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PFT’s Week Seven picks

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Another week of NFL games is here. Another 14 contests for part of the broader PFT picks contest between MDS and yours truly.

We split the four games on which we disagreed last week en route to pathetic, matching 8-6 records. This week, we disagree on only one game — arguably one of the biggest of the week.

Through six weeks, I’m at 59-32 (64.8 percent), and MDS has a record of 58-33 (63.7 percent).

Seahawks at 49ers.

MDS’s take: I don’t think the NFL thought this would be a matchup of two 2-4 teams when the league scheduled this for a Thursday night game. But while these two teams have the same record, it’s the Seahawks who still have a realistic hope of turning things around and getting to the playoffs. They’ll take a step toward that with a big win in San Francisco.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 24, 49ers 10.

Florio’s take:  Not long ago, the winner of this one landed in first place in the NFC West. Now, the loser lands in last place. Before the season began, it was assumed that both of these games would be romps for the two-time defending NFC champs. It likely won’t be a blowout this time, but the Seahawks realize that if they can’t win this one, they can forget about a third straight Super Bowl appearance. (Actually, it’s a safe bet that they can already forget about that.)

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 20, 49ers 13.

Bills vs. Jaguars.

MDS’s take: London gets yet another bad game. No surprise there. And it will be no surprise when the Bills’ defense shuts down Blake Bortles and wins a low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Bills 17, Jaguars 7.

Florio’s take: The up-and-down Bills need to stay on the right side of .500, especially when facing a team with wins that match its losses only when their record is 0-0. If the Bills lose this one, things could unravel quickly in Buffalo. Or, perhaps more accurately, more quickly than they already are.

Florio’s pick: Bills 27, Jaguars 10.

Vikings at Lions

MDS’s take: The Lions finally got their offense moving and got their first win on Sunday, but they won’t make it two in a row with a better Vikings team coming to town. Minnesota hasn’t been great this year, but a win Sunday makes the Vikings the clear No. 2 in the NFC North and a legitimate wild card candidate.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 20, Lions 14.

Florio’s take: The Vikings aren’t yet good enough to blow anyone out, but they’re good enough to find ways to outscore the majority of their opponents. If the Vikings are going to make good on their perceived potential for 2015, they’ll need to do better than last year’s 1-5 divisional record. Here’s their chance to get to 2-0, by competing a sweep of the overmatched Lions.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 28, Lions 20.

Saints at Colts

MDS’s take: Andrew Luck returned and looked pretty good against the Patriots on Sunday night. He should look even better against a Saints defense that has a knack for making opposing quarterbacks look great. This should be the Colts’ biggest win of the year.

MDS’s pick: Colts 34, Saints 20.

Florio’s take:  The only way to turn the page on Sunday night’s fake punt fiasco is to win. With games coming up against the 5-0 Panthers and 6-0 Broncos, the Saints could present the best chance of a victory before the bye. If the Colts lose this one, the bye week could result in a farewell to Chuck Pagano.

Florio’s pick: Colts 24, Saints 20.

Steelers at Chiefs

MDS’s take: Landry Jones getting the first start of his career at Arrowhead Stadium ought to be a recipe for a defense to put a beating on a young quarterback. But Jones looked good last week, and the Chiefs haven’t looked good at all this year. I like the Steelers to take this one.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 24, Chiefs 20.

Florio’s take: Landry Jones, arguably dangling on the roster by a fraying thread during the preseason, has shown that he can win games. When he faces on Sunday a Chiefs team that won’t have Jamaal Charles and may not have Jeremy Maclin, Jones could win his first career start. Especially since the team’s defense has improved considerably.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 20, Chiefs 13.

Texans at Dolphins

MDS’s take: Dolphins coach Dan Campbell certainly had his team ready to play in his debut last week against the Titans. I think he’ll keep it going against a Texans offense that looks better with Brian Hoyer, but still isn’t great.

MDS’s pick: Dolphins 27, Texans 24.

Florio’s take: The new-look Dolphins look good, so far. In what amounts to a Mulligan of a home opener, the Dolphins get back to .500, laying the foundation for an unlikely playoff run.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 27, Texans 17.

Jets at Patriots

MDS’s take: If the Jets are going to dethrone the Patriots in the AFC East, they’re going to need to win this game. I don’t see it happening. The Patriots are still the best team in the division, and they’ll remain undefeated.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 28, Jets 17.

Florio’s take: The Jets have the defense to slow down the New England offense, but they don’t yet have the offense to outscore the New England defense. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is 1-8 during his career against the Patriots. Make it 1-9.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 27, Jets 23.

Browns at Rams

MDS’s take: Browns quarterback Josh McCown has been pretty good for most of this year, but the Broncos showed that a good pass rush can pressure McCown into turnovers. The Rams have a good pass rush that will do the same, and St. Louis will win a close, low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Rams 17, Browns 14.

Florio’s take: The Rams ordinarily play up and down to the level of the competition. With a week off to get ready for a visit from the Browns, it may not matter; the Rams have a shot at winning the division, and the race starts with a win over one of the teams against which past Rams teams may have found a way to lose.

Florio’s pick: Rams 23, Browns 17.

Falcons at Titans

MDS’s take: Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has won just four of his last 33 games as a head coach, stretching back to the end of his tenure in Arizona. He’s going to be on the hot seat if he doesn’t turn things around soon, but it’s not going to happen against a good Falcons team.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 30, Titans 17.

Florio’s take: The one-loss Falcons have had extra time to get ready for the one-win Titans. The Falcons shouldn’t need it — and they have every reason to keep close to the no-loss Panthers.

Florio’s pick: Falcons 30, Titans 17.

Buccaneers at Washington

MDS’s take: I’m expecting a sloppy game, as Kirk Cousins and Jameis Winston may throw three interceptions apiece. But ultimately Washington will make a couple of plays on offense and win a close one.

MDS’s pick: Washington 20, Buccaneers 16.

Florio’s take: The Bucs have had two weeks to get ready for this one, after surprisingly winning two of their first five games. Washington remains in the race for the None-oF-the-above-C East, and they should be able to hold serve at home. As long as it’s not too windy for the quarterback.

Florio’s pick: Washington 24, Buccaneers 20.

Raiders at Chargers

MDS’s take: With Philip Rivers on pace to set new NFL records for completions and passing yards, the Chargers’ offense is sure to move the ball well against the Raiders. I don’t think the Raiders’ offense can keep up.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 31, Raiders 21.

Florio’s take: The Raiders have had two weeks to get ready for a Chargers team that is moving in the wrong direction. Philip Rivers still has enough in his arm to lead the Chargers to what could be their last San Diego victory over the Raiders.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 31, Raiders 27.

Cowboys at Giants

MDS’s take: Brandon Weeden is out and Matt Cassel is in for the Cowboys, but it won’t make much of a difference, and the Giants will bounce back from an ugly Monday night game to earn an NFC East win.

MDS’s pick: Giants 27, Cowboys 20.

Florio’s take: The Cowboys need this one badly, badly enough to perhaps risk bringing back Dez Bryant before he’s ready. The Giants don’t have the offensive line to buy Eli Manning the time to avoid looking like Peyton.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 27, Giants 20.

Eagles at Panthers

MDS’s take: The Eagles’ defense is playing good football while the Eagles’ offense falters. But the Panthers are playing well on both sides of the ball, and they should be able to beat an Eagles team that still makes too many mistakes.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 20, Eagles 17.

Florio’s take: Sure, the Eagles have put together a couple of wins. But the Panthers are for real, and they get their chance with back-to-back prime-time games to prove it.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 33, Eagles 24.

Ravens at Cardinals

MDS’s take: The Ravens have completely collapsed and are one of the worst teams in the NFL. The Cardinals have pounded bad teams this year. This has all the makings of a Monday night game you can turn off at halftime.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 35, Ravens 16.

Florio’s take: Joe Flacco isn’t elite. The rest of the team definitely isn’t. With the sixth loss looming, it’s time to start planning for 2016.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 34, Ravens 21.

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PFT’s Week Seven power rankings

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1. Patriots (5-0; last week No. 1): Revenge is a dish best served when the adversary runs one of the dumbest plays in the history of organized sports.

2. Bengals (6-0; No. 3): At some point, the Bengals will be on to New England. And that could be bad news for the Patriots.

3. Packers (6-0; No. 2): It’s hard to hold the No. 2 spot when giving up more than 500 yards passing.

4. Panthers (5-0; No. 7): Cam Newton is old enough to make a clutch throw in a hostile environment.

5. Broncos (6-0; No. 4): Even if they lose no games in the regular season, one and done is looming in January.

6. Jets (4-1; No. 8): When does the Jets coach start spouting off about how much he hates Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? Oh wait, that guy’s gone.

7. Steelers (4-2; No. 10): The Steelers haven’t won with this many quarterbacks since the days of Bradshaw, Gilliam, and Hanratty.

8. Falcons (5-1; No. 5): The only good news from Thursday night is there likely won’t be another Falcons punter immortalized by a statue outside the Superdome.

9. Cardinals (4-2; No. 6): Maybe the Cardinals really haven’t beaten anyone.

10. Vikings (3-2; No. 15): With Mike Wallace, Stefon Diggs, and Charles Johnson, the Vikings could have the best three wideouts in the NFL.

11. Rams (2-3; No. 12): The good news? The Rams finally have climbed past Seattle and San Francisco in the standings. The bad news? Both of those teams stink right now.

12. Eagles (3-3; No. 24): If they can win by 20 when Sam Bradford throws three interceptions, how would they do if he threw, you know, none?

13. Cowboys (2-3; No. 14): At some point, they’ll be healthy. And they should then be able to run away with the division.

14. Giants (3-3; No. 9): How does a team go from looking so bad to so good to so bad?

15. Dolphins (2-3; No. 22): If he puked on his shoes before the game, the Gatorade shower washed it off.

16. Seahawks (2-4; No. 11): The Legion of Boom is about to become the Legion of Booed.

17. Bills (3-3; No. 13): First, Sammy Watkins. Next, Mario Williams. Who’s the next Bills player to publicly complain?

18. Raiders (2-3; No. 18): A playoff run remains possible, but the wins need to start coming this Sunday in San Diego.

19. Colts (3-3; No. 16): For his next trick, Chuck Pagano will make his job disappear.

20. Browns (2-4; No. 17): Too many close games, too many failures to win close games.

21. Chargers (2-4; No. 19): Philip Rivers‘ new contract should have included a clause that voids it immediately if he ever throws for 500 yards and no interceptions and the rest of the team isn’t good enough to manage the win.

22. Washington (2-4; No. 21): Why is Kirk Cousins still playing? Because the longer he plays the greater the chances that RGIII won’t.

23. Saints (2-4; No. 31): Another week, another Super Bowl rematch involving teams that don’t have much of a chance to get back in 2015.

24. Bears (2-4; No. 23): Hey, at least they filled their quota for pre-Thanksgiving wins.

25. Buccaneers (2-3; No. 25): Jameis Winston quietly is putting together a good rookie year.

26. 49ers (2-4; No. 27): If you’d told 49ers fans before the season that the team would have the same record as the Seahawks heading into their Week Seven showdown, 49ers fans would have been very excited.

27. Texans (2-4; No. 29): Yes, 26 teams passed on DeAndre Hopkins.

28. Ravens (1-5; No. 20): That was the worst Harbaugh Brothers weekend since the 49ers and Ravens lost conference championship games on the same day in January 2012.

29. Lions (1-5; No. 32): The Lions finally figured out how to win a game — play in a way that suggests they really don’t want to.

30. Chiefs (1-5; No. 26): The Sea of Red may soon be demanding some slips of pink.

31. Titans (1-4; No. 28): Since starting 4-0 with the Cardinals in 2012, Ken Whisenhunt is 4-29 as a head coach.

32. Jaguars (1-5; No. 30): Do they take the pools to London?

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NFL morning after: Broncos keep winning with a shot Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning is a shell of his former self.

If you’ve watched the Broncos even a little bit this year, you can see that. This is not a matter of opinion, it’s a statement of fact. I would call him Michael Jordan with the Washington Wizards, except that wouldn’t be fair to Jordan, who averaged more than 20 points a game in his two seasons with the Wizards. Peyton Manning in 2015 is more like 42-year-old Willie Mays batting .211 with the 1973 New York Mets.

Willie Mays with the ’73 Mets is the standard shorthand we sportswriters use when we want to discuss a Hall of Famer who’s hanging on way past his prime, but when we make those comparisons we’re often talking about players on terrible teams, sometimes overlooking that the Mets actually went to the World Series in 1973. And that makes Manning and Mays an even better comparison, because Manning is a Hall of Famer hanging on while playing for a very good team.

Manning threw three interceptions yesterday to give him an NFL-high 10 picks this season. That’s the same number of interceptions he threw in the entire 2013 season, when he threw 55 touchdown passes. This season he has thrown just seven touchdown passes.

“We’re certainly not playing as well as we would like, but we’re playing well enough to win,” Manning said after the game.

Yes, the Broncos improved to 6-0 with yesterday’s win over the Browns, and that raises the big question: Can the Broncos keep winning with a shot Peyton Manning as their quarterback?

If by “keep winning,” we mean win the AFC West, I believe they absolutely can. Denver’s defense is outstanding — easily the best in the NFL. The Broncos already have a huge lead over the Raiders, Chargers and Chiefs in the AFC West, and there’s almost no chance of them getting caught. They’re going to be hosting a playoff game in Denver in January.

But if by “keep winning,” we mean win the Super Bowl, I don’t think so. This offense just isn’t good enough to win in January. Manning’s arm is so weak that he frequently throws short of the chains on third down, or floats deep passes where the Peyton of a couple years ago would sling them with velocity. And it doesn’t help that the Broncos’ offensive line is struggling to protect Manning, the running game is one of the worst in the NFL, and even the highly paid receiver Demaryius Thomas had two big drops on Sunday.

So while it’s great that the Broncos are finding ways to win with a shot Peyton Manning, let’s be honest: It’s going to stop. After their bye this week, the Broncos get the Packers next Sunday night and have games coming up against the Patriots and Bengals, and Denver won’t be able to beat good teams the way they beat the Browns yesterday. To beat a good team, the Broncos will need a good game from the offense, and this offense just isn’t ready to deliver.

Manning is among the greatest players in NFL history, and it would be wonderful to see him end his career with another title in a few months. But it’s far more likely that he’ll end his career with another playoff loss. He’s just not good enough anymore.

Here are my other observations from Sunday:

Lions, Bears and officials were ugly. If you see the score, “Lions 37, Bears 34 in overtime” and think that sounds like a good game, you didn’t see yesterday’s Lions-Bears game. In reality, it was an ugly game, filled with mistakes by both teams and even more mistakes by the officials, who were just brutally bad. At one point the officials gave Golden Tate a touchdown that defied everything we thought we knew about the NFL’s catch rules. At another point the officials negated a Tate touchdown with a ridiculous offensive pass interference penalty on Calvin Johnson. The officials also took way too long to make calls, including huddling for what seemed like forever before calling an intentional grounding penalty on Matthew Stafford late in the fourth quarter. The bad officiating in this game won’t get as much attention as the high-profile mistakes the officials have made on the last two Monday nights, but the league simply must get its officiating problems fixed.

Was Brandon Marshall right about Chris Ivory? Marshall, the Jets’ veteran wide receiver, called Ivory the best running back in the NFL last week. I thought that sounded like hyperbole, but Ivory was amazing yesterday: He had 20 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown, and he also caught all three of the passes thrown to him and added 50 receiving yards. Ivory is averaging 115 rushing yards a game, best in the NFL.

Dan Quinn was a huge loss in Seattle. Quinn, who was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014, left this offseason to become head coach of the Falcons. The Seahawks, who fell to 2-4 with yesterday’s loss to the Panthers, miss him. The Seahawks aren’t out of it, but they’re in a lot of trouble. This looks nothing like the great Seahawks defense of the last couple years.

Michael Vick, take a seat. It appears that Vick’s days of playing quarterback in the NFL are done. He’s been mediocre at best filling in for an injured Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh this year, and yesterday the Steelers’ offense was immediately energized when Vick left the game and was replaced by third-stringer Landry Jones. Jones went 8-for-12 for 168 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and he showed that he deserves to be the Steelers’ starter until Roethlisberger’s knee heals.

Andy Dalton remains outstanding. Last week, I made the case that Dalton is an MVP candidate. Yesterday, Dalton kept it up with a brilliant game against the Bills. Dalton completed 22 of 33 passes for 243 yards, with three touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks. The Bengals are 6-0, and Dalton is playing the best football he’s ever played.

How long can Jay Gruden stick with Kirk Cousins? Cousins was awful in Washington’s loss to the Jets yesterday, throwing two interceptions and averaging just 4.6 yards per pass. The Jets’ defense deserves some credit, but Cousins deserves a lot of blame: He makes way, way too many mistakes. Gruden tried to shield Cousins from criticism after the game, blaming the wind and the pass rush for Cousins’s bad throws. But at some point, Cousins is going to need to get better, or he’s going to need to be benched. The problem is Gruden has already flip-flopped on his quarterbacks once, declaring Robert Griffin III the starter only to change his mind and go to Cousins, and I think Gruden is afraid of looking wishy-washy if he changes back. But the reality is, if Cousins can’t get a lot better in a hurry, Washington would be better off benching him for Colt McCoy. He’s that bad — maybe even worse than Peyton Manning.

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Week Six early inactives

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Every week we’ll bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available.

Bengals at Bills

Bengals: WR Greg Little, WR Mario Alford, CB Leon Hall, TE C.J. Uzomah, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Pat Sims, DE Margus Hunt

Bills: WR Marcus Easley, RB Karlos Williams, WR Percy Harvin, QB Tyrod Taylor, DL Alex Carrington, OL Gabe Ikard, S Josh Bush

Broncos at Browns

Broncos: LB DeMarcus Ware, T Ty Sambrailo, RB Juwan Thompson, QB Trevor Siemian, DL Darius Kilgo, CB Lorenzo Doss, OL Shelley Smith

Browns: CB Joe Haden, S Tashaun Gipson, LB Craig Robertson, WR Marlon Moore, WR Dwayne Bowe, QB Austin Davis, TE E.J. Bibbs

Bears at Lions

Bears: S Antrel Rolle, LB Shea McClellin, T Jermon Bushrod, CB Terrance Mitchell, RB Antone Smith, DL Bruce Gaston, T Nick Becton

Lions: DT Haloti Ngata, LB DeAndre Levy, TE Eric Ebron, RB Joique Bell, TE Brandon Pettigrew, S James Ihedigbo, T Corey Robinson

Texans at Jaguars

Texans: LB Jadeveon Clowney, S Quintin Demps, WR Nate Washington, LB Brian Peters, G Greg Mancz, G Xavier Su’a-Filo, DL Jeoffrey Pagan

Jaguars: WR Marqise Lee, RB Bernard Pierce, S James Sample, RB TJ Yeldon, CB Nick Marshall, G Tyler Shatley, DE Chris Smith

Chiefs at Vikings

Chiefs: LB Josh Mauga, DT Dontari Poe, QB Aaron Murray, CB Marcus Cooper, T Jah Reid, WR Frankie Hammond, TE Brian Parker

Vikings: DE Everson Griffen, WR Charles Johnson, DE Justin Trattou, C Nick Easton, CB Jabari Price, TE Chase Ford, QB Taylor Heinicke

Redskins at Jets

Redskins: WR DeSean Jackson, T Trent Williams, TE Jordan Reed, C Kory Lichtensteiger, CB Chris Culliver, CB DeAngelo Hall, RB Matt Jones

Jets: QB Bryce Petty, WR Chris Owusu, CB Marcus Williams, S Jaiquawn Jarrett, G Jarvis Harrison, T Ben Ijalana, DL Stephen Bowen

Cardinals at Steelers 

Cardinals: LB Alex Okafor, QB Matt Barkley, WR J.J. Nelson, LB Shaq Riddick, T D.J. Humphries, OL Earl Watford, DL Xavier Williams

Steelers: QB Ben Roethlisberger, S Will Allen, LB Ryan Shazier, G Chris Hubbard, TE Jesse James, LB Jarvis Jones, CB Cortez Allen

Dolphins at Titans

Dolphins: CB Tony Lippett, OL Jeff Linkenbach, DT A.J. Francis, WR Matt Hazel, S Jonathan Dowling, LB Chris McCain, C Sam Brenner

Titans: QB Charlie Whitehurst, RB Terrance West, LB Avery Williamson, TE Chase Coffman, DT Sammie Hill, DE Ropati Pitoitua, G Quinton Spain

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Week Six injury report roundup

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Over the course of the week, there are a lot of posts about the most prominent injured players but we know that you might not see all of them and that some others may fall through the cracks. As a result, we’ll comb through all the injury reports every Friday afternoon so that there’s one stop for all the news from every team playing on Sunday. So, without further delay, the injury report roundup for Week Six of the 2015 season.

Bengals at Bills

Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (back) is questionable, but the rest of the Bengals injury report is made up of probable players. The Bills aren’t quite so lucky. While running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to play, wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip), quarterback Tyrod Taylor (knee) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) are questionable. Running back Karlos Williams (concussion) is out.

Broncos at Browns

Left tackle Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (back) will have an extended period to recover after being ruled out by the Broncos, who have a bye next week. Guard Evan Mathis (hamstring), cornerback Aqib Talib (ankle), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (neck) and running back Juwan Thompson (hamstring) are questionable. The Browns secondary will be missing cornerback Joe Haden (concussion, finger) and safety Tashaun Gipson (ankle). Three running backs — Isaiah Crowell (toe), Shaun Draughn (back) and Robert Turbin (ankle) — are questionable.

Bears at Lions

Nine Bears are questionable for this week’s game, including wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), tight end Martellus Bennett (quad) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (knee). Defensive end Ego Ferguson (knee), linebacker Shea McClellin (knee), cornerback Terrance Mitchell (hamstring) and safety Antrel Rolle (ankle) are all doubtful. The Lions have ruled out tight end Eric Ebron (knee), linebacker DeAndre Levy (hip) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf). Running backs Joique Bell (ankle) and Theo Riddick (groin) are questionable along with safety James Ihedigbo (quadricep).

Texans at Jaguars

Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (ankle), safety Quintin Demps (hamstring) and wide receiver Nate Washington (hamstring) have been ruled out by the Texans. Defensive end Jared Crick (knee) is questionable, but said Friday he expects to play after returning to practice. Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (groin) is questionable, but Denard Robinson (knee) is expected back after missing three games. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and linebacker Paul Posluszny (ankle) are probable to return to the lineup.

Chiefs at Vikings

The Chiefs won’t have linebacker Josh Mauga (groin, achilles) or defensive tackle Dontari Poe (ankle) in Minnesota. Linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) is questionable. The Vikings hope to have wide receiver Charles Johnson (rib) back in the lineup, but he’ll be a game-time decision. Wide receiver Mike Wallace (knee) is expected to play, however.

Redskins at Jets

The Redskins head to Jersey with a lot of injury issues. Cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (toe), center Kory Lichtensteiger (shoulder, finger, neck), tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) and tackle Trent Williams (neck, concussion) are all out. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring), defensive end Stephen Paea (back), wide receiver Andre Roberts (quadricep) and running back Matt Jones (toe) are questionable. The Jets listed guard Willie Colon (knee), linebacker David Harris (quadricep) and running back Bilal Powell (groin) as questionable as they return from their bye week. Wide receiver Chris Owusu (knee) is doubtful, which means his brother should have the family’s best catch of the week.

Cardinals at Steelers

Cardinals G Mike Iupati (back) missed practice on Thursday, but returned on Friday and was listed as questionable. Safety Rashad Johnson (thigh, hip) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (chest) are also questionable while linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) is out. After a little uncertainty early in the week, the Steelers ruled out quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee). Safety Will Allen (ankle) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder) are also out and cornerback Cortez Allen (knee) and linebacker Jarvis Jones (hip) drew questionable tags.

Dolphins at Titans

Miami listed tackle Branden Albert (hamstring), defensive tackle A.J. Francis (back) and cornerback Brent Grimes (knee) as questionable, although there’s been optimism about Albert and Grimes getting back in the lineup. Titans cornerback Perrish Cox (hamstring), tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion), defensive tackle  Sammie Hill (illness, knee) and linebacker Avery Williamson (hamstring) have been listed as questionable.

Panthers at Seahawks

Linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion) is expected to play, but defensive end Jared Allen (back), linebacker A.J. Klein (concussion) and tackle Daryl Williams (knee) are out for the Panthers. Guard Amini Silatolu (ankle) is questionable. Seattle listed running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) as questionable, although all indications are that he will play. Linebacker Bobby Wagner (pectoral) is also questionable and his game status is more uncertain. Cornerback Marcus Burley (hand) is out and defensive end Frank Clark (hamstring), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (quadricep), linebacker Nick Moody (ankle) and cornerback Tye Smith (hip) are all doubtful.

Chargers at Packers

The Chargers continue to be banged up on the offensive line with tackle King Dunlap (concussion, out), center Chris Watt (groin, concussion, out), guard D.J. Fluker (ankle, questionable), guard Orlando Franklin (ankle, questionable) and tackle Chris Hairston (ankle, questionable) all on the injury report. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring) is doubtful and linebacker Manti Te’o (ankel) is questionable. The Packers don’t expect to have linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder, hand) and defensive tackle B.J. Raji (groin) after listing them as doubtful. Wide receiver Davante Adams (ankle) and safety Morgan Burnett (calf) are questionable.

Ravens at 49ers

It’s a long injury list for the Ravens this week, starting with ruling out safety Terrence Brooks (thumb), defensive end Chris Canty (calf), wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) and wide receiver Darren Waller (concussion). Wide receiver Steve Smith (back) is questionable, but said Friday that he doesn’t expect to play. Linebacker Elvis Dumervil (thigh), running back Justin Forsett (ankle), tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf), wide receiver Chris Givens (ankle) and guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) are also questionable while cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh) is doubtful. 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), tight end Vernon Davis (knee), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (calf), linebacker Eli Harold (knee), RB Carlos Hyde (foot), G Brandon Thomas (ankle) are all questionable. Running back Reggie Bush (calf) is doubtful to play.

Patriots at Colts

The Patriots ruled cornerback Tarell Brown (foot) out for their trip to Indy. Running back Dion Lewis (abdomen) and linebacker Dont’a Hightower (rib) are questionable. The Colts listed quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) as questionable, although signs point to his return to the lineup. Linebackers Jerrell Freeman (groin) and Nate Irving (knee) are also questionable, but wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (groin) is expected to play after a limited practice earlier in the week.

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PFT’s Week Six picks

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Through five weeks, we’re still separated by only one game. And with the most disagreements we’ve had in any week all year, Week Six could shake things up.

After splitting on a pair of Week Five disagreements, MDS and yours truly disagree on four games this week. Which gives me a chance to open up a five-game lead, or for MDS to break out in front by three. Or somewhere in between.

For the year, I’m at 51-26 (66.2 percent) and MDS has a record of 50-27 (64.9 percent). For the full slate of picks, let it scroll. Down the highway.

Falcons at Saints

MDS’s take: I don’t think the Falcons are as good as their undefeated record suggests, but I do think the Saints are every bit as bad as their 1-4 record suggests. New Orleans has the worst defense in the NFL, and Drew Brees and the offense are struggling, too. The Falcons should win this one easily.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 30, Saints 20.

Florio’s take: The Falcons continue to soar through the early portion of their schedule. The Saints continue to fly into closed windows.

Florio’s pick: Falcons 27, Saints 17.

Bengals at Bills

MDS’s take: The Bengals will keep rolling along against an injury-plagued Bills team. Cincinnati is a title contender, and Buffalo is at far less than 100 percent.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 28, Bills 13.

Florio’s take: The Bengals are for real. The Bills may or may not be. Without quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy, they aren’t. As a result, the Bengals continue the push toward not losing in the wild-card round by not having to play in it.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 28, Bills 20.

Broncos at Browns

MDS’s take: This is a closer game than people would think because the Broncos’ offense is awful right now, and Josh McCown is playing better than anyone could have expected. I’m tempted to take the Browns in an upset, but I’m just not sure if Cleveland can put enough points on the board against an excellent Denver defense.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 10, Browns 9.

Florio’s take: I love a good story. And the Browns toppling the unbeaten Broncos would be a great story. So I’m tempted to pick the Browns to win. But the Broncos have an excellent defense along with just enough firepower on offense to score at least one point more than Cleveland. Which in a world obsessed with next-gen stats is still the only stat that matters.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 24, Browns 17.

Bears at Lions

MDS’s take: If the Lions don’t win this one, they may be winless for a long, long time. But the Bears’ defense is just weak enough that even the terrible Lions’ offense might be able to move the ball on them.

MDS’s pick: Lions 24, Bears 21.

Florio’s take: If the Lions don’t win this one, they may not win any. With the Bears turning it around after an 0-3 start, it won’t be easy. With Lions fans bailing on the home team, it will be even harder.

Florio’s pick: Bears 20, Lions 13.

Texans at Jaguars

MDS’s take: I’ve been saying all year that Bill O’Brien should go to Brian Hoyer and stick with him, so I’m tempted to take the Hoyer-led Texans to win in Jacksonville. The problem, however, is that Houston struggles in all phases of the game, and a quarterback can only do so much. The Jaguars will win in the worst game of the day.

MDS’s pick: Jaguars 14, Texans 10.

Florio’s take: The Texans finally give the ball back to Brian Hoyer. They never should have taken it from him. He’ll prove why on Sunday.

Florio’s pick: Texans 30, Jaguars 20.

Chiefs at Vikings

MDS’s take: The Chiefs are quickly falling apart, and the Vikings are establishing themselves as an NFC wild card contender. The Vikings should win this one handily.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 28, Chiefs 10.

Florio’s take: The Chiefs will need a lot more than 65 Toss Power Trap to pull of a win at Minnesota, especially with Jamaal Charles done for the year. Meanwhile, Brad Childress returns to Minnesota as a member of the Kansas City staff. (It’s safe to say no one will be picking him up at the airport.)

Florio’s pick: Vikings 30, Chiefs 20.

Washington at Jets

MDS’s take: The Jets have the best pass defense in the NFL, and Kirk Cousins throws way too many interceptions. I see Cousins throwing three picks in an ugly game.

MDS’s pick: Jets 27, Washington 10.

Florio’s take: Washington will win plenty of games this year. Against a rested Jets team with a stout defense, Washington is unlikely to pick up a third victory.

Florio’s pick: Jets 23, Washington 17.

Cardinals at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Cardinals have shown this season that they can exploit opposing teams’ weaknesses as well as anyone. I expect their defense to force Michael Vick into a few turnovers, and their offense to attack the Steelers’ secondary. Pittsburgh won’t have an answer.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 31, Steelers 13.

Florio’s take: More than three years ago, the Steelers “retired” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who has since won the coach of the year award twice. With Arians back, his former star pupil, Ben Roethlisberger, still injured, and the Steelers working on a short week after a return from San Diego, advantage Cardinals.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 24, Steelers 20.

Dolphins at Titans

MDS’s take: Dan Campbell’s tough-guy act is swell, but it’s going to take more than the Oklahoma drill to turn around a bad Dolphins team. The Titans are playing better football than they’re getting credit for, and they’ll take it to the Dolphins.

MDS’s pick: Titans 24, Dolphins 10.

Florio’s take: If the new-look Dan Campbell Dolphins can’t win this one, they may not win very many. And while I’m impressed with Tennessee’s ability to compete, I’m not impressed with their inability to finish.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 28, Titans 23.

Panthers at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The Seahawks are running out of time to get things turned around, and they’ve got the undefeated Panthers coming to town. This is the week when Seattle makes a statement.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 24, Panthers 6.

Florio’s take: The Panthers have played the Seahawks close and tough the last three years, with a trio of one-score regular-season losses in Charlotte and a closer-than-the-score-suggests 31-17 playoff loss in Seattle. Like last year, the Panthers are getting the Seahawks immediately after they’ve picked up their third loss. Which is bad news for a team trying to keep pace with the Falcons.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 23, Panthers 17.

Chargers at Packers

MDS’s take: Aaron Rodgers won’t have another three-turnover game at Lambeau Field. Certainly not this week. Maybe not ever. The Chargers lost a heartbreaker on Monday night, but they’ll lose a blowout this time.

MDS’s pick: Packers 34, Chargers 14.

Florio’s take: It’s a short week and a long trip for the Chargers, who are underachieving at 2-3. Even if they bring their very best, they still won’t have enough to beat the Packers in their own building.

Florio’s pick: Packers 37, Chargers 21.

Ravens at 49ers

MDS’s take: Neither of these teams is very good, but the 49ers are a lot worse. The Ravens will move the ball well and get some big plays from the special teams to win in San Francisco.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 23, 49ers 20.

Florio’s take: It’s a Super Bowl XLVII rematch, with similar implications for the loser, who will be 1-5 and done. The winner at 2-4 may also be done. With inside information from his brother, Jim, John Harbaugh should be able to come up with a way to shut down the 49ers offense.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 27, 49ers 20.

Patriots at Colts

MDS’s take: The Deflategate rematch will be a blowout like the original Deflategate game. Patriots roll in Indianapolis, with fully inflated footballs.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 31, Colts 10.

Florio’s take: The Colts pulled the pin on the #DeflateGate grenade. The Patriots will say all the right things before the rematch. And then the Patriots will do everything they can to make the Colts regret running their mouths to the league.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 49, Colts 17.

Giants at Eagles

MDS’s take: I’m not sold on everything Chip Kelly is doing, but the offense does seem to be rolling, and the Giants’ defense is struggling. The Eagles should win a high-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 34, Giants 31.

Florio’s take: The Giants are finding a way to win and forging a genuine sense of team. The Eagles haven’t been sufficiently consistent to trust in a game with significant implications in the NFC East.

Florio’s pick: Giants 28, Eagles 23.

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NFL statement on clock mistake in San Diego

[Editor’s note: The NFL released the following statement on Tuesday morning after a clock mistake on Monday Night Football.]

With 2:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, San Diego kicked off to Pittsburgh. The kick resulted in a touchback. By rule, the game clock does not start if the receiving team possesses the ball in the end zone and does not carry it into the field of play.

Because of an error by the clock operator, the game clock was incorrectly started before the Steelers’ first play from scrimmage following the touchback. That first down snap came with 2:38 left to play instead of 2:56, a difference of 18 seconds.

The official game time is kept on the stadium scoreboard, but it is the responsibility of the side judge to supervise the timing of the game. Had the side judge or any of the other six on-field officials noticed the timing error, they could have corrected it.

The game clock is not subject to instant replay review unless there is a timing issue on the last play of the first half or the last play of the game.

The performance of the clock operator and game officials will be reviewed per the standard procedure for reviewing every play of every game.

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PFT’s Week Six power rankings

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1. Patriots (4-0; last week No. 1): That AFC Finalist banner is gonna get stuck in a place where banners aren’t supposed to go.

2. Packers (5-0; No. 2): This team won’t lose at home. As long as the Giants don’t show up there in January. Again.

3. Bengals (5-0; No. 4): If these are the “same old Bengals,” every team should aspire to be the “same old Bengals.”

4. Broncos (5-0; No. 3): The fact that coach Gary Kubiak had to say he’s not benching Peyton Manning shows how tenuous this team’s 5-0 record is.

5. Falcons (5-0; No. 5): The Falcons avoided a pothole. Now, they’ll drive all over the Saints.

6. Cardinals (4-1; No. 6): With a trip to Pittsburgh up next, Bruce Arians gets a shot at the team that “retired” him.

7. Panthers (4-0; No. 7): With the Seahawks and Packers coming up, the Panthers will soon be paying the price for winning the division last year.

8. Jets (3-1; No. 9): Sheldon Richardson is back, which means the Jets should be even better.

9. Giants (3-2; No. 13): They should be 5-0. 3-2 is still good enough to lead one of the worst divisions in football.

10. Steelers (3-2; No. 12): Before anyone crowns the team from Cincinnati, the Steelers will have something to say about the AFC North.

11. Seahawks (2-3; No. 8): To anyone who thinks Russell Wilson isn’t worth his contract, consider where this team would be right now without him.

12. Rams (2-3; No. 10): With the intersection of an underground landfill fire and a radioactive dump not far from their practice facility, the Rams should spend their bye week in any place but St. Louis.

13. Bills (3-2; No. 14): Sixteen years later, it was a different kind of Music City Miracle in Nashville.

14. Cowboys (2-3; No. 11): The bye week is a perfect time to bid farewell to Brandon Weeden.

15. Vikings (2-2; No. 16): With the Chiefs coming to town, Vikings fans of a certain age will be hearing “65 toss power trap” in their nightmares.

16. Colts (3-2; No. 20): Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck, Bert Jones, John Unitas. Does it really matter against the Patriots?

17. Browns (2-3; No. 21): With Peyton Manning coming to town, Josh McCown will be happy to see he’s not the oldest quarterback on the field.

18. Raiders (2-3; No. 18): When it comes to offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, Vikings fans know what Raiders fans are currently experiencing.

19. Chargers (2-3; No. 19): At least they won’t have to worry about hosting any playoff games in San Diego after applying for permission to relocate to L.A.

20. Ravens (1-4; No. 15): Jim Harbaugh should join John on the sidelines for the trip to San Francisco.

21. Washington (2-3; No. 22): Despite the loss in Atlanta, they need to be taken seriously. Especially in a division that shouldn’t be taken seriously.

22. Dolphins (1-3; No. 23): From Oklahoma drills to trying to drill Tennessee. Fail, and it’s over.

23. Bears (2-3; No. 30): What a difference a competent head coach makes.

24. Eagles (2-3; No. 27): A win over the Saints will do little to quiet the chatter of Chip Kelly to USC. Either one of them.

25. Buccaneers (2-3; No. 28): If they could get more really bad teams on the schedule, they could contend.

26. Chiefs (1-4; No. 17): Has any season turned more dramatically from the first half of Week Two through the end of Week Five?

27. 49ers (1-4; No. 31): Yes, the 49ers could win 12 this year. If the NFL expands the regular season to 82 games.

28. Titans (1-3; No. 24): If they knew how to finish, they’d be at least 3-1.

29. Texans (1-4; No. 25): They benched Brian Hoyer too quickly. They stayed with Ryan Mallett too long. With Hoyer back, they have one last chance to turn it around.

30. Jaguars (1-4; No. 26): For owner Shad Khan, there’s a point where patience becomes apathy.

31. Saints (1-4; No. 29): For the latest installment of the Saints-Falcons rivalry, Saints fans may be egging the Saints buses.

32. Lions (0-5; No. 32): If the 2015 Lions lose at home Sunday against the Bears, the 2008 Lions may be able to put the 0-16 champagne on ice.

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NFL morning after: Andy Dalton, MVP candidate

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In a big game on Sunday, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton came through in the clutch.

I know, I know, Dalton has had some high-profile playoff failures, and therefore we’re supposed to laugh at the notion that he’s a guy who can put a team on his back and win. But that’s exactly what Dalton did yesterday against the Seahawks, throwing for 331 yards and two touchdowns and leading the game-winning drive for a field goal in overtime as the Bengals beat the Seahawks 27-24.

The Bengals are 5-0, and Dalton is an MVP candidate.

Dalton now has a league-leading 1,518 passing yards, along with 11 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. He’s first in the NFL with 9.5 yards per pass and third with a passer rating of 115.6. If you think he’s not one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, you haven’t been paying attention. Dalton is on pace to finish this season with a career-high 35 touchdown passes, a career-high 4,858 yards, a career-high 67.5 percent completion rate and a career-low six interceptions. Even if you weren’t a fan of Dalton’s before, you can’t deny that he’s off to an unbelievable start this year.

And yet . . . I get it. Dalton has started four playoff games in his career, the Bengals have lost all four of them, and Dalton has thrown just one touchdown pass to six interceptions in those four games. As long as Dalton has that playoff record, he’s going to have the “choker” label attached to his name.

But I have a feeling this is the year Dalton will change those perceptions. No player in football is playing any better than Andy Dalton right now.

Here are my other thoughts on this week’s games:

I’m skeptical of the Seahawks. Maybe it sounds strange to laud praise on Andy Dalton for leading the Bengals to a win over the Seahawks and then say I’m skeptical of the Seahawks, but let me be clear: I think the Seahawks’ defense is good, and I’m impressed with the way Dalton played against that defense. But the Seahawks’ offense, and particularly the offensive line, is a huge question mark. The line wasn’t great last year, either, but it got worse this offseason when they lost guard James Carpenter in free agency, traded away center Max Unger, moved Justin Britt from right tackle to left guard, made Garry Gilliam the starting right tackle and made Drew Nowak the starting center. Russell Wilson was sacked four times yesterday and is often running for his life. The Seahawks are 2-3, and they’re one bad call against the Lions from being 1-4. If they don’t get that offensive line straightened out, they’re not going to the playoffs.

NFL’s awful catch rule strikes again. On Sunday in Atlanta, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman caught a pass, had both feet on the ground and lunged the ball forward across the end zone. The official who had a perfect view of the play signaled touchdown. But this is the NFL, where what looks like a touchdown is often an incomplete pass. The referee reviewed the replay and ruled that because Freeman dropped the ball after he put it across the goal line, the pass was incomplete. By the letter of the law, it was the right call. But as noted NFL fan Charles Dickens once said, the law is an ass. The NFL needs to change the rules, because any play on which a receiver can catch a pass, get his feet down and lunge the ball across the goal line should be a touchdown.

This just in: Jim Harbaugh can coach. As you watch Harbaugh turn Michigan back into a college football powerhouse, remember that 49ers owner Jed York and General Manager Trent Baalke decided to replace him with Jim Tomsula at the end of last season. Whether coaching in college or the pros, Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in all of football. Tomsula is not. York and Baalke set their franchise back immeasurably because they couldn’t get along with a great coach.

No quarterback controversy in Cleveland. No, Johnny Manziel will not be starting for the Browns any time soon. Josh McCown was outstanding yesterday in a 33-30 overtime win over the Ravens: McCown passed for 457 yards, with two touchdowns and no turnovers. McCown 356 yards and 341 yards in his two previous games, making him the first quarterback in the history of the Cleveland Browns franchise to have three-straight 300-yard games.

The Lions are terrible. After a beatdown from the Cardinals yesterday, the Lions are 0-5 and the NFL’s only winless team. I don’t think they’re going to match the disaster of 2008, when the Lions were the only 0-16 team in NFL history, but they might just be looking at the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Whether they have the first pick or not, they’re going to have to answer a hard question about Matthew Stafford, the quarterback they’ve paid a fortune. If Stafford can’t play a lot better over the next 11 games than he’s played over the first five, the Lions will need to bite the bullet, cut their losses and release him after the season.

An interception for the ages. Charles Woodson intercepted Peyton Manning twice yesterday, and that was really something: Woodson, who turned 39 last week, is the NFL’s oldest defensive player. Manning, who turned 39 in March, is the NFL’s oldest regular starter. Woodson beat out Manning for the 1997 Heisman Trophy, and they’ve been two of the best NFL players in the 18 years since then. Now both of their careers are winding down, and Woodson finally gets to check “Pick off Peyton” off his bucket list. This was the first time in NFL history that a 39-year-old intercepted another 39-year-old, and Woodson is the first 39-year-old ever to have a two-interception game. The only other players in NFL history to intercept a pass after turning 39 are Darrell Green and Clay Matthews Jr., the father of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III.

The best Sunday of football yet. Wasn’t the end of the early kickoff window fun? Overtime in Baltimore. Overtime in Cincinnati. Overtime in Atlanta. A one-point game in Tennessee. A one-point game in Kansas City. All in all, yesterday was the best Sunday of football yet. And Andy Dalton may have been the best player on the field in any of those games.

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Week Five early inactives

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Every week we’ll bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available.

Redskins at Falcons

Redskins: QB Robert Griffin III, WR DeSean Jackson, CB Chris Culliver, CB DeAngelo Hall, TE Jordan Reed, DL Frank Kearse, OL Arie Kouandjio

Falcons: WR Justin Hardy, CB Dez Southward, S Charles Godfrey, LB Justin Durant, C Gino Gradkowski, T Bryce Harris, DE Malliciah Goodman

Browns at Ravens

Browns: QB Austin Davis, RB Shaun Draughn, WR Dwayne Bowe, RB Robert Turbin, S Tashaun Gipson, LB Craig Robertson, TE E.J. Bibbs

Ravens: WR Breshad Perriman, RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, CB Rashaan Melvin, OL Ryan Jensen, TE Crockett Gillmore, WR Stev Smith, DE Chris Canty

Seahawks at Bengals

Seahawks: RB Marshawn Lynch, CB Marcus Burley, CB Tye Smith, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, OL Kristjan Sokoli, G Alvin Bailey, DE Demarcus Dobbs

Bengals: WR Greg Little, WR Mario Alford, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, TE C.J. Uzomah, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Pat Sims, DE Margus Hunt

Rams at Packers

Rams: QB Sean Mannion, S Maurice Alexander, LB Alec Ogletree, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, T Darrell Williams, G Cody Wichmann, DL Ethan Westbrooks

Packers: QB Brett Hundley, WR Davante Adams, S Sean Richardson, CB Ladarius Gunter, S Morgan Burnett, LB Jake Ryan, G Lane Taylor

Bears at Chiefs

Bears: T Jermon Bushrod, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal, S Antrel Rolle, OL Patrick Omameh, DE Will Sutton, QB David Fales.

Chiefs: LB Josh Mauga, QB Aaron Murray, WR Albert Wilson, CB Marcus Cooper, OL Jah Reid, TE Brian Parker, DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Saints at Eagles

Saints: T Terron Armstead, P Thomas Morstead, QB Garrett Grayson, DE Obum Gacham, DE Bobby Richardson, FB Austin Johnson, G Jahri Evans

Eagles: LB Mychal Kendricks, LB Kiko Alonso, DL Brandon Bair, QB Thad Lewis, RB Kenjon Barner, CB Denzel Rice, OL Julian Vandervelde

Jaguars at Buccaneers

Jaguars: WR Marqise Lee, RB Denard Robinson, S James Sample, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, LB Paul Posluszny, DE Chris Smith, OL Tyler Shatley

Buccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, CB Johnthan Banks, C Evan Smith, G Logan Mankins, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Luke Stocker, WR Russell Shepard

Bills at Titans

Bills: RB LeSean McCoy, RB Karlos Williams, WR Sammy Watkins, S Bacarri Rambo, LB Tony Steward, OL Gabe Ikard, DL Alex Carrington

Titans: QB Charlie Whitehurst, RB Terrance West, CB Cody Riggs, G Chance Warmack, TE Chase Coffman, DL Mike Martin, NT Sammie Hill

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Week Five injury report roundup

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Over the course of the week, there are a lot of posts about the most prominent injured players but we know that you might not see all of them and that some others may fall through the cracks. As a result, we’ll comb through all the injury reports every Friday afternoon so that there’s one stop for all the news from every team playing on Sunday. So, without further delay, the injury report roundup for Week Five of the 2015 season.

Redskins at Falcons

Four Redskins — cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (toe), wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring), and tight end Jordan Reed (concussion, knee, ankle) — have been ruled out for this Sunday. Linebacker Perry Riley (calf) is questionable to return to the lineup. Running back Tevin Coleman (ribs) is probable to return for the Falcons, who ruled out linebacker Justin Durant (elbow). Wide receiver Julio Jones (toe, hamstring) is questionable, although there’s been nothing to suggest he’ll be anywhere but on the field come Sunday.

Browns at Ravens

Browns cornerback Joe Haden (ribs, finger) is questionable after unexpectedly missing last week’s game and safety Tashaun Gipson (ankle) has been ruled out. Linebacker Craig Robertson (ankle) is out as well and running back Shaun Draughn (back) is doubtful. It doesn’t look like Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (back, doubtful) will play, which would leave him on the sideline with defensive end Chris Canty (calf), tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee). Tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion) is probable to play for the first time since the opener.

Seahawks at Bengals

It will be another week without running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) for the Seahawks, who also ruled out cornerbacks Tharold Simon (toe) and Marcus Burley (hand). Running back Fred Jackson (ankle) is questionable and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that he’s hopeful the veteran can play. The Bengals are healthy with three probables to go with the questionable defensive end Wallace Gilberry (calf) and safety George Iloka (ankle).

Rams at Packers

Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree (ankle) is going to be out for multiple weeks and safety Maurice Alexander (groin) is doubtful. The Packers look like they’ll have tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) in the lineup, although they listed him as questionable along with wide receiver Davante Adams (ankle), safety Morgan Burnett (calf) and cornerback Demetri Goodson (hamstring). Safety Sean Richardson (neck) is out and reportedly will miss the rest of the season.

Bears at Chiefs

The Bears will have plenty of decisions to make on Sunday. They listed 13 players as questionable, including quarterback Jay Cutler (hamstring), wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder). They were a bit more definitive about safety Antrel Rolle (ankle, doubtful) and were willing to rule out tackle Jermon Bushrod (concussion). Tight end Travis Kelce (groin, thumb) is probable for the Chiefs, who won’t have linebacker Josh Mauga (groin, Achilles).

Saints at Eagles

The Saints ruled out tackle Terron Armstead (knee) and punter Thomas Morstead (quadricep), but hope to have guard Jahri Evans (knee) back in the lineup after listing him as questionable. Eagles tackle Jason Peters (quadricep) is questionable, but said he expects to play. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) is out after getting hurt last week.

Jaguars at Buccaneers

Wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring), linebacker John Lotulelei (concussion) and running back Denard Robinson (knee) are all out for Jacksonville and tight end Julius Thomas (hand) is expected to join them after being listed as questionable. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and linebacker Paul Posluszny (ankle) are also questionable. The Bucs don’t expect to have cornerback Johnthan Banks (knee), tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), wide receiver Russell Shepard (hamstring) or center Evan Smith (ankle) after listing them as doubtful. Guard Logan Mankins (groin), defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (shoulder) and tight end Luke Stocker (hip) are all questionable.

Bills at Titans

Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is questionable after missing last week’s game. Tight end MarQueis Gray (forearm), running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring), safety Bacarri Rambo (quadricep) and running back Karlos Williams (concussion) are all going to miss the game and safety Aaron Williams (neck) is probable to return to the lineup. Cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) should play for the first time this season, but the Titans will likely be without defensive tackle Sammie Hill (knee). Guard Chance Warmack (knee) is questionable.

Cardinals at Lions

Running back Andre Ellington (knee) is one of seven probable Cardinals, tight end Darren Fells (hip) and wide receiver J.J. Nelson (shoulder) are questionable and coach Bruce Arians said Friday he anticipates everyone being healthy enough to play. The Lions ruled out running back Joique Bell (ankle), tight end Eric Ebron (knee) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf) for this Sunday. Safety James Ihedigbo (quadricep) and guard Larry Warford (ankle) are questionable.

Patriots at Cowboys

The Patriots return from their bye in good shape. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher (hamstring) and defensive end Trey Flowers (knee, shoulder) are questionable and the rest of the injury report is made up of probable players. Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (concussion) is probable to return, but wide receiver Dez Bryant (foot), wide receiver Brice Butler (hamstring) and defensive end Randy Gregory (ankle) are all out of the lineup.

Broncos at Raiders

Broncos tackle Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) will miss a second straight game and guard Evan Mathis (hamstring) is questionable to play. Wide receiver Cory Latimer (groin) has also been ruled out. The Raiders will play without defensive tackle Denico Autry (concussion), cornerback T.J. Carrie (chest), defensive tackle Justin Ellis (ankle) and running back Taiwan Jones (foot).

49ers at Giants

Word on Friday was that linebacker Ahmad Brooks will miss Sunday’s game following the death of his sister, but the 49ers listed him as doubtful. Tight end Vernon Davis (knee) definitely won’t play and tackle Joe Staley (knee) is questionable. The Giants ruled out defensive end Robert Ayers (hamstring), wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf), linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) and defensive end George Selvie (calf). Linebacker Jonathan Casillas (calf), cornerback Jayron Hosley (concussion) and cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin) are all questionable.

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PFT’s Week Five picks

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Last week’s picks contest wasn’t much fun, because MDS and I agreed on every game. This week, it will be a little more fun, because we disagree on two games.

And it will be even more fun if I retain my one-game lead. For the year, I’m at 41-22 (65.1 percent) and MDS has a record of 40-23 (63.5 percent).

For all picks on this weekend’s slate of 14 games, scroll and read, read and scroll.

Colts at Texans

MDS’s take: Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallett have the two lowest passer ratings of all starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Luck, however, has a much better chance of turning things around. This will be an ugly game, but the Colts will play well enough on the road to strengthen their hold on the AFC South.

MDS’s pick: Colts 17, Texans 14.

Florio’s take: Who’s the quarterback going to be? Who knows? And who cares? Texans have their backs against the wall, and they’re good enough to win this game at home.

Florio’s pick: Texans 24, Colts 16.

Washington at Falcons

MDS’s take: Washington’s defense is better than people realize, but the weakness of that defense is in the secondary, and that’s just the weakness for the Falcons to exploit with Matt Ryan throwing to Julio Jones. Atlanta will put a lot of points on the board and Kirk Cousins will throw a couple interceptions as the Falcons cruise.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 31, Washington 14.

Florio’s take: Week Five often becomes Correction Sunday, or what I’ve now decided to call Pothole Sunday, the day when a team that has been rolling through the early portion of the schedule drives unexpectedly into a large chunk of missing asphalt. With Washington better than most (including me) would admit, the 4-0 Falcons could find themselves 4-1 by the time 4:30 p.m. ET rolls around on Sunday. If this one were being played in Washington, I’d perhaps have the guts to call for the upset.

Florio’s pick: Falcons 30, Washington 24.

Browns at Ravens

MDS’s take: The Ravens have a lot of issues and look to me like a team destined to miss the playoffs for just the second time in John Harbaugh’s tenure as head coach. But they’ll get a reprieve on Sunday with a bad Browns team coming to town.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 23, Browns 16.

Florio’s take: The Ravens have extra rest and even more motivation to get their first home win of the season and scratch back toward .500. The Browns simply aren’t good enough to do in Baltimore what the other Ohio team did there.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 24, Browns 14.

Seahawks at Bengals

MDS’s take: This is the most intriguing game of the week for me because I’m still not sure what to make of the Seahawks. They seem to be turning things around since the return of Kam Chancellor, but they’re also a bad call away from a likely 1-3 record. At Cincinnati, one of the best teams in the league, I think Seattle will lose its third game of the season.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 24, Seahawks 21.

Florio’s take: Arguably the game of the day, it’s a chance for the Bengals to quiet those who think they can’t win in January. The Seahawks need to get on the right side of .500, but their early-season road schedule continues to work against them. The Bengals currently are the better team on both sides of the ball.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 22, Seahawks 17.

Rams at Packers

MDS’s take: The Rams have a knack for playing their best football against their toughest opponents. But a trip to Lambeau Field against Aaron Rodgers will be too tough a test even for the Rams’ impressive defense, and the Packers will take this one.

MDS’s pick: Packers 28, Rams 20.

Florio’s take: The up-and-down Rams are good enough to beat most teams. They’re not yet good enough to beat the Packers in Green Bay, even though the Rams can give them a run for their money.

Florio’s pick: Packers 27, Rams 24.

Bears at Chiefs

MDS’s take: Jay Cutler has played better this season than people are giving him credit for, and when he’s healthy the Bears aren’t as bad a team as people think. So I’m tempted to pick the Bears here. But I’m expecting Andy Reid to get his offense back on track on Sunday and the Chiefs to pull out a close one.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 24, Bears 21.

Florio’s take: The Bears don’t have to worry about going winless. Which will make it easier for them to stomach Sunday’s trip to Arrowhead Stadium. Meanwhile, it the Chiefs can’t win this one and land at 1-4, they’re done.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 30, Bears 20.

Saints at Eagles

MDS’s take: The Eagles’ offense has been a mess this season, but the Saints’ defense has been a mess, too. I like the Eagles to move the ball a lot against New Orleans.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 31, Saints 21.

Florio’s take: Two years ago, the Saints ended Philly’s season with the first road playoff win in franchise history. This time, the Saints could end Philly’s season as a practical matter. I can’t imagine that happening; if just a handful of plays had gone the other way in Washington, the Eagles would have won easily.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Saints 20.

Jaguars at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The NFL teams in Florida are all pretty terrible this year, but if there’s one showing some signs of life, it’s Jacksonville. Jameis Winston will be forced into multiple turnovers as the Jags win a close one.

MDS’s pick: Jaguars 13, Buccaneers 10.

Florio’s take: The Bucs haven’t won a home game in a long, long time. If they don’t win this one against Jacksonville, they may never win another home game again. Ever.

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 20, Jaguars 17.

Bills at Titans

MDS’s take: Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has exceeded expectations in the first three games of his NFL career, but the Bills’ defense is going to make life rough for him. This will be a difficult day for the rookie.

MDS’s pick: Bills 20, Titans 7.

Florio’s take: If the Bills can’t get this one done, they’re done. And even though they looked done against the Giants, I don’t think they’re done. And now I think I’m done.

Florio’s pick: Bills 27, Titans 17.

Cardinals at Lions

MDS’s take: The Lions may be a better team than their 0-4 record suggests, but they’re still not good enough to beat the Cardinals, whose deep passing game is going to be too much for Detroit’s secondary to handle.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 28, Lions 17.

Florio’s take: Can the Lions forget about the screwing they took in Seattle and focus on a Cardinals team that can’t afford to lose two in a row? It’s not likely, especially since the offense can’t do much of anything.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 24, Lions 13.

Patriots at Cowboys

MDS’s take: Brandon Weeden isn’t playing badly at all in relief of Tony Romo, but the Cowboys haven’t been able to win with him at quarterback. And they won’t win Sunday, with the best team in the NFL coming to town. This one could get ugly for Big D.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 38, Cowboys 14.

Florio’s take: It was supposed to be Tony Romo vs. Jimmy Garappolo. Instead, it’s Brandon Weeden vs. Tom Brady. They’re gonna need a bigger scoreboard.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 44, Cowboys 20.

Broncos at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Broncos’ defense is so relentless that Derek Carr is going to struggle all day long at getting the ball out before the rush arrives. Denver will improve to 5-0 and strengthen its grip on the AFC West.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 20, Raiders 10.

Florio’s take: Last week, the Raiders stepped into a trap in Chicago. This week, they step into a buzzsaw in their own backyard.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 34, Raiders 21.

49ers at Giants

MDS’s take: The 49ers’ offense has been an absolute mess, and it’s hard to see an end in sight. The Giants will jump out to an early lead and shut down the 49ers.

MDS’s pick: Giants 16, 49ers 7.

Florio’s take: 49ers coach Jim Tomsula wants a “confident man” at quarterback. He’ll have to settle for Colin Kaepernick.

Florio’s pick: Giants 26, 49ers 14.

Steelers at Chargers

MDS’s take: If Ben Roethlisberger were playing, I’d pick the Steelers. With Michael Vick at the helm, I’m expecting Pittsburgh’s offense to struggle to move the ball. The Chargers haven’t been great this year in any phase of the game, but they’ll get enough out of their offense to beat the Steelers in a low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 14, Steelers 10.

Florio’s take: Flip a coin. Throw a dart. Light a match. The Steelers have extra rest and Martavis Bryant back. The Chargers are at home and have Antonio Gates back. The Chargers also have Philip Rivers and Steelers don’t have Ben Roethlisberger.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 28, Steelers 24.

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NFL Network transcript of Dean Blandino’s Lions-Seahawks discussion

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[Editor’s note: The NFL passed along this transcript of NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino on NFL Network after the Lions-Seahawks game.]

Spero Dedes: Take us through this play in terms of the rule, are you allowed to bat the football out once you are in the end zone as we saw from KJ Wright?

Dean Blandino: So you can’t bat the ball in any direction in the end zone, in either end zone. KJ Wright batted the football. That is a foul for an illegal bat. The back judge was on the play. In his judgement he didn’t feel it was an overt act, so he didn’t throw the flag. In looking at the replays, it did look like a bat, so the enforcement would be, basically we would go back to the spot of the fumble, and Detroit would keep the football.

Brian Baldinger: So the ball would be back at the one-yard line then, Dean?

Blandino: Yes, it would go back to the spot of the fumble. You would enforce the foul half the distance from that spot had we called an illegal bat on the field. It is not reviewable in replay. That is specific in the replay rule. You can’t rule on an illegal bat in replay because again, it is a judgment call, it is an intentional act, and you can’t rule on that intent, so that is something that has to be called on the field.

Dedes: Dean, just hearing it in your voice, you’ve seen this video I’m sure a couple of times already, in your opinion, was it enough to warrant the penalty? Should the flag have been thrown?

Blandino: Yes, in looking at the replays, it looks like a bat. It looks like he does take his right hand and he bats it intentionally. Again, judgment call on the field. The back judge felt it wasn’t overt and that’s why he didn’t throw the flag.

Dedes: What can you say at this point to Detroit? Obviously it’s a great ending, it’s exciting, people are riveted at the end of the game, and this obviously is not the way you want to see the night end in terms of your officials, right?

Blandino: Absolutely not. We certainly want the game to be decided on the field. You know you can make a case, did that really have an effect, was that ball going out of bounds anyway, but still, it’s a foul, we have to make that call, and the enforcement would have given the ball back to Detroit.

Baldinger: Dean, you’re saying that the back judge didn’t feel like it was an overt act, so is it a subjective rule then?

Blandino: It is.

Baldinger: Is it really effecting the play? Does that come into play with it?

Blandino: The rule itself, a bat is an intentional act, so there is subjectivity to it. The official has to see it and then he has to rule whether it was intentional. It could be a muff, it could just hit the player and bounce out of bounds, so he has to make all of those decisions in that split second that he has on the field and he felt it wasn’t an intentional, overt act, and that’s why he didn’t throw the flag, so it certainly is subjective.

Dedes: Dean, this is such a crazy play, one that I have never seen before, I can’t speak for the guys, but this goes to the argument that there are certain plays that when they affect the outcome of the game at the end that should be reviewable that maybe aren’t at this point, is a play like this looking forward something that will be looked at, plays at the end that affect games should be reviewable?

Blandino: Sure, we look at all of these situations at the end of a game and decided whether it is reviewable or not. So this will be something that the Competition Committee takes a look at. Again, we try to stay away from subjective fouls, and this being one of them, similar to pass interference or offensive holding, so that’s why it hasn’t been reviewable, so I think it’s fair to say that the committee will look at this just like we look at other situations that occur throughout the year and decide if we need to add it to the list of reviewable plays.

Dedes: What’s the protocol now that something like this happens? Do you speak to both teams? Do you speak to Detroit? What’s the protocol in terms of talking to your own officials that were involved in the play?

Blandino: Sure, we’ll talk to the crew and we’ll get their input, certainly talk to the back judge, and then communicate with the teams, and give them the rundown of what happened and what we think should have happened and go from there.

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PFT’s Week Five power rankings

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1. Patriots (3-0; last week No. 1): The bye week, the one weekend of the year when the Patriots definitely won’t win.

2. Packers (4-0; No. 2): When they envisioned finally beating the 49ers, they likely assumed the 49ers would be a little bit better than they currently are.

3. Broncos (4-0; No. 3): Peyton Manning should be very glad he’ll never have to face the Denver defense.

4. Bengals (4-0; No. 5): They’re separating from the rest of the division; the next goal is to separate from the rest of the conference.

5. Falcons (4-0; No. 6): Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, and Julio Jones are the new triplets.

6. Cardinals (3-1; No. 4): We’ll know a lot more about this team after back-to-back games at Detroit and Pittsburgh.

7. Panthers (4-0; No. 10): The schedule gets a lot tougher, soon.

8. Seahawks (2-2; No. 9): Jimmy Graham doesn’t block in the running game. And the offensive line doesn’t block in the passing game.

9. Jets (3-1; No. 14): The Jets hadn’t killed a coach this convincingly since Rich Kotite.

10. Rams (2-2; No. 17): Sunday’s win over the Cardinals inevitably will be bookended by a loss to someone like the Browns.

11. Cowboys (2-2; No. 8): Brandon Weeden deserves the least blame for the last two losses, and he’ll likely get the most of it.

12. Steelers (2-2; No. 11): Yes, Ben Roethlisberger had a phone on the sideline. And he was trying to drop Josh Scobee from his fantasy team.

13. Giants (2-2; No. 25): Unfortunately, “we should be 4-0” doesn’t count as a tiebreaker.

14. Bills (2-2; No. 7): From a coach who accused a referee from being an “over-officious jerk” to a coach who is giving the referees carpal tunnel syndrome from reaching for their flags.

15. Ravens (1-3; No. 15): They’re not dead yet. If they don’t get some help at receiver, they will be.

16. Vikings (2-2; No. 13): After the bye, 2-2 could quickly become 7-2.

17. Chiefs (1-3; No. 12): They’re still haunted by that fumble.

18. Raiders (2-2; No. 18): The fact that they didn’t think it was a trap game made it a perfect trap game.

19. Chargers (2-2; No. 19): The team that once traded the right to make Mike Vick the first pick in the draft welcomes him to town for the first time as a starter.

20. Colts (2-2; No. 20): Barely beating the Titans and Jaguars doesn’t bode well for hanging another banner this year. Unless the banner will say “We beat the Titans and Jaguars.”

21. Browns (1-3; No. 21): Dwayne Bowe said “it starts Sunday.” Maybe on one of these Sundays it will.

22. Washington (2-2; No. 29): Every win delays by roughly a month the possible decision to risk putting RG3 and his $16.1 million injury guarantee on the field.

23. Dolphins (1-3; No. 16): And now comes the artificial improvement as players hope to help the interim head coach keep the job, so they can then go back to underachieving.

24. Titans (1-2; No. 24): With the Colts poised to lose some games and the Texans unsettled at quarterback, the Titans could make things interesting after Marcus Mariota gets his NFL sea legs.

25. Texans (1-3; No. 23): They gave up on Brian Hoyer too soon, and they’re sticking with Ryan Mallett too long.

26. Jaguars (1-3; No. 26): Maybe they should have kept Josh Scobee, after all.

27. Eagles (1-3; No. 22): Unfortunately, “we’re a few missed field goals away from being 3-1” doesn’t count as a tiebreaker.

28. Buccaneers (1-3; No. 30): Baseball may be looking pretty good to Jameis right about now.

29. Saints (1-3; No. 31): With the Panthers and Falcons each 4-0, it’s going to be a tough climb to the top of the division.

30. Bears (1-3; No. 32): Suddenly, Jay Cutler doesn’t seem like such a horrible option.

31. 49ers (1-3; No. 27): “Losing with class” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

32. Lions (0-4; No. 28): For a change, the Lions have someone but themselves to blame for a tough loss.

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Week Four early inactives

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The Jets and Dolphins are already in action in London, so this list won’t have all the early Sunday inactives this week. We’ve got all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET kickoffs for you in one post, though, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available.

Texans at Falcons

Texans: S Lonnie Ballentine, LB Akeem Dent, RB Jonathan Grimes, WR Jaelen Strong, WR Chandler Worthy, LB Kourtnei Brown, C Greg Mancz

Falcons: RB Tevin Coleman, S Ricardo Allen, TE Jacob Tamme, WR Devin Hester, WR Justin Hardy, C Gino Gradkowski, T Jake Long

Giants at Bills

Giants: WR Victor Cruz, DT Markus Kuhn, DE Robert Ayers, TE Jerome Cunningham, S Cooper Taylor, LB Jasper Brinkley, TE Daniel Fells

Bills: RB LeSean McCoy, WR Sammy Watkins, G John Miller, WR Marquise Goodwin, S Aaron Williams, DL Alex Carrington, LB Tony Steward

Raiders at Bears

Raiders: DE Benson Mayowa, CB Keith McGill, DE C.J. Wilson, RB Taiwan Jones, LB Ben Heeney, OL Jon Feliciano, OL Matt McCants

Bears: T Jermon Bushrod, WR Alshon Jeffery, QB David Fales, P Pat O’Donnell, RB Ka’Deem Carey, C Hroniss Grasu, DL Jeremiah Ratliff

Chiefs at Bengals

Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WR Albert Wilson, CB Steven Nelson, LB Dezman Moses, T Jah Reid, TE Brian Parker, DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Bengals: WR Greg Little, WR Mario Alford, S George Iloka, TE C.J. Uzomah, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Brandon Thompson, DE Margus Hunt

Jaguars at Colts

Jaguars: WR Marqise Lee, G Brandon Linder, TE Julius Thomas, RB Denard Robinson, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, DE Chris Smith, S Sergio Brown

Colts: QB Andrew Luck, RB Tyler Varga, CB Greg Toler, TE Dwayne Allen, DT T.Y. McGill, G Todd Herremans, T Denzelle Good

Panthers at Buccaneers

Panthers: LB Luke Kuechly, WR Jerricho Cotchery, G Amini Silatolu, T Daryl Williams, WR Kevin Norwood, RB Brandon Wegher, S Dean Marlowe

Buccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, CB Johnthan Banks, S Major Wright, C Evan Smith, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Luke Stocker, WR Russell Shepard

Eagles at Redskins

Eagles: LB Kiko Alonso, DE Taylor Hart, DE Cedric Thornton, QB Thad Lewis, S Chris Maragos, OL Julian Vandervelde, LB Marcus Smith

Redskins: WR DeSean Jackson, CB DeAngelo Hall, LB Perry Riley, WR Andre Roberts, DE Kedric Golston, T Tom Compton, QB Robert Griffin III

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