Takeaways From Week Five of the NFL Season

A massive comeback, a questionable start, and an unexpected resignation happened in Week Five. Here's what's behind those headlines as the season goes on.

  • Lamar Jackson's Finest Hour: The Baltimore Ravens were struggling in their Monday Night matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. They only scored three points in the first half, and their offense was in shambles. That's when Lamar Jackson took over, leading Baltimore to 22 straight unanswered points in a 31-25 overtime victory. The former MVP proved he can dish it in the air as well, completing 37 of 43 passes for 442 yards and four touchdowns. The Ravens have had a topsy-turvy season where they've won by unconventional means. However, a 4-1 record is a 4-1 record, and Baltimore is sitting atop the AFC North.

  • Kyle Shanahan on the Hot Seat? Not many people expected the San Francisco 49ers to be 2-3 to start the season. After all, they came from the tough NFC West division. However, that's currently the case as San Francisco sits in last place in the toughest division in the NFL. With a 17-10 loss to Arizona, where the Niners had only one fourth-down conversion out of five, Shanahan's job should suddenly be in question. Is his playcalling as efficient as we thought? Ownership must take a hard look at the current situation and make a choice judgment on it. Otherwise, the Niners will be sitting in last place for years to come, with Jed York wasting the franchise's once-proud legacy with weak West Coast leadership.

  • Jon Gruden Is Out: After a string of xenophobic emails came to light from a decade ago, Jon Gruden resigned as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. Gruden's resume with the Raiders doesn't stand out, boasting only a 22-31 record and no playoff appearances. That's with Gruden signing a ten-year, $100 million contract in January 2018, making him an underperforming head coach. It's been a rough couple of weeks for Raider Nation, given Las Vegas's two-game losing streak and the string of emails popping up. But that also raises the question: Is Mark Mayock next? Would Mark Davis be willing to shake up the organization to get the Raiders in the right direction in Sin City?

Top Five Power Rankings:

  1. Arizona Cardinals

  2. Buffalo Bills

  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  4. Los Angeles Rams

  5. Dallas Cowboys