The Patriots have just four players on the final injury report of the week, it was revealed Friday afternoon, with only cornerback Bradley Fletcher (hamstring) and defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) listed as questionable coming into Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

Bradley Fletcher

Bradley Fletcher

The Patriots have just four players on the final injury report of the week, it was revealed Friday afternoon, with only cornerback Bradley Fletcher (hamstring) and defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) listed as questionable coming into Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

After perfect attendance at practice the last few days, it was also interesting to see that veteran offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, who has been dealing with what the team is calling an illness (which has kept him sidelined for the start of the 2015 season), has been upgraded to probable for this weekend.

Here’s the full injury report:

CB Bradley Fletcher (hamstring — limited participation)
DL Trey Flowers (knee — limited participation)

CB Tarell Brown (foot — full participation)
OL Ryan Wendell (illness — full participation)

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It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for some starts and a few sits. Week 5 will present some challenges to those who are hard hit by the first four-team bye week of the season. I’m sure there also are a few teams playing for their fantasy lives. Hopefully we don’t have many 0-4 squads out there, but if that’s where you are, there’s still hope. A little luck and some good preparation and you can get back into the race. Let’s see if we can find a few good plays for you. If you are looking for information on a player not listed in this space, head over to Rotobahn this weekend and check out our lineup rankings. They will be fully updated by Saturday evening.

As always, I will be here at 11 a.m. for our weekly Sunday chat. Bring your lineup questions and I’ll do my best to help. And don’t forget to tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour this Sunday at 8 a.m. where Jim Hackett and I will discuss the hot Week 5 topics and crucial game day information.



Sam Bradford, Eagles vs. Saints

He’s shaking the rust off and he has been able to stay healthy through four games. The 1-3 record is causing trouble in Philadelphia, but Bradford is in a position to get hot now, and this is a nice home matchup. He can be your QB1 in any league.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars at Buccaneers

Bortles has been a solid fantasy starter so far. Not spectacular, but solid. He has a chance to keep it going this week against a soft Bucs defense, and he is working well with his top two weapons, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

Jameis Winston, Buccaneers vs. Jaguars

You throw to beat the Jaguars, and that’s what the Bucs will try to do. Winston probably will get picked once or twice, but the numbers should be there at the end of the day. He has the weapons, with receivers like Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, to post good numbers. He also has running backs who are dangerous after the catch.


Brandon Weeden, Cowboys vs. Patriots

He’s underrated, but I don’t like him against the Patriots in this spot. The Cowboys may be able to compete for a while in this game, but it will be by running the football, not by Weeden throwing the ball around. If Dez Bryant returns after the Cowboys’ bye week, then you may see Weeden have some fantasy success. Avoid him for now, even on a tough week for quarterbacks.



T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars at Buccaneers

Yeldon has taken over the Jacksonville backfield lock, stock and barrel, but he hasn’t found much fantasy success yet. That should change this week as he plays a Bucs team that has had big trouble stopping the run. Yeldon should get the touches, so he’s a good play in any format as an RB2 or flex option.

Dion Lewis, Patriots at Cowboys

He’s got his contract signed and I expect him to give the Patriots a nice return on their investment for as long as he can stay healthy. Lewis has always been a dynamic runner and a nice all-around talent. It’s great to see him enjoying some extended health. I see no reason to shy away from him this week, especially in leagues with PPR scoring.

Ronnie Hillman, Broncos at Raiders

Both Broncos backs are playable this week against a Raiders team that will get worn down over the course of four quarters. Hillman might not be the starter, but he will play in an even timeshare with C.J. Anderson. In fact, last week, Hillman got more action near the goal line than Anderson did. Hillman is a worthy RB2 in all 12-team leagues and some smaller leagues as well.


Bishop Sankey, Titans vs. Bills

It’s hard to trust Sankey at this point. The Titans are not committing to any one back right now, and Antonio Andrew was the guy getting the carries the last time the Titans played a game way back in Week 3. Sankey has had his moments, but he is a flex in large formats at best, and a risky one at that. He probably doesn’t even belong on rosters in 10-team leagues.



John Brown, Cardinals at Lions

Brown’s been held out of the end zone for three straight weeks, but I’d stick with him. The matchup this week is a good one, and Brown is seeing plenty of passes coming his way, including 10 targets in last weekend’s game against the Rams.

Nelson Agholor, Eagles vs. Saints

He’s coming off of his best game so far, which was good for 64 yards receiving. It may not seem like much, but it was big for the rookie after three weeks of making close to no impact. This week’s matchup is a very good one. I see Agholor as a reasonable WR3 option in 12-team leagues.

Travis Benjamin, Browns at Ravens

Benjamin now is being used consistently, with 20 targets over the last two games. That makes him more predictable for fantasy purposes. He’s developing some chemistry with quarterback Josh McCown, and he should make a solid WR3 option for Week 5.


Roddy White, Falcons vs. Washington

He’s just not involved enough right now. White may be able to regain PPR value at some point, but right now he’s not much of an option and should be avoided until he shows something.



Delanie Walker, Titans vs. Bills

Rex Ryan‘s defenses often struggle with tight ends, and that’s one area where I expect the Titans to really go after the Bills this Sunday. If you play in a PPR league you get could get high-end results, but you can safely play Walker in all formats and league sizes this week.

Owen Daniels, Broncos at Raiders

This is as good as it gets from a matchup perspective, but that’s not the only reason to play Daniels. He’s been looking better with Peyton Manning the last two weeks. I would not be surprised if he made one or two trips to the end zone on Sunday.

Antonio Gates, Chargers vs. Steelers

He’s fresh, after four weeks off, and he should pick up where he left off in 2014. Start Gates in 12-team leagues and anywhere else you need him. He won’t need any time to get up to speed with Philip Rivers, who has been throwing to Gates for years.


Heath Miller, Steelers at Chargers

He’s not as involved as he was early on, and he has no rapport with Michael Vick. I’d avoid Miller for now, even in bigger formats. He could get some of his value back when Ben Roethlisberger returns, but this is a week to avoid him.

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In an interview with Fox Sports 1 set to air Friday night, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recalls going to prep school with Patriots coach Bill Belichick (as well as future Belichick consigliere Ernie Adams).

“I remember him being a football geek, even back then,” Bush said. “He and Ernie Adams, who I think still is associated with Belichick. They went to high school and they’ve had this storied career all the way through and just brilliant football geniuses.”

Apparently, they also never smoked together. For the record.

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Christopher Price
Bill Belichick loves to offer his perspective on football strategy and perspective. (Mike Petraglia/

Bill Belichick loves to offer his perspective on football strategy and perspective. (Mike Petraglia/

FOXBORO — Long before there was ever any talk of shifting defensive linemen, there was the offensive line of the 1970s Dallas Cowboys.

Football aficionados easily recall Tom Landry and his innovative shifting offensive lines and flex defenses.

But what Bill Belichick recalled Friday was much more than that. Asked about the historical context of the Cowboys and their shifting offensive line, the Patriots coach reflected on one of the assistants of that Landry staff that gave him invaluable knowledge early in his football career.

“When Ed Hughes came to Detroit, Ed Hughes was the running back for Coach Landry for a number of years down there,” Belichick said. “When he came to Detroit in ’77 when I was there and I coached the receivers that year, I learned that offense. It was kind of the offense we installed that year and ran it so it was pretty interesting. It was only one year but it was pretty interesting to learn the Dallas offensive system because very few people left Dallas. That staff stayed together. There wasn’t a lot of movement out of there so it was pretty interesting to learn the way it was written, the way it was presented, the coaching points, how different plays fit off each other.

“It was a great learning experience for me. I learned a ton. That’s something that prior to, had never been involved with, obviously, and since then. I’m not saying I understand it but at least I’ve coached it. I understand some of the principles that were involved with what they tried to do. It was very, very educational. It was like taking a graduate course in that, which along the same lines, also learned a lot about the flex defense, even though we didn’t run it. The fact that Ed had come from Dallas, kind of had the Dallas systems, we were able to talk about it. He understood what they were doing. That was also very educational so I was fortunate my first few years in the league.”

What was interesting Friday was not necessarily that Belichick waxed poetic on the Xs and Os of the shifting line but rather his exposure to a remarkably wide variety of schemes in a compressed period of time early in his coaching career, a career that began with Ted Marchibroda and the 1975 Baltimore Colts. He moved onto Detroit for two seasons in 1976 before a season in Denver in 1978.

“I worked for a lot of different coaches, worked with a lot of different assistant coaches, worked in different systems, worked in different cities, saw different players, different organizations,” Belichick said. “I got a lot of exposure, a lot more than I wanted, but I got a lot of exposure in a short amount of time to a lot of football. In the end, that’s not a bad thing. It wasn’t that great at that time but in the end, it turned out to be beneficial.”

As for the shifting, what exactly was the concept of the bobbing offensive linemen right before the snap?

“Basically what they did is they gave each player, tight end, every player, they had different spots so they could line up in,” Belichick said, beginning a 10-minute tutorial. “And when they double-shifted, which they usually did, then the [skill] player had to player had to line up within two spots of where he was going to end up. So, the first time he could shift from A to B then B to C where he was going to end up, or wherever. So when the line went up and went down that was just another distraction and temporary loss of some vision for the defense to recognize where the back was.”

Dwight White, the late, great defensive end of the “Steel Curtain” Steelers wasn’t as impressed back in the day.

“All of that is smoke and mirrors,” White said in the NFL Films “America’s Game” on the 1975 Steelers. Those Steelers went to Super Bowl X and faced Landry’s Cowboys in the Orange Bowl.

“There’s a rule that you have to be set a second before the snap and when you snap it we’re going to be right across from you.”

Belichick had a different take on Friday.

“I don’t think any of their things were gimmicks,” Belichick countered. “I think there was a lot of thought into all of them. There was a reason for everything. The hard thing for us in Detroit that year, in ’77, was trying to get to the point where the Dallas offense was after 15 years or whatever it was, in one year. It was just impossible. You have to pick out a few things, try to get good at those, build on those. But when you looked at the Dallas offense after years and years and years and years of coaching it, drafting players into it, developing it, doing all the things they did with it and then you try to run it, you’re a long way from being where they are, on a lot of levels. Even you have good talent, the system was pretty involved.

“I’d say when Coach Landry put it in, most all players were two-back sets it was basically three formations, red, brown, blue, strong back, weak back and split back and then eventually we got into the I-formation in the 70s and that was the fourth position. Every once in a while, you’d have a guy up on the wing in a one-back set but that wasn’t that common. The tendencies from those formations, I, strong back, weak backs, split backs on every team I’d say were pretty strong in those days, depending on who the players were and scheme but they were still pretty strong. Strong backs a lot of running to the strong side, weak backs a lot of running to the weak side, split backs a lot of running to strong side and a lot of passing. There were a lot of strong tendencies.

“I think Coach Landry’s idea was probably to keep those tendencies from being recognized until as late as possible by the defense and force the defense to communicate. ‘OK, we’re doing this on brown, we’re doing this on blue, we’re doing this on red so we’re this or that,’ and then the ball’s snapped. So you really don’t have to get into your adjustments if you have any, or even in your final recognition.”

“That line up and down was a little bit of [effort] to block the vision a little bit of the linebackers from recognizing where everybody was. They’d go on some quick counts so it would force you to declare if you were going to do anything [like blitz] because they might snap it with everybody in two-point stance but most of the time they were up and down and it gave the quarterback a little bit more time to watch the defense and see where they’re going to go.”

Shifting up and down has gone the way of the leisure suit but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t offer some perspective.

“There’s a lot of things you don’t see anymore. First of all, it was a pretty complex scheme, so I think if you weren’t well versed in it, that’s not the kind of thing you just pick up and say, ‘Gee, that’s looks good. Why don’t we start running some of that?’ I think you’ve got to really know it and know all the nuances of it and understand how it fits together because it was protections, it was routes, it was volume of offense because they were together for so long it was kind of like Paul Brown’s offense that he developed that eventually [Bill] Walsh built on.

“But after not years but after a couple of decades really of running the same thing you build up a lot of volume but there’s a reason for everything and each play has a complement and if you’re not really in that system, I think it would be hard to start up somewhere else. You’d probably start it up somewhere else. You’d probably start up what you’ve been familiar with and what you know rather than jump into something that’s as intricate as that. Same thing with the flex-defense. Unless somebody left there like when Coach [Gene] Stallings left, you didn’t really see anybody else doing that because I don’t know if anybody understood it or maybe they didn’t believe in it, but whatever, they didn’t know it well enough to coach it and install it like Dallas did.”

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FOXBORO — The Patriots had a successful week of practice, at least from a participation point of view.

Chandler Jones (95), Dominique Easley (99) and Devin McCourty (32) stretch before practice Friday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/

Chandler Jones (95), Dominique Easley (99) and Devin McCourty (32) stretch before practice Friday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/

FOXBORO — The Patriots had a successful week of practice, at least from a participation point of view.

For a fourth straight practice, the Patriots had perfect attendance on Friday in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium. The Patriots had a rare Monday workout on the field after the bye week, giving them four practices for the week.

The biggest news for the Patriots has been the participation of veteran interior offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, who hasn’t played this season because of illness.

Bill Belichick was asked Wednesday what it would take for Wendell to appear in a game for the first time this season.

“We’€™ll evaluate it,” he said Wednesday. “That’€™s what practice is for. That’€™s what preparation is for.”

Wendell has been listed as a full participant all week in practice, with the final injury report expected out later Friday afternoon.

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On Thursday, the profile of Josh McDaniels and his father published, but we couldn’t include everything in it. Here are more pieces about the family, specifically from Josh’s brother Ben, who is currently the offensive coordinator at Rutgers.

Click here to read the full profile on Josh and his father, which details the special bond they share through coaching.

Ben on Josh’s system: “I admire his system and I’ve imitated his system in plenty of ways at Rutgers.”

Ben on if he and Josh talk about the Rutgers-Patriots “pipeline”: “We don’t. We know that there is one. He doesn’t really recognize it, I know that there is one, which is exciting for me and exciting for us as a university to kind of tie some of our players into one of the better organizations in football. That’s critical for us to kind of showcase some of the players that come out of our program. It’s definitely a good thing when our guys find their way to New England.”

Ben on he, Josh and their dad watching football games together: “I wouldn’t say it’s as eventful as you might think it is. It’s not like three guys are sitting in a room trying to dissect the play before it happens and trying to beat each other to figure out what is going to happen and all that stuff. We watch it for what it is. We know somebody has put a lot of thought into a game plan. We watch it for the intelligence thought that was maybe put into a play, a series or a game or something like that. We don’t get to watch many games together that’s for sure.”

Josh on Nick Caserio, who he played college football with at John Carroll University: “He’s an incredible human being. I am very fortunate he befriended me when I went to John Carroll as a freshman. We played three years together, had a lot of fun, enjoyed a lot of success and handled some adversities as well playing together and became very good friends through the whole process. His family and my family, they know each other well. We’ve kind of grown up together I would say once we got to college. From there we’ve been around each other for a long, long time now. Some 20 years. We’ve experience a lot together. I am very proud of the success he’s having and has had. I knew when I recommended him to Bill [Belichick] that he was the kind of person that would never, ever let you down and he has definitely held his end of the bargain up.”

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Ryan Hannable
Dion Lewis has agreed to a two-year extension with the Patriots. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Dion Lewis has agreed to a two-year extension with the Patriots. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — You don’t often see a player rewarded with a contract extension just three games into his time with a team, let alone when that team is the Patriots.

But Bill Belichick feels running back Dion Lewis has shown more than enough to reward him with a contract extension that was first reported on Thursday.

“I think off the field, I think Dion’s been great,” Belichick said at his Friday morning press conference. “He had a really good offseason for us, works hard, is a well-conditioned player, trains hard. He’s strong. He does a very good job of really knowing [the offense]. The volume we have on offense is extensive. He’s done a good job of learning obviously all of the running back stuff but [also] extended plays, empty plays, things like that where he’s playing out of the backfield.”

How much trust has Lewis earned? He leads the team in total touches through three games, providing a valuable spark to the offensive backfield. He’s had 30 carries for 146 yards in three games while catching 15 passes for 179 yards to start his career in New England. Combine that with his work in the spring and summer, and Belichick had seen enough to make a longer term commitment to the fifth year back out of Pitt. Thursday’s extension was for two years (through 2017) and includes a $600,000 signing bonus and $1.8 million in incentives in ’16 and ’17.

“He’s shown value in the kicking game, shown value in all three downs on offense. He does a good job. He does a good job of learning. He’s learned a lot of different spots, a lot of different adjustments, all the different blitz pickups in the passing game. He’s picked things up well. He works hard, he’s tough. He’s there every day.

“He’s very coachable. He really tries to do what you ask him to do, whatever it is, he just doesn’t ask any questions, he just works hard to get it right. You love to coach guys like that.”

What really was apparent Friday is how much Belichick appreciates how hard Lewis has worked to come back from a fractured fibula in 2013 in Cleveland, and how hard he’s work to make the most of his natural abilities.

“He’s got good short area quickness, good change of direction,” Belichick said. “I think for his size, he’s got good power. He’s never going to be a 240-pound power back but for his size, he’s got good power and explosiveness. You’ve seen him put his shoulder down and pick up a couple of extra yards or run through those light tackles, as well as his ability to make guys miss in space and change direction.

“He’s got a number of ways he can get extra yards and his ability to catch the ball, his ability to run inside and outside gives you a lot of options with a guy like that in the game. He makes the most out of what he’s got. He’s got good skill set, not the same as other guys. He can make his work and he’s done it on a number of different levels, different [situations], first down, second down, third down, running game, passing game, inside, outside, kick returns so he’s got a lot to work with there.”

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Peyton Manning has not been stellar, but the Broncos keep winning. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning has not been stellar, but the Broncos keep winning. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

There’s been a lot of bad football in the NFL over the past four weeks. Good quarterbacks seemingly are harder and harder to come by. Guys luck Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, who were supposed to be the next wave of great QBs, are playing well below their potential. Through the first quarter of the season, only eight teams have a winning record. (The J-E-T-S shockingly are a member of this club.)

On Monday, all the talk was about how many kickers are shanking balls left and right. The Jaguars, Steelers and Eagles all lost games because their kickers couldn’t deliver. The Saints and Chargers nearly lost after missed field goals but were saved from embarrassment by Drew Brees and a penalty, respectively.

The league had another bad week as Monday Night Football ended in controversy. The referees inexplicably missed an obvious call in the final seconds of the Seahawks-Lions game, essentially handing the win to Seattle. The following day, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino admitted that the refs botched the call.

Here’s hoping for another wild week!

1. (1 last week) Patriots (3-0) — It would have been better if the Pats had a bye later in the season. They’re as healthy as they’ll be, and if it stays that way, a Week 11 match up with the Broncos in Denver will be an AFCCG preview.

2. (2) Packers (4-0) — Save for some crafty moves in the pocket that resulted in a first-quarter TD pass, Aaron Rodgers was fairly pedestrian against the 49ers defense. The biggest takeaway from this game was the ability of the Packers defense to stop Colin Kaepernick from running all over the field, as he’s done in the past.

3. (4) Broncos (4-0) — The defense sacked Teddy Bridgewater seven times, including a strip sack on the final drive by T.J. Ward. Peyton Manning continues to throw ducks all over the field, including two INTs on Sunday, but for the most part, his receivers have been bailing him out on jump balls. Only the Jets have allowed less points per game on the year.

4. (5) Bengals (4-0) — Andy Dalton and the Bengals might have the widest array of offensive weapons on an NFL roster this year. Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard are the best 1-2 RB combo.

5. (6) Falcons (4-0) — Atlanta put up a whopping 48 points at home against the Texans in Week 4. Devonta Freeman (the backup to injured rookie Tevin Coleman) scored three TDs for the second week in a row. Dan Quinn is the early candidate for Coach of the Year honors.

6. (7) Panthers (4-0) — Bringing up the rear of the undefeated teams is my sleeper pick for the NFCCG, the Panthers. Josh Norman is playing like an all-pro corner. He had a pick-six among four Carolina interceptions. The NFC South (where 7-9 was enough to win the division last year) is the only division with two undefeated teams.

7. (3) Cardinals (3-1) — Anytime you kick five FGs at home, you deserve to lose. In the final minutes, with a third-and-2 on the St. Louis 48-yard line, Carson Palmer overthrew his receivers twice to turn the ball over on downs. This must have been a painful Sunday in Glendale.

8. (8) Seahawks (2-2) — No movement up or down here, since they nearly lost the game in the final seconds to the 0-4 lions. Although, you can’t ignore Kam Chancellor’s heroics, as he made the crucial play at the crucial time to steal the win.

9. (11) Vikings (2-2) — Through four weeks of the season, Adrian Peterson is the leading rusher in the NFL. It appears I may have been wrong on this one. The Broncos loaded the box on a fourth-and-1 and Peterson ran 50 yards for a TD. He was never touched. Teddy Bridgewater is coming along nicely, but allowing seven sacks is a bit much.

10. (16) Rams (2-2) — Todd Gurley’s coming-out party didn’t get started until the second half, but once it started, he proved he was worth the high draft pick. Gurley rushed for 146 yards (all but two of them in the second half). The St. Louis defense wouldn’t break either, as the Rams held Arizona to FGs in four out of five red zone trips.

11. (20) Jets (3-1) — Brandon Marshall was one of the lone bright spots on offense. At 3-1, the Jets are in fourth place in the AFC. It’s been a cupcake schedule so far, with wins over the Browns, Dolphins and Colts and a loss to the Eagles.

12. (9) Bills (2-2) — Teams take on the personality of their head coach. In his introductory press conference, Rex Ryan said he wanted to ‘€œbuild a bully’€ (poor choice of words considering the signing of Richie Incognito) and he has. But in 2015, bullies get in trouble, and the Bills have been called for 58 penalties (46 of which have been accepted) putting them on pace to break the NFL record.

13. (10) Chiefs (1-3) — After a brutal three-game stretch (Denver, GB, Cincy) the Chiefs come home to lick their wounds and play the lowly Bears in Week 5. KC is in last place in the AFC West, but that will change soon.

14. (14) Chargers (2-2) — Philip Rivers played great against a Browns defense that was lacking CB Joe Haden. Keenan Allen also is playing well. Rookie kicker Josh Lambo missed a 39-yard FG attempt with two seconds left, but he was given another chance when Cleveland jumped offsides and he delivered.

15. (15) Colts (2-2) — I made a rule in Week 1: If you beat the Jaguars, you’re only allowed to move up one position. However, if you need OT to do it, you stay put.

16. (12) Cowboys (2-2) — Two more bites from the injury bug. Sean Lee out with a concussion, and Lance Dunbar is out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL. No Dez Bryant. No Tony Romo. An overtime loss to the Saints. A Week 5 thrashing by the Patriots might be ahead.

17. (17) Ravens (1-3) — Steve Smith‘s injury is bad news for a team trying to salvage its season. Joe Flacco was unimpressive on Thursday night but came through in the final minutes of regulation and then in overtime to set up Justin Tucker for the win.

18. (13) Steelers (2-2) — Michael Vick is doing his best to hold the fort until Ben Roethlisberger returns. He played poorly, but the team played well enough to win. Thursday night’s loss was all on Josh Scobee.

19. (24) Giants (2-2) — Some people have been saying that the Giants could very easily be 4-0. While I don’t totally agree, I’ll admit this team has been playing better than we thought it would. With Victor Cruz returning soon, the G-Men could win the NFC East.

20. (19) Lions (0-4) — Yes, I know they’re the only winless team in the NFL, but it’s been a brutal schedule so far. The sooner they fire Jim Caldwell, the sooner this roster will reach its full potential.

21. (26) Titans (1-2) — The NFL is so bad this year, the Titans moved up five spots during a bye week.

22. (27) Redskins (2-2) — Maybe Dan Snyder can trade Robert Griffin III. Maybe the Rams will offer a seventh-rounder for him.

23. (18) Eagles (1-3) — The Chip Kelly experiment officially is on the ropes with a loss to the Redskins. They can’t figure out how to use their biggest offseason acquisition, DeMarco Murray. Sam Bradford played well but not until the second half. In their next seven games, however, the Eagles play only one team with a winning record.

24. (23) Browns (1-3) — If you’re not from Cleveland, it’s impossible to care about this team until Johny Manziel plays.

25. (21) 49ers (1-3) — Three points at home? Ouch. San Francisco ranks dead last in the league with 12 points per game, and dead last with 158 passing yards per game. So who looks worse than Kaepernick in all this? A: Ron Jaworski.

26. (30) Saints (1-3) — Drew Brees‘ 400th TD pass was dramatic, as it gave the Saints an OT win over the Cowboys. Who was most excited about it? Rookie kicker Zach Hocker. Hocker missed a 30-yard FG attempt that would have won the game in regulation.

27. (22) Raiders (2-2) — A 22-20 loss to the Bears will knock you down a few spots. Amari Cooper is playing well as a rookie wideout, but turnovers did in the Raiders.

28. (25) Dolphins (1-3) — Joe Philbin’s tenure with the team is over. Ndamukong Suh is killing the defense from the inside. Ryan Tannehill is killing the offense in the same fashion.

29. (29) Buccaneers (1-3) — Jameis Winston looked very much like a rookie on Sunday, throwing four INTs. For the second time this season, his first pass of the day was intercepted and taken to the house. The team cut rookie kicker Kyle Brindza after seeing him miss five FGs and two XPs over the last two weeks. Yikes!

30. (28) Texans (1-3) — Whatever happened to former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney? He has just 10 tackles and zero sacks through four games. The team will stick with Ryan Mallett at QB because Rex Grossman remains unavailable.

31. (32) Bears (1-3) — The Bears are in fire-sale mode, as they look to transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3. A win against the Raiders doesn’t do much to change the perception of this team, or its season.

32. (31) Jaguars (1-3) — Kicker Jason Myers had two chances to win the game as regulation expired. He missed them both. But luckily for him he was given another chance in OT. He missed that one, too!

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Paul Chartier