Chris Schweitzer's week five power fiveDate: October 10, 2018
By Chris Schweitzer
The New England Patriots return to the top five after back to back strong performances and a little help from the Kansas City Chiefs. The undefeated Chiefs took on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and defeated them to knock them out of the top five.
1. Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams took on a division opponent in the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in their toughest game of the season so far. The Seahawks aren’t the best team the Rams have faced, but playing in Seattle is the toughest environment they will play in this season. It gave the Rams some trouble, but ultimately they came away with the hard fought victory.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were looking to have met their match as their number one offense took on the Jaguars number one defense. Although the talk was about Patrick Mahomes versus the Jaguars defense, the Chiefs defense were the ones who put on a show. They forced Blake Bortles to throw 4 interceptions and lose a fumble. This defensive gem came at the right time too, as Patrick Mahomes had his worst game of the season with zero passing touchdowns and two interceptions.
3. New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints were facing their second NFC East team in a row as the Washington Redskins traveled to New Orleans for a Monday Night showdown. The Saints were the only ones who showed up for the game however, as New Orleans scored 43 points on Washington. On top of that the defense looked better than it has all season, and Drew Brees set the all-time passing yards record for a career late in the second quarter with a 62 yard touchdown pass.
4. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers looked a little rusty coming off a bye week as they faced the New York Giants at home on Sunday. They were able to move the ball efficiently on offense, but the defense struggled with giving up chunk plays for much of the afternoon. Cam Newton was able to orchestrate a game winning drive late however that set up Graham Gano for the game winning 63 yard field goal.
5. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots had a short week after defeating the Miami Dolphins handily, and did the same against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. Tom Brady looks to be back to his old self again, and the return of Julian Edelman has certainly helped this team. The Patriots are playing good football again as they come up against their toughest challenge yet when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs in primetime on Sunday night.
Chris Schweitzer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org