WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 6
It’s Thursday and that means its time for the NFL and Thursday Night Football. Alot of BIG questions as Week 6 kicks off and LockedIN Magazine is here to help you stay #LockedIN on the NFL.
What Will the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jalen Ramsey Do? Will the Miami Dolphins or Washington Redskins get on Track ? Will Tom Brady and the Patriots stay Undefeated? And Whats up in London?
The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS enter Week 6 as the AFC’s only unbeaten team (5-0) and with the top defense in the NFL, ranking first in fewest points allowed per game (6.8) and fewest yards allowed per game (238.4). Their 34 total points allowed through five games are the fewest points allowed through a team’s first five games since the 2005 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (29 points) and the fifth-fewest since 1970.
By allowing 12 or fewer points against the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon), the Patriots would rank in the top five for the fewest points allowed through a team’s first six games since 1970.
An NFL Network Special features running back Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers taking on quarterback Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South divisional matchup Sunday, October 13 at 9:30 AM ET from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network. Panthers-Buccaneers will also be available on local broadcast stations in Charlotte (WJZY) and Tampa (WMOR).
Fans can stream the game through NFL digital properties across devices (NFL.com and the NFL app), NFL Network distributors’ apps and sites, and on phones via Yahoo Sports and the Panthers and Buccaneers mobile properties. For a full listing of viewing options, fans can visit NFL.com/TNF.
NFL GameDay Morning personalities Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci will call the game, joined by reporter Melissa Stark on the sidelines. This marks the second game Eisen, Warner, Irvin and Mariucci have been in the booth together following last year’s Philadelphia Eagles-Jacksonville Jaguars matchup.
This Sunday, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES and Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON face each other for the first time in their careers, when the Chiefs welcome the Texans to Arrowhead Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Entering Week 6, Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yards (1,831), while Watson ranks second in the league in passer rating (115.9). The pair are tied for second in the league in touchdown passes with 11.
Mahomes, who has 7,212 passing yards in 22 career games, and Watson, who has 7,228 passing yards in 28 career games, can each reach 7,500 career passing yards on Sunday. Should the pair each reach the milestone, they would become the fastest and tied for the third-fastest quarterbacks in NFL history to reach 7,500 career passing yards.
Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD enters Week 6 with 39,648 career passing yards in 145 games during his 11-year career with the Lions.
With 352 passing yards against the Packers on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Stafford can become the first player in NFL history to reach 40,000 career passing yards in fewer than 150 games.
Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 268 yards and four touchdowns with a 151.8 passer rating in the Seahawks’ Week 5 win. Wilson, who currently leads the NFL with a 126.3 passer rating in 2019, has a passer rating of 100 or higher in each of Seattle’s first five games of the season.
With a passer rating of 100 or higher on Sunday at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Wilson would become the fourth player in NFL history with a passer rating of 100 or higher in each of his first six games of a season.
San Francisco quarterback JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 920 passing yards and seven touchdowns with a 99.4 passer rating in 2019 and has led the 49ers to their first 4-0 start since 1990. Garoppolo now owns a 12-2 record as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
With a win on Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Garoppolo can become the eighth quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least 13 wins in his first 15 career starts.
Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had a season-high 237 scrimmage yards (176 rushing, 61 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in Week 5 and leads the NFL in scrimmage yards through the first five weeks of the 2019 season (866).
With 134 scrimmage yards in London against Tampa Bay (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network), McCaffrey would join Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963) and MARSHALL FAULK (2000) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards through their team’s first six games of a season.
Tampa Bay wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN had 12 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4 and seven catches for 125 yards and two scores in Week 5.
With at least 125 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in London against Carolina (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network), Godwin would become the fourth player in NFL history to have three consecutive games with at least 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Fourth-year cornerback Jalen Ramsey has wanted out of Jacksonville since before the season when he made the Jaguars organization aware that he deserved a raise (which he wasn’t issued). The disagreement and fact that Ramsey hasn’t been practicing or playing in games has led to speculation that he might be on his way out of Jacksonville. However, no move has occurred just yet, and according to reports, Ramsey will even play for the Jags this weekend when they face the New Orleans Saints.
Ramsey missed the Jags’ last two games against the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers with an alleged back ailment. Despite Ramsey’s trade request, owner Shad Khan has been reluctant to make a deal, with the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens reportedly interested in the cornerback.
Though only in his fourth year in the league, Ramsey is a two-time Pro Bowler and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2017. He was also named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2016 and won a BCS national title while a freshman at Florida State in 2013.
He was a consensus All-American in 2015 and was a two-time All-ACC first-team pick in 2014 and 2015. He’s also a two-time ACC champion (2013, 2014).
At least for this weekend, Jalen is still a Jaguar!