The 32 things we learned from Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season:
1. Rookie quarterbacks went 4-0 Sunday. Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and Arizona’s Josh Rosen notched their first wins as NFL starters, Sam Darnold had his first three-TD passing game as a Jet, and Josh Allen posted the only touchdown in Buffalo’s upset of Tennessee.
2.The Rams improved to 5-0 — the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of the first five games of a season (three of the other four advanced to the Super Bowl) — by surviving the Seahawks 33-31. L.A. QB Jared Goff had his worst statistical outing of 2018, but his 2-yard sneak on fourth-and-1 from his own 42 with 99 seconds to go put the game on ice. Bold call by coach Sean McVay, especially in a venue as loud as CenturyLink Field.
3. The No. 1 scoring offense has prevailed in six of the past seven matchups against the No. 1 scoring defense, a trend that held Sunday in the unbeaten Chiefs’ 30-14 defeat of the Jaguars.
4. Advantage “all-pro returner” as Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill finished with 61 receiving yards while all-pro Jacksonville corner Jalen Ramsey had a negligible impact in what proved to be a fairly disappointing individual battle.
5. The Eagles, who went 13-3 in 2017, are the first defending champions to begin 2-3since the 2006 Steelers … who missed the playoffs. Of the seven previous reigning champs to start 2-3, only the 1996 Cowboys reached postseason.
6.Receiver records: Minnesota’s Adam Thielen is the first in the Super Bowl era to surpass 100 yards in each of his team’s first five games (he also secured the win at Philadelphia by recovering an onside kick with the clock winding down), while Cleveland’s Jarvis Landry shot past Larry Fitzgerald — with 11 games left — for most receptions (429) in his first five seasons.
7. If we saw 329-pound Vikings DT Linval Joseph with a 64-yard head of steam, we wouldn’t get in his way, either.
8.Feast or famine: Steelers RB James Conner has two games this year with 100 yards and two TDs on the ground. (Le’Veon Bell has never had that kind of performance twice in the same season.) Conner rushed for 97 yards and one TD in his other three games combined.
9. Conner may also have a future as a midwife … just ask teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster.
10. Feast or famine: Steelers OLB T.J. Watt has two games this season with three sacks. He has none in his other three games combined.
11. Free football feast: The Browns went into overtime for the third time in 2018, becoming the fourth team to do so in its first five games, and needed their bonus football to beat Baltimore. This is the first NFL season that has featured at least one OT game in each of the first five weeks.
12. Football famine over? Cleveland won on a Sunday for the first time since Dec. 13, 2015. Cleveland beat an AFC North foe (also the Ravens) for the first time since Oct. 11, 2015. Cleveland has two wins in a season for the first time since 2015.
13. Dress to impress: The Browns are 2-0 in their all-brown Color Rush uniforms. They’re 0-2-1 in any uniform that has “CLEVELAND” or “BROWNS” on it. Shrug.
14. Feast or famine: After scoring 12 touchdowns in 12 red-zone trips over their first three games, the Ravens are 1-for-8 in their past two (including 0-for-3 in Cleveland).
15. Feast or famine: Isaiah Crowell’s 219 rushing yards Sunday were a Jets record. Crowell, who ran for 102 yards in Week 1, has 321 in his first and most recent games with New York but just 69 total in the other three. Per Elias, his 14.6 yards per carry Sunday were the most ever by a player with at least 15 attempts.
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Source: USA Today