Here’s a breakdown of how things went in Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season, with some highlights and some low-points:
NFL Week 5 2012 Best Performances
Reggie Wayne (WR – IND)
In a narrow victory over the struggling Green Bay Packers, Reggie Wayne amassed 212 receiving yards and 1 touchdown on 13 receptions.
Marques Colston (WR – NO)
Helping the Saints try to get back on track, Marques Colston had 131 yards and 3 touchdowns on 9 receptions in a 31-24 New Orleans victory over San Diego.
Brandon Marshall (WR – CHI)
In a blow-out of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brandon Marshall had 144 receiving yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions as the Bears stomped the Jags 41 to 3.
Chicago Bears Defense & Special Teams
The Bears offense didn’t do all the scoring in the huge victory over the Jaguars, as Chicago’s defense and special teams added two touchdowns to the tally. The demoralizing of Jacksonville included 2 interceptions, 3 sacks and a fumble recovery.
Wes Welker (WR – NE)
After a moderately slow start in the first two games, Wes Welker is back on track, hitting the century mark for the third straight game. Welker’s 104 receiving yards and a touchdown came on 13 receptions (on 15 targets). This was Welker’s first touchdown on the season. In his last three games, he is averaging 10 catches on 12 targets with 125 yards per game.
Drew Brees (QB – NO)
For the second time this year, Drew Brees surpasses 350 passing yards as he helps lift the New Orleans Saints over the San Diego Chargers. Brees threw 4 touchdowns in the game, though he only needed 1 to surpass Johnny Unitas’ record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
Andrew Luck (QB – IND)
Not only did Andrew Luck throw for 362 passing yards and 2 touchdown passes, but he also ran for another touchdown as the Indianapolis Colts beat the Green Bay Packers.
Tony Gonzalez (TE – ATL)
All week, the talk surrounding the Falcons vs Redskins game was in regards to the difficulty Washington would face in stopping Julio Jones and Roddy White, but it was Tony Gonzalez who lead the team in receptions (13) and receiving yards (123). Gonzo and Julio Jones both had a touchdown reception in the victory.
Percy Harvin (WR – MIN)
In the drubbing of the Tennessee Titans 30 to 7, Percy Harvin compiled 108 receiving yards and a touchdown on 8 receptions, adding a second touchdown when he was used in the run game.
Ahmad Bradshaw (RB – NYG)
As the New York Giants turned a first-half scare into a big victory over the Cleveland Browns, Ahmad Bradshaw cemented his spot as a starting running back with 229 all purpose yards, with 200 of those in the running game and a touchdown. He did lose a fumble in the effort.
Ryan Mathews (RB – SD)
Showing that he deserved to be the starter for the Chargers, Ryan Mathews ran for 80 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries (6.67 yards per) and hauled in 6 passes for an additional 59 yards.
Alex Smith (QB – SF)
For the first time this season, Alex Smith passed for more than 300 yards and tossed 3 touchdowns. As the 49ers routed the Bills 45 to 3, Smith also added 49 rushing yards on 3 carries.
Victor Cruz (WR – NYG)
An efficiency discussion to follow, Victor Cruz netted three touchdown receptions on the 5 passes he caught, despite netting only 50 yards.
Demaryius Thomas (WR – DEN)
Perhaps part of the reason the Denver Broncos fell to the New England Patriots was because Demaryius Thomas failed to find the end zone, despite catching 9 of the 11 passes thrown his way and compiling 188 receiving yards.
NFL Week 5 2012 Worst Performances
Cam Newton (QB – CAR)
In a narrow defeat (16 to 12) at home against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, Cam Newton gave a disappointing performance, not even netting 200 total yards in the losing effort. He failed to throw for more than 150 yards, completing less than 40% of his passes. Newton ran the ball 7 times but amassed fewer than 50 yards on the ground.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB – BUF)
Though he has failed to throw for 200 yards in 3 games thus far this season (and a 4th performance only had 208 yards), the loss to the 49ers was especially terrible because the other games saw him throw for at least 2 touchdowns in each of those outings. Against San Francisco, Fitzpatrick had but an interception.
Jordy Nelson (WR – GB)
A week after notching his first touchdown in a redeeming performance, Jordy Nelson again falls off the map. Catching just 2 passes despite 5 targets, Nelson didn’t even haul in 30 yards in the narrow loss in Indianapolis.
Torrey Smith (WR – BAL)
For a guy who was starting to be considered “elite” and has more than 50 yards receiving in each of his first four games and has looked great the past two weeks, the poor stats for Torrey Smith against the Chiefs is frustrating. Torrey amassed just 38 yards on 3 receptions and did not find the end zone for the first time since week 2.
Chris Johnson (RB – TEN)
Though a common perception was that last week’s performance against a stout Houston defense might mean that Chris Johnson is back on track, he took another nose dive in week 5 against the Vikings. He averaged less than 2 yards per carry on 15 attempts, even if you were to attribute his receiving yards there as well. Add to that his fumble, and it would seem that he’s nowhere close to gaining 1000 yards this season (combined) despite predictions having him up near 1500 all-purpose yards.
Leonard Hankerson (WR – WAS)
We’ve seen improvement from Leonard Hankerson each week, but when Hank Time gets just one reception and doesn’t even hit 5 receiving yards, it’s a hugely disappointing setback.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RB – CIN)
With his new role as a featured back, it was looking like “Law Firm” was going to find a way to amass more than 1000 yards rushing for a second time in his career now that he’s in Cincinnati, but that won’t happen if BenJarvus Green-Ellis has another game where he amasses just 14 yards on 9 carries.
Mike Vick (QB – PHI)
Though he completed 2/3rds of his passes, he didn’t reach the 200 yards passing mark for the first time this season, and his two fumbles were the reason that the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16 to 14.
DeAngelo Williams (RB – CAR)
After losing a close game at home against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, DeAngelo Williams lashed out on Twitter… to the fans: “Dear upset fantasy owners with the bad language, you are a fantasy owner for a reason, because you can’t play or apparently fantasy coach!” Given the fact that his performance involved 6 rushing yards on 6 carries, a fumble, and ZERO catches despite being thrown to twice, maybe DeAngelo Williams should’ve been apologizing. Perhaps his admission that those fantasy owners aren’t good at being a “fantasy coach” shows that he knows what his potential is at this point.