Week 5 Sunday NFL action is in the books. Well actually, Oakland-San Diego got done early Monday morning, but it was done before midnight on the west coast. The Stack is here to talk about all of Sunday's NFL games and look ahead to MNF, but first, let's talk baseball playoffs. It's quadruple header day. In the AL, the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Atlethics are tied 1-1 headed in to game three today in Detroit. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 PM ET on MLB Network. The other AL matchup features the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox really have killed the Rays momentum that had headed into the series. They are up 2-0 in the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:07 PM ET. In the NL, The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will play game four with first pitch at 3:07 PM ET. Pirates lead the series 2-1 following a 5-3 win in game three. What an atmosphere in Pittsburgh. The Steel City is going absolutely crazy for this team. The Pittsburgh Steelers? A complete afterthought right now, a thought very few people would ever think possible. The other NL series pits the Atlanta Braves against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodgers lead the series 2-1. They crushed the Braves 13-6. The talent they have on the team is tremendous. First pitch is at 9:07 PM ET. The last three games today are all on TBS. Now, let's get right to some recap and reaction from Sunday in the NFL in "the stack" for today, Monday, October 7:
Saints 26 Bears 18
Lost in how good New Orleans offense is is how much of a turnaround their defense has made under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. They pressured Jay Cutler a lot and made stops when they needed to. Oh yeah, Jimmy Graham is pretty good too. The Saints are definitely for real.
Bengals 13 Patriots 6
On a rainy afternoon in Cincinnati, the Bengals made the big plays when they had to and the Patriots could not. Tom Brady said that mental mistakes cost the Patriots the game. That may be true, but the Bengals defense was fantastic. If only we could see the Bengals put forth this type of effort every week, this team may be one of the best teams in the NFL. The Patriots lost takes them from the list of unbeatens and Brady's 52 game touchdown streak ends. Pretty sure he is not happy to see it end like it did Sunday.
Packers 22 Lions 9
The loss of Megatron certainly impacted the Lions offense. They couldn't do anything against the Packers until it was too late. That's a shame too, because their defense did a pretty nice job limiting Green Bay's big play ability. Alas, the Lions are still winless in Green Bay since 1991 and you can tell just how much they need Johnson in the lineup to be a special offense.
Colts 34 Seahawks 28
One of the games of the day! Back and forth these two teams went. Andrew Luck had the magic though when he needed it most. The Colts also got a special teams touchdown off of a blocked field goal (first TD off of a blocked field goal since 2004) and made the plays when they had to. Seattle got off to a good early start, but couldn't maintain, having to settle for too many field goals. This very well could be a preview of a Super Bowl matchup. Both teams have the talent to get there. The Seahawks fall from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Ravens 26 Dolphins 23
Finally the Ravens decided to make Ray Rice a focal part of the offense. While he didn't have a terrific average, Rice scored two touchdowns and the Ravens got a strong effort from kicker Justin Tucker who made four field goals including the game winner. Still have questions about the Ravens, but the Dolphins may be in worse shape. They can't protect Ryan Tannehill at all. He was sacked six more times Sunday. If the Dolphins can't work on offensive line protection, their season will fall apart.
Eagles 36 Giants 21
The Giants defense cannot stop anyone. Despite losing Michael Vick with a hamstring injury, the Eagles were still able to put up 36 points thanks to Nick Foles coming off the bench and getting plenty of help from kicker Alex Henery. The Giants keep giving up points and turning the ball over, two ingredientts that are a recipe for an 0-5 record. Unrest will continue to swarm around the Giants.
Rams 34 Jaguars 20
Welcome back Justin Blackmon. The Jaguars got an offensive boost with Blackmon back in the lineup and he scored for them to give the Jags a 7-0 lead. That positive vibe was short-lived though. The Rams won and adding insult to injury is that Blaine Gabbert left with a hamstring injury (most Jaguars fans may be cheering about this) and they lost rookie offensive tackle Luke Joeckel for the year with a fracture ankle. Oh and they get Denver next week. Good luck. Rams had to win this game and they did.
Chiefs 26 Titans 17
The Chiefs weren't great offensively, but they found a way to win against Tennessee. Alex Smith is really showing folks how valuable of a quarterback he can be and that defense is something else. The Titans put up a valient fight, but without Jake Locker, they just aren't quite the same.
Cardinals 22 Panthers 6
Let's see, when two quarterbacks combine for one touchdown and six interceptions, it's going to be an ugly game. Thought that the Panthers would have an impressive showing coming off of their win over the Giants and having two weeks to prepare. Guess not. This was definitely not a pretty game to watch for either side.
Broncos 51 Cowboys 48
Not just the game of the day, but the game of the year thus far in the NFL! Back and forth. Both quarterbacks played amazing. Tony Romo set a Cowboys record for passing yards, yet everyone will focus on his late fourth quarter interception that set up the Broncos game-winning field goal. Romo was the main reason why the Cowboys were even in the game however. He made throw after throw after throw. Unfortunately, his one mistake proved costly. Peyton Manning finally threw his first interception of the year. Oh yeah, he's still thrown twenty touchdowns and the Broncos have scored 230 points to start out the year. Can you say Super Bowl?
49ers 34 Texans 3
Thought the Texans would rally after last weeks' loss. Guess not. They were destroyed Sunday night and Matt Schaub was pulled after three interceptions including one that was returned for a touchdown (fourth game in a row that has happened) in the fourth quarter. He may be seeing the bench for the forseeable future. A season full of such hope is quickly becoming a nightmare.
Raiders 27 Chargers 17
A late kickoff by both east coast and west coast standards, the Raiders were the ones who were ready. Terrelle Pryor played great, not committing a turnover while the Chargers committed five, including three Philip Rivers interceptions. The Raiders have hope for the future with Pryor. This was the worst game the Chargers have played this year. The defensive injuries they've suffered are really hurting them.
New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons 8:40 PM ET ESPN
The Falcons desperately need a win. Julio Jones should play despite the fact that he is dealing with injuries. The Falcons need him. They need better red zone play and they need Matt Ryan to have a monster game (so do I. I have Ryan in fantasy football). The Jets have looked bad on the road and I don't think they will look any better against the Falcons.
Prediction: Falcons 38 Jets 13
Coming up Tuesday: Playoff baseball reaction, MNF thoughts and NFL power rankings