The lead story from the fifth week of NFL action could be any number of places, but let’s start with the Arizona Cardinals. Coming into week 5, they were the only team still unbeaten. And leaving it, they remained that way, improving to 5-0 after a hard-fought 17-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers at home. Kyler Murray, who had played at an MVP-type level in previous outings, wasn’t as magical here, but he was still solid. He led a five-play, 52-yard touchdown drive that culminated in him finding DeAndre Hopkins from nine yards out with just over five minutes remaining to confirm their win. Hopkins finished with six catches for 87 yards and that TD, proving to be the difference-maker.
In the prime time game of the day, it was the Buffalo Bills that came out on top by a comfortable margin over the Kansas City Chiefs on the road. The Bills won 38-20 capitalizing on a performance by Josh Allen that included over 350 all-purpose yards (315 passing and 59 rushings) as well as four touchdowns (three through the air and one on the ground). Pat Mahomes, meanwhile, was picked off twice, one of them being a pick-six for Micah Hyde, continuing a recent trend of turnovers for the mega-star. The Bills led 24-13 at the half and 31-13 after three, showing that they were never really threatened late in the going. They improved to 4-1 with the win while the Chiefs, two-time defending AFC champs, fell to 2-3 through five games. In another action, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 25-22 in overtime in a game that matched two previously 3-1 teams against each other while the Tampa Bay Bucs smashed the Miami Dolphins behind Tom Brady’s five TD tosses. The LA Chargers won 47-42 over the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 44-20 as each took their record to 4-1 on the campaign.