In a week dominated by season-ending injuries, here are the main headlines coming out of Week 5:
Eli heads to the hospital
Eli Manning’s off to the hospital. Don’t worry, he’s fine, but the same can’t be said for his receiving corps.
Dwayne Harris (fractured foot), Sterling Shepard (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Odell Beckham Jr. (fractured fibula) all went down in the Giants’ 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
By the end of the fourth quarter, New York only had Roger Lewis remaining as a healthy wide receiver, and needed tight-end Evan Engram to fill the void.
The loss leaves head coach Ben McAdoo facing an uphill battle as his side try to overcome an 0-5 start to the season that nobody saw coming.
Big Ben breaks down
Steelers fans, look away. Ben Roethlisberger threw a career-high five interceptions in Pittsburgh’s heavy 30-9 defeat at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Five.
That’s the most interceptions thrown by a Steelers quarterback since Mark Malone achieved the same unfathomable feat in 1987.
For all the talk surrounding this seemingly stacked offense, Mike Tomlin’s men found it difficult to break the Jaguars defence down – particularly in the red zone.
Roethlisberger’s second-half capitulation, in which four of the five interceptions were thrown, allowed their opponents to score 23 unanswered points and condemn the Steelers to their second loss in their last three games.
Cam not sorry in Detroit
Days removed from his bizarre comments to a female reporter and subsequent apology, Cam Newton proved it was all in the past with a near-perfect performance.
After urging his young fans to “be better”, Newton took his own advice, throwing for 355 yards (26 of 33) and three touchdowns as the Panthers moved to 4-1 with a thrilling 27-24 win over a Matthew Stafford-led Lions team that almost made yet another fourth-quarter comeback.
While post-surgery pains bothered Newton the first three weeks of the season, the 2015 MVP has since bounced back with two successive three-touchdown performances.
Can he repeat the feat against a high-flying Philadelphia Eagles team?
Get the Folk out of here
Nick Folk. That name will haunt Tampa Bay fans for the rest of the season. This was one they threw, no, kicked away.
Folk, who was signed to replace last season’s second-round bust Roberto Aguayo, missed three field goals – two coming in crucial second-half drives – as the Bucs fell 19-14 at home to the New England Patriots.
Despite a much-improved performance from the Patriots defence on the night, quarterback Jameis Winston was still able to find his receivers down the field and put his team in a position to win.
Folk has now missed five field goals (6/11) on the season and, to no surprise, has since been replaced by former Buc, Patrick Murray.