NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 5)
By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter
Welcome to the conclusion of the fifth week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.
So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.
Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.
Here are our Week 5 selections.
Offensive Player of the Week:
VI: WR Will Fuller, Houston Texans
Got to give credit where it’s due and that mean the former University of Notre Dame wideout and 2016 first-round pick who is healthy and emerging as the Texans’ deep threat. Fuller had himself a career day after dealing with his share of injuries the previous two seasons. Fuller was the top target for Deshaun Watson during 53-32 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He was thrown to 16 times and caught 14 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns.
BE: QB Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
As the co-founder of PFG VIBE said to yours truly, there’s no TD for Fuller without the explosive Watson. He was brilliant against Atlanta and wasn’t sacked. The third-year pro hit on 28-of-33 throws for a whopping 426 yards and five scores – three to Fuller and the other two touchdown tosses to tight end Darren Fells. Watson added 47 yards on the ground on four carries as Bill O’Brien’s squad amassed 592 total yards in a 53-32 victory.
Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:
VI: DE Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Bosa is the only 49ers’ player to register two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a single game in the last 25 years. Not only that, this San Francisco team is one of two teams that is still undefeated – along with the New England Patriots. On Monday night vs. the Browns, the rookie defensive end was relentless. Perhaps Bosa and the 49ers are looking for some hardware?
BE: CB Orlando Scandrick, Philadelphia Eagles
The Birds won their second straight after two consecutive losses and had few problems with the visiting New York Jets. Philadelphia limited the visitors to 128 total yards in a 31-6 victory. Scandrick scored the second of two defensive touchdowns by the club on a 44-yard fumble return. He also added four tackles, two sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.
Team of the Week
VI: Indianapolis Colts
Entering Week 5, after suffering a loss to the Oakland Raiders, the Colts faced the reigning NFL MVP in Patrick Mahomes and the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. But little did those who lack focusing on the big picture realize that the Chiefs are having issues on defense. And the Colts’ running game is especially dangerous when Marlon Mack is healthy. Add a hardcore defense minus Darius “The Maniac” Leonard and the genius coaching in Frank Reich and you have yourself a victory. And indeed, the Colts accomplished this on Sunday Night Football. A great game and the way football should be played. After all, defense wins championships.
BE: San Francisco 49ers
They looked like the bigger, faster and stronger team on Monday night in the 31-3 conquest of the Browns. Kyle Shanahan’s Niners rolled up 466 total yards, including 275 on the ground. San Francisco forced four more turnovers, giving then 11 takeaways on the season. And this is the lone unbeaten team in the NFC (4-0) after five weeks of play.
Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.