How many times have you watched the run?
I’m approaching 100 views and I still can’t stop watching. While writing this opening, I’ve watched it another 10 times. The comparisons to Marshawn Lynch and Derrick Henry came fast and furious on Sunday.
But me? I thought that Pierce run reminded me of, well, that other incredible Pierce run — only his helmet stayed on this time.
DAMEON PIERCE DOESN’T NEED A HELMET— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 27, 2021
How do you do it, Dameon? The balance, the strength, the desire - all off the charts.
That stampede through the Jaguars defense helped contribute to what PFF says they’ve never seen before.
Dameon Pierce: 17 missed tackles forced on runs vs the Jaguars— PFF (@PFF) October 10, 2022
That’s the most PFF has EVER recorded in a single game pic.twitter.com/wXC8LZnEz8
Pierce has 412 rushing yards - most in Texans history through a player’s first five games. And after only those five games, he is showing he is already one of the best running backs in the National Football League.
Dameon Pierce's @NFL Rankings:— Evert Geerlings (@E_Geerlings) October 10, 2022
Broken TKLs - 18 (1st)
Missed TKLs Forced - 33 (2nd)
Rush YAC - 290 (2nd)
Rushing Yds - 412 (4th)
Rush TDs - 3 (T-6th)@IRep229 is 1st among all rookies in the categories above.
In Week 5, he set a @PFF record, forcing 17 missed TKLs in 1 game. pic.twitter.com/3lX73mQO6L
Remember, too, that Pierce is doing all this despite playing for one of the worst teams in the league.
% Runs Contacted Behind LOS— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) October 12, 2022
32. HST 55.3%
31. IND 55.1%
30. LAR 49.5%
Pierce and the Texans are on a bye in Week 6, but that won’t slow him down. Houston general manager Nick Caserio said Pierce was in the team facility on Monday — one day after tallying 29 touches against Jacksonville — squatting 425 pounds. The best don’t rest.
I love Dameon Pierce. And I’m not alone.
️ GET OVER HERE! It's time for— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) October 11, 2022
The Week 5 nominees:
▪️ @JetMckinnon1 (@Chiefs)
▪️ @QuinnenWilliams (@nyjets)
▪️ Dameon Pierce @IRep229 (@HoustonTexans)
Take it away, @KyleBrandt... pic.twitter.com/F7PUTnjkkf
The bandwagon is full.
Week 5 Notables
With Kyle Pitts sidelined, Feleipe Franks played 30 offensive snaps for the Falcons on Sunday - a career-high. The converted tight end struggled in all areas. Last week, I wrote about Marcus Mariota looking for Kyle Pitts often on deep balls. He tried one for Franks this week and is definitely better off saving these for when Pitts returns.
I put this miss on a bad route by #Falcons newest weapon Feleipe Franks. Gets stuck at the top of the route, throwing off the timing of the play. If/when these shot plays start connecting, #Falcons offense will really cook.— Aaron Freeman (@falcfans) October 12, 2022
Discussed at 4:23 mark in vid: https://t.co/yry7SPPyVs pic.twitter.com/q5GqJwunoA
Kadarius Toney is apparently battling injuries in both his hamstrings now. If you drafted Toney in your fantasy league, it might be time to cut bait. I have no idea when he’ll get on the field and if he’ll be a primary target for the surprising Giants.
The streak is over for Eddy Piñeiro. He had made 27 field goals in a row before missing his first attempt Sunday. But Eddy shook it off and promptly banged through the next three kicks. He’s 11/12 on the season and has made 87.5% of his FGs for his career.
Tommy Townsend hasn’t been needed much as the Chiefs offense has found its rhythm. But when called upon, he’s delivering. Townsend is second in the NFL with a 53.3 average on his 15 punts. He leads the league in net punting at 48.7.
Tyrie Cleveland returned from a hamstring injury in week 5, playing mostly on special teams. His one target in 10 offensive snaps? Russell Wilson’s crushing interception that helped the Broncos blow a victory last Thursday.
Play of the Week
We can’t just write about Pierce in this space every week, and he wasn’t the only Gators rookie shining on Sunday. Kaiir Elam snatched his first career pick on Sunday.
This was a smart, savvy by Kaiir Elam play in zone coverage.— Derrick (@Steelers_DB) October 10, 2022
Continues to get depth because there's no threat to the flats and he's rewarded with a his first career interception.
Eventful day for him but some positives to take away. pic.twitter.com/CI9UwSempj
He gave up 10 catches on Sunday against Pittsburgh, but most of them were in garbage time as the Bills had a huge lead. Last week, Elam posted a shutout against the Ravens with zero catches allowed.
Player of the Week
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson turned in his best game as a Philadelphia Eagle, punctuated by this pick of Kyler Murray.
Gardner-Johnson had 10 tackles, a pass breakup, and a tackle for loss - filling up the box score. But as always, the best part of his game is the smack.
chauncey gardner johnson is crazy for this LMAOO pic.twitter.com/aXdTHVw2UP— . (@GLORYTUCK) October 11, 2022
The Eagles are the only unbeaten team in the league and their defense is a big reason for it. But it hasn’t been the start in Philly we expected for Ceedy Duce. Perhaps this game will get his season going.
Here are all of the Week 5 stats (ranked and tiered in order of performance):
- Dameon Pierce, HOU, RB
Week 5: 26 rush, 99 yards, 1 TD, 3 rec, 14 yards, 46 snaps (79%)
- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, PHI, S
Week 5: 10 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TFL, 1 PD, 69 snaps (100%)
- Kaiir Elam, BUF, CB
Week 5: 10 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD, 75 snaps (100%)
- Marco Wilson, ARI, CB
Week 5: 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 68 snaps (93%)
- Trent Brown, NE, RT
Week 5: 60 snaps (100%)
- Alex Anzalone, DET, LB
Week 5: 8 tackles, 1 PD, 53 snaps (88%)
- Keanu Neal, TB, S
Week 5: 3 tackles, 33 snaps (50%), 8 ST snaps (36%)
- Jawaan Taylor, JAX, RT
Week 5: 75 snaps (100%)
- Evan McPherson, CIN, K
Week 5: 1/1 FG, Long 40, 2/2 XP
- Demarcus Robinson, KC, WR
Week 5: 1 rec, 2 targets, 8 yards, 1 tackle, 49 snaps (75%)
- D.J. Humphries, ARI, LT
Week 5: 69 snaps (100%)
- Eddy Pineiro, CAR, K
Week 5: 3/4 FG, Long 43
- Tommy Townsend, KC, P
Week 5: 3 punts, 48.3 avg
- T.J. Slaton, GB, DT
Week 5: 4 tackles, 25 snaps (41%), 9 ST snaps (35%)
- Taven Bryan, CLE, DT
Week 5: 2 tackles, 35 snaps (49%), 4 ST snaps (15%)
- Dante Fowler, Jr., DAL, OLB
Week 5: 1 tackle, 1 QB hit, 29 snaps (45%)
- Brandon Powell, LAR, WR
Week 5: 1 rush, 1 yard, 3 PR, 6.3 avg, 11 snaps (17%), 17 ST snaps (57%)
- Zach Carter, CIN, DT
Week 5: 1 tackle, 22 snaps (34%), 5 ST snaps (22%)
- Jonathan Bullard, MIN, DT
Week 5: 1 tackle, 17 snaps (34%)
- Carlos Dunlap, KC, DE
Week 5: no stats, 37 snaps (58%)
- Jon Bostic, WAS, LB
Week 5: 2 tackles, 10 snaps (16%), 18 ST snaps (64%)
- Tyrie Cleveland, DEN, WR
Week 5: 1 target, 1 tackle, 10 snaps (14%), 13 ST snaps (42%)
- Marcell Harris, NYJ, LB/S
Week 5: 1 tackle, 5 snaps (7%), 18 ST snaps (62%)
- C.J. Henderson, CAR, CB
Week 5: no stats, 27 snaps (40%)
- Feleipe Franks, ATL, TE
Week 5: no stats, 30 snaps (45%), 7 ST snaps (32%)
- Stone Forsythe, SEA, T
Week 5: 5 ST snaps (15%)
- Fred Johnson, TB, G/T
Week 5: 1 snap (1%), 3 ST snaps (14%)
- Kyle Pitts, ATL, TE: Inactive (Hamstring)
- Jonathan Greenard, HOU, DE: Inactive (Ankle)
- Marcus Maye, NO, S: Inactive (Ribs)
- Kadarius Toney, NYG, WR: Inactive (Hamstring)
- Max Garcia, ARI, G: Inactive (Toe)
- Teez Tabor, SEA, S: Inactive
- Kyle Trask, TB, QB: Inactive
- Van Jefferson, LAR, WR: Injured Reserve (Knee)
The Practice Squad
- Freddie Swain, MIA, WR
- Malik Davis, DAL, RB
- Jarrad Davis, DET, LB
- Jeff Driskel, HOU, QB
- David Sharpe, BAL, T
- Jeremiah Moon, BAL, LB
- Jabari Zuniga, SEA, DE
- Quincy Wilson, PIT, DB