Week 5 of the NFL will start with the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles as the two teams with the best record (3-0) in the season’s first three weeks. Their worst-case scenario would be a loss, and they would remain in first place in their divisions. The Dolphins will travel to New York to face a direct division rival: the Jets. The season is off to a great start, check out the teams with the best projections.
Miami has shown a lot of offensive performance, thanks to Tua Tagovailoa, who is among the best quarterbacks of the season. The player has shown a better start to the season than in previous editions.
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Two Florida players also appear in the receptions department. Excluding Week 4 scores, Jaylen Waddle has 342 yards, while teammate Tyreek Hill already has 317.
Others who are featured and producing gains for Miami are Chase Edmonds (79 yards rushing), Brandon Jones (24 tackles), Melvin Ingram (two catches), and Jevon Holland, with an interception.
Eagles, meanwhile, will also see action and will do so at the home of the Arizona Cardinals. Their great start is due, in part, to the performance of three of their leading players.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts, already with three seasons of experience, is third in the offensive lead with 916 yards passing. Wide receiver A.J. Brown, 25, from Ole Miss University, has 20 receptions with 308 yards rushing.
The other, just as important as the above, is Brunswick-born cornerback Darius Slay, who, not counting Week 4 games, has grabbed two interceptions for his team.
It will therefore be a decisive week for both teams in the struggle to get off to the best possible start in a 2002 season that began without guaranteed results.
Broncos vs. Colts
The Denver Broncos will host the Colts at Empower Field at Mile High in the Thursday Night Football game.
It should remember that Denver put all their eggs in the basket long before the start of the season, when they agreed to a contract extension with their quarterback Russell Wilson for five years and $245 million, of which $165 million was already guaranteed.
Everything indicates that he was the piece the Broncos needed to stay in the competition. This team has only one season with a winning record since they won the title in Super Bowl 50, led by Peyton Manning in 2015.
Excluding Week 4 stats, the Cincinnati native ranks 19th among offensive leaders. He has reached 743 yards and is averaging 59.4% in passes completed (106-63).
His performance will be essential for the Broncos in this game if they want to add a win against Indianapolis, which has not looked good in the early going, with one win, one tie, and one loss in its first three games.
The Colts barely had their first win at home last Sunday, September 25, when they came from behind to win the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
That win also snapped a streak of four consecutive losses, including their last two performances of the previous season.
Matt Ryan’s effectiveness will be decisive if the Colts want to surprise on the road. Excluding his Week 4 numbers, Ryan has 769 yards rushing with 75 pass completions in 117 attempts for a 64.1% completion percentage.
Packers vs. Giants
Two teams with similar realities will meet next when the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants square off in Week 5 of NFL. But the odds are slightly more in favor of the Packers.
Offensive hesitation continues to be an issue for the Packers to correct and work on. On the plus side, the defense is in tune by conceding only 22 points between the second and third weeks of the season.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has already racked up 684 yards in his first three games and ranks 21st with a 72.3% pass completion average, the product of 68 yards on 94 attempts.
On the other hand, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell has been doing an extraordinary job at the defensive end, already making 29 catches, 15 of them solo and the rest in assists.
And if we talk about Giants, it is essential to mention that the team has lacked offensive production. The most New York has scored this year is 21 points, and they did it in the first week of action.
Daniel Jones has reached 560 yards, with an efficiency of 64.1%, a product of 59 pass completions in 92 attempts.
He also has an average of 6.1 yards in pass attempts, and his most extended pass play, not including week four, was 65 yards. He also has three touchdown passes.
Defense continues to be the team’s hallmark. Julian Love ranks 18th in tackles with 27, 16 of them solo and two tackles for a loss of opponent yardage.
Patriots vs. Lions
The New England Patriots will have to play their next few games without quarterback Mac Jones, who will be out of action with no set return date due to an ankle injury.
Before his injury, Jones ranked 11th among quarterbacks with 786 yards rushing and 64 pass completions in 97 attempts for a 66% completion percentage.
Bryan Hoyer will lead the offense that, although it woke up against Baltimore, scored only 24 points in the first two weeks.
One good news for the Patriots is that Nelson Agholor is coming along. The 29-year-old veteran wide receiver has already racked up 11 receptions and has accounted for 179 yards.
Included in those numbers was a 44-yard reception late in the first half against the Steelers, which ended in a TD and meant they took a 10-3 lead, a lead they never relinquished throughout the game.
On the other side of the court will be Lions. Detroit is making a good impression at the start of the season. Even their two losses were by four points or less.
What is true is that their defensive team has not been entirely efficient, but their offense is one of the most organized in the championship, especially their ground attack.
After this team finished with three wins, 13 losses, and one draw in Dan Campbell’s first season in charge, they now appear to be a more dangerous opponent.
The Lions are still in contention for their first away win, something they have not achieved since December 6, 2020, in Chicago.
Can the Lions Get Their First Win on the Road?
They would have a chance if they take advantage of Mac Jones’ injury leave.
Will Eagles Keep Winning?
If they keep the formula they started with, everything seems to indicate they will.
Is There a Clear Winner Between Packers and Giants?
Not right now. It would be best to wait for the results of week 4.