A handful of one-sided affairs characterized the early games in Week 5. Here’s a look around the league at some of the action you might have missed Sunday:
Detroit 24, Philadelphia 23
Carson Wentz’ (25-for-33, 2 TD, INT) first interception of the season killed the Eagles’ (3-1) final drive almost before it started, and their comeback bid stalled out against the Lions (2-3). Matthew Stafford (19/25, 180, 3 TD) found Theo Riddick twice in the end zone in the first quarter to forge a 14-0 lead before the Eagles went on a 23-7 run to take the lead. A 29-yard Matt Prater field goal put the Lions ahead for good before Darius Slay’s interception sealed the win.
Washington 16, Baltimore 10
Washington (3-2) won their third in a row and handed the Ravens (3-2) their second straight defeat at home by stopping Joe Flacco (30-for-46, 210, TD) and letting Terrance West (95 yards rushing) do what damage he could on just 11 carries.
New England 33, Cleveland 13
Tom Brady (28-for-40, 406, 3 TD) announced his return to the NFL and the Patriots (4-1) and Martellus Bennett (3 TD) were the chief beneficiaries. Cody Kessler (5-for-8, 62, TD) became the third Browns (0-5) quarterback to leave injured this season and they were forced to turn to Charlie Whitehurst (14-for-24, 182, TD INT) in relief.
Indianapolis 29, Chicago 23
Two teams that entered the game with just two wins between them combined for 918 yards of total offense as Andrew Luck (28-for-39, 322, 2 TD) and Brian Hoyer (33-for-43, 397, 2 TD) engaged in an unlikely aerial duel. Jordan Howard added 118 yards on the ground and scored on a 21-yard reception to put the Bears (1-4) ahead. But Luck had his favorite target T.Y. Hilton (10 receptions, 171 yards, TD) to put the Colts (2-3) on top for good.
Tennessee 30, Miami 17
Marcus Mariota (20-for-29, 163, 3 TD) rebounded from two weeks with no touchdowns and the Titans (2-3) ran for 235 yards to roll over a Dolphins (1-4) team that was once again toothless on offense, managing just 200 total yards. Jakeem Grant had a 74-yard punt return touchdown for the Dolphins’ first score.
Minnesota 31, Houston 13
The Texans (3-2) and Brock Osweiler (19-for-42, 184, TD, INT) were the latest victims of the Vikings (5-0) defense. Marcus Sherels got the Vikings special teams on board before the Texans offense with a 79-yard punt return touchdown, his second on the season. Sam Bradford (22-for-30, 271, 2 TD) had his fourth straight game without an interception.
Pittsburgh 31, New York Jets 13
Ben Roethlisberger (34-for-47, 380, 4 TD) and the Steelers (4-1) offense continued their tour of vengeance around the NFL. Sammie Coates scored two touchdowns, the first a 72-yard bomb for Pittsburgh’s first score of the day. The Jets (1-4) finally kicked the turnover bug, but were no match for the Steelers. Brandon Marshall scored their only touchdown. Le’Veon Bell had over 150 total yards for the second consecutive week.