The Patriots got the last laugh after beating the Bengals at home on Sunday Night Football.
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It took less than 6 days for people to forget how good Tom Brady is. After getting destroyed in a hostile environment on Monday Night Football, the Patriots returned to their home-sweet-home at Gillette Stadium and reminded everyone why they are the most dangerous team in football. After days of being proclaimed one of the five best teams in football, the Cincinnati Bengals fell completely flat against the Patriots, not even scoring a TD until after the Patriots had taken a dominating 17-point halftime lead.
The Patriots are back on top, and in a division that looks incredibly weak right now, they are very likely to stay that way for a very long time.
Here are the 5 biggest winners from Week 5 of the NFL season:
New England Patriots – Forget Seattle, New Orleans or Kansas City. New England is the most dangerous place to play in the NFL. Tom Brady and that team can seemingly do no wrong in front of their home crowd.
Denver Broncos – Somehow a big home win over an undefeated Cardinals team seemed extremely predictable after they lost on the road to the Seahawks.
Cleveland Browns – For a team with a reputation of letting big games slip away, that 25-point comeback on the road may be a sign that good things are on the horizon if they can just get a few wins in their division.
New York Giants – This team has gone from an 0-2 laughing stock to a contender for the NFC East title. This may be Tom Coughlin’s last year regardless, but he’s going out with a bang, not a whimper.
Buffalo Bills – Not only did DC Jim Schwartz get a win over his former team (Lions), but the team is now neck-and-neck with the Patriots in the division title race. If they can beat the Patriots at home next week, they have a great shot at finally ending their 14-year playoff drought.