Hello and good afternoon everyone! Can you believe we are already at week 5? Things move fast in the NFL. Either way, with no word on whether Andy Dalton will be back under center this weekend, John Breech took the day off to call Matt Nagy and argue his case. That’s why I, Cody Benjamin, am here to guide you through the latest in the league.
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- Today’s show: assessing the fallout from Urban Meyer’s drama
The Jaguars coach spoke to his entire squad on Wednesday, apologizing for his recent actions seen in viral videos, which showed Meyer, who is married, touching a young woman dancing at a Columbus-area bar after the loss of Jacksonville in the fourth week. Brady Quinn joined Will Brinson on the “Pick Six NFL Podcast” to assess the fallout.
âI said this and I stand by this: the media doesn’t like Urban Meyer,â Quinn said. “They’re going to look at whatever little thing they choose and make a big deal out of it.” Quinn went on to say that he spoke to a front office official who believed Meyer “is going to be okay” and the Jaguars players “get it”. Still, like Brinson, he believes the drama “worsens the 0-4 record” and calls into question Meyer’s position as the responsible leader in the locker room. Ultimately, Quinn doesn’t anticipate a big change to happen.
“I think if things went wrong I think Coach Meyer would step down before Shad Khan fired him.”
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2. Prisco’s choices: the rams pass in front of Seattle, the bills upset the chefs
Pete Prisco swears he chooses NFL games in October, his birthday month. If you believe him, you’ll want to check out his predictions for every match in Week 5. Here are some of his more notable predictions:
- Rams 30, Seahawks 19: The Rams have traditionally played well against Seattle, even in Seattle, which is why I think they’re going to bounce back. Seattle’s pass defense has too many busts that will appear here for Matt Stafford.
- Bills 30, counts 28: The Bills lost to the Chiefs twice last season, but solved their biggest problem in those losses – the pass rush. I think they did enough to slow down Patrick Mahomes.
- Cowboys 28, Giants 26: The Cowboys have won three in a row and have improved a lot in defense. The Giants, however, will stay in this game because of Daniel Jones.
3. Patriots trade All-Pro CB Stephon Gilmore for Panthers
Gilmore was the subject of commercial rumors for a long time before landing on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from quad surgery. But now he’s not coming back to the Patriots at all, with New England swapping the former Pro Bowler to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday for a sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Gilmore has reportedly asked for a raise from the Carolina Panthers. during the final year of a five-year contract with the Pats, but he will now join a Carolina defense that acquired former first-round cornerback CJ Henderson from the Jaguars last week.
For more information on the trade, be sure to click here.
4. Insider Notes: Crows are slowly moving towards the pass-first approach
Jason La Canfora thinks there is something unique about Baltimore’s attacking prowess this year: While the racing game is still an obvious priority for Lamar Jackson and Co., the Ravens really shine in the air.
What if I told you that in the first month of the NFL season, no team throws the ball like the Ravens. No unit attacks defenses with more airfields than Baltimore. No quarterback averages more yards per completion than Jackson, Hollywood Brown is in the NFL top seven in yards per catch, and Mark Andrews is second among all tight ends in overhead yards per target. … The first down becomes a pass for the Ravens, crazy as it sounds. And as long as teams defend them like the Broncos and Lions, or nearly so, they will.
5. QB Power Rankings: Kyler Murray gets closer to the top five
Each week throughout the season, we rank all starting QBs from 1 to 32. This week has seen some big jumps for Joe Burrow, Taylor Heinicke and Daniel Jones, among others, but no signalman deserves more praise. than Murray, who could be the MVP favorite after leading Arizona to their fourth straight victory. Here, in our last top 10, he is approaching the top five:
- Patrick Mahomes (+1)
- Aaron Rodgers (-1)
- Russell wilson
- Tom brady
- Dak prescott
- Justin Herbert (+2)
- Kyler Murray (+2)
- Josh Allen (+1)
- Matthieu Stafford (-3)
- Lamar jackson
6. Quick Rally: Gronk Update, Steelers’ Shady Future
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