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Monday, October 9, 2023

NFL Week 5 grades: 49ers earn an 'A+' for demolishing Cowboys, Patriots receive an 'F' following lopsided defeat to Saints

  Here are the ratings for each team that played in Week 5. Welcome to Week 5 of Ratings!

For the second consecutive week, the winner of the ugliest loss award went to the New England Patriots. It's hard to understand how ugly this loss was for New England, but we'll try to get through it anyway. Here's his 34-0 loss to the Patriots against the Saints:

Biggest home shutout loss in Patriots history

First consecutive 30-point loss for the Patriots since 1970.

Second-biggest loss of Bill Belichick's career (biggest was last week against the Cowboys)

Biggest shutout loss and biggest home loss of Belichick's career.

Additionally, the Patriots have won their last two games 72-3. In news that probably won't surprise anyone, the Patriots will receive an "F" grade this week. However, the Patriots weren't the only team to earn an "F." The Cowboys also got one after being destroyed on "Sunday Night Football."

With that in mind, let's take a look at the ratings so you can see how each team did this week.

Jacksonville ups Buffalo 25-20 in London



The Jaguars may want to consider moving all games to London. The Jags played in London for the second straight week and won for the second straight week. The Bills didn't have the answers to complete the Jags' offense, where Travis Etienne (181 total yards, two touchdowns) and Calvin Ridley (seven catches, 122 yards) had big games. The Jags' defense was also impressive, especially in the first half, when they held the Bills to just 122 yards. If the Jags proved anything in this game, it's that they can play with the best teams in the AFC.



It was an ugly game for Buffalo. The Bills don't have a running game, and every pass play was an adventure for Josh Allen, who was always under pressure. The defense wasn't much better than the day they allowed 474 yards of offense to Jacksonville. To make matters worse, the Bills lost several players to injury, including Matt Milano and Daquan Jones. This trip to London couldn't have been worse for the Bills.

John Breech's Jaguars vs. Bills review (Like it? Dislike it? Let us know on Twitter.)

Atlanta 21-19 vs. Houston



The Texans played well enough to win, but the defense faltered late and the Falcons scored on the final three possessions of the game. The Texans also couldn't put pressure on Desmond Ridder, who was sacked zero times. Without applying pressure, Ridder calmly pulled the Texans away. If there's one positive for the Texans from this game, it's that C.J. Stroud still looks like a franchise QB. Stroud led a crucial fourth-quarter touchdown drive that briefly gave Houston the lead. There's no reason this team can't compete for a division title in the vast AFC South.



After struggling for the past two weeks, Desmond Ridder has finally managed to turn things around. The struggling quarterback finished with 329 yards and a touchdown, but his most impressive play came in the fourth quarter. With the game in jeopardy, Ridder went 5-of-5 for 44 yards and set up Yonghoe Koo's game-winning field goal on the final play. The Falcons have enough talent on their roster to contend for the NFC South title as long as Ridder plays well, and he definitely played well on Sunday.

John Breech's review of Texans vs. Falcons (Like it? Dislike it? Let us know on Twitter.)

Detroit 42-24 vs. Carolina



The Lions were an unstoppable force against Carolina. On offense, Jared Goff played near-perfect football and was able to move the ball at will (he threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns). With 129 total yards and one touchdown, David Montgomery continues to look like one of the smartest signings of the NFL offseason. More impressive than the Lions' offense was their defense. It was as if the Lions knew what the Panthers were going to do before they did it. The Lions are already on a roll and seem to be getting better every week, but this will scare the rest of the teams in the NFL.



Bryce Young's rookie season continues to be a nightmare for the Panthers. Carolina turned the ball over three times in the first half, including two interceptions by Young, including one off a screen pass. The problem for the Panthers is that the Lions ended up scoring 21 points off those turnovers. If Young doesn't improve soon, it's going to be a long year for the Panthers.