing loss to the Dolphins in Week Three, thanks to a close win over the San Francisco 49ers (2-3) at Candlestick Park. Matt Cassel went 22-for-32 with 259 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, probably not enough to prove that he?s the man over rookie Kevin O?Connell with rumors swirling that the Patriots are close to making a quarterback change. Luckily for Cassel, New England ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns, both by Kevin Faulk, and the defense kept the 49ers from exploding.

J.T O?Sullivan went 14-for-29 with 130 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. Frank Gore had 78 total yards and a receiving touchdown while Isaac Bruce caught three passes for 49 yards and a pair of scores. San Francisco sacked Cassel five times but couldn?t keep the Patriots from gaining yards on the ground. Both teams scored three touchdowns, but the difference was the three field goals kicked by Stephen Gostkowski as New England scored on six of their twelve drives.

Game FIC Scores - J.T. O'Sullivan, SF: 23 - Matt Cassel, NE: 22 - Frank Gore, SF: 36 - Kevin Faulk, NE: 38 - Randy Moss, NE: 66 - Isaac Bruce, SF: 38

Dallas 31, Cincinnati 22 Team Trench Counter: Cowboys +8.8, Bengals -8.8

The Dallas Cowboys (4-1) won a surprisingly close game over the Cincinnati Bengals (0-5) on Sunday at Texas Stadium. Tony Romo went 14-for-23 with 176 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception while Carson Palmer went 23-for-39 with 217 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception of his own. The difference was on the ground as Felix Jones and Marion Barber combined for 180 yards and a touchdown in the victory. The Bengals managed just 61 yards, between Chris Perry and the recently-signed Cedric Benson, in the game.

Palmer hooked up with T.J. Houshmandzadeh midway through the fourth quarter for their second touchdown of the game, bringing the Bengals to without two points of the Cowboys after a failed two-point conversion. On their next possession, Dallas converted twice on third down leading to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Romo to Patrick Crayton that gave the Cowboys a 31-22 lead with less than two minutes remaining.

Game FIC Scores - Tony Romo, DAL: 25 - Carson Palmer, CIN: 24 - Felix Jones, DAL: 49 - Marion Barber, DAL: 25 - Terrell Owens, DAL: 41 - TJ Houshmandzadeh, CIN: 60 - Jason Witten, DAL: 53

Arizona 41, Buffalo 17 Team Trench Counter: Cardinals +11.5, Bills -11.5

The Arizona Cardinals (3-2) handed the Buffalo Bills (4-1) their first loss of the season on Sunday after quarterback Trent Edwards went out with a concussion early in the first quarter. J.P. Losman replaced Edwards and played well, but the Buffalo defense was poor for the first time this season. Kurt Warner went 33-for-42 with 250 yards and two touchdowns in the victory while Losman went 15-for-21 with 220 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in the loss.

Arizona?s defense was feisty on Sunday, recording five sacks, grabbing an interception and collecting three fumbles. Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower, taking advantage of good field position, combined for 94 yards and three touchdowns against Buffalo?s usually stifling defense. The win gives the Cardinals sole possession of first place in the NFC West while the loss has trimmed Buffalo?s lead in the AFC East to just a half-game. AS the Bills will enjoy a bye in Week Six, they hope Edwards is healthy enough to face San Diego in two weeks.

Game FIC Scores - Kurt Warner, ARI: 40 - JP Losman, BUF: 23 - Trent Edwards, BUF: 3 - Tim Hightower, ARI: 28 - Edgerrin James, ARI: 23 - Fred Jackson, BUF: 21 - Marshawn Lynch, BUF: 23 - Steve Breaston, ARI: 46 - Larry Fitzgerald, ARI: 43 - Lee Evans, BUF: 57

Pittsburgh 26, Jacksonville 21 Team Trench Counter: Steelers +9.5, Jaguars -9.5

Despite falling behind early, the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) gritted out a tough win over the rival Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3) on Sunday night. Rashean Mathis intercepted Ben Roethlisberger on the first drive of the game, returning the ball 72 yards for a touchdown, but Pittsburgh hung tough and received an unexpected boost from running back Mewelde Moore. Moore rushed for 99 yards with several of Pittsburgh?s running backs out with injuries, and Roethlisberger finished the game 26-for-41 with 309 yards, three touchdowns, and the aforementioned interception.

David Garrard went 18-for-32 with 200 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars, but the Steelers limited Jacksonville to just 38 rushing yards on nineteen attempts. Maurice Jones-Drew gave the Jaguars a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter, but the Steelers answered with thirteen points in the second quarter to take a lead into the half. After a scoreless third, Garrard hooked up with Marcedes Lewis for a 24-yard touchdown that gave Jacksonville a 21-20 edge. However, Roethlisberger found Hines Ward for an 8-yard score with 1:53 left in the game to give the Steelers the victory.

Game FIC Scores - Ben Roethlisberger, PIT: 37 - David Garrard, JAC: 21 - Mewelde Moore, PIT: 44 - Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC: 21 - Hines Ward, PIT: 57 - Santonio Holmes, PIT: 37 - Heath Miller, PIT: 33

Minnesota 30, New Orleans 27 Team Trench Counter: Vikings +9.9, Saints -9.9

It took a field goal by Ryan Longwell in the final minute, but the Minnesota Vikings (2-3) defeated the New Orleans Saints (2-3) in Louisiana on Monday night. Gus Frerotte went 19-for-36 with 222 yards and a touchdown, while running back Chester Taylor threw a 4-yard touchdown of his own in the victory. The New Orleans defense held Adrian Peterson in check, limiting him to 32 yards on twenty-one carries.

Drew Brees went 26-for-46 with 330 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss. Reggie Bush had 93 total yards, and returned an NFL-record two punts for touchdowns for the Saints. Brees gave New Orleans an early lead with a touchdown strike to Devery Henderson, but Antoine Winfield blocked a field goal and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown five minutes later to tie the score.

Minnesota took a 20-10 lead into the half, but Bush came to the rescue in the third. He returned a punt 71 yards with 1:46 left in the third and book ended a Martin Gramatica field goal with another touchdown return midway through the fourth.

Frerotte answered on the next possession, throwing a 33-yard touchdown to Bernard Berrian to tie the game after missing a play following a rough hit in the backfield.

After Gramatica missed a potential game-winning field goal from 46 yards out with 2:04 left on the clock, the Vikings quickly got into field goal range after a 42-yard pass interference call that brought them down to the Saints' fourteen yard line.

*The NFL Reina Value **Explaining The Trench Counter

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