There are a number of dangerous groups within the NFL, however the Jacksonville Jaguars stands out as the worst. They do not have the league’s worst report, however they’re presently on a four-game dropping streak and sinking quick. Whereas all eyes are on the extent of ineptitude in New York, the place the Giants and Jets are each 0-5 for the primary time in NFL historical past, take a more in-depth have a look at simply how dangerous issues are for the Jags. On this week’s version of numbers to know, we’re main with a report that can shed some troubling mild on precisely that.
Additionally highlighted under is Aaron Donald’s rising case for NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr. That is hardly information that Donald is vying for the annual award; he does so just about yearly. However the All-Professional defensive sort out’s present marketing campaign is especially important, because it’s impacting probably the most tightly contested divisions and will play a significant position in defining Donald’s legacy as one of many biggest defenders of all time.
It was a wild Week 5 Sunday, and there is a lot to go over. John Breech, Ryan Wilson and host Will Brinson break all of it down on the Choose Six Podcast; hear under and you should definitely subscribe for day by day NFL goodness fired into your eardrums.
For those who’re an NFL number-cruncher like me, maintain studying for the Week 5 digits you could know.
After falling 30-14 to the Houston Texans in Week 5, the Jacksonville Jaguars at the moment are the primary group in NFL historical past to lose three straight video games to beforehand winless groups. (Word: This report doesn’t embrace losses to 0-0 groups in season openers.) In Week 3, the Jags misplaced to the 0-2 Dolphins on Thursday Evening Soccer. In Week 4, they gave rookie quarterback Joe Burrow and the 0-3 Cincinnati Bengals their first win. And this Sunday, the Texans had been 0-4 and recent off the firing of head coach/basic supervisor Invoice O’Brien earlier than knocking out Jacksonville.
The Jaguars have plummeted since their shocking victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. Minshew Mania is on pause, and Jacksonville is beginning to present the barren roster it gutted this offseason. Doug Marrone appears unlikely to complete the season as head coach, and the Jags ought to be within the operating for the No. 1 general choose in subsequent 12 months’s draft. The New York Jets, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons all have worse information heading into Week 6, however as different beforehand winless groups have realized this season, you do not notice how a lot worse your squad will be till you play the Jaguars. Sadly for these three groups, none have Jacksonville developing on the schedule.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie large receiver Chase Claypool scored 4 touchdowns in a 38-29 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. It was a breakout efficiency for the Canadian-born pass-catcher now referred to as “Mapletron” and it helped Pittsburgh hit the 4-0 mark for the primary time in roughly 4 many years. The final two occasions the Steelers began a season with 4 straight wins (1978 and 1979), they received the Tremendous Bowl. For sure, 4 is a fairly large quantity for this franchise.
Three of Claypool’s touchdowns had been receptions — he completed with seven catches for 110 yards — and his fourth rating was a two-yard rush. Claypool, who was chosen within the second spherical out of Notre Dame, appears like a reliable playmaker after Week 5. His emergence is a superb factor for Pittsburgh’s offense, because it provides veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger one other dependable goal and takes a number of the stress off fourth-year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster to be the first move catcher.
The Steelers already had a championship-caliber protection heading into the season. Now that the offense is discovering its stride, this group is well-equipped to compete in a top-heavy AFC North.
Defensive sort out Aaron Donald had 4 sacks within the Los Angeles Rams‘ 30-10 win over the Washington Soccer Workforce on Sunday, marking the 5th time since 2014 that he is recorded a minimum of three sacks in a recreation. That broke a tie with J.J. Watt and Ezekiel Ansah for essentially the most such performances over that span. Donald now has 7.5 sacks by means of 5 video games this season (most in NFL), proving that he’s nonetheless essentially the most dominant pass-rushing pressure this league has to supply.
Donald has been named first-team All-Professional yearly since 2015 and has received NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr twice prior to now three seasons. If he claims the award once more in 2020, he’ll be part of Watt and Lawrence Taylor as the one gamers in league historical past to win it thrice. Having a participant this persistently dominant is nearly an unfair benefit for the Rams, who seem to have rediscovered the groove that received them to the Tremendous Bowl two seasons in the past. Stalking the undefeated Seattle Seahawks within the NFC West at 4-1, Donald and the Rams are as soon as once more an intimidating presence within the NFC.
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs fell to the Las Vegas Raiders by a remaining rating of 40-32 in Week 5. This was the primary time Patrick Mahomes misplaced a recreation by greater than seven factors as a beginning NFL quarterback. Whereas his skilled profession remains to be very younger, it took till his forty first begin (common season and postseason mixed) for this to occur. He received each a regular-season MVP and a Tremendous Bowl MVP earlier than ever dropping a recreation by greater than a landing (plus an additional level). That’s merely wonderful.
However on Sunday, the Raiders served Mahomes his first slice of humble pie. He solely accomplished 51 % of his move makes an attempt, weathered three sacks and threw his first interception of the season within the loss. Sure, he threw for 340 yards and accounted for 3 whole touchdowns (two passing, one speeding) whereas placing up 32 factors, however he wasn’t essentially the most environment friendly quarterback on the sphere at Arrowhead Stadium. That distinction went to Las Vegas’ Derek Carr, who accomplished 70-plus % of his move makes an attempt for the fifth straight recreation and posted a season-high passer ranking of 126.7. Few might have predicted that earlier than the sport.
Mahomes might have suffered the largest lack of his profession by the hands of the Raiders in Week 5, however finally this defeat falls on the toes of a Kansas Metropolis protection that surrendered 40 factors in entrance of a house crowd. Embarrassing.
The Cleveland Browns intercepted Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers twice in a 32-23 win on Sunday, bringing their NFL-leading takeaway whole as much as 12 on the season. Cleveland additionally leads the league in factors off turnovers with 52. Six of these factors got here on a 47-yard pick-six by security Ronnie Harrison that gave the Browns a 17-point lead over the Colts early within the second half. That play was shortly negated by an Isaiah Rodgers 101-yard return landing on the following kickoff, however it’s nonetheless indicative of how the Browns received to 4-1 for the primary time since Invoice Belichick was the pinnacle coach.
In a season the place quarterback Baker Mayfield is not blowing anybody away together with his arm, the Browns have stumbled upon a profitable system: a strong run recreation and opportunistic protection. Earlier I touted Aaron Donald because the front-runner for Defensive Participant of the Yr, however Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett is giving him a run for his cash. Solely Donald has extra sacks than Garrett’s six to this point this season. Garrett is the only most disruptive pressure in Cleveland’s protection and a giant purpose why the Browns are in a position to create so many further possessions (and factors) for his or her offense. He’s each bit as helpful to the group as Mayfield, regardless that he not often touches the ball.
The Miami Dolphins skilled an offensive explosion of their 43-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. This efficiency snapped Miami’s 78-game streak with out scoring a minimum of 40 factors, and it got here throughout a cross-country street journey in opposition to a group that made it to the Tremendous Bowl on the again of an exceptionally sturdy protection final season. If Miami is doing this with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, think about what the Dolphins might seem like when Tua Tagovailoa is unleashed on the NFL.
Miami could also be on the cusp of placing all of it collectively underneath second-year head coach Brian Flores, however the offense nonetheless has work to do after Sunday’s 43-point outburst. The Dolphins solely averaged 2.8 yards per rush try and had been aided by three San Francisco turnovers. The 49ers are an injury-ravaged group with lingering points on the quarterback place, so let’s maintain this win in perspective. The Dolphins are discovering their stride however are nonetheless a few steps away from competing for an AFC East title. A type of steps is getting Tagovailoa prepared to start out.
I would be remiss to not point out Alex Smith‘s comeback for the Washington Soccer Workforce. His recreation motion in Sunday’s loss to the Rams was his first in 693 days. Smith initially suffered a compound/spiral fracture in his leg on Nov. 18, 2018, and it took 17 surgical procedures for him to make it again so far. Watching him full his first move try, together with his household within the crowd cheering, will seemingly stand as essentially the most uplifting second of the 2020 season.
From a statistical standpoint, Smith didn’t have an important recreation. However he ate six sacks and was nonetheless standing on the remaining whistle. That ought to go down as a win. With Washington’s quarterback state of affairs in flux, Smith might be who the group leans on shifting ahead. He ought to be named NFL Comeback Participant of the Yr if he turns into the starter and makes it by means of the season, no matter what his win-loss report and remaining statistics seem like when all is alleged and executed.