Week 5 of this young NFL season continues to deliver some shocking and interesting storylines. Specifically, some teams were not able to defend their home field, while others didn't defend their claim as a legitimate threat and resurrect their season and playoff hopes.
The first of those failures came in New York, where the Giants allowed the patch work Seattle Seahawks and their back up Charlie Whitehurst to come in and steal a victory.
Eli Manning was forced to try and make things happen, and his aggressive play was capitalized on by an opportunistic Seahawks defense.
The Giants could ill afford to lose this game, as this was their opportunity to try and gain the lead in the NFC East.
The next failure came in Pittsburgh, where the Tennessee Titans were eager to try and announce their candidacy as a legitimate AFC contender coming out of the South. Their hopes were not completely dashed, but they were thoroughly beaten by an out manned Steelers squad.
Matt Hasselbeck has played an inspired bit of QB for the Titans, but he proved to be no match for the incomparable Ben Roethlisberger, who only managed to toss five touchdowns in the game despite injury.
The Titans are still a dangerous team, but if they cannot get past an ailing Steelers team, they will have trouble with the class of the AFC's elite.
Finally, the "Dream Team" in Philadelphia might have been delivered a death blow in Buffalo. An erratic Michael Vick helped stake the Bills to an early lead, and by the time the Eagles seemed to turn it on, there was no time left for a comeback.
Andy Reid will certainly be on the hot seat, as the Eagles continue to search for answers and fall out of reach in the NFC East. The Eagles Wild Card hopes might be the next to fall.
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