Despite completing 36 of 45 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Ryan (Boston College) and the Atlanta Falcons went down to Geno Smith and the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. It's been a rough start for the 1-4 Falcons, who had Super Bowl aspirations at the start of the season.
Buffalo starting QB EJ Manuel (Florida State) sprained his LCL in last Thursday's game against the Cleveland Browns. He will miss four to six weeks, which means the Bills will be starting Thad Lewis (Duke) at quarterback in this week's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Green Bay Packers have reduced defensive lineman B.J. Raji's (Boston College) role in their defense. And, surprisingly, the veteran is taking the transition very well.
Against the Bills last Thursday, Travis Benjamin (Miami) set a Browns' record when he returned seven punts for 179 yards, including one for a 79-yard touchdown - which, wow, was a thing of beauty.
The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback situation could be best described as murky - and, honestly, that's putting it mildly. However, the future of QB Christian Ponder (Florida State) is apparently in the Twin Cities, according the team's general manager, Rick Spielman.
All-World wide receiver Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) of the Detroit Lions missed last week's divisional game against the Packers. His status for Sunday's game against the Browns is up in the air.
Simply put: tight end Vernon Davis (Maryland) is an athletic freak of nature. His combination of size and speed, which we are all well aware of, was on full display in the San Francisco 49ers' win over the Houston Texans, when he hauled in a powerful 64-yard touchdown reception - the team's biggest play from scrimmage all day long.
Let's stick with insanely athletic TEs, shall we? Through the first five games of the 2013 season, Jimmy Graham (Miami) of the New Orleans Saints has produced some numbers that I would describe as bonkers: 37 receptions (second in the NFL), 593 yards (first in the NFL) and six touchdowns (second in the NFL). He enters free agency after the season - expect him to ask for big money.
Defensive end Robert Quinn (North Carolina) of the St. Louis Rams has been, basically, unblockable in 2013. This past week was the third time he's had the highest pass-rushing grade among 4-3 defensive ends in the NFL.
It's been fun to watch QB Philip Rivers (N.C. State) have his own professional renaissance this season. However, it wasn't enough Sunday night to propel his San Diego Chargers past the Oakland Raiders.
Last week brought us unfortunate news out of San Diego. One of the NFL's greatest defensive ends ever, Dwight Freeney (Syracuse), in his first season with the Chargers, was placed on the injured reserve, and will be done for the 2013 season. He injured his quadriceps muscle two weeks ago against the Dallas Cowboys.
Running back LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh) ran for 46 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown in the Philadelphia Eagles' 36-21 win over the now 0-5 New York Giants. Then after the game, he decided to troll Denver Broncos' RB Knowshon Moreno, which was bizarre.
Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o (Notre Dame) - drafted by the Chargers in the second round - is finally healthy, and he saw his workload triple in this past Sunday's game against the Raiders. He played 43 snaps.
Michael Vick (Virginia Tech) injured his hamstring during the Eagles' win over the Giants on Sunday. His status for Week Six against Tampa Bay is in jeopardy; a lot of people expect back-up Nick Foles to start.
Darrelle Revis (Pittsburgh) of the Buccaneers is getting called out in advance of this week's game against Philadelphia by the Eagles' speedy wideout DeSean Jackson.
Veteran pass rusher Calvin Pace (Wake Forest) - who restructured his contract this offseason - is a big reason why the Jets defensive line has been so stout through the first five games of 2013.
Another week, another strugglefest for Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub (Virginia). Eh, is the bye week coming soon?