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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/30/13

NFL Updates: Dolphins-Saints Notes, Week 5 Schedule and More

September 30, 2013

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What an amazing set of games we’ve had in the NFL during Week 4--and we’re still not finished. Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” features a pair of unbeaten teams, which should serve as a fitting cap to a great week. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy topics that are making headlines from around the league. Here’s the latest.

Patriots-Falcons Notes: Last night’s edition of “Sunday Night Football” was a high-scoring affair between the Patriots and Falcons, but it didn’t really shape up that way until the fourth quarter. New England built up a 30-13 lead on the strength of Tom Brady’s 316 yards and two touchdowns before Atlanta came storming back. They pulled to within a score before falling short on an incomplete pass in the end zone on their final play.
The Patriots would take the game 30-27, but of more immediate concern is DT Vince Wilfork’s health. He came out with a foot injury that’s reportedly a torn Achilles, which would almost definitely end his season.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/30/13

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What to Watch Tonight: It should be a good one tonight, at least from a competition standpoint. The Dolphins will appear in New Orleans to take on the Saints, and something will have to give as both teams come into this one at 3-0.
Miami gives significant ground here when it comes to offense, as New Orleans boasts one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Drew Brees and a plethora of weapons on that side of the ball. If the Phins can establish a running game early--which could be possible as the Saints have shown some vulnerability to the run--that should open things up a bit and allow QB Ryan Tannehill to find his spots.
We’re expecting another big game from Saints TE Jimmy Graham here. He’s got four touchdowns on the season already and will face a Dolphins defense that’s had a little trouble with tight ends so far. Regardless of who does the scoring, there should be a lot of it.

Top Performers (So Far) in Week 4: There were plenty of big-time stat lines in the Sunday slate of games, with some players maintaining a record-setting pace. Let’s take a quick look at yesterday’s top performers at each position.

QB: We’ll give the nod to Peyton Manning here. He posted another stellar outing against the Eagles yesterday, going 28-for-34 for 327 yards and four touchdowns.

RB: Save for Frank Gore’s 153-yard performance on Thursday, Adrian Peterson has the edge here. He managed 140 yards and two scores against Pittsburgh in London.

WR: Torrey Smith couldn’t get his team a win yesterday, but he came away with a great statistical outing. He put up 166 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.

TE: Tony Gonzalez is a sure-fire first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. He showed just why last night against the Patriots, catching a whopping 12 balls for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Week 5 Schedule: Even though Week 4 isn’t officially finished just yet, we can’t resist taking a peek at the looming set of games in Week 5. This weekend boasts some pretty important matchups, which should make for another must-see round of games. Here’s a closer look at the schedule and the networks you can catch your favorite teams on.

Bye Week: Steelers, Vikings, Redskins, Buccaneers

Thursday:
Bills at Browns, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)

Sunday:
1:00 ET Games:
Patriots at Bengals (CBS)
Lions at Packers (FOX)
Seahawks at Colts (FOX)
Ravens at Dolphins (CBS)
Saints at Bears (FOX)
Eagles at Giants (FOX)
Chiefs at Titans (CBS)
Jaguars at Rams (CBS)

Panthers at Cardinals, 4:05 PM ET (FOX)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Broncos at Cowboys (CBS)
Chargers at Raiders (CBS)

Texans at 49ers, 8:30 PM ET (NBC)

Monday:
Jets at Falcons, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)

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