Five weeks into the 2017-18 NFL season, the ratings continue to dip amid escalating political tensions. In Week 4, Sunday Night Football brought in 16.73 million viewers, which was down from the week before. But, this week despite the Kansas City Chief’s victory over the Houston Texas, the ratings dropped 3%. Regardless, Week 5 took an interesting turn, as a few teams lost their key players to season ending injuries.
On Thursday, Tom Brady and the Patriots defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-14. Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, as he tied the NFL record for regular season wins.
On Sunday, the Jets beat the Browns, 17-14. The Colts beat the 49ers, 26-23 in overtime, just hours after Mike Pence executed Donald Trump’s plan to stage a walkout in the event of a national anthem protest. Pence complied, ultimately costing taxpayers nearly $250,000. In the match up between the Jaguars and the Steelers, Big Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in the 30-9 home loss to Jacksonville.
The Chargers beat the Giants, 27-22, after the New York team lost four receivers to injuries. Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard left with sprained ankles in the first half, and Dwayne Harris fractured his foot in the third. However, the most devastating injury for the Giants occurred after their star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. fractured his already sprained left ankle. Beckham was carted off the field, crying in agony and devastation that his season had come to an end.
The Bengals defeated the Bills, 20-16, while the Panthers ran through the Lions, 27-24. The Dolphins beat the Titans 16-10, and the Eagles flew over the Cardinals 34-7. The Raiders lost to the Ravens 30-17, and the Seahawks defeated the Rams, 16-10.
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys fell victim to the great Aaron Rodgers in a close 35-31 defeat to the Packers. The Chiefs went undefeated after their 42-34 victory over the Houston Texans, after Whitney Mercilus and J.J. Watt left the game with season ending injuries. On Monday, the Vikings beat the Bears 20-17.