The NFL Week 5 results on Sunday included the return of Tom Brady to the New England Patriots, as well as the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos looking to stay unbeaten. Two of those three teams finished the day with wins. One of those teams had an angry Tom Brady back on the field after finishing his four-game suspension to start the season. Would he have rust on his arm, or be ready for his 2016 NFL season debut?
According to the NFL in their report on Sunday, Brady finished with stellar numbers in a 33-13 Patriots’ rout of the Cleveland Browns. He finished with 406 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions on a 28-of-40 passing day. Despite stats that eclipse most quarterbacks in a single game so far this season, Brady still thinks he’s got some “rust” on him.
The Patriots’ starting quarterback commented about his effort after the big victory in his return.
“I think there was plenty of rust out there. I can do better in a lot of areas. I think it was a good win today, but it was one game. Like I said, 4-1 is a good place to be for us. We’ve got a long road ahead. So we’re going to try to keep building.”
Brady had been serving a four-game suspension with regard to the “Deflategate” controversy stemming from a Patriots win in the 2014 postseason. Brady had been part of an NFL investigation into whether or not the team had tampered with game balls against the Indianapolis Colts in their 2014 AFC Championship Game win. After appeals of a decision against him in various courts, Brady eventually gave up his fight against the NFL and agreed to serve the four-game suspension. It ultimately began in the 2016-17 NFL season, but his time has now been served.
With the win, New England moved to 4-1 on the season. Their only loss so far came last week against the Buffalo Bills in a surprise defeat. However, Brady was not on the field, and their third backup QB was. Now that Brady’s back, it seems opponents are in trouble, as the Cincinnati Bengals will be next on the NFL schedule for the Pats.
While New England is not undefeated, several teams were heading into the Week 5 slate. Among them were the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings. The defending Super Bowl champions had a tough outing against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Denver ended up falling 20-13, as they failed to recover an onside kick near the end of the game.
As for Minnesota, they’ve been among the early surprises of the NFL season. On Sunday, the team remained undefeated with a 31-13 win over the Houston Texans. With quarterback Teddy Bridgewater injured during the preseason, most analysts and fans thought the team would go nowhere. However, they made a trade for Sam Bradford from the Eagles and it has clearly paid off.
Bradford finished Sunday’s effort with 22-of-30 completed passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns. The most impressive aspect so far has been he’s yet to turn over the ball in his four games for the Vikings.
While Bradford has looked great guiding the offense, Minnesota’s defense has been amazing as well. Against the Broncos they held Brock Osweiler to just 19-of-42 completed passes for 184 yards. In addition, they denied the Texans on 12 of their 13 third down attempts and held Lamar Miller to 20 yards on eight carries.
As a reward for their 5-0 start, Minnesota will get some rest with a bye week for the next part of their schedule. The New England Patriots will host the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium for Week 6, while the Denver Broncos try to bounce back against the 1-4 Chargers. However, Denver will be on a short bit of rest, as the game will be the featured Thursday Night Football matchup on CBS.
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