In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to the upcoming draft. 

Surprising Results from Week 5

This week went pretty much as expected, but there were still some results that were unexpected based on my personal preseason expectations. These three scores stood out to me during the fifth week of the season:
Detroit Lions 31 – Green Bay Packers 23
The Lions have had an up and down stretch recently. Two weeks ago, they defeated the Patriots in a Sunday night game, never letting the Pats get close. Last week, they lost to an average Cowboys team – albeit on the road – and fell to 1-3 on the young season. On Sunday, they never trailed against the Packers, leading 24-0 at halftime and then holding on as Aaron Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers Things. The Lions head into their bye week on a high note, while the Packers will hope a game against the Jimmy G-less 49ers is enough to correct their season’s trajectory, otherwise Rodgers and Company might be on the outside looking in when the playoffs start, unless…
Minnesota Vikings 23 – Philadelphia Eagles 21
The defending Super Bowl Champions can’t figure it out either. It’s not as if the Eagles have faced a murderer’s row of opponents thus far on the young season: while they are playing a first-place schedule, the Vikings were the first division winner (from last season) that they’ve played thus far. They could as easily be 5-0 as 2-3, with their three losses coming by a combined 11 points, but they just haven’t looked all that sharp thus far. Granted, Carson Wentz looks to be fully back now, and the game tonight against the Giants might be just what the doctor ordered to get back to 0.500, but  they need to get back on track…though they are helped by playing in perhaps the weakest division in the league right now, where the division leader…
New Orleans Saints 43 – Washington 19
Just got blown out coming off a bye week. Normally I wouldn’t talk about a game like this, but I thought I would mention it here (if only not to talk about the Browns again this week), if only so I could mention that Drew Brees passed Peyton Manning to become the all-time passing yards leader in league history. This is on top of being the all-time leader in pass completions, passing yards per game, pass completion percentage, sack percentage, as well as being within screaming distance of the career marks in passing attempts, passing touchdowns, and total offense. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell had a great piece about a few alternate futures regarding Brees and his injured shoulder, but I’m sure the Saints are glad his career has worked out the way it has.

Week 6 Game of the Week

There’s only one game this week that everyone should watch, and it is the Sunday afternoon match up between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons. Just kidding. It’s the Sunday night game in Foxboro between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots. Patrick Mahomes looked a bit shaky this week against the Jaguars, throwing two interceptions without a touchdown (though he did have one rushing). Tom Brady threw two interceptions on his own on Thursday night against the Colts, but he also threw three touchdowns in a game that the Colts never threatened in, and with the return of favorite target Julian Edelman – and James White returning to his pass-catching role out of the backfield – the Patriots offense looks to be back. If only we could say the same thing about the defense. This one could either be a shootout or a defensive struggle, but a lot of people will be watching nonetheless.
Full Disclosure: My fantasy team (Hangin’ With Mahomies) is led by Mahomes and I am a New England Patriot fan in general, but this is still the marquee game of the weekend.
As for other top games this week, those pesky Browns host the Chargers and… Baltimore in Tennessee? Pittsburgh and Cincinnati can be fun if you like the potential of fights and/or players being ejected, but otherwise not a lot of quality-looking games this week, unless you want to see the Rams continue to be undefeated. But at least we don’t have to worry about anyone going winless this season., so yay for that?

Week 6 Bye Teams

To make sure you get your fantasy lineups adjusted as necessary, the following teams are on byes this week:
Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints


Until next time…
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