Week 5 of the PML season is now in the books. The GOTW matchup did not disappoint once again as it was two of the NFCs best who were both undefeated coming in battling it out in the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. It was a chess match through out and ultimately it was the legs of running back John Emery Jr who ran for 171 yards and a score being the difference maker as the Detroit Lions prevailed on the road 20-17 to remain unbeaten. All of the unbeaten teams outside of the Vikings from Week 4 continued their winning ways once again as the Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New York Giants and Washington Football Team were all victorious leaving us with 5 unbeaten teams remaining. 3 clubs continue to be in search of their first win in the Carolina Panthers, and two AFC West opponents in the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders. With all that being said let’s look at the guys who performed at an exceptional level in Week 5 (call them studs) as well as guys who didn’t impress as much (let’s call them duds).
Week 5 Studs QB
Josh Allen QB Buffalo Bills
23-28 343 Yards 4 TD 0 INT
13 Yards Rushing 2 TD
The reigning Super Bowl Champion Bills are starting to click on all cylinders following their Week 1 loss to the New England Patriots. Last seasons MVP Allen looked the part in Week 5 accounting for 6 Total TDs as the Bills rolled to a 48-3 victory on the road vs the Miami Dolphins.
2. Drew Lock QB Houston Texans
24-36 317 Yards 4 TD 2 INT
Lock and the Texans got back on track in Week 5 following a GOTW loss in Week 4 to division rival Indianapolis Colts. Lock was over 300 yards for the the 3rd straight game and added 4 scores threw the air in a 36-27 victory at home over the Las Vegas Raiders.
3. Deshaun Watson QB Pittsburgh Steelers
16-30 350 Yards 2 TD 0 INT
Watson flashed signs of why the Steelers made a trade for the quarterback this off season. Watson had his best game of the season throwing for over 350 yards and added 2 scores unfortunately it was not enough as the Steelers fell to the visiting Arizona Cardinals 41-34.
Week 5 Duds QB
Spencer Rattler QB Denver Broncos
14-22 173 Yards 0 TD 6 INT
The second year Rattler had his worst game of the season in Week 5. Rattler threw for his lowest yardage total in 173 and committed 6 turnovers and the Broncos were routed on the road at the hands of the Tennessee Titans 45-6.
2. Michael Penix QB Los Angeles Rams
14-30 220 Yards 0TD 4 INT
The rookie signal caller Penix followed up his best performance of his career in Week 4 with his worst performance of his career in Week 5 throwing 4 interceptions as the Rams fell on the road to the Seattle Seahawks 27-23.
3. Jamie Newman QB Minnesota Vikings
15-27 121 Yards 0 TD 3 INT
The third year quarterback Newman who has been a model game manager over the last few seasons, hit a wall in Week 5. The Detroit Lions defense was able to force the normally accurate Newman into 3 interceptions as they knocked off the Vikings in the GOTW 20-17 on the road.
4. Feleipe Franks QB New England Patriots
13-22 106 Yards 0 TD 2 INT
The explosive Patriots offense was held in check in Week 5. Franks was very pedestrian throwing for a season low 106 yards and 2 interceptions. The Patriots were able to overcome his struggles and knock off the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 9-6 to remain unbeaten.
Week 5 Studs RB
Nyheim Hines RB Arizona Cardinals
107 Yards Rushing 4 TD
3 Reception 17 Yards
The Cardinals were able to get back on track in Week 5 following 3 straight defeats. The main reason for that was the play of the shifty Hines who was magnificent. Hines racked up over 100 yards with 4 scores as the Cardinals picked up a road victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-34.
2. Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
161 Yards Rushing 2 TD
5 Reception 47 Yards
The PMLs top running back continued his torrid start of the season. Barkley combined for over 200 all purpose yards and added 2 scores bringing his season total to a league leading 13, as the Giants knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 50-17.
3. Ronald Jones RB Tampa BayBuccaneers
156 Yards Rushing 3 TD
1 Reception 8 Yards
Jones who has struggled so far on the 2023 season, came into the game with 150 yards on the ground in 3 games combined. In Week 5 the explosive Jones looked like his 2022 self as he rushed for 156 yards and added 3 scores as the the defending NFC South Champs cruised to a 45-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
4. John Emery RB Detroit Lions
171 Yards Rushing 1 TD
2 Reception 21 Yards
The normally pass heavy Detroit Lions ran into a tough secondary in Week 5 when they faced off with the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions were forced to change up the game script and Emery was up to the task. Emery ran for over 170 yards and added a score as the Lions remained unbeaten with the 20-17 victory on the road.
Week 5 Duds RB
Deandre Swift Derrius Guice RB
Las Vegas Raiders
9 Carries 7 Yards
The Raiders run game woes continued in Week 5 as the tandem of Swift and Guice combined for 7 total yards in a 36-27 loss on the road to the Houston Texans.
2. Devin Singletary RB Denver Broncos
12 Carries 20 Yards
Singletary and the Broncos offense struggled mightily in Week 5. Singletary was bottled up by Tennessee Titans defense as they held him to a season low 20 yards rushing in a 45-6 road loss for the Broncos.
3. Breece Hall RB Miami Dolphins
11 Carries 22 Yards
The Dolphins young star running back sophomore jinx season continued in Week 5. Hall once again struggled to find any real estate as he was bottled up to 22 yards in the 48-3 home loss as the hands of the Buffalo Bills.