Week 5 has ended (save for the Monday Night Football game between undefeated Detroit and rivals Chicago). Only two winless teams actually played this week as Miami and St. Louis have a bye week. Here is what happened to Minnesota and Indiana.
Arizona (1-4) 10 – 34 Minnesota (1-4)
Adrian Peterson went wild at home by scoring 3 TDs in the first quarter alone. He started the scoring with 4 yard touchdown with 9 minutes left in the first quarter. He had two more touchdowns runs sandwiching a Donovan McNabb rushing touchdown as Minnesota get an early 28-0 lead. The Vikings took a 28-3 halftime lead but the home crowd were still on the edge of their seats as they gave up leads of 17 and 20 to Tampa Bay and Detroit in their past home games. The Vikings, however, made sure that they will get there first win of the season as they scored to field goals late in third quarter and fourth quarter to pull away from the Cardinals. The Vikings and Cardinals now have the same 1-4 record. Adrian Peterson finished with 122 yards
Kansas City (2-3) 28 – 24 Indiana (0-5)
Curtis Painter connected twice with Pierre Garcon in the first half to give the winless Colts a 17-0 lead before halftime. Matt Cassel though responded with 4 TD passes (2 each to Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston). The Chiefs took the lead for good with 5:15 left and held on for their second straight win after starting the season with a 0-3 record.
There are now 3 teams left without a win. Here is the outlook for Week 6, for each team:
1. Indianapolis Colts – They will visit Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) in Week 6. The Bengals are on a two-game winning streak as they beat Buffalo in Week 4 then Jacksonville in Week 5. They split their home games so far this season losing the opener against San Francisco then winning against the then unbeaten Buffalo Bills.
2. St. Louis Rams – The Rams will face the unbeaten and seemingly unbeatable Green Bay Packers at Lambeau field in Week 6. The Rams are the only team that has never taken a snap with the lead this season. Hopefully 2 weeks of preparation would be good enough for them to be competitive against the Packers.
3. Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins also coming off a bye week will face the struggling New York Jets. The Jets have lost three straight games after winning their first 2 matches of the season. The Jets-Dolphins game will have big implications in how the division races play out in the AFC East. Both teams trail New England and Buffalo who are both 4-1.
The winless teams have very tough matches in Week 6 and there is a big possibility that at least 2 teams will remain winless this season going to Week 7.
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