NFL Week 5: Carolina fires head coach Matt Rhule, Green Bay struggles in London, Kelce sets a record, Is Tom Brady untouchable?
The big news this week coming out of Charlotte is that the Panthers have fired third year head coach Matt Rhule after a disappointing 1-4 start to the 2022 NFL season. Is Rhule really to blame, though? The arrival of first overall draft pick quarterback Baker Mayfield had fans hopeful of a fresh start for a recently disappointing Panthers team, but Baker has not fulfilled expectations in the first half of the new season. He has thrown just 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions through 5 games, and also has the worst passer rating (71.9) in the NFL this season. The inability for Pro-Bowl running back Christian McCaffrey to stay healthy doesn’t help Carolina’s case to become a winning franchise again as he has competed in less than 15 games since Rhule took over in 2020. Carolina has named longtime assistant head coach Steve Wilks as interim head coach for the time being.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay packers struggled late in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants in the annual 3 game series in London. The Packers (3-2) came into the game as a (-9) favorite; however, the Giants pulled off the biggest upset in the NFL this season. Does that lead to the question- Will the Giants keep winning? Fourth year quarterback Daniel Jones certainly out preformed NFL veteran Rodgers in the second half after outscoring the Packers 17-2.
The NFL community was riled up after a controversial call in the final seconds of the Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta Falcons game that potentially cost the Falcons the game. NFL Veteran Tom Brady was sacked on what looked like a clean play, only for the officials to throw a flag for roughing the passer. The flag was not thrown until Brady complained to the official (which presumably convinced the official to throw the flag), which helped the Buccaneers close out the 21-15 victory. The NFL’s justification for the roughing the passer call is the need for increased quarterback protection, especially after Tua Tagovailoa’s head injury.
Justin Tucker and the Baltimore Ravens hung on by a thread to win Sunday Night’s game as Tucker made a 43-yard field goal to beat the Cincinnati Bengals as time expired. Tucker is now 17/17 on career field goal attempts in the final minute of regulation. The Ravens are now 19-2 in prime time games under Jim Harbaugh.
Monday Night Football was not a disappointment as the Las Vegas Raiders traveled to Kansas City to face off against the Chief’s powerhouse offense. The Raiders started off hot after quarterback Derek Carr hit college teammate and new pick-up Devante Adams on a 58-yard bomb on 4th & 1 in the first quarter. Another absurd roughing the passer was called on the final drive of the first half. Chiefs fans, infuriated, shouted nothing but “boo’s” going into the locker room. Mahomes & long-time teammate Travis Kelce answered back as Kelce pulled in all 4 touchdowns for Kansas City, setting a record for most receiving touchdowns in a Monday Night Football game. The Chiefs were able to hang on after the Raiders went 4 and out after Hunter Renfrow and Devante Adams tripped each other up on the final play. The Chiefs will be hosting the (4-1) Buffalo Bills this Sunday in what could be a preview of what we will see in February.