Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith completed his comeback story on Sunday, making his first appearance since a horrific leg injury in 2018 almost cost the veteran his life.

Smith developed life-threatening sepsis and required 17 surgeries to prevent his leg from being amputated after the NFL quarterback suffered a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula two years ago.

However, the 36-year-old and three-time Pro Bowler returned as Washington lost 30-10 to the Los Angeles Rams.

"Very surreal at first," Smith told reporters afterwards. "To have it happen as fast as it did was almost a blessing. ... Just no thinking and going and playing."

Smith, who went down in November 2018, led Washington to a 6-3 record in 2018, completing 205 of 328 passes for 2,180 yards, 10 touchdown and five interceptions before being sidelined.

On Sunday, Smith was sacked six times as he finished nine-of-17 for 37 yards against the Rams in Week 5.

Smith entered the game at the two-minute warning in the second quarter following Kyle Allen's injury.

"I've been waiting on that for a long time," Smith said, discussing the first hit. "The first one felt good. It's nice to know that you're fine and ... knock the cobwebs off so to speak."

"I'd be lying if I said there weren't a lot of days where I didn't think it was going to happen," Smith continued.

Pittsburgh Steelers went 4-0 for the season as rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool ran in four touchdowns to inspire a thrilling 38-29 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The other unbeaten record on the line on Sunday tumbled, though, with the Las Vegas Raiders stunning the Kansas City Chiefs with a 40-32 victory.

Elsewhere, interim head coach Romeo Crennel got off to a winning start with the Houston Texans, while there was an emotional return for Alex Smith as Washington continued to struggle.

 

CHASE RUNS AWAY WITH IT

Pittsburgh's unblemished start – the first time they have gone 4-0 since 1979 – owes much to the burgeoning relationship between veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and breakout star Claypool.

A stunning outing began when he ran into the end zone for a two-yard score after a seven-minute drive in the first quarter before Roethlisberger found Claypool for a third-down completion and a 14-7 advantage.

Claypool also scored on the Steelers' first drive of the third quarter and Roethlisberger targeted the Canadian youngster 11 times. He did so tellingly with Pittsburgh holding a slender two-point lead in the closing minutes, allowing Claypool to conclude a stellar performance that featured seven receptions, 110 receiving yards and six rushing yards.

Kansas City found themselves on the wrong end of a typically high-scoring affair against the Raiders, who had five plays of at least 40 yards and made 490 yards overall in offense.

The game was in the balance at 24-24 at half-time but Patrick Mahomes threw his first interception of 2020 in the final quarter – Josh Jacobs ultimately the beneficiary with his second touchdown.

Derek Carr threw three TDs as Las Vegas improved to 3-2.

CRENNEL GETS HOUSTON ON THE BOARD

A 0-4 start saw Houston fire Bill O'Brien and install Crennel as the oldest head coach in NFL history.

He was 73 years and 115 days old on Sunday, but perhaps felt half his age as the Texans compiled a 30-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are now similarly 1-4.

Deshaun Watson threw two interceptions but had a solid outing overall, finding eight different catchers and completing 25 of 35 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

ALLEN RETURNS BUT WASHINGTON WOES CONTINUE

Already without Dwayne Haskins, Washington's problems at quarterback were compounded when Kyle Allen took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey.

It meant a return for Alex Smith, making a first NFL appearance for 693 days after recovering from a career-threatening compound leg facture in 2018.

The 36-year-old was understandably rusty, getting sacked by six times as the Rams ran out 30-10 winners.

Washington have now lost four consecutive games by 14 or more points – the first such slump by a franchise since 2001.

Joe Flacco coming in for injured signal caller Sam Darnold did nothing to lift the New York Jets from their malaise as a 30-10 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium saw them drop to 0-5.

The Cardinals' Kyler Murray passed for a career-high 380 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for a TD of his own.

Murray completed 27 of his 37 passes, including one of 37 yards for a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown. Hopkins racked up a game-high 131 yards and five other Cardinals players broke 30 receiving yards.

Flacco was 18 of 33 for 195 yards and a touchdown, while he was sacked twice.

Week 5 scores:

Los Angeles Rams 30-10 Washington
Pittsburgh Steelers 38-29 Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals 30-10 New York Jets
Las Vegas Raiders 40-32 Kansas City Chiefs
Carolina Panthers 23-16 Atlanta Falcons
Houston Texans 30-14 Jacksonville Jaguars
Baltimore Ravens​ 27-3 Cincinnati Bengals

The New England Patriots' Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos has been postponed after their training facility was shut down in the wake of a new positive coronavirus test.

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19, it emerged on Wednesday, becoming the team's second high-profile case after Cam Newton.

Quarterback Newton missed the Week 4 trip to the Kansas City Chiefs, with that game pushed back a day as a result of isolated cases for both teams.

The NFL's official website reported that a further positive test occurred on Saturday, causing the training base to be closed. It did not name the Patriots player involved. 

In a short statement, the NFL confirmed the Patriots and the Broncos would now have a bye week in light of a COVID-19 positive, with a new date for the game to be announced in due course.

"The Denver Broncos at New England Patriots game scheduled for Monday, October 12 at 5:00 pm ET has been postponed," the statement read.

"Details on a new game date and time will be announced shortly. Both teams will now have a Week 5 bye.

"This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts."

New England lost 26-10 to the Chiefs, slipping to 2-2 for the season.

The Broncos encounter was initially moved to Monday from Sunday due to the closure of the Patriots' practice facility, which only re-opened on Saturday.

The Tennessee Titans closed their training facility once again on Sunday due to another positive coronavirus test.

The Titans' clash with the Buffalo Bills was put back two days to Tuesday by the NFL as a result of COVID-19 cases.

Tennessee were able to return to their training facility on Saturday after no positive tests were found for two days in a row.

However, they have now been forced to close it down just a couple of days before they are due to face the Bills at Nissan Stadium.

A Titans statement said: "This morning we learned that a staff member tested positive. We have temporarily closed our facility and are in communication with the league on the next steps."

The Titans' Week 4 showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers had to be postponed until later this month.

The New England Patriots' training facility was also shut down again on Sunday amid reports of a new coronavirus case, putting their Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos in doubt. 

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, becoming the team's second high-profile case after Cam Newton. 

Quarterback Newton had missed the Week 4 encounter with the Kansas City Chiefs, with that game pushed back a day as a result of isolated cases for both teams.

New England, beaten 26-10 by reigning champions the Chiefs, had been able to return to the practice field on Saturday, having received no further positive results up to that point. 

The New England Patriots' training facility has been shut down again amid reports of a new coronavirus case, putting their Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos in doubt. 

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, becoming the team's second high-profile case after Cam Newton. 

Quarterback Newton had missed the Week 4 trip to the Kansas City Chiefs, with that game pushed back a day as a result of isolated cases for both teams.

New England - who lost 26-10 to the Chiefs - had been able to return to the practice field on Saturday, having received no further positive results up to that point. 

"One thing that we've learned this year repeatedly has been we have to be ready to adjust and adapt to changes and modifications in the way we do things and in some cases decisions that really come down to a very short amount of time that we have to be ready to adjust to," Pats head coach Bill Belichick told the team's website.

"We're certainly taking things day by day, probably hour by hour would be more accurate."

However, on Sunday the facility was once again closed following the discovery of a fresh case, according to NFL reporters Adam Schefter and Field Yates. New England are said to be undergoing further tests while awaiting guidance from the NFL. 

They are due to host the Broncos at Gillette Stadium on Monday, though the latest development makes it unclear if that game will go ahead as planned.

New Orleans Saints star Michael Thomas is listed as questionable for Monday's NFL showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Thomas has been sidelined by an ankle injury since Week 1, though the Saints wide receiver has practiced on a limited bases every day for two consecutive weeks.

After being ruled out last week, Thomas is now questionable for the clash with the Chargers in Week 5.

"We'll always do what's best for the athlete and be smart regarding any player," Saints head coach Sean Payton said.

Thomas – a three-time Pro Bowler – broke the NFL record for most catches in 2019 with 149 receptions.

In his only appearance this season, Thomas had three receptions for 17 yards.

The Saints are 2-2 after snapping a run of back-to-back defeats by topping the Detroit Lions 35-29 in Week 4.

The winless New York Jets have activated star running back Le'Veon Bell from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's clash against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bell landed on IR last month after injuring his hamstring in the Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, but the three-time Pro Bowler has recovered.

The 28-year-old, who missed three consecutive games, resumed practice this week after he was designated to return on Wednesday.

"He did a good job of, one, getting healthy and then staying in good shape," Jets head coach Adam Gase said on Saturday. "Did a good job making sure that he maintained where his weight was.

"It's pretty easy, especially when you have a hamstring issue to where you can't do what you're normally used to doing, he did a great job as far as making sure he stayed right where he was at when he got hurt. I think he feels even better now than he did when we kind of hit that first game."

Bell rushed six times for 14 yards against the Bills and had two receptions for 32 yards prior to the injury.

The struggling Jets – who will be without injured quarterback Sam Darnold – will be hoping Bell can spark the team following a 0-4 start to the season.

The 2020 NFL season is only a month old and the Houston Texans are already looking to the future following the firing of Bill O'Brien. 

O'Brien was this week relieved of his duties as head coach and general manager of the Texans after an 0-4 start, which followed on from a series of questionable personnel moves.  

Only one team, the 1992 San Diego Chargers, has started 0-4 and gone on to make the playoffs, meaning the Texans are likely playing for pride under interim head coach Romeo Crennel. 

Jack Easterby has taken on the GM role in an interim capacity, but what will O'Brien's long-term replacement in the front office have on his docket? 

Here we look at the tasks that await the new GM in the 2021 offseason.


Replace DeAndre Hopkins

O'Brien's decision to trade Hopkins for a second-round pick this year, a 2021 fourth and running back David Johnson was a move that played a significant role in sealing his fate. 

While quarterback Deshaun Watson's play has not really dropped off without Hopkins - his 8.5 yards per attempt average through four games is the highest of his career - the Texans' offense is predictably worse off without the All-Pro wide receiver. 

The Texans were 52-42 in games with Hopkins and are now 0-6 without him. They averaged 22.1 points in the 94 games Hopkins played for the franchise, but have put up just 17.8 points per game minus his services.

Hopkins helped the Texans rack up 343.8 total yards per game during his time in Houston, with their production in that regard dropping to 304.3 yards per game when he has not featured. 

As one of the game's top young quarterbacks, Watson can mask plenty of the Texans' failings, but the impact of losing a receiver of Hopkins' calibre was always going to be significant. They must repair the damage from a needless trade next offseason.

Shore up the protection

Another of O'Brien's headline moves was the 2019 deal for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, which saw Houston send two first-round picks, a second-rounder and a pair of players to the Miami Dolphins. 

Tunsil, widely regarded as one of the league's top players at the position, was signed to a three-year, $66million extension in April. Yet the numbers suggest the Texans' offensive line has actually declined since his arrival. 

Indeed, between 2014-2018 the Texans rushed for 120.2 yards a game (fifth in the NFL) and gave up an average of 2.63 sacks (24th in the NFL). 

Since 2019, however, the Texans' rush yardage average has dipped to 115.2 (15th), while they are conceding 3.25 sacks per game (31st). 

Tunsil is also the most penalised player in the league since 2019, having been flagged 16 times. Yet it is unlikely the Texans will give up on a player in whom they have invested so much, both financially and in terms of draft capital. 

The challenge for whoever is running the Texans in the offseason is to identify the key weaknesses in the trenches and ensure Watson has the protection to realise his MVP potential.

Reverse the defensive decline

The 2019 offseason also saw the trade of Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.

A first overall pick in 2014, Clowney has never quite lived up to the billing as a pass rusher, but the drop-off by the Texans' defense following his exit has been stark.

Between 2014 and 2018, the Texans ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in opponent points per game (21.3), opponent total yards per game (329.9), opponent rush yards per game (99.3) and opponent passing yards per game (230.6). 

In the 20 regular-season games they have played since the start of the 2019 campaign, the Texans have allowed opponents to average 25.6 points, 389.3 total yards, 133.2 rushing yards and 256.1 passing yards. They rank in the bottom half of the league in all four categories. 

Whether Clowney would have prevented that decline is open for debate but, with J.J. Watt struggling to stay healthy in recent years, this is a defense that lacks difference-makers - something that must be addressed in 2021.

Acquire draft capital

The list of tasks for the next general manager of the Texans is lengthy, but O'Brien's replacement in that role will not be able to succeed in repairing the roster without acquiring draft capital. 

Perhaps the most damaging result of O'Brien's tenure as personnel chief is the lack of draft picks he has left them. 

The Texans do not have a pick in either of the first two rounds of the 2021 draft as a result of their trade with the Dolphins, which looks particularly costly given their first-round pick would be fourth overall if the season ended now. 

Houston needs to supplement an ageing and - outside of Watson - mediocre roster with premium young talent. The best way to do that is to acquire picks.

After the mess O'Brien has left them, it will take some creative roster reconstruction from his successor to put the Texans in contention for a first NFL title. 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will return to the starting line-up against the Miami Dolphins after recovering from an ankle injury.

Garoppolo missed two NFL games after suffering a high ankle sprain in the Week 2 win over the New York Jets.

But 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Garoppolo's recovery ahead of Sunday's clash with the Dolphins at Levi's Stadium.

"He did a good job," Shanahan told reporters on Friday. "Each day it got better, never felt too sore the next day.

"So we needed to hear that today and see him out there today, and we feel good to go and he'll be starting Sunday."

Garoppolo returned to practice in a limited capacity on Wednesday, and the 49ers star made it through the week without an issue, practicing in full on Friday.

"I got the last couple weeks off to get it right," Garoppolo said on Friday. "As far as getting out there, I had the whole week to work on it, so it's feeling pretty good right now."

Garoppolo has completed 33 of 49 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns for last season's Super Bowl finalists the 49ers in 2020.

The 49ers (2-2) are coming off a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles as they prepare to host the Dolphins (1-3) in Week 5.

Vita Vea is expected to miss the rest of the NFL season after Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians confirmed the defensive tackle had suffered a broken leg against the Chicago Bears.

A disappointing Thursday Night Football loss to the Bears, who triumphed 20-19, was compounded a day later by the bad news on Vea.

The third-year pro, who was drafted at number 12 overall in 2018, was carted off the field late in the game after taking down Bears running back David Montgomery, his ankle getting caught in the turf at Soldier Field after inadvertent contact with team-mate Devin White.

Vea was shining in the early weeks of the year - he had two sacks and was excelling against the run for a Bucs defense that is fourth in yards allowed and eighth in points per game to support an offense led by Tom Brady.

"It's a big, big loss," Arians said of the loss of Vea, who started every game last season and all five so far this year.

"When you lose players like [tight end] O.J. [Howard] and Vita, you can plug the next man in, but they are not the same. I hate it for him because he was having such a great year.

"I don't know if there was a better nose tackle out there. He was getting sacks. He was getting pressure up the middle.

"He got hurt on a great hustle play on the side going back and forth and it was really friendly fire that got his leg. He was playing really, really well."

The 3-2 Bucs are back in action with a huge home test against the Green Bay Packers in Week 6.

There was also a negative development for the Dallas Cowboys, with coach Mike McCarthy confirming the team's seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith would undergo neck surgery, ending his season.

Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins put left tackle Austin Jackson on injured reserve due to a foot injury he suffered against the Seattle Seahawks.

Odell Beckham Jr. believes the way the Cleveland Browns played to win their last three games proves their 3-1 record is "no fluke" going into a huge test against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Browns are seeking their first 4-1 start since 1994 when they host the Colts, who have the NFL's best defense through four weeks, on Sunday.

An astonishing 49-38 win at the Dallas Cowboys last week, where Beckham had three total touchdowns, saw the team score their most points in a game since 2007.

In an impressive response since losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, they have had 34 or more points against the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington and Dallas, their best scoring streak since 1968.

IS BECKHAM BACK TO HIS BEST?

As Beckham struggled with a core muscle injury in 2019, he largely failed to meet high expectations in his first year after being traded from the New York Giants, finishing with 1,035 receiving yards.

The Cowboys win saw him produce his best display yet in a Browns jersey. 

"You look at the games that we won, and it was not like it was a fluke," Beckham told reporters about the Browns' start to 2020.

"I’ve just been waiting," he added of his breakout game against Dallas, where he had 81 yards through the air and 73 on the ground.

"I know what I can do. I know what I am capable of. Just trying to find ways to keep this train rolling. This is probably one of the best spots I have been in.

"I had to really strain heavy last year - I did not want to run any faster than I needed to. I am definitely stronger, faster this year than I was last year. I am just all around healthier."

The Colts represent stiff opposition. They also struggled in a poor opener, losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars, only to respond with wins over the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Chicago Bears to also sit 3-1.

With star running back Nick Chubb out injured, Jarvis Landry believes his close friend and team-mate Beckham will have to produce more fireworks, after his spectacular 50-yard touchdown run on a reverse settled the game with Dallas.

"Greatness - listen, I have not seen plays like that in the NFL in a long time," said fellow wide receiver Landry, who had earlier thrown a TD pass to Beckham.

"Only special guys make those type of plays. He is very special. That is something that we are going to continue to need out of him for the rest of the season.

"Last year, he was dealing with a major injury that obviously he had to have surgery and coming into a new system, a new team and all of these things, I think that that weighs on anybody."

HISTORIC NUMBERS FOR COLTS DEFENSE

The Colts defense ranks first in the NFL for points allowed per game (14), yards per game (236.3) and yards per play (4.4).

The 945 total yards allowed is the best Colts figure through the first quarter of a season since 1971, per Stats Perform data.

They have also had the Browns' number over recent years, winning eight of the last nine meetings and five straight in Cleveland. However, each of the last 10 games have been decided by eight or fewer points.

For the Browns, defensive end Myles Garrett has had a spectacular start to 2020 and his 31 pressures are second to only to the Bears' Khalil Mack.

That form has helped the Browns generate turnovers – they have forced 10 fumbles and recovered six of them, the first team to have had such a streak since the 2015 Detroit Lions.

But they have also allowed as many touchdowns as their offense has scored (16) and given up 63 passing plays of 10 or more yards, a record which is second-worst in the league (the Seattle Seahawks have allowed 74).

MILESTONE FOR RIVERS

Pressure may be harder to come by this week, as Colts QB Philip Rivers has only been sacked three times behind quality offensive line play he was not used to with the Los Angeles (formerly San Diego) Chargers.

Rivers will almost certainly become the fifth player in history to reach 5,000 career pass completions, following in the footsteps of an elite group – Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. He goes into the game with 4,996 to his name.

Colts coach Frank Reich has been thrilled with Rivers, even though the Colts' run game and stellar defense meant he only had to throw for 190 yards in last week's win over the Bears.

Reich said: "He made some huge plays on third down trusting his receivers, the throw to T.Y. Hilton, the throw to Marcus [Johnson] down the field - we get the pass interference.

"We had the other one that we missed to T.Y. down there. I know Philip said something about that missed throw. There was a little collision down the field that kind of precipitated that."

And Hilton is not worried about having just 13 catches (162 yards, 22 targets) through four games, so long as the Colts keep winning.

He said: "I have got no problem with what’s going on - we are winning and I am having fun.

"I can only control what I can control and when the ball comes my way, I'll be ready. Whatever my team needs, I'm always there to make a play."

Nick Foles praised the Chicago Bears' defense for their ability to frustrate Tom Brady after he won a Super Bowl rematch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback.

The Thursday Night Football battle between Foles and Brady was the first time two NFL QBs had taken part in a Super Bowl rematch while both representing different teams.

Despite the Bucs racing out to a 13-point lead, it was Foles and the Bears who emerged with a 20-19 win at Solider Field that moved them to 4-1.

Foles also tasted victory over Brady when the Philadelphia Eagles faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, but defenses were more of a factor in this meeting.

Brady was sacked three times and pressured throughout, ultimately restricted to 253 yards and one touchdown as the Bucs, who fell to 3-2, racked up 11 penalties.
 
"Any time you can frustrate Tom Brady, it's a great day, and our defense did that," said Foles, who had an up-and-down outing with 243 yards, one touchdown and one pick. 

"I was really proud of our defense and what they did.

"It wasn't an easy game by any means. It was a fistfight. We just kept fighting, kept fighting, and everyone just kept throwing punches. 

"I would say the big thing was we got to learn how to go through a fistfight like this and come out on top. You don't want them every week, but if that's what it takes to win every week, that's what we'll do.

"It reminded me of a good old fistfight from Philly. Now, I get to do it in Chicago. I really enjoyed getting in the locker room and celebrating with my team-mates. Everyone is really excited about the victory."

Foles came into the game on the back of his difficult first start in a defeat at the Indianapolis Colts, having previously inspired a big comeback against the Atlanta Falcons after replacing Mitch Trubisky from the bench.

It was another mixed night against the Bucs, but head coach Matt Nagy felt the QB highlighted his "special traits" when he engineered two fourth-quarter drives which led to Cairo Santos field goals.

"All in all, the offense made plays when they had to and I think that's one of the special traits that I think Nick has – that is who he is," said Nagy. 

"The best part about all this that I'm super-excited with our players and our coaches is that we're 4-1, and we know we can play a lot better.

"We've been resilient with how we've come through in different situations. There's something special about this team. We find ways to win. It's not always pretty; we totally understand that. But this is a big win for us."

Khalil Mack had two sacks in a game for the first time since Week 3 of the 2019 season and had another chalked off for roughing the passer, with Brady visibly frustrated at times.

"I can't really say what he was going through," Mack said of Brady. "I just know that we smelled a little blood in the water."

An unstoppable force meets the immovable object in Week 5 of the NFL season as the Cleveland Browns host the Indianapolis Colts. 

Cleveland's offense has averaged over 200 rushing yards a game through the campaign's first quarter, while the Colts defense has been among the best run-stuffers in the league so far. 

Two of the NFL's finest young receivers will look to grab the acclaim when the 4-0 Seattle Seahawks face the Minnesota Vikings, while the Washington Football Team and Houston Texans will hope a big change can reverse their fortunes. 

Here, we look at the NFL's latest slate using Stats Perform Data.

 

FEATURE GAME

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns - Sunday 4.25pm (All times Eastern)

- Colts QB Philip Rivers enters the matchup with 4,996 career completions and he will almost certainly become the fifth player to complete 5,000 passes on Sunday. In the last 60 seasons, only three other quarterbacks have completed a higher percentage of their attempts through four games with a new team than Rivers' 72.7 per cent – that list includes Matt Schaub (74.0 per cent, 2007 Houston Texans), Teddy Bridgewater (73.0 per cent, 2020 Carolina Panthers), and Mark Herrmann (73.0 per cent, 1985 San Diego Chargers). 

- The Colts allowed just 28 rushing yards in their Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears, their fewest since Week 3 of 2009 (24 rushing yards versus the Arizona Cardinals). They have allowed just 945 total yards this season, their fewest through four games since holding opponents to 575 yards through the first four games of 1971.

- The Browns trio of Kareem Hunt (five TDs), Odell Beckham Jr. (four TDs), and Nick Chubb (four TDs) are the fifth trio of team-mates to each score four touchdowns in the first four games of the season. They are the first to do so since the 2013 Denver Broncos group of Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Julius Thomas.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans - Tuesday, 7pm 

- Buffalo have recorded 21 plays of at least 20 yards this season, second-most in the NFL behind only the Dallas Cowboys (23). Tennessee have an NFL-low nine plays of 20-plus yards this season, though neither the Titans nor the Bills have a single 20-yard running play this season. 

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, 9.20pm 

- Ascending Seahawks star D.K. Metcalf leads the NFL in yards per catch (25.2 - minimum 10 receptions) and catches for 25-plus yards this season (seven). Justin Jefferson, a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings, ranks second in both these categories (21.8 average, 6 catches of 25-plus yards). 

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday, 1pm

- Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (1,526) and Raiders tight end Darren Waller (1,392) rank first and second in receiving yards for players at their position since 2019. Kelce's 845 career receiving yards against the Raiders are the most among active players at any position.

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, 1pm

- The Steelers are looking for their first 4-0 start since 1979. Their current streak of 40 consecutive seasons without a 4-0 start is tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history behind a 48-year streak by the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans from 1960-2007.

Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints - Monday, 9.15pm

- Ahead of meeting the Justin Herbert-led Chargers, New Orleans QB Drew Brees has a 20-10 record when facing off against first-year quarterbacks, including wins in each of the last five such games. In those wins, Brees has a 75.8 completion percentage and has a 12-1 TD-INT ratio.

ELSEWHERE...

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans - Sunday, 1pm

- The Texans fired Bill O'Brien this week. He was the seventh coach in NFL history to be replaced following back-to-back 10-win seasons with a team, though the first to be replaced after four or fewer games. O’Brien's replacement, Romeo Crennel, will be the oldest head coach in NFL history (73 years and 115 days on Sunday).

Los Angeles Rams at Washington Football Team - Sunday, 1pm

- Washington, who will have Kyle Allen starting at QB after benching Dwayne Haskins, have now lost three straight games by at least 14 points after a 31-17 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens. The last time the franchise lost four straight games by at least 14 points was in 2001.

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