NFL Week 5 Headlines and Injury Report
With a quarter of the season already gone, week 5 will be another very important week for this NFL season. The Patriots and Colts have already played the Thursday night game, and the annual report of New England’s demise is debunked already. Every year there’s an early game and people declare the Patriots dead. Until Tom Brady is no longer wearing #12 in the navy blue and red, I will never count the Pats out.
Immovable Object vs. Unstoppable Force
The Jacksonville Jaguars vs. The Kansas City Chiefs is the biggest game of the week. We get to see in Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense can sustain its unbelievable pace against the league’s best defense. The Jags have the best cornerback duo in football, and the best defensive line on the east coast. They play the best against what the Chiefs do best, which is pass. It will be a great test for Patrick Mahomes, especially after seeing him respond brilliantly to adversity on national television last Monday night.
The Le’Veon Bell Situation
Le’Veon Bell is the best running back in football. With all due respect to Todd Gurley and Alvin Kamara, There is a valid reason Bell wanted the type of guaranteed money he is asking for and holding out for. He is an elite offensive weapon. I will repeat.
He. Is. An. Elite. Offensive. Weapon.
He would start at wide receiver for every team in the league. Depending on the team, it could vary if he would be first, second, or third on the depth chart. But he would be able to do it. Who’s a better receiver than him in San Francisco? Or Dallas? Or even Jacksonville?
It has been reported that Bell will report during the Steeler’s week 7 bye. He will collect a check for a week with no game, and then play out his franchise tender for the remaining 8 games. The Steelers should be waiting for him at the front door of the facility with gifts, because he unlocks a ceiling for this offense that is just not there with James Conner in the backfield.
Bell may still get traded, but the Steelers would be foolish not to welcome him back.
Allergic to the End Zone?
The Falcons have a super-talented first round wide receiver out of Alabama who has caught multiple touchdowns this season. They also have Julio Jones. Jones has been great this season, averaging 17 yards a catch, with over 500 yards total in 4 games. But he has zero touchdowns. The last time he caught a touchdown in the regular season was last November. He caught two that day, which brought his 2017 total to three. He finished 2017 with 3.
This isn’t me saying Julio isn’t a great wide receiver, because he is. This is just something to keep an eye on, because it is looking like this could continue for quite a while. If he can’t score on the weak Pittsburgh defense this week, we may start calling Jones WR2 in Atlanta.
- Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is out with the same hamstring injury that has kept him on the sideline most of the year.
- Several WR show up on the injury report this week: Antonio Callaway, Browns; Devante Parker, Dolphins; Randall Cobb, Packers; Sammy Watkins, Chiefs; Will Fuller V, Texans; just to name a few.
- DE Joey Bosa will be out again this weekend for the Chargers.
- Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will probably play this Sunday, but he will most likely not be 100%.
- Bucs TE O.J. Howard is out 2-4 weeks with an MCL sprain.
- There are running backs set to return to their respective lineups this week, including Saints RB Mark Ingram, Bengals RB Joe Mixon, and Falcons RB Devonta Freeman.