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Cal in the NFL: Week 5

Our Cal players did a lot of winning this week, but didn’t perform the best individually speaking

Green Bay Packers v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Well, They Played

These guys will show up on the stat sheet but may have not had the greatest of contributions in their respective games.

  • CJ Anderson took a backseat to Christian McCrapfrey once again, taking four carries for nine yards. Anderson’s Carolina Panthers were able to come out with a win, beating the New York Giants by a score of 33-31.
  • Being a member of a very talented Detroit Lions receiving corps, there are going to be some weeks where wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. simply doesn’t show up that often on the stat sheet. Week 5 was one of those weeks, as even in a 31-23 win over the Green Bay Packers, Jones Jr. caught only one of his four targets. However, he did make the most of that one catch, as it went for an eight yard touchdown.
  • Coming off of his best game of the season, Marshawn Lynch failed to enjoy the same success, as he took his nine carries for just 31 yards in a 26-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

A Quiet Week for the Defense

Nothing exciting to report here, but I’ll do it anyway because I have to.

  • In a 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders, Brandon Mebane of the Los Angeles Chargers recorded only two tackles.
  • Joining Mebane with exactly two tackles on the week is Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker Hardy Nickerson. The Bengals were also able to come out of the week with a win despite a modest performance from our Bear representative, in this case by a score of 27-17 over the Miami Dolphins.
  • Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints was also only able to record two tackles, but one of those tackles was a sack as Jordan’s Saints picked up an easy 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins.
  • Lorenzo Alexander’s Buffalo Bills picked up a close 13-12 win in a defensive battle against the Tennessee Titans. Alexander pitched in with four tackles.

The Offensive Line

The weekly report on our two favorite NFL offensive linemen.

The Stars of the Week

The top performances from Week 5.

  • While failing to score for the fourth consecutive week, Keenan Allen recorded a productive outing the aforementioned Chargers’ 26-10 win. Allen caught eight of his nine targets for 90 yards in the winning effort.
  • We all knew he wasn’t going to be able to follow up his record-breaking performance in Week 4, however Goff once again did a fine job of managing the Los Angeles Rams offense to yet another win, bettering their record to 5-0 on the season. Goff completed 23 of his 32 passes, throwing for 321 yards with one touchdown against two interceptions in the close 33-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Player of the Week

  • Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers struggled at the beginning this game, as he and his Green Bay Packers found themselves in an early hole. However, Rodgers was able to put the team on his back and attempt to carry them to a comeback victory. While the initial deficit ended up proving to be to great for even Rodgers’ star performance to overcome, his dazzling performance was good enough to grab him the POTW award in an otherwise poor week for the Bears in regards to individual performances. Rodgers completed 32/52 passes on the day, throwing for 442 yards and three touchdowns without throwing a single interceptions. To be fair, he did give the Lions quite the scare in what proved to be a 31-23 loss.

Week 5 In Recap

  • Despite it being one of our poorest weeks overall, our Cal in the NFL players were still able to combine for a 9-3 record on the week.
  • The average scores of those games favored us as well, giving us a 26-22 win.

Season Record: 44–28–2

Pythagorean Win-Loss: 3–2

Bears Record: 3–2