By HCR Staff | Oct. 8, 2018
Here are our key observations from Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season:
• We love watching Texans QB Deshaun Watson, but head coach Bill O’Brien is going to have to implement a scheme that gets the ball out of his hand a bit quicker – he simply is taking on too much punishment.
• The Seattle Seahawks finally are committing to a running game, and it gave the Rams problems all game long. The Seahawks may have exposed some vulnerability within the Rams defense – they were gashed repeatedly by the Seahawks running game, which set up very effective play-action passes. While the Seahawks lost, they are going to be a tough out all season.
• The Titans and Bills look like fairly identical teams – unsophisticated passing attacks, but very athletic QBs combined with a physical style of play. Bills QB Josh Allen continues hurdling defenders and in this game, Titans QB Marcus Mariota did the same thing. Bills head coach Sean McDermott did an excellent job down the stretch in this game with clock management.
• The Broncos looked like they were out of gas vs. the Jets. They expended a lot of energy in last week’s Monday night loss to the Chiefs and in this game, they just didn’t play with the same emotion. The Jets had nearly 300 yards of offense in the first half. Jets DL Leonard Williams had a dominating performance and the team is doing a good job turning him loose this year as a pass rusher.
• Lions head coach Matt Patricia has beaten the Packers and the Patriots – two teams generally thought of among the NFL’s best each year. On Sunday, the Lions did a very good job staying disciplined defensively – they kept QB Aaron Rodgers largely contained in the pocket. It was an impressive effort considering the Lions haven’t had much pass rush all season to this point.
• Giants head coach Pat Shurmur opened up the offense and it showed vs. the Panthers. The Giants played a spirited second half, and we feel they were the victim of a bad officiating call that probably cost them a victory.
• Adam Gase’s Dolphins continue to be an enigma. They were world-beaters in the first half vs. the Bengals; they played with great energy and tempo, far better than in last week’s loss at New England. In the second half, however, they showed that they still aren’t a team that can close out games at will. This was an ugly loss, and one that leaves a team questioning its identity.