Week Seven injury report roundup

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Week Seven of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Chiefs and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Saints at Bears

The Saints ruled out QB Drew Brees (right thumb), TE Jared Cook (ankle), DE Trey Hendrickson (neck), RB Alvin Kamara (ankle, knee), and WR Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) for Sunday’s game.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (left shoulder) is questionable after a week of full practices. G Ted Larsen (knee) and DT Bilal Nichols (hand, knee) drew the same designation.

Rams at Falcons

The Rams are set to have RB Todd Gurley (quad) back in the lineup, but RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) is listed as doubtful. LB Clay Matthews (jaw) will miss another game.

CB Desmond Trufant (toe) will miss a second straight game for the Falcons, but they’re otherwise healthy for Sunday.

Dolphins at Bills

Dolphins S Reshad Jones (chest), C Daniel Kilgore (knee) and DE Avery Moss (ankle) are out this weekend. WR Jakeem Grant (hamstring) and CB Xavien Howard (knee) are listed as questionable.

CB Taron Johnson (hamstring), LB Matt Milano (hamstring) and LB Corey Thompson (ankle) got questionable tags for the Bills.

Jaguars at Bengals

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (shoulder) is listed as questionable. WR Marqise Lee (ankle) and TE Geoff Swaim (concussion, ankle) have been ruled out.

The Bengals ruled out WR A.J. Green (ankle), CB William Jackson (shoulder), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee), DE Carl Lawson (hamstring), G John Miller (groin), and T Andre Smith (ankle). T Cordy Glenn will also miss the game after being suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. DE Carlos Dunlap (knee) is listed as doubtful, so there will be a lot of missing pieces for the home team.

Vikings at Lions

Vikings LB Ben Gedeon (concussion) is out this weekend and LB Kentrell Brothers (hamstring) is listed as questionable.

The Lions will be without DT Mike Daniels (foot) and CB Amani Oruwariye (knee). RB Nick Bawden (back), S Quandre Diggs (hamstring), DE Da'shawn Hand (elbow), CB Darius Slay (hamstring), and T Rick Wagner (knee) are listed as questionable.

Raiders at Packers

DE Arden Key (knee) and WR Tyrell Williams (foot) were ruled out by the Raiders. T Trent Brown (calf) is expected to miss the game after being listed as doubtful while WR Dwayne Harris (ankle) and G Gabe Jackson (knee) are listed as questionable.

WR Davante Adams (toe) and S Darnell Savage (ankle) are out for the Packers with WR Geronimo Allison (concussion, chest) and TE Robert Tonyan (hip) likely to join them after drawing doubtful tags. CB Tony Brown (hamstring), DT Kenny Clark (calf, back) and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) are listed as questionable.

Texans at Colts

Texans T Tytus Howard (knee) and C Greg Mancz (concussion) are out for Sunday. S Tashaun Gipson (hip, wrist), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) and CB Bradley Roby (hamstring) are considered questionable for the game.

The Colts ruled out WR Parris Campbell (abdomen), DT Tyquan Lewis (ankle) and CB Kenny Moore (knee). S Malik Hooker (knee) will likely miss another game after being listed as doubtful. CB Pierre Desir (hamstring), DE Justin Houston (calf) and G Quenton Nelson (hip) are listed as questionable.

Cardinals at Giants

The Cardinals said that RB David Johnson (ankle, knee) and WR Christian Kirk (ankle) will be game-time decisions. They ruled out DE Zach Allen (neck), RB D.J. Foster (hamstring) and T Brett Toth (illness). LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), DE Zach Kerr (ankle), P Andy Lee (right hip), T Joshua Miles (illness), LB Ezekiel Turner (hamstring), S Charles Washington (shoulder), and TE Maxx Williams (ankle) have been listed as questionable.

RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) is off the Giants’ injury report, but CB Corey Ballentine and WR Sterling Shepard have been ruled out with concussions.

49ers at Washington

49ers DT D.J. Jones (hamstring), RB Kyle Juszczyk (knee), T Mike McGlinchey (knee), WR Deebo Samuel (groin), T Joe Staley (fibula), and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot) are all out this weekend. RB Raheem Mostert (knee) is the lone player listed as questionable.

Washington also has one questionable player. CB Josh Norman (thigh, hand) got that tag while TE Vernon Davis (concussion), S Deshazor Everett (ankle), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring), G Wes Martin (chest), and RB Chris Thompson (toe) have been ruled out.

Chargers at Titans

S Nasir Adderley (hamstring), RB Justin Jackson (calf), DT Justin Jones (shoulder) and DT Brandon Mebane (knee) will not be in the Chargers lineup. DE Melvin Ingram (hamstring) will likely be out after being listed as doubtful and K Michael Badgley (right groin) is listed as questionable.

The Titans ruled out LB Sharif Finch (shoulder) and CB Chris Milton (calf). LB Jayon Brown (groin) is listed as doubtful, so he’ll likely miss the game as well. DE Reggie Gilbert (knee), LB Cameron Wake (hamstring) and TE Delanie Walker (ankle) were all tagged as questionable.

Ravens at Seahawks

WR Marquise Brown (ankle) and LB Patrick Onwuasor (ankle) didn’t practice for the Ravens this week and they didn’t play last week, but they’re listed as questionable for Sunday. CB Anthony Averett (ankle), CB Maurice Canady (thigh) and T Ronnie Stanley (knee) are also questionable while CB Jimmy Smith (knee) is listed as doubtful.

TE Will Dissly (Achilles) is out for the Seahawks and S Delano Hill (elbow) is set to miss the game after being listed as doubtful. DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), T Duane Brown (biceps), G D.J. Fluker (hamstring), DT Quinton Jefferson (oblique), S Bradley McDougald (back) make up Seattle’s questionable contingent.

Eagles at Cowboys

The Eagles will face their NFC East rivals without LB Nigel Bradham (ankle), WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen), DT Timmy Jernigan (foot), CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck), T Jason Peters (knee) and RB Darren Sproles (quadricep). CB Ronald Darby (hamstring) is listed as questionable after missing the last three games.

The Cowboys have a long list of questionable players for Sunday’s game. DE Dorance Armstrong (neck), WR Randall Cobb (back), T La'el Collins (knee), WR Amari Cooper (ankle, quadricep), CB Byron Jones (hamstring), C Joe Looney (back), G Zack Martin (back, ankle), and T Tyron Smith (ankle) all drew that designation. CB Anthony Brown (hamstring) is the only player who has been ruled out.

PFT’s Week Seven picks

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MDS is building his lead.

Through six weeks, he’s now up six games. Last week, he was right on two of our three disagreements. For the week, he went 10-4 and I was 9-5.

For the year, he’s now at 57-35. I’m at 51-41.

This week, we disagree on four games. If he sweeps, I may have to concede.

Chiefs at Broncos

MDS’s take: This game looks a lot more competitive now than it would have looked a couple weeks ago. But I do believe the Chiefs will snap their two-game losing streak and get an important division road win.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 30, Broncos 20.

Florio’s take: Patrick Mahomes is hobbled, and the Broncos are on a hot streak. If they can control the clock and keep the K.C. offense on the sideline, Denver can continue to reverse that ugly early-season slide.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 24, Chiefs 23.


49ers at Washington

MDS’s take: Washington’s offense will do nothing against the great San Francisco defense.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 16, Washington 3.

Florio’s take: Special season continues for the 49ers, as Kyle Shanahan takes delight in sticking it to the dysfunctional franchise where he once was employed.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 34, Washington 13.


Cardinals at Giants

MDS’s take: This game is only interesting because of Kyler Murray vs. Daniel Jones, but the reason I’m picking the Giants is I have more faith in their defense than I do in Arizona’s.

MDS’s pick: Giants 20, Cardinals 17.

Florio’s take:  Kyler Murray and company are surging, and Daniel Jones and company are stumbling. But the Giants have been losing to good teams, and the Cardinals have been beating some of the worst. New York gets on track — and remains surprisingly alive in the NFC East race.

Florio’s pick: Giants 27, Cardinals 21.


Texans at Colts

MDS’s take: The Texans can take control of the AFC South with a win here, which would put them a game and a half ahead of the Colts and give them the tiebreaker. I think they’ll do it on the strength of a big game from Deshaun Watson.

MDS’s pick: Texans 30, Colts 17.

Florio’s take: It’s round one of the AFC South title series, with the Texans surging and the Colts rested, both teams having beaten the Chiefs in Kansas City. Home team gets the edge.

Florio’s pick: Colts 24, Texans 20.


Raiders at Packers

MDS’s take: I’m not convinced the Packers are as good as their record suggests, but they keep finding ways to win, sometimes with help from the officials, and they should beat the Raiders.

MDS’s pick: Packers 21, Raiders 20.

Florio’s take: Jon Gruden returns to Green Bay, where he spent three seasons become his career took off. With two weeks to get ready, he’ll have something up his sleeve for a Packers team that may not be as good as their record suggests — and that may know they stole one on Monday night.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 24, Packers 23.


Vikings at Lions

MDS’s take: The Lions suffered a heartbreaking loss on Monday night, and that kind of game is hard to come back from. A loss here drops them far down in the NFC North race.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 31, Lions 24.

Florio’s take: This is precisely the kind of game that it seems like the Vikings and Kirk Cousins will win, and that they then will find a way to lose it.

Florio’s pick: Lions 24, Vikings 20.


Jaguars at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Jaguars showed by trading Jalen Ramsey that they’re more about building for the future than winning now, but even then they should beat the terrible Bengals.

MDS’s pick: Jaguars 24, Bengals 21.

Florio’s take: The Jaguars are better than their record suggests. The Bengals are exactly what their record suggests.

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 23, Bengals 13.


Dolphins at Bills

MDS’s take: The Bills keep marching toward the playoffs thanks in large part to an easy schedule.

MDS’s pick: Bills 38, Dolphins 14.

Florio’s take: Even the Bills are 16.5-point favorites against the Gang That Couldn’t Tank Straight. The Dolphins won’t win in Ryan Fitzpatrick’s return to Buffalo, but they’ll keep it interesting.

Florio’s pick: Bills 20, Dolphins 10.


Rams at Falcons

MDS’s take: What can cure an ailing offense? A visit to Atlanta to face the Falcons’ defense. Jared Goff will look a whole lot better against the Falcons than he did against the 49ers.

MDS’s pick: Rams 31, Falcons 21.

Florio’s take: It’s desperation time for the Rams. Desperation time has come and gone for the Falcons.

Florio’s pick: Rams 34, Falcons 17.


Chargers at Titans

MDS’s take: Benching Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill probably won’t make a lot of difference to the incompetent Titans offense. The Chargers will get back on track with a road win.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 24, Titans 14.

Florio’s take: A couple of underachieving teams get together, with the Titans turning to Ryan Tannehill. Tennessee is favored. Which is never good news for Tennessee.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 20, Titans 13.


Ravens at Seahawks

MDS’s take: This should be an outstanding game and I’ve gone back and forth on who I’m picking, but I’m going to have to take the home team.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 24, Ravens 23.

Florio’s take: A couple of teams with a reputation for defense have potent offenses. Seattle’s is more potent.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 31, Ravens 27.


Saints at Bears

MDS’s take: The Saints keep winning with Teddy Bridgewater, but the Bears may be the toughest defense Bridgewater has faced, and this is where I think it comes to an end.

MDS’s pick: Bears 14, Saints 7.

Florio’s take: Matt Nagy takes a page from Andy Reid and uses extra time to take down a team that has managed to win four games without its franchise quarterback, and that has a couple of other key offensive players (Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook) banged up.

Florio’s pick: Bears 23, Saints 17.


Eagles at Cowboys

MDS’s take: Dak Prescott has taken his share of criticism in recent weeks, but I’m expecting him to come back with a big game that puts the Cowboys on top of the NFC East.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 28, Eagles 24.

Florio’s take: Doug Pederson says the Eagles are going to win, but he won’t guarantee it. He shouldn’t. Jason Garrett has a history of digging deep when his back is against the wall, and once again it is.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 30, Eagles 24.


Patriots at Jets

MDS’s take: The Jets looked a whole lot better with the return of Sam Darnold, but facing the Patriots’ defense is something different for Darnold, who’s going to struggle on Monday night.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 21, Jets 10.

Florio’s take: The Jets are much better with Sam Darnold, but the Patriots are still the Patriots, especially with extra time to prepare.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 34, Jets 20.

PFT’s Week Seven power rankings

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1. Patriots (6-0; last week No. 1): The process isn’t always pretty, but the outcome always is.

2. 49ers (5-0; No. 6): It’s starting to feel like 1981 all over again.

3. Saints (5-1; No. 2): Thumb . . . flexing . . . intensifying.

4. Seahawks (5-1; No. 3): When Earl Thomas returns this weekend, maybe Pete Carroll will give him the finger.

5. Packers (5-1; No. 4): Aaron Rodgers finally has mastered the flat facial expression after a teammate fails to make a catch. Long ago, he mastered the art of throwing a football.

6. Bills (4-1; No. 8): Second best team in the AFC? Second best team in the AFC.

7. Ravens (4-2; No. 10): The most physcially reckless quarterback since RGIII is, coincidentally, backed up by RGIII.

8. Texans (4-2; No. 18): Coaching the Texans is a simple proposition — let Deshaun Watson do his thing.

9. Chiefs (4-2; No. 5): After losing to the Colts and Texans at home, the Chiefs should be very happy they’re not in the AFC South.

10. Panthers (4-2; No. 13): The next time your favorite team starts 0-2, think about the 2019 Panthers.

11. Vikings (4-2; No. 14(tie)): It’s not a prime-time game at Detroit, but it’s precisely the kind of big spot in which Kirk Cousins has continuously gacked in the past.

12. Rams (3-3; No. 7): The Rams paid Todd Gurley a year too early; did they pay Jared Goff a year too early, too?

13. Cowboys (3-3; No. 9): Jerry Jones supports his coach completely and unconditionally, until the moment he doesn’t. That moment could be coming.

14. Eagles (3-3; No. 11): Doug Pederson believes that the Eagles are going to win on Sunday, and he defintely does not guarantee it.

15. Bears (3-2; No. 14(tie)): The Bears may have set the bar too high based on the first year of Matt Nagy’s tenure.

16. Raiders (3-2; No. 14(tie)): Don’t look now, but the Raiders are closing in on the top of the AFC West.

17. Colts (3-2; No. 17): Round One of the AFC South championship happens this weekend.

18. Lions (2-2-1; No. 12): Yes, they got screwed. If they’d gotten touchdowns instead of field goals, the bad calls wouldn’t have mattered.

19. Steelers (2-4; No. 24): Devlin Duck, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Howard the Duck; with the defense playing like that, anyone could have played quarterback and won.

20. Broncos (2-4; No. 26): With a win on Thursday night, they could go from potential sellers to potential buyers at the trade deadline.

21. Browns (2-4; No. 19): The only trophy the Browns will get this year is the Worst Job Managing Expectations award.

22. Jets (1-4; No. 29): Once (vs. the Cowboys) is an accident, twice (against the Patriots) would be a WTF moment.

23. Chargers (2-4; No. 20): It was embarrassing to have so many Steelers fans at a home game. And it will be even worse when that same ratio shows up at a much, much larger stadium.

24. Jaguars (2-4; No. 21): It’s time to get what they can for Jalen Ramsey. (Spoiler: A lot.)

25. Titans (2-4; No. 22): It’s time to get what they can for Marcus Mariota. (Spoiler: Not much.)

26. Buccaneers (2-4; No. 23): Eventually, Jameis Winston will always do Jameis Winston things.

27. Giants (2-4; No. 25): Pat Shurmur’s decision to punt while down by 14 with seven minutes left proves yet again that the Giants are far more concerned with perception than reality.

28. Cardinals (2-3-1; No. 28): The most intriguing team in the NFL is quietly racking up the wins, albeit against really bad teams.

29. Falcons (1-5; No. 27): Arthur Blank was going to fire Dan Quinn after losing to Atlanta, but the far greater punishment will be having to actually coach the Falcons against the Rams and Seahawks.

30. Bengals (0-6; No. 30): A Cincinnati radio station has a new contest. First place is two tickets to Sunday’s home game against the Jaguars. Second place is four.

31. Washington (1-5; No. 32): The interim coach bump barely delivers what surely will be one of the only wins of the year.

32. Dolphins (0-5; No. 31): They continue to win by losing.

FMIA Week 6: It’s a New World at Quarterback and Other NFL Truths

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Week 6 was a truth-revealing time in the NFL. Peter King begins Football Morning in America with a look at what we learned, starting with a changing of the guard at quarterback. Also in the jam-packed column:

• The 49ers are for real, and it starts with the best defense in the NFC.

• The Cowboys and Rams are both 3-3, and I’ll tell you which one to worry about.

• The NFL is blowing it with the pass interference replay rule, and Roger Goodell might need to get involved.

• The math on what exactly it would cost the players if the NFL were to eliminate Thursday night football.

• The Week 6 awards, including strong performances from Sam Darnold, Stefon Diggs and the Saints punter.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Jalen Ramsey’s mysterious injury; the latest in CTE research; Bill O’Brien’s gutsy call against K.C.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness and a great beer and a great bar in Brooklyn. [more]

Week Six early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.

Bengals at Ravens

Bengals: T Cordy Glenn, T Andre Smith, DE Carlos Dunlap, DT Ryan Glasgow, DE Kerry Wynn, QB Jake Dolegala, WR A.J. Green

Ravens: WR Marquise Brown, CB Jimmy Smith, LB Patrick Onwuasor, QB Trace McSorley, CB Anthony Averett, G Ben Powers, DT Daylon Mack

Seahawks at Browns

Seahawks: T Duane Brown, G D.J. Fluker, WR Gary Jennings, RB Rashaad Penny, DE Branden Jackson, WR John Ursua, CB Akeem King

Browns: CB Greedy Williams, CB Denzel Ward, OL Austin Corbett, DE Genard Avery, T Kendall Lamm, WR Damion Ratley, WR Taywan Taylor

Saints at Jaguars

Saints: QB Drew Brees, DE Trey Hendrickson, WR Tre'Quan Smith, CB Ken Crawley, S Saquan Hampton, OL Ethan Greenridge, OL Nick Easton

Jaguars: TE Josh Oliver, CB Jalen Ramsey, WR C.J. Board, RB Tyler Ervin, LB Austin Calitro, OL Brandon Thomas, DT Dontavius Russell

Texans at Chiefs

Texans: C Greg Mancz, WR Kenny Stills, QB Alex McGough, CB Jonathan Joseph, RB Taiwan Jones, LB Tyrell Adams, TE Logan Paulsen

Chiefs: DT Chris Jones, T Eric Fisher, LB Dorian O'Daniel, LB Anthony Hitchens, WR Sammy Watkins, G Andrew Wylie, T Greg Senat

Washington at Dolphins

Washington: TE Vernon Davis, DB Deshazor Everett, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, G Wes Martin, QB Colt McCoy, CB Aaron Colvin, WR Cam Sims

Dolphins: CB Xavien Howard, WR Jakeem Grant, CB Johnson Bademosi, RB Myles Gaskin, FB Chandler Cox, OL Chris Reed, OL Keaton Sutherland

Eagles at Vikings

Eagles: WR DeSean Jackson, CB Ronald Darby, RB Darren Sproles, DT Timmy Jernigan, CB Avonte Maddox, G Nate Herbig, DE Shareef Miller

Vikings: LB Ben Gedeon, G Josh Kline, LB Kentrell Brothers, G Dru Samia, T Oli Udoh, DT Jalyn Holmes, DT Armon Watts

Week Six injury report roundup

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Week Six of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Patriots and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

49ers at Rams

TE George Kittle (groin) was added to the injury report Friday and the 49ers listed him as questionable. RB Kyle Juszczyk (knee), T Mike McGlinchey (knee), T Joe Staley (fibula), and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot) have been ruled out.

LB Clay Matthews (jaw) and CB Aqib Talib (ribs) won’t play for the Rams. RB Todd Gurley (quad) is likely to miss the game as well after being listed as doubtful.

Panthers at Buccaneers (in London)

The Panthers ruled out CB Natrell Jamerson (foot), T Greg Little (concussion), LB Christian Miller (ankle), QB Cam Newton (foot), and G Trai Turner (ankle) for their game across the pond. G Dennis Daley (groin), CB Donte Jackson (groin), TE Chris Manhertz (concussion), S Eric Reid (ankle), and LB Shaq Thompson (ankle) are considered questionable.

G Alex Cappa (forearm), LB Jack Cichy (elbow), T Demar Dotson (hamstring), and WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) didn’t travel to London with the Buccaneers. Word on LB Shaq Barrett (oblique), S Mike Edwards (hamstring) and RB T.J. Logan (ankle) will wait until Sunday after they were listed as questionable.

Bengals at Ravens

The Bengals will be making another change at left tackle after ruling out Cordy Glenn (concussion) and Andre Smith (ankle). WR A.J. Green (ankle) is back at practice, but will miss his sixth straight game. DE Carlos Dunlap (knee), DT Ryan Glasgow (thigh) and DE Kerry Wynn (concussion) are also out. S Shawn Williams (thigh) is listed as questionable.

TE Mark Andrews (shoulder), WR Marquise Brown (ankle) and LB Patrick Onwuasor (ankle) are questionable for the Ravens. CB Jimmy Smith (knee) has been ruled out.

Seahawks at Browns

The Seahawks are hurting on the offensive line after listing T Duane Brown (biceps) and G D.J. Fluker (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday. RB Rashaad Penny (hamstring) and C Ethan Pocic (back) make up the questionable group.

The Browns hope cornerbacks Denzel Ward (hamstring) and Greedy Williams (hamstring) can play after missing the last three games. T Kendall Lamm (knee) is also listed as questionable.

Saints at Jaguars

RB Alvin Kamara (ankle) is questionable after missing Saints practice on Friday. QB Drew Brees (right thumb), DE Trey Hendrickson (neck) and WR Tre'Quan Smith (ankle) have been ruled out.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (back) is questionable after missing the last two games. DE Lerentee McCray (oblique) is also questionable and TE Josh Oliver (hamstring) will not play.

Texans at Chiefs

The Texans ruled out C Greg Mancz (concussion). They are holding out hope for RB Taiwan Jones (hip), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring) and WR Kenny Stills (hamstring) after listing them as questionable.

WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder) is set to be a game-time call after missing the last four games. LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is also listed as questionable. T Eric Fisher (groin), DT Chris Jones (groin) and LB Dorian O'Daniel (hamstring) have all been ruled out. WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) and G Andrew Wylie (ankle) are set to join them on the inactive list after being listed as doubtful.

Washington at Dolphins

Washington will play without TE Vernon Davis (concussion), S Deshazor Everett (ankle), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring), G Wes Martin (chest), and TE Jordan Reed (concussion) in Miami. T Donald Penn (hamstring) is considered questionable for Sunday.

The Dolphins return from their bye week with a lot of questionable players. CB Johnson Bademosi (ankle), RB Kalen Ballage (foot), T Jesse Davis (elbow), WR Jakeem Grant (hamstring), LB Trent Harris (foot), CB Xavien Howard (knee), S Reshad Jones (ankle), CB Chris Lammons (toe), S Bobby McCain (hamstring, shoulder), WR Albert Wilson (calf, hip), and CB Jomal Wiltz (groin) make up the group.

Eagles at Vikings

The Eagles will play without CB Ronald Darby (hamstring), WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen), DT Timmy Jernigan (foot), CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck), and RB Darren Sproles (quadricep) on Sunday.

Vikings LB Ben Gedeon (concussion) and G Josh Kline (foot) have been ruled out. LB Kentrell Brothers (hamstring, wrist) is listed as questionable.

Falcons at Cardinals 

CB Desmond Trufant (toe), P Matt Wile (right quadricep) and CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (groin) were all ruled out by the Falcons.

The Cardinals ruled out LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), LB Ezekiel Turner (hamstring) and S Charles Washington (shoulder). DE Zach Allen (neck), WR Damiere Byrd (hamstring), RB David Johnson (back), WR Christian Kirk (ankle), P Andy Lee (right hip), LB Haason Reddick (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (back), and CB Trevor Williams (hip) have all been listed as questionable.

Titans at Broncos

The Titans ruled out linebackers Sharif Finch (shoulder) and Cameron Wake (hamstring). CB Chris Milton (calf) and RB Rod Smith (groin) are listed as questionable.

CB Bryce Callahan (foot) is out for the Broncos. CB Duke Dawson (foot), T Ja'Wuan James (knee) and S Trey Marshall (lower leg) are listed as questionable.

Cowboys at Jets

The Cowboys listed WR Randall Cobb (hip, back), T La'el Collins (knee) and T Tyron Smith (ankle) as questionable. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expected at least one of the tackles to play.

DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), RB Trenton Cannon (foot, ankle), LB C.J. Mosley (groin), and G Kelechi Osemele (shoulder, knee, illness) are set to miss the game after being listed as doubtful by the Jets. WR Josh Bellamy (shoulder), CB Nate Hairston (knee), LB Jordan Jenkins (calf), and WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) are listed as questionable.

Steelers at Chargers

LB Mark Barron (hamstring), RB Roosevelt Nix (knee), QB Mason Rudolph (concussion), RB Jaylen Samuels (knee), and WR James Washington (shoulder) are all out for the Steelers. CB Steven Nelson (groin) drew a questionable tag.

The Chargers listed S Nasir Adderley (hamstring), K Michael Badgley (right groin) and RB Justin Jackson (calf) as doubtful for Sunday night. TE Hunter Henry (knee) and DE Melvin Ingram (hamstring) have better odds of playing after being listed as questionable.

12-game suspension likely ends Vontaze Burfict’s career

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The NFL got what it wanted. And what it ultimately got was the end, as a practical matter, of linebacker Vontaze Burfict‘s career.

Right or wrong (and most will say “right”), the 12-game suspension for his latest violation of on-field safety rules will make most if not all teams shy away from Burfict in 2020. The reasoning is simple: With another illegal hit of any kind, Burfict once again will be banned for the balance of the season in which it happens.

And it’s very easy to deliver an illegal hit, even without any malicious intent. Whether it’s a blow to the head or neck of a defenseless player, roughing the passer, or lowering the helmet to initiate contact with an opponent, illegal hits happen all the time. Who would entrust months of preparation and a 53-man roster spot to a guy who is one mistake away from being gone for the season?

It’s nevertheless amazing that hearing officer Derrick Brooks upheld the 12-game banishment. The league’s disciplinary process for on-field violations is supposed to be progressive, and gradual. Burfict had never been suspended more than three games at one time for illegal hits. To rocket from three to 12 is unprecedented; indeed, the longest suspension any player has previously served (five games) arose from a post-whistle criminal assault in the form of a cleat to the forehead.

But Brooks, an “independent” hearing officer, nevertheless affirmed the suspension. As mentioned in connection with the Antonio Brown helmet grievance, the fact that an independent decision-maker must periodically be reappointed by both the league and the union requires the decision-maker to be sensitive to the reality that, in some situations, one side will desire a specific outcome much more strongly than the other. In this case, the NFL didn’t impose 12 games to send a message, as a source with knowledge of the situation previously explained it to PFT; the league badly wanted him off the field for the rest of the year. The NFL Players Association quite likely didn’t have the same zeal to reduce the suspension, especially since Burfict’s unsafe tactics undermine the health and safety of other union members.

While it can’t be ruled out that a team like the Raiders would bring Burfict back next year as an act of defiance, it would be stupid to do so. Chances are that Burfict will apply another illegal hit. Chances are that, when he does, he’ll be gone for the rest of the year all over again.

PFT’s Week Six picks

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It’s quickly getting ugly.

Thanks to a clean sweep on three disagreements last week, MDS has a five-game lead through five weeks. He finished Week Five at 11-4; I went 8-7.

For the year, he’s now at 47-31. I’m at versus 42-36.

We have three disagreements this week. I’d better return the favor, or I’ll have a hard time closing the gap.

Giants at Patriots

MDS’s take: This could get ugly for Daniel Jones, going against what may prove to be the best defense Bill Belichick has had in New England. The Patriots will cruise, and even cover the 17-point spread that is the biggest in Giants franchise history.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 30, Giants 10.

Florio’s take: It looked semi-plausible on paper in April. It won’t be close to semi-plausible on the football field come Thursday night.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 34, Giants 13.


Panthers at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: Kyle Allen will keep it going in London, strengthening his case that he deserves to be the Panthers’ starting quarterback even after Cam Newton is ready to go.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 24, Buccaneers 17.

Florio’s take: London gets an NFC South showdown that may be an NFC South championship elimination game, especially with the Saints at 4-1. If the Panthers ride Christian McCaffrey this time around, the Panthers should be able to even the season series at 1-1.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 24, Buccaneers 21.


Bengals at Ravens

MDS’s take: The Ravens have about as bad a defense as we’ve ever seen in franchise history, but the Bengals don’t have an offense that can take advantage of that.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 32, Bengals 17.

Florio’s take: The Bengals surely won’t go 0-16. But 0-6 is staring them in the face.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 27, Bengals 13.


Seahawks at Browns

MDS’s take: This is an intriguing game because the Browns can’t possibly be as bad as they looked on Monday night, but if they lose again, at home, a whole lot of people are going to be calling them pretenders. I think they’ll be better than they were against the 49ers, but still not good enough to beat the Seahawks.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 21, Browns 14.

Florio’s take: Adversity has arrived for the Browns. It’s going to stick around for awhile.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 24, Browns 20.


Saints at Jaguars

MDS’s take: No one thought this would be Teddy Bridgewater vs. Gardner Minshew before the season, but that’s where we are. I like Bridgewater to keep his good play going and help the Saints win again.

MDS’s pick: Saints 24, Jaguars 20.

Florio’s take: Who’s the best team in the NFC? It very well may be the Saints, who keep on winning without Drew Brees.

Florio’s pick: Saints 27, Jaguars 17.


Texans at Chiefs

MDS’s take: Deshaun Watson vs. Patrick Mahomes. Now that’s a quarterback matchup. The Chiefs’ offense has been struggling against man coverage, but I think they’ll make some adjustments this week and look more like the Chiefs again.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 30, Texans 24.

Florio’s take: The search continues for the next Brady-Manning rivalry. And this could be it. Deshaun Watson was stellar in Week Five, and Patrick Mahomes did well in a loss that left him hobbled. It’s hard to envision K.C. losing two straight home games.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 27, Texans 20.


Washington at Dolphins

MDS’s take: It’s the Tank Bowl, and I think the difference is that Miami is actually trying to tank, while Washington only looks like it is. Bill Callahan starts his tenure as interim head coach with a win.

MDS’s pick: Washington 14, Dolphins 10.

Florio’s take: Twice before, they’ve played for a championship. This time around, they’re squaring off for the first pick in the draft. Washington gets the interim-coach bump, which keeps Miami on track for the first pick in the draft.

Florio’s pick: Washington 23, Dolphins 17.


Eagles at Vikings

MDS’s take: This feels like a game that we might look back on in December and say it changed the NFC playoff race. I don’t trust Kirk Cousins to have two good games in a row.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 20, Vikings 10.

Florio’s take: The up-and-down Vikings should be up again this week, since they’re playing at home. And since the game isn’t in prime time.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 27, Eagles 21.


Falcons at Cardinals

MDS’s take: The Cardinals’ offense is making strides, and the Falcons’ defense is terrible. I like Kyler Murray to have his second consecutive big game.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 30, Falcons 27.

Florio’s take: The clock is ticking closer to midnight for Dan Quinn, thanks to a defense that can’t stop anyone.  

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 30, Falcons 27.


49ers at Rams

MDS’s take: Is it a changing of the guard in the NFC West? I believe it is, as the 49ers get a road win that gives them a huge lead over the Rams.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 31, Rams 21.

Florio’s take: A short week for the 49ers plus extra time for the Rams plus too many injuries to the 49ers equals the Rams avoiding a disastrous 3-3 start to the season.

Florio’s pick: Rams 35, 49ers 27.


Titans at Broncos

MDS’s take: The Broncos are playing better football than their record suggests, and I expect them to get their second consecutive win after an ugly start.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 21, Titans 14.

Florio’s take: The Titan Truism continues — they lose when they’re favored and they win when they’re the underdogs. Somehow, the Broncos are favored. Somehow, the Titans will win.

Florio’s pick: Titans 17, Broncos 13.


Cowboys at Jets

MDS’s take: Sam Darnold is back, which gives the Jets a fighting chance, but Dak Prescott is going to give the Jets’ defense fits.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 30, Jets 17.

Florio’s take:  Dallas will take out a couple of weeks of frustration on an overmatched Jets team. If the Cowboys somehow stumble here, Jason Garrett should start booking moving vans for January.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 34, Jets 20.


Steelers at Chargers

MDS’s take: This is probably the Steelers’ last chance to be relevant this season, and they’re going into the game with their third-string quarterback. Not a winning formula.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 20, Steelers 10.

Florio’s take: Wednesday’s Pittsburgh practice skirmishes feel like a good thing on the surface. On closer inspection, the defense vs. offense vibe suggests that dysfunction is spreading.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 24, Steelers 14.


Lions at Packers

MDS’s take: The NFC North is incredibly competitive, but if the Packers win this one they’re in first place and have a head-to-head win against all three divisional opponents. I think they’ll get it.

MDS’s pick: Packers 24, Lions 21.

Florio’s take: The Lions are better than expected, but the Packers are finding their groove under Matt LaFleur.

Florio’s pick: Packers 27, Lions 23.

PFT’s Week Six power rankings

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1. Patriots (5-0; last week No. 1): FedEx Field will from this point forward be known as Gillette Stadium South.

2. Saints (4-1; No. 3): The Saints have gotten a glimpse of life without Drew Brees, and it looks much better than anyone would have expected.

3. Seahawks (4-1; No. 6): The team is rising in the rankings, and Russell Wilson is rising in the ranks of MVP candidates.

4. Packers (4-1; No. 7): No Davante Adams, still plenty of offensive output.

5. Chiefs (4-1; No. 2): The word is out on how to slow down the Chiefs. The Chiefs now have to come up with a way to counter it.

6. 49ers (4-0; No. 12): They’ve got a team built to win in January, and it’s looking more and more likely that they will get there.

7. Rams (3-2; No. 5): Their ability to win a third straight division title hinges on their ability to beat the 49ers in L.A. on Sunday.

8. Bills (4-1; No. 9): The second best team in the AFC East is the best third best team in the AFC.

9. Cowboys (3-2; No. 4): Against the Jets, the Cowboys will get another chance to make themselves think they can beat good teams, even if they currently can’t.

10. Ravens (3-2; No. 11): But for Marlon Humphrey‘s timely punch, the Ravens could be in a three-way slugfest for first place in the AFC North.

11. Eagles (3-2; No. 13): Bad news — three straight road games. Worse news — they’re at Minnesota, Dallas, and Buffalo.

12. Lions (2-1-1; No. 14): The NFC’s most overlooked team gets a chance at Lambeau Field on Monday night to put everyone on notice.

13. Panthers (3-2; No. 19): With Christian McCaffrey, they could put Jake Delhomme at quarterback and still win games.

14 (tie). Bears (3-2; No. 8): Beat the Vikings, lose to the Raiders.

14 (tie). Raiders (3-2; No. 22): Lose to the Vikings, beat the Bears.

14 (tie). Vikings (3-2; No. 21): Beat the Raiders, lose to the Bears.

17. Colts (3-2; No. 24): Beating the Chiefs makes up for losing to the Raiders, sort of.

18. Texans (3-2; No. 20): Deshaun Watson gets a chance to cement his own MVP candidacy on Sunday against MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes.

19. Browns (2-3; No. 10): Blowout loss, long flight home, short week, rested Seahawks will make it very hard to avoid falling to 2-4.

20. Chargers (2-3; No. 15): The close games aren’t going the Chargers’ way this year, which means they may go the way of missing the postseason.

21. Jaguars (2-3; No. 16): Gardner Minshew can do a lot, but he can’t tackle Christian McCaffrey.

22. Titans (2-3; No. 17): The team that wins when they should lose and loses when they should win needs desperately to break that cycle in Denver.

23. Buccaneers (2-3; No. 18): It’s basically an NFC South elimination game for the Bucs on Sunday in London, only two weeks after they grabbed everyone’s attention by stunning the Rams.

24. Steelers (1-4; No. 23): An electric cart that won’t run may end up being the perfect metaphor for Pittsburgh’s entire season.

25. Giants (2-3; No. 25): They played better than the final score indicated, but the showing against Minnesota shows just how far this team has to go.

26. Broncos (1-4; No. 28): Don’t rule out a bit of a run from a team that may have been written off too soon.

27. Falcons (1-4; No. 26): With Jay Gruden fired, Dan Quinn assumes the hottest seat in the NFL.

28. Cardinals (1-3-1; No. 30): A few more potential wins are lurking on the schedule, but not many.

29. Jets (0-4; No. 27): Gregg Williams could still set the record for consecutive years being an interim head coach who has zero shot at the permanent job.

30. Bengals (0-5; No. 29): Officially, 20,000 seats were empty. Unofficially, fewer than 20,000 seats were filled.

31. Dolphins (0-4; No. 32): In a rematch of Super Bowl VII, Miami may need a Garo Yepremian play or two to successfully continue the Tank for Tua track.

32. Washington (0-5; No. 31): Bad look — The team made Bruce Allen available for only 13 minutes to discuss the state of the most dysfunctional franchise in football. Good look — Bruce Allen didn’t talk for longer than 13 minutes.

FMIA Week 5: Brett Favre, Rick Reilly and How the Colts Upset the Chiefs

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The Chiefs are unbeaten no more, thanks to a ‘crazy’ upset at the hands of the Colts. Peter King begins Football Morning in America with a look at how coach Frank Reich and Indianapolis pulled it off. Also in the jam-packed column:

• A reprieve for Kirk Cousins, after a tumultuous week in Minnesota.

• Don’t look now, but the Raiders are 3-2—after surprising the Bears in London—and have a favorable schedule the rest of the way.

• As Brett Favre turns 50, he opens up on his new reality in Mississippi, CTE, biking and whether he stuck around the game too long.

• An ode to Sports Illustrated with several sections borrowed from the magazine institution and a special sign-off from Rick Reilly

• The Week 5 awards, including strong performances from Christian McCaffrey, Justin Houston, Deshaun Watson and others.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Carolina’s quarterback situation; a logical landing spot if the Vikings decide to trade Stefon Diggs; a curious decision by Pete Carroll.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness and three observations after a long weekend in the interesting city of San Francisco. [more]

Week Five early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoffs.

Jaguars at Panthers

Jaguars: CB Jalen Ramsey, TE Josh Oliver, WR C.J. Board, RB Tyler Ervin, LB Lerentee McCray, OL Brandon Thomas, DT Dontavius Russell

Panthers: QB Cam Newton, G Trai Turner, CB Donte Jackson, T Greg Little, TE Chris Manhertz, T Caleb Benenoch, DE Bryan Cox, Jr.

Jets at Eagles

Jets: QB Sam Darnold, LB Jordan Jenkins, LB C.J. Mosley, G Kelechi Osemele, OL Brandon Shell, DL Folorunso Fatukasi, OL Conor McDermott

Eagles: WR DeSean Jackson, CB Ronald Darby, DT Timmy Jernigan, CB Avonte Maddox, QB Nate Sudfeld, DE Shareef Miller, G Nate Herbig

Vikings at Giants

Vikings: CB Mackensie Alexander, LB Kentrell Brothers, WR Davion Davis,DT Hercules Mata'afa, C Brett Jones, T Oli Udoh, DT Armon Watts

Giants: RB Saquon Barkley, LB Alec Ogletree, LB Tae Davis, LB Lorenzo Carter, QB Alex Tanney, T Chad Slade, T Eric Smith

Patriots at Washington

Patriots: RB Rex Burkhead, S Nate Ebner, S Patrick Chung, RB Damien Harris, OT Korey Cunningham, QB Cody Kessler, DT Byron Cowart

Washington: TE Jordan Reed, G Brandon Scherff, TE Vernon Davis, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, QB Case Keenum, C Ross Pierschbacher, CB Aaron Colvin

Cardinals at Bengals

Cardinals: DE Zach Allen, LB Dennis Gardeck, WR Christian Kirk, S Charles Washington, WR Damiere Byrd, LB Ezekiel Turner OL Brett Toth

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, T Cordy Glenn, DE Kerry Wynn, DT Renell Wren, CB Greg Mabin, RB Trayveon Williams, QB Jake Dolegala

Falcons at Texans

Falcons: CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, RB Kenjon Barner, G Jamon Brown, RB Qadree Ollison, DL Deadrin Senat, WR Olamide Zaccheaus

Texans: WR Kenny Stills, OL Greg Mancz, DE Carlos Watkins, TE Logan Paulsen, LB Tyrell Adams, CB Xavier Crawford, QB Alex McGough

Buccaneers at Saints

Buccaneers: WR Breshad Perriman, LB Jack Cichy, CB Jamel Dean, G Zack Bailey, T Jerald Hawkins, DL Patrick O’Connor, TE Tanner Hudson

Saints: QB Drew Brees, DE Trey Hendrickson, CB Ken Crawley, S Saquan Hampton, C Nick Easton, OL Ethan Greenidge, WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey

Bears at Raiders (in London)

Bears: QB Mitchell Trubisky, DE Bilal Nichols, G Ted Larsen, WR Taylor Gabriel, CB Duke Shelley, LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe, WR Riley Ridley

Raiders: G Gabe Jackson, DE Clelin Ferrell, WR Dwayne Harris, QB DeShone Kizer, WR J.J. Nelson, T Brandon Parker, WR Tyrell Williams

Ravens at Steelers

Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith, QB Trace McSorley, WR Jaleel Scott, OL Ben Powers, DT Daylon Mack, LB Kenny Young, CB Anthony Averett

Steelers: FB Roosevelt Nix, LB Anthony Chickillo, WR Donte Moncrief, T Chukwuma Okorafor, DE Isaiah Buggs, TE Zach Gentry, G Fred Johnson

Bills at Titans

Bills: LB Corey Thompson, TE Tyler Kroft, WR Robert Foster, CB Taron Johnson, RB Devin Singletary, G Ike Boettger, T Ty Nsekhe

Titans: OL Kevin Pamphile, LB Cameron Wake, OL Hroniss Grasu, OL Aaron Stinnie, CB Tye Smith, OL David Quessenberry, DL Brent Urban

Week Five injury report roundup

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Week Five of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Seahawks and it continues with 13 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Ravens at Steelers

The Ravens listed C Matt Skura (knee), CB Cyrus Jones (foot) and DT Brandon Williams (knee) as questionable. CB Jimmy Smith (knee) will miss his fourth straight game.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) called himself questionable on Friday and the Steelers listed him with the same designation a short time later. FB Roosevelt Nix (knee) and LB Anthony Chickillo (foot) are both out for Sunday. TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) and LB Vince Williams (hamstring) are also listed as questionable.

Patriots at Washington

RB Rex Burkhead (foot), S Patrick Chung (heel), S Nate Ebner (groin), WR Julian Edelman (chest), and LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) are questionable to play for the Patriots on Sunday.

Washington will be starting Colt McCoy at quarterback, but he’ll be short on tight ends with Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed ruled out due to concussions. G Brandon Scherff (ankle) and LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring) have also been ruled out. QB Case Keenum (foot), WR Terry McLaurin (hamstring), CB Josh Norman (knee) and C Chase Roullier (knee) are listed as questionable.

Jaguars at Panthers

The Jaguars didn’t wait until Sunday to rule CB Jalen Ramsey (back) out this week. TE Josh Oliver (hamstring) is also out and DE Lerentee McCray (oblique) is listed as questionable.

It’s a crowded injury report for the Panthers this week. QB Cam Newton (foot), G Trai Turner (ankle), CB Dontae Jackson (groin), T Greg Little (concussion), and TE Chris Manhertz (concussion) have all been ruled out. DE Brian Burns (wrist), S Eric Reid (ankle) and DT Gerald McCoy (knee) are listed as questionable.

Cardinals at Bengals

DE Zach Allen (neck), LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), WR Christian Kirk (ankle), S Charles Washington (shoulder) and OL Jordan Mills (knee) are out for the Cardinals. WR Damiere Byrd (hamstring), P Andy Lee (right hip), OL Justin Pugh (shoulder), CB Tramaine Brock (back), LB Ezekiel Turner (hand, hamstring) and LB Terrell Suggs (back) are listed as questionable.

WR A.J. Green (ankle), T Cordy Glenn (concussion) and DE Kerry Wynn (concussion) will not play for the Bengals.

Falcons at Texans

The Falcons ruled out CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (groin), RB Kenjon Barner (knee), G Jamon Brown (concussion) and P Matt Bosher (groin). S Damontae Kazee (illness) is listed as questionable.

OL Greg Mancz (concussion) will not play for the Texans. S Tashaun Gipson (wrist, hip), CB Lonnie Johnson (groin) and WR Kenny Stills (hamstring, ankle) are listed as questionable.

Buccaneers at Saints

WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) and LB Jack Cichy (elbow) won’t play for the Buccaneers. T Demar Dotson (calf) is listed as questionable.

The Saints ruled out QB Drew Brees (thumb) and DE Trey Hendrickson (neck) on Friday.

Vikings at Giants

CB Mackensie Alexander (elbow, groin) and LB Kentrell Brothers (wrist, hamstring) are out for the Vikings.

The Giants teased a return from RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) this week, but ruled him out on Friday. LB Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and LB Tae Davis (concussion) are also out while LB Lorenzo Carter (neck) is listed as questionable.

Bears at Raiders (in London)

The Bears ruled out QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) and DE Bilal Nichols (hand) from London on Friday. G Ted Larsen (knee) and WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion) were ruled out before the team crossed the pond. LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) is listed as doubtful and DL Akiem Hicks (knee) is considered questionable.

G Gabe Jackson (knee) has been ruled out by the Raiders. WR Tyrell Williams (foot), G Richie Incognito (back), WR J.J. Nelson (knee), DE Clelin Ferrell (concussion) and WR Dwayne Harris (ankle) are listed as questionable.

Jets at Eagles

The Jets ruled out QB Sam Darnold (illness) for the third straight game and LB C.J. Mosley (groin) is set to miss his third in a row after being listed as doubtful. LB Jordan Jenkins (calf) is also out while G Kelechi Osemele (shoulder, knee) joins Mosley in the doubtful group. WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring), WR Josh Bellamy (shoulder), DL Quinnen Williams (ankle) and TE Dan Brown (ankle) are listed as questionable.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen) remains out of action along with CB Ronald Darby (hamstring), DT Timmy Jernigan (foot) and CB Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck). CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) is listed as questionable.

Bills at Titans

Bills QB Josh Allen (concussion) is listed as questionable after moving from limited to full practice participation on Friday. LB Corey Thompson (ankle) and TE Tyler Kroft (ankle) have been ruled out. FB Pat DiMarco (concussion), WR Robert Foster (groin), CB Taron Johnson (hamstring), S Dean Marlowe (concussion), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle) and RB Devin Singletary (hamstring) drew questionable tags.

The Titans ruled out OL Kevin Pamphile (knee). LB Cameron Wake (hamstring) is listed as questionable.

Broncos at Chargers

The Broncos ruled out CB Bryce Callahan (foot). LB Josey Jewell (hamstring), CB Kareem Jackson (hamstring) and T Ja'Wuan James (knee) were listed as questionable on Friday.

The Chargers will play without TE Hunter Henry (knee) again this week. S Nasir Adderley (hamstring), K Michael Badgley (right groin) and RB Justin Jackson (calf) are likely out after being listed as doubtful. WR Travis Benjamin (hip), LB Thomas Davis (groin), TE Virgil Green (groin), WR Mike Williams (back) and defensive end Melvin Ingram (hamstring) were tagged as questionable.

Packers at Cowboys

The Packers will play without WR Davante Adams (toe) this week. RB Jamaal Williams (concussion) and CB Tony Brown (hamstring) are also out. CB Kevin King (groin) is listed as doubtful while LB Oren Burks (chest), T Bryan Bulaga (shoulder), LB Kyler Fackrell (shoulder) and DL Montravius Adams (shoulder) are listed as questionable.

T Tyron Smith (ankle) will not be in the Cowboys lineup. T La'el Collins (back), WR Michael Gallup (knee), DE Tyrone Crawford (hip) and NT Antwaun Woods (knee) make up the questionable contingent.

Colts at Chiefs

The Colts ruled out five players and listed five others as questionable. WR Parris Campbell (abdomen), S Clayton Geathers (concussion), S Malik Hooker (knee), LB Darius Leonard (concussion) and DL Tyquan Lewis (ankle) are the players ruled out. WR T.Y. Hilton (quad), RB Marlon Mack (ankle), CB Rock Ya-Sin (hip), S Rolan Milligan (knee) and LB Anthony Walker (shoulder) make up the questionable group.

The Chiefs ruled out WR Tyreek Hill (clavicle), T Eric Fisher (core muscle surgery) and LB Dorian O'Daniel (hamstring). WR Sammy Watkins (shoulder, hamstring) is listed as questionable after a limited practice on Friday. DE Alex Okafor (hip) and RB Damien Williams (knee) got the same tag, although Chiefs head coach Andy Reid indicated Williams is on track to play.

PFT’s Week Five picks

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Road teams dominated in Week Four, with 11 of them winning outright. That contributed to a not-so-dominant week for MDS and me in picking games.

He went 8-7, and I went 7-8.

That moves his lead to two games for the season: 36-27 versus 34-29.

This week, we disagree on three games. For all of the picks, scroll away.

Rams at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The NFL gave FOX some excellent Thursday night matchups to start the season, and this is a very big one in the NFC West. I lost some confidence in the Rams on Sunday and think the Seahawks will beat them at home in prime time.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 20, Rams 17.

Florio’s take: It’s a short-week game that Richard Sherman would call a “poopfest,” and it could be a sh-tshow for the Rams, who played a long game in the heat on Sunday versus the Buccaneers. The Seahawks had an easier time of it in a climate-controlled dome, and they’re at home. It’s time for them to stake their claim to the top of the NFC West.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 27, Rams 20.


Jaguars at Panthers

MDS’s take: Before the season no one pegged this as Gardner Minshew vs. Kyle Allen, but that actually might be a better matchup than Nick Foles vs. Cam Newton. I like Allen to remain undefeated as a starter.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 23, Jaguars 17.

Florio’s take: The two teams that joined the NFL in 1995 meet for the seventh time. The 2-2 teams are 3-3 in their series, and it’s Kyle Allen vs. Gardner Minshew. The real battle comes between the fourth and eighth overall picks in 2017, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey. Home team gets the edge.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 24, Jaguars 20.


Cardinals at Bengals

MDS’s take: Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray finally get their first win, against an absolutely awful Bengals team.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 30, Bengals 17.

Florio’s take: The Bengals had 15,000 empty seats at their home opener. They’ll be lucky to have 15,000 present for this one. But it would be wise to show up — this may be one of their best chances this year at getting a win.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 21, Cardinals 17.


Falcons at Texans

MDS’s take: Things are trending downward in a hurry for the Falcons, who have made the big investments in Matt Ryan and Julio Jones but just don’t have a very good team from top to bottom. The Texans will roll.

MDS’s pick: Texans 30, Falcons 20.

Florio’s take: Dan Quinn’s last season in Atlanta continues in Houston, against a coach who may be in his own last season if his team blows this one. 

Florio’s pick: Texans 20, Falcons 14.


Buccaneers at Saints

MDS’s take: I’m not totally sold on the Saints’ offense with Teddy Bridgewater, but their defense has been better than expected and I think they’ll slow down the Jameis Winston train.

MDS’s pick: Saints 17, Buccaneers 14.

Florio’s take: Two years after Jameis Winston unsuccessfully tried to eat a W in the Superdome, he has another chance to chow down. But the Bucs seem to be too banged up to pull off what would be a signature victory in New Orleans, and the Saints are doing surprisingly well without Drew Brees.

Florio’s pick: Saints 27, Buccaneers 20.


Vikings at Giants

MDS’s take: The Vikings’ offense is a mess right now, but the Giants’ defense is too, and Minnesota should be able to move the ball well enough to avoid a disaster like last week.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 24, Giants 20.

Florio’s take: The biggest matchup in this game is Kirk Cousins vs. Kirk Cousins, as the embattled quarterback tries to make plays (which he should be worried about doing) while keeping fellow players happy (which he shouldn’t be worried about doing). But if the Vikings can run the ball, run the ball, and run the ball against a not-so-good Giants’ defense, Cousins won’t have to win the battle with himself. This week.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 23, Giants 13.


Bears at Raiders

MDS’s take: Khalil Mack gets to show Jon Gruden what he’s missing out on as the Bears get another win in London to move to 4-1.

MDS’s pick: Bears 20, Raiders 7.

Florio’s take: If Jon Gruden doesn’t already regret trading Khalil Mack, Gruden soon will.

Florio’s pick: Bears 24, Raiders 10.


Jets at Eagles

MDS’s take: At least until Sam Darnold returns, the Jets are in the same range as Miami, Washington and Cincinnati as such brutally bad teams I’d pick them only against each other.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 24, Jets 13.

Florio’s take: The Eagles are poised to make a move, especially once they get DeSean Jackson back.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 28, Jets 14.


Ravens at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Steelers have a chance to move into first place in the AFC North this week, if they beat the Ravens and the Browns lose. But for as well as the Steelers played on Monday night, I just don’t think they have the horsepower to keep up with the Ravens.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 30, Steelers 17.

Florio’s take:  The Steelers never got a chance to face Lamar Jackson as a starter in 2018. In 2019, they’ll dust off the hit-him-hard-whenever-you-can playbook from 2012 against RGIII.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 17, Ravens 14.


Bills at Titans

MDS’s take: The Bills’ defense looked good in defeat on Sunday and I think will look even better with a win over Marcus Mariota & Co.

MDS’s pick: Bills 13, Titans 10.

Florio’s take: Nineteen years after the Music City Miracle, this is a game the Titans should win. And, as we know, the Titans only win the games they shouldn’t win.

Florio’s pick: Bills 22, Titans 16.


Patriots at Washington

MDS’s take: New England opened as a 13-point favorite and that quickly moved to 15.5. I think it should be even higher.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 35, Washington 10.

Florio’s take: It may be Jay Gruden’s last stand. Either way, he’ll fall.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 38, Washington 17.


Broncos at Chargers

MDS’s take: I don’t think the Broncos are as bad a team as their 0-4 record suggests, and I think Joe Flacco is playing better than he’s getting credit for. But the Chargers are a better team and should win a competitive game at home.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 27, Broncos 20.

Florio’s take:  The Chargers can’t stumble against the teams they should beat, and they should beat the Broncos.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 30, Broncos 17.


Packers at Cowboys

MDS’s take: This is a big one in the NFC playoff race, and the Cowboys’ offense will bounce back from last week’s rough game to put up some points on the Packers.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 27, Packers 23.

Florio’s take: The Packers may not have Devante Adams, which will make it very hard to run their offense. Even if they do, the Cowboys got a wakeup call on Sunday night. They’ll get it together for a key home game.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 28, Packers 23.


Colts at Chiefs

MDS’s take: It’s hard for me to picture the Colts keeping this one close.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 40, Colts 20.

Florio’s take: The Colts would be wise to try to slow the game down and reduce the number of times the Chiefs have the ball and keep the scoring low. Even if they try, it won’t matter.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 35, Colts 20.


Browns at 49ers

MDS’s take: The 49ers have been one of the pleasant surprises of this NFL season, and they’ll keep it going in what should be an exciting prime time game.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 31, Browns 24.

Florio’s take: The Browns play better away from home, where they don’t feel the intense pressure to satisfy the sky-high expectations in Cleveland. I don’t feel strongly about this one, but the gut-level thinking continues to be that the Browns, who were impressive in Baltimore, will move to 3-2.

Florio’s pick: Browns 24, 49ers 17.

PFT’s Week Five power rankings

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1. Patriots (4-0; last week No. 1): A tradition unlike any other ended in Buffalo on Sunday; another tradition — the Patriots beating the Bills — continued.

2. Chiefs (4-0; No. 2): A hard-fought win over the Lions will give this team even more confidence when it’s time to play the Patriots or, you know, the Patriots.

3. Saints (3-1; No. 7): The last two wins alone put Sean Payton at the top of the list of coach of the year candidates.

4. Cowboys (3-1; No. 3): They’re not as good as we thought. They’re still pretty good.

5. Rams (3-1; No. 4): They’re not as good as we thought. They’re still pretty good.

6. Seahawks (3-1; No. 9): They’re as good as we thought, and they get a chance to prove it against the Rams on Thursday night.

7. Packers (3-1; No. 5): The offense had its best game of the year on the same night the defense was exposed.

8. Bears (3-1; No. 10): Mitch Trubisky, Chase Daniel, Jay Cutler, Rex Grossman. With a defense this good, it doesn’t matter who plays quarterback.

9. Bills (3-1; No. 12): Yes, they lost. But they proved that they are a serious threat to the AFC’s power structure.

10. Browns (2-2; No. 18): How will the Browns handle adversity? Pretty well, apparently.

11. Ravens (2-2; No. 6): The first two games suggested that it will be a special season. The next two games made it clear that they’ll have to scratch and claw for whatever they get this year.

12. 49ers (3-0; No. 13): The last undefeated team in the NFC still has plenty to prove.

13. Eagles (2-2; No. 20): The NFC East is officially back in play.

14. Lions (2-1-1; No. 19): They had an elite team on the ropes; next time, the Lions need to punch them through.

15. Chargers (2-2; No. 15): Even the team that seems to be in a close game every week wasn’t in a close game against the Dolphins.

16. Jaguars (2-2; No. 16): Minshew Mania is fine, but Fournette Frenzy is the thing that will help this team win the division.

17. Titans (2-2; No. 17): The consistently inconsistent Titans win another game they should have lost, and soon they’ll lose a game they should have won.

18. Buccaneers (2-2; No. 27): Jameis Winston is playing his way into a second contract that it seemed not long ago he’d never get.

19. Panthers (2-2; No. 24): The Panthers are 3-9 since starting last season 6-2. Kyle Allen started the three wins; Cam Newton started the nine losses.

20. Texans (2-2; No. 14): A rollercoaster offseason is becoming a rollercoaster regular season for the Texans.

21. Vikings (2-2; No. 8): Sorry, Vikings fans, but if you don’t have a functional passing game you don’t deserve a spot in the top 20.

22. Raiders (2-2; No. 22): Sunday’s game said more about the team that lost than the team that won.

23. Steelers (1-3; No. 23): A win is a win is a win, but that win still came against the Bengals.

24. Colts (2-2; No. 11): Good teams that can’t soundly beat inferior teams at home may not be good teams.

25. Giants (2-2; No. 25): Danny Dimes dropped a deuce on his division rival, but they need to beat someone better than Washington to climb this ladder.

26. Falcons (1-3; No. 21): How can such an impressive collection of overpriced talent fail so consistently to produce victories?

27. Jets (0-3; No. 30): Sam Darnold is close to returning, which could give the Jets a chance to begin to dig out of the lower reaches of the NFL’s hierarchy.

28. Broncos (0-4; No. 26): That win in Super Bowl 50 feels like it happened 100 years ago.

29. Bengals (0-4; No. 28): The Red Rifle had become a pop gun.

30. Cardinals (0-3-1; No. 29): Kyler Murray has lost as many games in a month as he did in his entire high school and college careers.

31. Washington (0-4; No. 31): Later this week, Jay Gruden will name which of his quarterbacks will be running for his life against the Patriots.

32. Dolphins (0-4; No. 32): Good news — Josh Rosen played pretty well. Better news — he didn’t play well enough to derail the tank train.

FMIA Week 4: Re-Organizing the NFL Power Rankings After an Odd Sunday

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After a strange Sunday of teams being pulled back into the middle, and others rising into it, Peter King begins Football Morning in America with a re-organizing of the NFL power structure. Also in the column:

• The rankings, 1 to 32, of every NFL team, along with a quick look at where each stands at the end of the NFL’s first quarter.

• Chase Daniel, career backup, is thrust into action in Chicago and helps the Bears to a meaningful win over Minnesota.

• Jameis Winston earns the biggest win of his career in Los Angeles.

• A new twist on London, and notes on the NFL’s international future, with the first game at the new Tottenham Stadium on the horizon in Week 5

• The Week 4 awards, including strong performances from Nick Chubb, Leonard Fournette, Jabrill Peppers and others.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on Larry Fitzgerald’s chase of Jerry Rice; a team to watch in the Jalen Ramsey sweepstakes; the coach with the hottest seat; approaching the 10-year anniversary of the biggest onside kick in NFL history.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness and the merciful end of a dildonic tradition in Buffalo. [more]