NFL Week 5 Recap: Tim Tebow and the Week's Winners and Losers

Brandon BeckerCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 09:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The NFL season is officially past the quarter point of the season. And since we live in a world where instant reaction is in constant need, I've decided to roll out an edition of Week 5 Winners and Losers. 

There were plenty of exciting games on Sunday that featured exciting finishes. So what players, coaches and teams came out as winners? And who were the week's biggest losers?

Find out below in this week's edition of Winners and Losers.


Tim Tebow: Kyle Orton had another poor performance and John Fox finally turned to Tebow. The former Heisman trophy winner led Denver on a comeback attempt that came up short as a last second heave went incomplete. 

Tebow went 4-for-10, had over 110 combined yards and finished with two touchdowns. It was clear that his entrance into the game sparked the Broncos, or at least the crowd, which then sparked the players. 

If Tebow isn't starting for the Broncos after their bye week against Miami, it wouldn't be surprising if the fans rioted in the streets of Denver.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals improved to 3-2 on the year after they came from behind to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. Andy Dalton won the battle between he and Blaine Gabbert in the duel between rookie quarterbacks.

Cincinnati may not be a playoff team this year but being over .500 five games into the season is something this team should be proud about, especially after a tumultuous offseason. Marvin Lewis was on the hot seat coming into the year, although it has definitely cooled after the way the Bengals have started the season.


The Bengals will host Indianapolis next and then head out to Seattle. Both games are winnable and believe it or not the Bengals have a shot at going 5-2.

Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben hasn't been very good this season, but he responded against a top NFL defense as he threw five touchdown passes on Sunday. Pittsburgh rolled Tennessee in a game the Steelers had to have. 

Roethlisberger had a relatively low amount of passing yards with 224, yet he capitalized in the red zone which is the most important part of the field for a quarterback. The good game will get fans off his back for awhile.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders lost the heart and soul of its organization this past weekend with the passing of Al Davis. Despite having heavy hearts, the Raiders went out and honored Davis the best way they could have—they just won, baby. 

Darius Heyward-Bey had a big game catching seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Oakland's next two games are against the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. Both should be wins for the Raiders and it would move them to 5-2 on the season. A playoff berth is definitely in reach for the silver and black.



Matt Schaub: What was Schaub doing on the final play of the game exactly? With seven seconds remaining he dropped back, scrambled around and then threw an inexplicable interception. There were plenty of better options that would have suited Houston better.

The first option would have been throwing a quick slant or a fade to a receiver to try to get two cracks at the end zone. The second option should have been Schaub trying to run the ball in, but for some reason he opted to go east and west as opposed to north and south. 

Bottom line: The Texans lost another game in which they should have won at home. Schaub deserves to carry the blame on his shoulders this week.

Philadelphia Eagles: What a horrible season it has been for the Eagles. Michael Vick threw four interceptions and Andy Reid made poor coaching decisions throughout the afternoon. The "Dream Team" is on pace to land a Top 10 pick in the NFL draft at this rate.

What is troubling for Philadelphia is its inability to stop the opposing offense. Despite adding Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins and Nnamdi Asomugha, the Eagles' defense has struggled mightily which is inexcusable. 

The level of talent that Philadelphia boasts on defense should overcome chemistry issues.

Ron Rivera: Carolina's coach is responsible for calling a timeout with two seconds remaining in the first half as time was winding down, which allowed New Orleans a chance to kick a field goal before the half expired. It proved to be costly as the Panthers ended up losing by three points.

Rivera is a rookie head coach and it showed against the Saints. After the players gave it all on the field and hung in with a tough team, it was Rivera's gaffe that stood in the way of a potential Panther win. 

Yes, there were opportunities for the Panthers to win and all of the blame shouldn't be placed on the coach's shoulders, but in this case it's hard to ignore. Carolina has a young team and the last thing it needed was its head coach to shoot the team in the foot.