Week five of the 2014 NFL season started off with the Packes dominating the Minnesota Vikings in Lambeau Field on Thursday Night Football. Packers linebacker, and former Buckeye, A.J. Hawk contributed three tackles, four assists, one-half sack, and one quarterback hit in Green Bay's 42-10 win.
In Carolina, the Chicago Bears took on the Panthers. Rookie Philly Brown had a heads-up play on a return that helped the Panthers snap a two-week losing streak. After being interfered with by Ted Williams, a speedy special teamer recently signed by the Bears off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad, Brown realized the ball was live and scooped it up and took it 79 yards for a touchdown. Brown also had 22 rushing yards on two attempts, four receiving yards on one catch, and 20 more return yards in the Carolina win. Bears wide receiver Santonio Holmes had one reception for six yards and two punt returns for a total of 30 yards in Sunday's game.
The Steelers beat the Jaguars in a 17-9 win that was closer than the score would suggest. For the Steelers, cornerback Will Allen contributed one special teams tackle and one assist, while defensive lineman Cameron Heyward had one assist in the Steelers' victory.
The Giants welcomed the Atlanta Falcons to MetLife Stadium, and Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had a field day against Atlanta's depleted offensive line. Big Hank had two tackles--one for loss--two assists, one sack for a loss of nine yards, and two hits on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. The Giants beat the Falcons 30-20.
The Saint Louis Rams lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on the road, 28-34. Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis had six tackles in the loss. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who's having a phenomenal season thus far, had five tackles for Philadelphia.
The Cleveland Browns pulled off a comeback win on the road against the Tennessee Titans. Browns safety Donte Whitner had two tackles and two assists in the 29-28 victory.
The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Broncos in Denver. Former Buckeye Ted Ginn, Jr. did not have a stellar day for the Cardinals. Ginn had one rush for -1 yards, and was targeted twice but both passes went incomplete. Ginn also muffed a punt and had seven net return yards. For the Broncos, rookie Bradley Roby had two tackles. The Broncos won 41-20.
The 49ers defeated the Chiefs in San Francisco. Safety Kurt Coleman had one special teams tackle for the Chiefs in the loss. Rookie running back Carlos Hyde had 43 rushing yards on 10 attempts. Hyde was also targeted once by Colin Kaepernick, but the pass went incomplete. The Niners won 17-22.
The Bengals fell to the Patriots on the road on Sunday Night Football after starting the season 3-0. Former Buckeye Dan Sanzenbacher had one reception for five yards in the fourth quarter, but the ball was stripped and Sanzenbacher lost the fumble. Kicker Mike Nugent converted two PATs and was one for two on field goal attempts. The Patriots' Nate Ebner, a former Buckeye who is often a contributor on special teams, was inactive Sunday night due to injury. The Patriots won 43-17.