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NFL Updates: Giants' Backfield, Week 6 TV Schedule and More
October 10, 2013
The NFL’s Week 6 begins this evening, so we’ll all be able to get our football fixes again very soon. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the notable storylines and players around the league so we can get an idea of what we should be expecting this weekend. Here’s the latest.
Giants Backfield: One of the keys to tonight’s Bears-Giants game--not to mention one of the keys to New York finally getting in the win column--is the Giants’ beat-up backfield. The team will be without David Wilson, who left Week 5 with a neck injury after scoring his first touchdown of the year. There’s nothing concrete just yet, but he could be out for multiple weeks.
The loss leaves New York’s backfield extremely short-handed. They’ll be forced to rely heavily on Brandon Jacobs, who hasn’t tallied more than 15 carries in a game in almost two years. Spelling him will be the recently re-signed Da’Rel Scott, who will likely serve as the pass-catching back. There will be quite a load placed on these two players, and it remains to be seen whether or not they’re capable of carrying it.
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Bears Receiving Corps: We’ll be watching the Bears receivers with great interest, as there are several storylines there as well. No. 1 WR Brandon Marshall is coming off a pretty bad game by his standards. In Week 5, he managed to find the end zone, but came up with only four catches for a measly 30 yards. As a matter of fact, Marshall hasn’t broken the century mark in yardage since Week 2.
Fellow WR Alshon Jeffery has been a hot topic of conversation in NFL circles recently, as he’s really turned on the statistical jets. He’s turned into a key component of the Bears’ offense, registering two straight games with at least 100 yards (including last week’s 218) and a touchdown.
Finally, there’s new Bears TE Martellus Bennett. He enters this game facing his former Giants team for the first time. He’s been a pretty good add for the Bears thus far, but he’s only topped 77 yards just once this season (Week 4). Expect Bennett to be more of a red zone consideration, just like usual.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: One interesting storyline that will come to fruition this weekend is the question of Griffin’s continued success. He finally got the Redskins into the win column in Week 4 against the Raiders, and will try to make it two in a row Sunday night in Dallas.
This one’s shaping up to be a pretty good matchup. No one in the NFC East is doing much of anything, so the division is still wide open--even to the winless Giants. If Griffin and the Redskins can take one in the Big D Sunday, they’ll gain a foothold in the division in spite of their early-season struggles. Standing in their way is a Cowboys team that’s still mourning a tough loss at the hands of the Broncos in Week 5. They’ll be focused and ready to prove a point, so it should be a good game in Dallas this weekend.
NFL Week 6 Schedule: Week 6 will be getting kicked off (pardon the pun) tonight with the Giants visiting the Bears. While we’re waiting for that one, let’s take a closer look at the complete schedule for this week. Here’s a look at the full slate of games, as well as the networks you can catch each team on.
Bye Week: Dolphins, Falcons
Giants at Bears, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)
Sunday, October 13:
1:00 PM ET Games:
Packers at Ravens (FOX)
Bengals at Bills (CBS)
Lions at Browns (FOX)
Rams at Texans (FOX)
Panthers at Vikings (FOX)
Raiders at Chiefs (CBS)
Steelers at Jets (CBS)
Eagles at Buccaneers (FOX)
4:05 PM ET Games:
Jaguars at Broncos (CBS)
Titans at Seahawks (CBS)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Saints at Patriots (FOX)
Cardinals at 49ers (FOX)
8:30 PM ET Game:
Redskins at Cowboys (NBC)
Monday, October 14:
Colts at Chargers, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)
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