Previewing NFL Week 5

Are you ready for some Tuesday night football?

The NFL, scrambling to keep the season going in the middle of a pandemic, has shifted the Tennessee-Buffalo game to Tuesday.

Assuming it is played then, the Bills’ game with the Chiefs scheduled for two days later will have to be moved. And the Broncos-Patriots game has been moved to next Sunday, necessitating the postponement of Denver’s game with Miami that day.

What a mess.

Moving games may be the new norm as the NFL copes with the virus.

—The big question for the Titans is how they will play after dealing with a Covid outbreak the last two weeks and having little practice time. They’re 3-0 but may have lost all their momentum.

—Winless Houston starts the post-Bill O’Brien era by hosting the 1-3 Jaguars. The Texans are favored under interim coach Romeo Crennel, who is trying to change the atmosphere that O’Brien created when he alienated many players and staff members.

—Washington and the Jets will be going with new quarterbacks. Washington benched Dwayne Haskins, who was demoted to third string, for Kyle Allen, and the Jets benched Sam Darnold for Joe Flacco. But both teams have so many problems that a quarterback change may not make a difference.

—Tyrod Taylor may be the latest NFL player to get Wally Pipped. Pipp was the player who saw out a game and never got it back after Lou Gehrig took over. Taylor was sidelined by an injury and a doctor’s mistake. That opened the door for rookie Justin Herbert and he is keeping the job now that Taylor is healthy.

—Punters are spending a lot of time on the sidelines. For the first four weeks of the season, punts are at an all-time low of 3.46 a game, probably because coaches are going for it more often. Will be interesting to see if this trend continues.

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