Football fans were treated to another scintillating weekend of NFL action. From breakout performances by rookies to historic records being shattered, here are the highlights from Week 5 of the 2023 NFL season:
Eagles Soar to an Undefeated Start
The Philadelphia Eagles marked a convincing victory over the Los Angeles Rams with a score of 23-14. This win propels the Eagles to a strong 5-0 start for the second consecutive season. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers are on the cusp of matching this record, provided they overcome Dallas in their upcoming Sunday Night Football clash.
Jaguars’ Historic International Feat
The Jacksonville Jaguars carved a unique niche in the history books. After beating Buffalo 25-20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Atlanta 23-7 at Wembley Stadium in consecutive weeks, they became the first NFL team to clinch multiple international victories within a single season.
Jacksonville’s running back Travis Etienne showcased a dazzling performance abroad. Not only did he set a record with his scrimmage yards in an international game, but he also made history by repeating his impressive yardage in multiple international games.
Dolphins Set the Yardstick High
It’s been a record-breaking start for the Miami Dolphins. They clocked a staggering 524 total offensive yards in their recent triumph over the New York Giants. This surge pushes their season tally to 2,568 yards, outshining the 2000 St. Louis Rams’ initial five-game record.
Reid Overtakes Legendary Landry
Kansas City Chiefs’ victory over Minnesota was not just any win. Head coach Andy Reid achieved his 251st regular-season victory, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Landry. Reid now stands with the fourth-most regular-season wins by an NFL head coach.
Dolphins’ Trio Make History
In the spotlight after the Dolphins’ recent victory were rookie running back De’Von Achane and wide receiver Tyreek Hill. While Achane raced to 151 yards, Hill made a significant 181 yards. Achane, Hill, and running back Raheem Mostert have entered the record books with impressive touchdown stats, reminiscent of the 2011 New England Patriots’ stellar trio.
New Stars on the Horizon: Chase and Stroud
Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati’s wide receiver, dazzled with 15 receptions for 192 yards and three touchdowns, setting multiple youthful records in the process. Meanwhile, Houston’s rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud displayed impeccable skill with no interceptions in his first five career starts – a first in the NFL.
Hurts Rises to the Occasion
Philadelphia’s quarterback Jalen Hurts was a force to reckon with against the Rams. With a total of 375 yards and two touchdowns, Hurts joins the elite club of quarterbacks with commendable rushing records and touchdowns.
Watt’s Defensive Brilliance
Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt has been in formidable form this season. After registering two sacks and a fumble recovery recently against Baltimore, Watt has secured his spot as a defensive stalwart, reminiscent of legends like Robert Mathis and Osi Umenyiora.
More from the Sunday Gridiron
Other notable mentions from the weekend games include Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen’s remarkable rushing touchdowns, Tennessee wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ consistent catches, Los Angeles Rams’ wide receiver Puka Nacua’s reception records, and Detroit rookie tight end Sam LaPorta’s impressive start.
Lastly, the 2023 season has been memorable for interception returns. The Giants’ Jason Pinnock and Carolina’s Sam Franklin made history with their near-field-length interception returns for touchdowns, a feat not seen so frequently since 2012.
In wrapping up, this week in the NFL was nothing short of exhilarating, with teams and individual players alike setting new benchmarks and reminding us why football Sundays are so captivating.