The Steelers and Falcons are in first place in the AFC North and NFC South and the Raiders are in second place behind the undefeated Broncos in the AFC West.
Falcons DE Dwight Freeney has eihgt sacks in his past eight games.
Ryan is now on pace to pass for a NFL-record 5,892 yards and 44 touchdowns. Jones achieved the league’s sixth 300-yard receiving game. That is rarefied air.
COLEMAN STATUS: Falcons coach Dan Quinn said backup RB Tevin Coleman’s breakaway speed will be on display Sunday.
In 2014, Carolina was 3-8-1 before winning its last four to sneak into the playoffs and then knock off the Cardinals in the wild-card round. “They have big-play players and so we just have to go out there and play our technique and just play our game. If our defense can step up and play well I think we will have a great game”.
The dynamic Atlanta offense has put up record breaking numbers so far this season and for good reason. Anderson/Devontae Booker. Atlanta’s hard-hitting rookie has made an early impact, tying with safety Kemal Ishmael for the team lead in tackles with 30 and knocking Panthers quarterback Cam Newton into the concussion protocol with a jarring hit at the goal line last week.
Fresh off of a Super Bowl appearance, expectations were high for the Carolina Panthers entering 2016.
Offensively, the Broncos are averaging 27.8 points and 342.2 total yards (236.5 in passing and 105.8 rushing) per game. There’s no shame in taking an “L” from one of the top-two receivers in the game. Both have Pro Bowl credentials.
Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes looks at the three biggest story lines heading into Week 5 of the National Football League season. Jones and Talib have a history of facing each other. The Falcons countered their solo looks for Jones with 2×1 and 3×1 looks that occupied their safeties as Jones found windows in the honey hole. The victor of this matchup could go a long way in determining the outcome of this game.
The Houston Texans aren’t quite as good as advertised but because the AFC South is the NFL’s compost pile (I’ve grown exhausted of reading “dumpster fire”), they should be able to waltz into the playoffs. “An offensive line is all about the chemistry”. “It doesn’t matter who we get week-to-week”. Outside linebacker Von Miller (5½) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (four) have more sacks combined than 21 National Football League teams.
“He’s the anchor up front”. But Fuller, DeAndre Hopkins and a Watt-less pass rush did enough to survive against a bad Titans club at home.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge, man”, Williams said. “We’ll just see where he’s at physically”. ABOUT THE BRONCOS (4-0): Denver is off to a flawless start under 2015 seventh-round pick Siemian, who had to come out of last week’s win at Tampa Bay with a left shoulder injury and was limited in Thursday’s practice. Starting quarterback Trevor Siemian left the game with an apparent non-throwing arm shoulder injury. “I think his offense has had new identities every year – I think that’s a credit to him. That’s great for our organization”. Denver’s Derek Wolfe has been a force on defense as well with 4.0 sacks on the season. Four of those turnovers have been interceptions.