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10 Takeaways From NFL Week 5: Ja’Marr Chase is Always Open

Cam shares his top 10 takeaways from Week 5’s NFL action.

CINCINNATI, OHIO - NOVEMBER 28: Ja'Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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  1. Let’s call them the London Jaguars: The Jaguars left Florida two weeks ago 1-2 with question marks everywhere. They defeated a solid Falcons team in Week 4 and became the first team to play back-to-back games overseas, playing the Bills in Week 5 … and defeating them handily as well. They’ve returned with a piece of first place in the AFC South at 3-2, tied with the Colts, who they face off with this week.
  2. First Place Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are one of the most resilient teams in the league, consistently beating teams with more talent than them. They are in first place in the AFC North.
  3. Are the Patriots the worst team in the league?: After only scoring three points over the last two weeks and with only one win against the Jets under their belt, an argument can be made the Patriots are the worst team in the league. A loss in Las Vegas will only validate this thought.
  4. Better with Minshew?: Gardner Minshew had to jump in again for an injured Anthony Richardson. When he does, the team doesn’t miss a beat. Last Sunday, Minshew was 11-14 with 155 yards and a 118.3 QB Rating. They are tied with Jacksonville at 3-2 and could snag first place in the South all to themselves with a victory on Sunday.
  5. Who Needs Jonathan Taylor?: Taylor just signed a three-year deal to make him the third-highest-paid RB in the league. But it was Zack Moss who had 23 rushes, 165 yards, and two TDs. In five games, he has 445 yards and three TDs. He’s on pace to rush for over 1,500 yards and score 10 TDs.
  6. “I’m always f**ing open”: That is what Ja’Marr Chase proclaimed in Week 4 when asked if he’s been open this season. He was proven right after Sunday’s game. All he did was catch 15 passes on 19 targets for 192 yards and three TDs.
  7. Who will blink first, Philadelphia or San Fransisco?: These two teams are clearly the best two teams in the league. They are the last two undefeated teams, and they face off in Week 13. In looking at their schedules, it seems that the Eagles have more potential hiccups along the way, but it would be fun to see them each undefeated heading into that game.
  8. Are the Cowboys a fraud team? The only teams the Cowboys have beaten are the 1-4 Giants, the 1-4 Patriots, and the 2-3 Jets. They lost to the Cardinals (Arizona’s only win of the year) and they got demolished by the 49ers. They face off against the inconsistent Chargers team this week in a game would bring them to .500 with a loss.
  9. First coach to be fired update: Last week, I said that the Bears, Raiders, or Patriots could be the first team to fire their head coach. The Bears and Raiders each won, but Bill Belichick came off his worst loss ever in Dallas, with his second-worst loss ever at home, getting shutout 34-0 by the Saints. Belichick is 100% on the hot seat. A loss this week to the Raiders in Las Vegas could tip the scales. Losing to Josh McDaniels and limited owner Tom Brady will not sit well with Robert Kraft.
  10. Injuries, Injuries, Injuries: Injuries just keep piling up. This week, after another fantastic performance by De’Von Achane, which saw him gain 151 yards on 11 rushes and a 76-yard touchdown, he left the game with a knee injury. Giants QB Daniel Jones left his game with a neck injury. And Minnesota Vikings All-World WR Justin Jefferson was placed on IR with a hamstring issue which will force him to miss at least four weeks.