Despite a 24-point loss on Monday Night Football, the Redskins remain in first place in the NFC East.
Is the NFC East the new AFC South? Are the Browns back? Will the Rams or Chiefs shut up Mercury Morris?
Let’s take a look at the top storylines in the NFL after Week 5.
Biggest Week 5 NFL Storylines
1. Eagles are still hungover
It didn’t seem like the Eagles partied as hard as the Capitals did following their championship but it certainly looks that way after five weeks. Philadelphia is 2-3 and is also need of a running back (Jay Ajayi is out for the season with a torn ACL).
Even with Ajayi on the field, the Eagles struggled to score. Philadelphia has not scored more than 24 points in any of their games. Last season, they scored 24 or more points in 12 games.
That all being said, the Eagles remain just a ½ game back of the Redskins for first place in the NFC East.
2. Champagne remains on ice
There is still plenty of time for the 1972 Miami Dolphins to pop some bubbly but through five weeks there is a pair of unbeaten teams remaining in the NFL, the Chiefs and the Rams.
Handing the keys to Patrick Mahomes has worked out quite well for the Chiefs. Mahomes finally threw an interception in the Chiefs’ win over the Jaguars on Sunday (he actually threw two). Still, a 14-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio is quite solid.
Remember when we thought Jared Goff was bust? Well, he’s not. Goff leads the NFL in passing yards and is a budding superstar. The Rams have an embarrassment of riches on offense and Sean McVay (I know it hurts Redskins fans) can do no wrong orchestrating things on the sidelines.
The surprising part has been the Rams defense has struggled over the past two weeks, allowing to 31 points in Vikings and Seahawks.
3. Everyone is a winner!
Do the 2017 Browns and 2008 Lions celebrate when the final NFL team gets a win? Probably not.
But if they did, they would have celebrated on Sunday because the Arizona Cardinals notched their first win of the season, a 28-18 victory of the 49ers.
When will the Rams officially clinch the NFC West? L.A. is three games up on 2-3 Seattle. Both Arizona and San Francisco are 1-4.
I think it’s safe to say the Rams are going to win this division.
4. BREAKING NEWS: The Patriots will be fine
Back-to-back losses had the hot takers proclaiming the Patriots were dead.
When are they going to stop doing that? Over the past two weeks, the Patriots destroyed the Dolphins and scored 38 points in a win over the Colts on Thursday night.
Will the Patriots win another Super Bowl this year? I don’t know. But we do have to remember their house remains the nicest in an ugly neighborhood (that's an analogy for the AFC East being bad).
Another January game in Foxboro seems likely.
5. What happened to Dak Prescott?
It wasn’t that long ago when Dak could do no wrong. After taking over for the injured Tony Romo, Prescott helped lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and a NFC East title. He was selected to go to the Pro Bowl and was named the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Now, Prescott ranks No. 24 in passing yards and is among the worst in completion percentage (61.8%).
After the 2016 season, people would have looked at you like you had three heads if you told them that Jared Goff would be better than Prescott.
Dak is not Dallas' only problem. The Cowboys have a lot of issues including a head coach that decided to punt the ball away at the opponent’s 42-yard line in overtime.
This does not look like a team that will win more than five or six games.
It has been an odd season for kickers. Daniel Carlson and Zane Gonzalez both lost their jobs after dreadful performances in Week 2. On Sunday, former Redskins kicker Graham Gano made a game-winning field goal from 63 yards in Carolina! Panthers QB Cam Newton said of his kicker, "A wise man once told me great quarterbacks are only as good as their kicker."
Then there was Packers veteran kicker Mason Crosby. He missed four field goals and an extra point in the Green Bay’s 31-23 loss to the Lions. Crosby became the first kicker to miss four field goals and an extra point in the same game since the Raiders' Cole Ford in 1997, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. As of now, the Packers are going to stick with Crosby.
And who said kicks need to be pretty to be effective…
Week 6 will be here before we now it and it will certainly bring us a whole new slew of storylines.