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Week 5 slate kicks off with our own Indianapolis Colts on the road to the New England Patriots tonight on Thursday Night Football. Chris Ballard said “the rivalry is back on” and Colts fans want to see some evidence of that from kickoff to the final whistle.Luck is coming off of his most attempts Youth Braden Smith Jersey , completions and touchdowns of the season and is completing the ball at a 67.2% clip as well. Is there a better test than the Patriots in Week 5 for the franchise quarterback coming back from a season off? It’s rhetorical. According to Pro Football Reference, Luck is 80-of-139 (57.6%), has thrown 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, has been sacked only 5 times and has an 83.3 quarterback rating in his three regular season games against the Patriots. The Colts will need his best game of the year, and maybe his regulars season career to pull it off in Foxboro.As for the rest of the matchups this week, there are 5 divisional games on the docket and a host of sneaky competitive games at least at face value. So many games this year have shown that the league is very much a league with most of the teams near the median of the pack. Great games one week, then throwing up a random stinker against a perceived bottom-dwelling team.We’ll see Ben Roethlisberger and the inconsistent Steelers facing Matt Ryan and the Falcons who’ve lost their three games by a total of 13 points and have put up 30 points in three of their four games thus far. The Browns, who are finally fun again to watch are hosting the Ravens who have been clicking lately, but the game of the week very well could be Patrick Mahomes facing off against the Jaguars’ defense.Mahomes is the most explosive quarterback right now and the Jags are as physical a team against the pass that there is. If the Chiefs’ running game isn’t on point, it could get really interesting how Mahomes goes toe to toe with that pass rush, and physical coverage down field. In the afternoon slots there are a couple of solid matchups as well. The Vikings and Eagles is a fun game to look forward to, and the Rams who are putting up 35 points per game are traveling to the Seahawks and has the potential to either be a great, nip-and-tuck type game, but also — and maybe more realistically — has some serious blowout potential. I think that everyone at least hopes that the Cowboys can play like they did in Week 4 Sunday night in order to make for some good television as they travel to the Texans in primetime. The Texans tasted blood for the first time last week against the Colts, and could gain some momentum off of that or they could look like they did the first few weeks of the season as well. And to round out the Week 5 slate, there’s a quiet interest with this one in New Orleans with the Saints hosting the Redskins on Monday Night Football. The Saints are third in points per game (34.2) while the Redskins are second in the league in points per game allowed with just 14.7 ppg and are coming off a lengthy break and their last game in Week 3 being a 31-point output against the Packers. Here are our staff picks for the week and as you can see, there are a lot of these picks that are very split. Just goes to show you how competitive the league is this season I think. Matt Danely: 33-29 | Chris Shepherd: 34-28 | Chris Blystone: 33-29 | Stephen Reed: 36-26 | Brett Mock: 34-28 | Jared Malott: 28-34 | Elliot Denton: 35-27 | Andrew Aziz: 34-28 | Zach Hicks 14-17Thursday 8:20 pm ETColts (5) @ Patriots | Contrarians: Matt Danely, Brett Mock, Andrew Aziz, Chris ShepherdSunday 1:00 pm ETPackers (7) @ Lions | Contrarians: Chris Blystone, DanelyBroncos (7) @ Jets | Contrarians: Zach Hicks, BlystoneGiants @ PanthersTitans (5) @ Bills | Contrarians: Danely , Mock, Shepherd, BlystoneFalcons (6) @ Steelers | Contrarians: Jared Malott, Aziz, MockRavens (6) @ Browns | Contrarians: Danely, Aziz, BlystoneDolphins @ Bengals Jaguars @ Chiefs (5) | Contrarians: Danely, Aziz, Shepherd, HicksSunday 4:05 pm ETRaiders @ ChargersSunday 4:25 pm ETVikings (6) @ Eagles | Contrarians: Stephen Reed, Shepherd, MockRams @ SeahawksCardinals (6) @ 49ers | Contrarians: Eliott Denton, Hicks, BlystoneSunday 8:20 pm ETCowboys (5) @ Texans | Contrarians: Danely, Shepherd, Reed, MalottMonday 8:15 pm ETRedskins @ Saints (7) | Contrarians: Danely, HicksWhat are your picks for Week 5? The Colts got a win at home Sunday in what was a very one-sided affair. By midway through the first quarter, the Colts appeared to be easily the better team and didn’t do anything to cause doubts about that fact. The Bills were by far the worst team the Colts have played this season, so they should have done just what they did, but that hasn’t always stopped them from showing up and being underwhelming. With just the Raiders ahead before the Colts get their bye week, lets take a look at the snap counts from week 7 and see what they can tell us about this team.Offense#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercentNotesThe offensive line has looked very good for two weeks now. They’ve had the same group of guys on the field for the whole game White Joe Haeg Jersey , except in this one when Castonzo and Kelly were pulled later in the game once it was in hand. If this group continues to build continuity, they won’t just be good, they have the potential to be a great offensive line.You might be surprised to hear that Dontrelle Inman, the free agent receiver signed October 16th, led all other receivers in snaps. I know I was. Maybe that is because despite doing so, he wasn’t targeted at all. Jordan Wilkins, who got no offensive snaps last week, had 15 this week and was definitely a solid contributor. He had 6 carries for 46 yards and a catch for 8 yards. He doesn’t have to be the star, but getting good production out of him on limited use is exactly what the offense needs.T.Y. Hilton didn’t play quite as many snaps as we usually see, and while he was a big contributor, he didn’t have to be leaned on completely. That was good because he likely needs time to recover to 100%, but his impact was clearly felt, despite barely breaking 50% of the snaps for the offense.Defense#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercentNotesDespite his short time with the team, S Mike Mitchell played nearly every defensive snap. His impact has been huge in his two games with the team and if he can keep it up it’ll reinforce what a good signing he was to help cover needs of an injury plagued safety position.Darius Leonard continues to be a huge factor on the defense, playing 52 of 56 defensive snaps. 17 tackles and a fumble recovery, further proof that Leonard wasn’t just getting numbers as a product of chance, but that he is legitimately a playmaker.The loss of Jihad Ward to injury had a noticeable impact on Turay’s time on the field Sunday. He has pretty consistently hovered just north of 50% of the defensive snaps. This week he hit 71%. Turay had a good game and made the most of his playing time, but hopefully Ward won’t be out long, as he has been a valuable asset on passing downs.Curiously, Nate Hairston saw his playing time drop dramatically this week while Quincy Wilson saw his increase quite a bit. Hairston struggled against the Jets and Wilson had a solid game on Sunday. With Kenny Moore seemingly having a strangle hold at the top in terms of the pecking order, it may be that Hairston and Wilson will be battling it out for playing time going forward.Special Teams#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent#PlayerPositionOffensive SnapsPercentDefensive SnapsPercentSpecial Teams SnapsPercent

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