NFL Week 5 recap: three main stories



Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury in last Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. He underwent surgery and it out for the remainder of the season.


Due to COVID-19, week five of the NFL had one game postponed to a later date and another rescheduled to Tuesday. The three main stories to break down from this week are the Cowboys losing Dak Prescott to a season ending injury, the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs losing to the Las Vegas Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings losing the game to the Seattle Seahawks in the final two minutes on Sunday night.

The Dallas Cowboys played the Giants this weekend and won on a game-winning field goal by kicker Brett Maher to move to 2-3 on the season. However, their starting quarterback Dak Prescott ran a designed quarterback draw in the third quarter and ended up suffering a compound fracture and a dislocated right foot, meaning he is done for the season. Most in the media think Prescott will receive a contract next year regardless of his major injury, but that remains to be seen. The Cowboys backup quarterback, Andy Dalton, is a veteran with playoff experience. If he can get the Cowboys to the playoffs and play well, look for Prescott to test free agency. If this is the case, he may just have played his final game in a Cowboys uniform.

The Kansas City Chiefs took on the Las Vegas Raiders this past Sunday and lost for the first time since Oct. 6 of last season.  Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looked great in their game plan, and the Chiefs struggled offensively in this game. The Chiefs had struggled the past two weeks in games against the New England Patriots and L.A. Chargers, so it wasn’t a shock that they struggled on Sunday. Perhaps the most surprising was that the Chiefs finally lost, since it had been nearly an entire year since their last defeat. It’s no time to panic, but I think we should now be aware that the Chiefs are not unstoppable. The Chiefs, I still think, are the favorites to win the AFC but it’s not as far of a gap between the teams as we thought.

The final game I want to break down is the Vikings vs. Seahawks game that was on Sunday Night Football.  With just two minutes left in the game, the Vikings had the ball up 26-20 inside their own ten yard line. It was 4th and goal, and they declined to kick the field goal which would have put them up eight points.  The Vikings instead decided to run the ball on 4th and inches and were stopped by Seattle. This then allowed Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to save the game. He drove his team 94 yards down the field and threw a game-winning touchdown to their standout receiver D.K. Metcalf to seal the game on the last play.  The decision by the Vikings not to kick backfired, as it turned out to be disastrous. Now the Vikings are 1-4 and sit at the bottom of the NFC North, and the Seahawks now are 5-0 as they head into their bye week.