NFL 2019: ICY HOT TD Week 5

(originally written 10/12/19)

What the hell is NFL ICY HOT TD, anyway? I'll tell you—ICY HOT TD = In Case You Had Other Things To Do.

While some of us are able to watch NFL football all Sunday long and follow it up with postgame analysis/highlight shows well into the night...many of us can't. I aim to bring those fans bits of trivia, data, and news they likely missed on Game Day.


Such as:

 

  • On Thursday Night Football, host Seattle squeaked past the Rams in just the 5th 30-29 game ever, and the first since 2006. Rams RB Todd Gurley fumbled in the 2Q; it had been 338 scrimmage touches and nearly 2,000 yards since his last one.

  • In New England's 33-7 defeat of the host Redskins, QB Tom Brady passed Brett Favre for 3rd in all-time passing yards (71,923). Only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have more. Also, the Pats became the first team since the '88 Browns to go five straight games with no TD passes allowed.

  • Visiting Jacksonville fell 34-27 to Carolina, whose RB Christian McCaffrey set a franchise record with an 84-yard TD run (see below). As a team, the Panthers racked up 285 rush yards, 14 short of their 2008 record. 

  • More from Carolina: coach Ron Rivera passed John Fox with his 74th victory, most in team history. And LB Luke Kuechly became the fastest to reach 1,000 tackles.

  • Arizona won at Cincinnati 26-23, as a last second field goal netted coach Kliff Kingsbury his first head-coaching win. The Bengals fell to 0-5 for the 7th time since 1990, most in the NFL.

  • Buffalo doubled up host Tennessee 14-7, marking their first 3-0 road start since 1993. There was some drama, as Titans QB Marcus Mariota's potential game-tying 4Q pass to AJ Brown was ruled past the line of scrimmage; a subsequent FG attempt was blocked, allowing the Bills to hold on.

  • Atlanta fell at Houston in the first ever 53-32 game in league history. With three TD and 14 catches—tying Andre Jonson's team record—for 217 yards, Texans WR Will Fuller racked up 53.7 PPR fantasy points, the most since Jamaal Charles 59.5 in 2013 and the most by a WR since Terrell Owens 54.8 in 2000, per ESPN.

  • More from Houston: only once have the Texans ever scored more—they dropped 57 on the Titans in 2017. QB Deshaun Watson became the first to reach 400 passing yards and five TD passes on five or less incompletions.

  • New Orleans held off visiting Tampa Bay 31-24, largely because Bucs WR Mike Evans was held without a catch for the first time since 9/20/15...also against the Saints. His teammate, CB Carlton Davis, was tossed for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

  • Speaking of helmet-to-helmet hits, check out this one from Baltimore's 26-23 win at Pittsburgh:

  • What helped "host" Oakland defeat the Bears 24-21 in London? Becoming Chicago's first opponent to rush for 100 yards against them this season.

  • In their 31-6 home destruction of the Jets, the Eagles became the first team to record 10 sacks and score two defensive TD in the same game. But the Jets did manage to snap a 12-quarter drought by scoring an offensive TD in the 4Q, via WR Vyncint Smith's reception.

  • Denver went to LA and beat the Chargers 20-13 for the 500th all-time Bronco regular-season victory. For the Chargers, early-season holdout Melvin Gordon finally played, accumulating 38 yards (31 rushing, seven receiving).

  • Visiting Green Bay beat Dallas 34-24;  Cowboys QB Dak Prescott passed for 463 yards, 226 of them to WR Amari Cooper. Both figures set respective career highs, despite Cooper dropping one pass into an interception.

  • More Prescott: this marked his first NFL loss in which he topped 275 yards passing.

  • By losing at home 19-13 to Indianapolis on Sunday Night Football, the Chiefs' record 22-game streak of 26+ points came to an end.

  • On Monday Night Football, the 49ers blew out the Browns 31-3 for their first 4-0 start since 1990. The game represented Browns QB Baker Mayfield's first NFL start without a TD pass. 

  • The 49ers, who rushed for 275 yards, remain the only team without a rushing TD allowed in 2019.

With Minnesota defeating the Giants 28-10, road teams went 8-7 during Week 5 (Miami and Detroit had byes).

Sources: NFL Primetime, ESPN.com, ProFootballTalk.com, YouTube.com, ProFootballReference.com, USAToday.com and various TV and radio broadcasts