Fantasy football players across the country had to wait an extra day to determine winners, losers, and waiver wire adds because we had football from Thursday until…Tuesday! In typical 2020 fashion, week 5 was weird, and some of the biggest news was off the field drama, but worry not, we have some important plays to talk about too! Let’s hit it!
First, as expected, the allergic-to-winning Falcons finally parted with head coach Dan Quinn and threw in GM Thomas Dimitroff for good measure. This news has left Jets fans yearning for something similar…
Dan Quinn led the Falcons to a Super Bowl — he was fired midseason.— The Jet Press (@TheJetPress) October 11, 2020
Bill O’Brien won 4 division titles in 6 seasons with Houston — he was fired midseason.
The #Jets refuse to fire Adam Gase — who has more double-digits losses than career wins.
And on the heels of their own winless start, the Jets released the once-coveted running back and my bestie from an elevator ride in Pittsburgh, Le’Veon Bell. Be free Le’Veon, but don’t be a Patriot!
Sam Darnold watching Leveon Bell and Jamal Adams escape the grip of Adam Gase pic.twitter.com/VOqQzbfBWq— Tyler DiMuzio (@tydimuzio) October 14, 2020
If I could boil Week 5 down to a few important moments, the first has to be the inspirational return of Washington QB Alex Smith. Everyone remembers Alex’s heartbreaking, gruesome injury, and even if you’ve seen this clip, it’s worth a second watch to see his family’s reaction to his incredible return:
Alex Smith was back under center for the first time in 693 days. And it was an incredible moment 🙏 @WashingtonNFL pic.twitter.com/UYd1mV1osS— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 11, 2020
The return of Alex Smith was definitely the highlight of the week, probably the season, and honestly the year! Unfortunately, injuries are a major part of the game, and each week we accumulate more. A scary moment occurred in Dallas on Sunday when Cowboy’s QB suffered a horrific ankle injury (I will spare you the replay). Tragic moments like Dak’s injury reminds you that the NFL is a community, both inside and outside with fans and players from across all professional leagues and cities wishing Dak well.
After my injury, hearing from @Yg_Trece, a guy who had been through it, made a huge difference. @dak, if there's anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to reach out. You're not alone!— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) October 13, 2020
Dak Prescott’s neighbors put up a “Get Well Soon” sign in front of his home— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 13, 2020
(Photo: @SuzanCahanin) pic.twitter.com/CcnNf1JA6m
This young Eagles fan had the sweetest message for Dak Prescott after the quarterback's injury.https://t.co/FN3ROH3g06— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 12, 2020
We all wish Dak a speedy recovery, but when one QB goes down, another is on the rise! Chargers’ QB Justin Herbert has made it impossible for coach Anthony Lynn to NOT play him, and he helped his cause on Monday night, despite falling to the New Orleans Saints:
Justin Herbert is the 4th rookie in Monday Night Football history to throw 3 TD passes in a single game, joining Dan Marino, Geno Smith and Dak Prescott.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 13, 2020
A rookie QB has never thrown for 4+ TD on MNF. pic.twitter.com/ZWNFkvcZoE
In a covid-twist, the Buffalo Bills faced the Tennessee Titans on a Tuesday at a very reasonable 7pm start time (more of these please?). This game had the covid cloud lingering above it, with the Bills waiting in limbo knowing if they would play the Titans, and the Titans who’s facilities have been closed for almost 2 weeks, meaning no one knew what to expect from these two undefeated teams. Well, Derrick Henry had some thoughts…
DERRICK HENRY JUST RAGDOLLED JOSH NORMAN 😳— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 14, 2020
The live reactions to this play were EVERYTHING and definitely the most meme-able moment of the week. Dalvin Cook saw that stiff arm and decided he needed to hit the weights:
.@KingHenry_2 has everybody needing to get back in the gym 😂 pic.twitter.com/BpILevGwgT— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) October 14, 2020
Taylor Lewan’s family says hello:
🤣🤣🤣 I’m dead @TaylorLewan77 @KingHenry_2 @BussinWTB @barstoolsports https://t.co/n80GYUdgYi pic.twitter.com/Vgfdzm3euM— Tennessee Tyrant (@TitanUpTalk) October 14, 2020
Josh Norman getting stiff arm by Derrick Henry: pic.twitter.com/JZTSTmOUZa— Carsonsbling (@Carsonsbling) October 14, 2020
My advice for Josh Norman would be to stay of Twitter until at least 2021, but honestly, that’s probably advice we should all follow. Because the Bills played Tuesday, they will NOT play the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football and instead that game will move to Sunday unless more positive covid tests popup! So, enjoy a quick rest, wash your hands, and get your game face back on for the start of Week 6 next Sunday!