After an exciting Week 5 in the NFL, it seemed only fitting that we’re rolling out a new feature here at RealSport. Every position is vital in the NFL, and as such, it has been decided that a Team of the Week is the best way to display just who played out of their skins this week. Stats are not the only driving factor in these selections, but players can and will be picked for individual displays of brilliance, or contributing head and shoulders above the level of everyone else on the field. So without further ado, here is whom I have deemed worthy of the first Team of the Week:
QB – Josh McCown (CLE) – Recorded 457 passing yards (the most in Browns history) and 2 touchdowns in a winning effort against the Baltimore Ravens. You can sit down again, Johnny Manziel lovers. McCown is here to stay.
RB – Doug Martin (TB) – ‘Muscle Hamster’ ran for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns, at 5.1 yards per carry, to guide the Buccaneers to a victory over the Jaguars.
WR1 – DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) – Hopkins had the most catches (11) and receiving yards (169) of anyone in the NFL in Week 5. Not bad when he you remember who he was catching passes from…
WR2 – Allen Robinson (JAX) – 2 touchdown catches at 72 yards for the Jaguars man, who helped keep the Jaguars competitive for the most part against the Buccaneers.
WR3 – Julien Edelman (NE) – Tom Brady’s safety blanket had an average of 30.0 yards per catch and a touchdown as the Patriots ran roughshod against a poor Cowboys team.
TE – Gary Barnidge (CLE) – Journeyman Barnidge ad the most receiving yards for a tight end (139) and also caught a touchdown with his “ankles”, with that alone making him worthy of this selection.
OL Group – Indianapolis Colts – This under-fire group did not concede a single sack from a Texans D including J.J Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, while enabling the ancient and ailing Matt Hasselbeck to get it done down the field.
DT1 – Chris Baker (WAS) – Forced 2 fumbles in a determined effort against the Atlanta Falcons.
DT2 – Gerald McCoy (TB) – The best defensive tackle in the game made mincemeat of a feeble Jacksonville offensive line, with 1.5 sacks and 2 individual and 1 combined tackle against the Jaguars.
DE1 – Fletcher Cox (PHI) – How about this for a stat line: 3 sacks, 6 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Cox was an absolute beast for the Eagles.
DE2 – Greg Hardy (DAL) – Two sacks of Tom Brady and a forced fumble? That’ll do nicely.
OLB1 – Jarvis Jones (PIT) – In a close game, Jones contributed a sack, 4 tackles and a forced fumble for the Steelers.
MLB – Brandon Marshall (DEN) – Playing on the best defense in the NFL, the Broncos man recorded 8 total tackles in Week 5, and solidified his reputation as the most dominant MLB in the league right now.
OLB2 – Lavonte David (TB) – Starting to justify his big pay check in the offseason after a slow start, with 8 tackles, 2 assists and a sack for the Buccaneer.
CB1 – Robert Alford (ATL) – Won the game for the Falcons with his pick-six in overtime, keeping Atlanta unbeaten on the season.
CB2 – Jerraud Powers (ARI) – Cornerbacks are not famed for their hard hitting and tackle making, but Powers bucked that trend with 9 tackles and a sack against Detroit.
FS – Charles Woodson (OAK) – The veteran safety got his interception(s) of Peyton Manning, and became the oldest player to record 2 interceptions in a single game.
SS – Mike Adams (IND) – A solid piece on the Colts backend, Adams nabbed himself 2 interceptions against the Texans, including the game-sealing pick.
K – Mike Nugent (CIN) – Deserves the props for nailing a game-tying kick with a rolling clock as time ticked down from 12 seconds to none, before stepping up and converting the game-winning kick in overtime for the Bengals.
P – Sam Koch (BAL) – Tactically kept the ball away from dangerous Browns returner Travis Benjamin, while consistently pinning them deep. If only his defense played as tight…