NFL Week 5 is the Week of the Backup

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Well, folks, we are heading into Week 5 of the 2022 NFL season. And a lot has happened in the first four weeks of the year. Now a little under a quarter of the way through the year, we are starting to see teams settle into their places in the standings.

We also have seen some injuries to quite a few starting QBs already at this point in the season, and with that, multiple backup QBs will be finding themselves starting here in Week 5. Let’s take a look at a couple that I think could have a good game this weekend.

Cooper Rush

Is there an NFL QB controversy in Dallas? With Dak being out, Cooper has gotten the nod the past 3 weeks and honestly has looked solid. He’s completed 62 of 102 for 737 yards so far this season and has racked up 4 NFL TDs while throwing no NFL INTs. His stellar play has led him to a 4-0 record as a starter, being the first NFL Cowboys QB to do so. He’s been so good it’s started murmurs in the Cowboys fanbase as some question if the NFL franchise is better off with Cooper.

Rush is poised to have another good game as he and the Cowboys go to Los Angeles to face the Rams. The Rams aren’t doing so hot, and I believe that Rush will be able to rack up a couple of TDs on a Rams defense that has already let up 6 passing TDs this year. I believe Rush will continue to show that he is good enough to be the starter, and if he continues his historic NFL win streak, he just maybe for a longer time than expected.

Teddy Bridgewater

We all saw the brutal concussion that Tua Tagovailoa suffered in the Thursday night game against the Bengals. Teddy stepped into the huddle and didn’t have the worst performance in the world, completing 60.9% of his passes for 1 TD though he did throw a crucial game-ending interception ending the night with an 84.1 QBR.

Teddy has had an abnormal career, with plenty of time as a starter and as a backup. Last year in Denver, Teddy played in 14 games completing 285 of 426 for 3,052 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He is a solid QB and won’t be a slouch at the position. It’s unclear how long Tua will be out, but Miami fans need not worry. They are in good hands.

In the game against the Bengals, Teddy found Tyreek Hill over the middle of the field for a 64-yard TD. I expect this to be a common theme in this week’s upcoming game against the Jets. The Jets have struggled all season with giving up plays deep in the middle of the field, which is the strength of the Miami offense. I expect Teddy to have great success not just from his own talents but also from a schematically favorable matchup.

 


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