Six quick takes about Week 6 in the NFL:
1. The Los Angeles Rams will be aiming to extend their perfect record against a Denver team that may be in danger of having its season spin out of control. The Broncos are on the cusp of their first 2-4 start since 2011. It doesn’t help that two of the Broncos’ next three games are against currently unbeaten teams. They play the Kansas City Chiefs in two weeks sandwiched around a game against Arizona. And the future doesn’t look good for the Broncos. The Chiefs found their John Elway in Patrick Mahomes, while Elway has yet to find a franchise QB as a GM and the Broncos will now likely have to face Mahomes twice a year for the next decade. Elway got a five-year contract extension last year and a new title of president of football operations, but that long-term extension now looks like a questionable move. Elway signed Case Keenum as a free agent this year, but he hasn’t been the answer.
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For years, the New England Patriots’ regular season has been a rather ho-hum affair.
The Patriots started the season knowing they were a lock for the playoffs unless Tom Brady got hurt.
The other three teams in the division haven’t had a franchise quarterback to match Brady since he arrived on the scene in 2000.
But things are different this year. For the second time in three games, the Patriots are playing a regular-season game with a lot on the line.
First, Miami came to Foxboro on Sept. 30 at 3-0. The Patriots were 1-2. A loss to Miami would have dropped them three games behind the Dolphins
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Five quick takes on Week 5 in the NFL:
1. The NFL gets credit for scheduling the New Orleans Saints on Monday night in the fifth weekend of the season. The odds were that it would be the week Drew Brees broke the passing yards record and he did, making it a primetime celebration. It also made an otherwise rout of the hapless Washington Redskins worth watching. He even got the record with a 62-yard touchdown pass instead of a five-yard dumpoff. That was a nice touch. Brees isn’t just putting up numbers, though. He has the Saints at 4-1, and they have to be considered a Super Bowl contender. Still, his career must be kept in context. Brees played in a passing era and is not another Johnny Unitas or Otto Graham. He’s arguably not even on the list of the 10 best passers in NFL history.
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Five things to watch for in Week 5 of the NFL:
1. Drew Brees needs 201 passing yards Monday night against the Washington Redskins to surpass Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the league’s all-time leader in passing yardage. Brees is at 71,740, while Favre is at 71,838 and Manning is at 71,940. This says more about today’s pass-oriented NFL than it does about Brees. He probably wouldn’t make many top-10 lists of the greatest quarterbacks, but he’s been durable and consistent.
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The most hyped matchup of the young season will happen in Kansas City on Sunday, when the Kansas City Chiefs’ top-scoring offense will take on Jacksonville’s No. 1 scoring defense.
With Patrick Mahomes already playing like a wunderkind quarterback, the Chiefs are averaging 36.2 points a game and the Jaguars are giving just 14 points a game.
It will be the biggest test yet for Mahomes and the Chiefs’ high-flying offense.
Ditto for a Jaguars defense that has yet to face an offense as potent as that of the Chiefs.
Still, despite all the hype, this matchup may not decide the game.
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