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NFL Week 5 review: Eagles, 49ers stay perfect

With all but the Green Bay Packers trip to Las Vegas to face the Raiders on Monday Night Football in the books, let's take a look back at Week 5 of the NFL season.

It was the first time we have not seen all 32 teams in action as four have been on bye weeks while some others may already need a break to get healthy again after the injury curse struck down several stars.

Here, we'll take a look at the biggest talking points from the fifth week of NFL contests.

NFC's perfect pair go 5-0

Talking of bye weeks, the race to be the NFC's No.1 seed and thus earn a week off in January is already looking pretty exciting.

The Philadelphia Eagles, +180 to be the conference's number one seed, and the +110 San Francisco 49ers remain unbeaten with perfect 5-0 records.

Both look like they could be capable of stringing a few more consecutive wins together, with the Eagles' next stop being MetLife Stadium to face the 2-3 New York Jets before they then host the 4-1 Miami Dolphins and 2-3 Washington Commanders.

Jalen Hurts was the star of the show on Sunday with 303 passing yards and 72 rushing yards plus a touchdown in a 23-14 win at SoFi Stadium against the Los Angeles Rams.

AJ Brown had a big day too, with 127 yards receiving, while Philly's defense also finally began to click.

San Francisco rode roughshod over the Dallas Cowboys for a 42-10 win in prime time with Brock Purdy passing for four scores — three of them to tight end George Kittle.

The Niners next go to Cleveland to take on a Nick Chubb-less Browns, who may also be without QB Deshaun Watson. They then visit the Minnesota Vikings and host the Cincinnati Bengals before their regular-season bye week.

The Eagles rolled off eight straight wins at the start of last season, while the Niners won 10 consecutive games from Halloween to January, so they both know how to maintain their momentum.

Jefferson injury could cost him OPOY

San Francisco's star running back Christian McCaffrey actually had his least productive game of the year so far with only 51 rush yards gained against the Cowboys on Sunday.

But the former Carolina Panther remains atop the rushing leaders charts with 510 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.

His chances of becoming this year's Offensive Player of the Year probably received a boost from the news that Justin Jefferson, the reigning OPOY, picked up a hamstring injury in Minnesota's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Vikings wideout, who is +1000 to pick up the honor again, left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter and did not return. Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell told reporters following the game that it's too early to put a timeline on Jefferson's availability moving forward.

McCaffrey is +175 to succeed Jefferson as Offensive Player of the Year with +250 Tyreek Hill next in line and his Miami Dolphins teammate De'Von Achane gaining some traction at +3300 after performing like a stud these past few weeks.

Jets run all over Payton's Broncos - for Hackett

Achane put up 151 rushing yards in the Dolphins' 31-16 win over the New York Giants at Hard Rock Stadium, but even his numbers were eclipsed by the Jets' Breece Hall in Denver.

Returning to the scene of his ACL injury as a rookie last year, Hall was back at his best with a devastating show of north-to-south running against the hapless Broncos.

The former Iowa State star burst through holes and swerved would-be tackles all afternoon long as the Jets snapped a three-game losing streak.

Hall, who amassed 177 yards against the NFL's worst run defence, had 22 carries this week and can expect an expanded role in Nathaniel Hackett's offensive scheme for the rest of the season after coming off a 'pitch count'.

Victory would have felt sweet for Hackett, the former Broncos head coach who was fired after a 4-11 start and then openly derided in an interview by his successor Sean Payton in the offseason.

All of the Jets' players and coaches were fully aware of those comments with tight end CJ Uzomah heard telling his teammates that "their coach made this personal" in an expletive-laden pre-game rallying call.

They almost all made their way over to Hackett for hugs and handshakes after the game with head coach Robert Saleh also honoring Hackett following the 31-21 win by giving him a game ball.

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