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Central Division’s Nashville Predators 2019-20 Outlook: Team is always a Stanley Cup contender

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NASHVILLE PREDATORS: TEAM LOOK-AHEAD
The Predators are the two-time defending Central Division champions after claiming the No. 1 seed in the regular-season in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. Nashville looks to top 100 standings points in three consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history after hitting 100 in 2018-19 (47-29-6) and capturing the Presidents’ Trophy with 117 points in 2017-18 (53-18-11).

The Predators also put their five-year playoff run on the line in 2019-20, tied with the Capitals for the second-longest active streak of postseason appearances behind the Penguins (13).

SEASON-OPENING STATS
* The Predators got off to a fast start in 2018-19, opening with an 8-2-0 (16 points) record to lead all teams through 10 games. Nashville also opened 2018-19 with eight consecutive road wins, the third-longest road winning streak from the start of a season in NHL history.

OFFENSIVE OUTLOOK
Viktor Arvidsson has led or co-led the Predators in goals in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 34 tallies in just 58 games in 2018-19. His 0.59 goals-per-game average ranked third in the NHL (min. 20 GP) behind 50-goal scorers Alex Ovechkin (0.63) and Leon Draisaitl (0.61).

* Arvidsson is one of five players to lead their current team in goals in each of the last three or more seasons. He is joined by Ovechkin (14; 2005-06—2018-19 w/ WSH), Vladimir Tarasenko (5; 2014-15—2018-19 w/ STL), Anders Lee (3; 2016-17—2018-19 w/ NYI) and Tyler Seguin (3; 2016-17—2018-19 w/ DAL).

* New acquisition Matt Duchene also topped 30 goals in 2018-19 with the Senators and Blue Jackets (31-39—70 in 73 GP). The Predators have had multiple players score 30 goals in a season on three occasions: 2005-06 (Steve Sullivan: 31 & Paul Kariya: 31), 2015-16 (Filip Forsberg: 33 & James Neal: 31) and 2016-17 (Arvidsson: 31 & Forsberg: 31).

* Captain Roman Josi has reached the 50-point mark four times in his career, including 15-41—56 in 2018-19 (82 GP). He needs 52 points to become the second defenseman in franchise history to record 400 points with the Predators (Shea Weber: 166-277—443 in 763 GP).

* Forsberg and Craig Smith have each scored 20 or more goals five times with the Predators – no player in franchise history has recorded six 20-goal campaigns with the club.

THE FUTURE IS NOW
* After ten games with Nashville in 2018-19 – four in the regular season, six in the playoffs – Dante Fabbro is expected to contend for a full-time NHL role in 2019-20. Current Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis holds the franchise records for goals, assists (tied) and points by a rookie blueliner, marks he set in 2003-04 (7-19—26 in 80 GP). Seth Jones also had 19 assists as a rookie in 2013-14, falling one short of Hamhuis in the other categories (6-19—25 in 77 GP). In total, only three rookie defensemen have topped 20 points in a season with the Predators: Hamhuis, Jones and Cody Franson (6-15—21 in 2009-10).

BETWEEN THE PIPES
Pekka Rinne is one of three goaltenders with 30 or more wins in each of the last five seasons, joining Devan Dubnyk and Braden Holtby. Overall, Rinne has reached the 30-win plateau eight times in 13 seasons – only Martin Brodeur (14), Patrick Roy (13), Henrik Lundqvist (11), Marc-Andre Fleury (9) and Ed Belfour (9) have more 30-win seasons in NHL history.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
A look at how players have fared historically in their debut game/season with the franchise:

First game with Predators. . .
SKATERS
Most goals: 3 – Steve Sullivan (Feb. 18, 2004)
Most assists: 1 – 37 players; most recent: Kyle Turris (Nov. 11, 2017)
Most points: 4 – Steve Sullivan (Feb. 18, 2004)

DEFENSEMEN
Most goals: 1 – 4 players; most recent: P.K. Subban (Oct. 14, 2016)
Most assists: 1 – 11 players; most recent: Samuel Girard (Oct. 10, 2017)
Most points: 2 – Denis Grebeshkov (March 2, 2010)

GOALTENDERS
Most saves: 39 – Jan Lasak (April 9, 2002)
Shutout: None

First season with Predators. . .
SKATERS
Most goals: 31 – Paul Kariya (2005-06)
Most assists: 54 – Paul Kariya (2005-06)
Most points: 85 – Paul Kariya (2005-06)
DEFENSEMEN
Most goals: 16 – Andy Delmore (2001-02)
Most assists: 39 – Marek Zidlicky (2003-04)
Most points: 53 – Marek Zidlicky (2003-04)

GOALTENDERS
Most wins: 23 – Dan Ellis (2007-08)
Most Shutouts: 6 – Dan Ellis (2007-08)

 

PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

What to Look For in Week 6 of the NFL

 

​​​​WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 6

THE PATRIOT WAY: The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS enter Week 6 as the AFC’s only unbeaten team (5-0) and with the top defense in the NFL, ranking first in fewest points allowed per game (6.8) and fewest yards allowed per game (238.4). Their 34 total points allowed through five games are the fewest points allowed through a team’s first five games since the 2005 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (29 points) and the fifth-fewest since 1970.​

By allowing 12 or fewer points against the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon), the Patriots would rank in the top five for the fewest points allowed through a team’s first six games since 1970.

The teams with the fewest points allowed through their first six games of a season since 1970:

TEAM SEASON POINTS ALLOWED
Atlanta Falcons 1977 32
Baltimore Colts 1971 34
Minnesota Vikings 1970 39
Denver Broncos 2006 44
Denver Broncos 1977 46
     
New England Patriots 2019 34*
*Through five games

In Week 5, New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 348 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ win over Washington, and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) for the third-most career passing yards in NFL history.

With 18 passing yards on Thursday night, Brady (71,923) will surpass PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for second place on the all-time list.

The players with the most career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING YARDS
Drew Brees* San Diego Chargers, New Orleans 74,845
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940
Tom Brady* New England 71,923
*Active

– NFL –

THE FUTURE IS HERE: This Sunday, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES and Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON face each other for the first time in their careers, when the Chiefs welcome the Texans to Arrowhead Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Entering Week 6, Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yards (1,831), while Watson ranks second in the league in passer rating (115.9). The pair are tied for second in the league in touchdown passes with 11.

Mahomes, who has 7,212 passing yards in 22 career games, and Watson, who has 7,228 passing yards in 28 career games, can each reach 7,500 career passing yards on Sunday. Should the pair each reach the milestone, they would become the fastest and tied for the third-fastest quarterbacks in NFL history to reach 7,500 career passing yards.

The players to reach 7,500 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES TO REACH 7,500 PASS YARDS
Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams 27
Marc Bulger St. Louis Rams 29
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 29
Matthew Stafford Detroit 29
     
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 22*
Deshaun Watson Houston 28#
*Has 7,212 passing yards
#Has 7,228 passing yards

– NFL –

STAFFORD SLINGER: Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD enters Week 6 with 39,648 career passing yards in 145 games during his 11-year career with the Lions. ​

With 352 passing yards against the Packers on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Stafford can become the first player in NFL history to reach 40,000 career passing yards in fewer than 150 games.

The players to reach 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES TO REACH 40,000 PASS YARDS
Matt Ryan Atlanta 151
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 152
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 153
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 154
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 154
     
Matthew Stafford Detroit 145*
*Has 39,648 passing yards

– NFL –​

FEELING 100: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 268 yards and four touchdowns with a 151.8 passer rating in the Seahawks’ Week 5 win. Wilson, who currently leads the NFL with a 126.3 passer rating in 2019, has a passer rating of 100 or higher in each of Seattle’s first five games of the season.

With a passer rating of 100 or higher on Sunday at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Wilson would become the fourth player in NFL history with a passer rating of 100 or higher in each of his first six games of a season.  ​

The players with a passer rating of 100 or higher in each of their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 100+ PASSER RATING TO BEGIN SEASON
Aaron Rodgers# Green Bay 2011 12
Tom Brady# New England 2007 8
Carson Palmer Cincinnati 2005 6
       
Russell Wilson Seattle 2019 5*
*Active Streak
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

– NFL –

WINNING JIMMY: San Francisco quarterback JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 920 passing yards and seven touchdowns with a 99.4 passer rating in 2019 and has led the 49ers to their first 4-0 start since 1990. Garoppolo now owns a 12-2 record as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

With a win on Sunday at the Los Angeles Rams (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Garoppolo can become the eighth quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least 13 wins in his first 15 career starts.

The quarterbacks with the most wins through their first 15 career starts in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RECORD THROUGH 1st 15 STARTS
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 15-0
Roger StaubachHOF Dallas 14-1
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 13-2
Dak Prescott Dallas 13-2
Philip Rivers San Diego 13-2
Mike Tomczak Chicago 13-2
Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams 13-2
     
Jimmy Garoppolo New England, San Francisco 12-2*
*Entering Week 6

– NFL –

CMC 1,000: Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had a season-high 237 scrimmage yards (176 rushing, 61 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in Week 5 and leads the NFL in scrimmage yards through the first five weeks of the 2019 season (866).

With 134 scrimmage yards in London against Tampa Bay (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network), McCaffrey would join Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963) and MARSHALL FAULK (2000) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards through their team’s first six games of a season.

The players with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards through their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 1963 1,153
Marshall FaulkHOF St. Louis Rams 2007 1,083
       
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 2019 866*
*Through five games

McCaffrey, who has at least 175 scrimmage yards in each of his past three games, needs 175 scrimmage against Tampa Bay to tie EDGERRIN JAMES (Weeks 7-10, 1999) for the longest streak of games with at least 175 scrimmage yards in NFL history.

– NFL –​

GODWIN’S WORLD: Tampa Bay wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN had 12 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4 and seven catches for 125 yards and two scores in Week 5.

With at least 125 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in London against Carolina (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network), Godwin would become the fourth player in NFL history to have three consecutive games with at least 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

The players with three consecutive games with at least 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON(S) WEEKS
Andre Rison Atlanta 1990 Weeks 5 – 7
Don MaynardHOF New York Jets 1967-68 Week 16, 1967 – Week 2, 1968
Cloyce Box Detroit 1952 Weeks 10 – 12
       
Chris Godwin Tampa Bay 2019* Weeks 4 – 5
*Two consecutive games  

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL announces AFC, NFC Players of the Week for Week 5

(courtesy Sportslogos.com)

TEXANS QB DESHAUN WATSON, COLTS DE JUSTIN HOUSTON &

RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 5

Quarterback DESHAUN WATSON of the Houston Texans, defensive end JUSTIN HOUSTON of the Indianapolis Colts and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 5 (October 3, 6-7).

OFFENSE: QB DESHAUN WATSON, HOUSTON TEXANS

DEFENSE: DE JUSTIN HOUSTON, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

 

2019 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK​

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore LB Cameron Wake, Tennessee P Ty Long, LA Chargers
Wk 2 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB Whitney Mercilus, Houston P Jamie Gillan, Cleveland
Wk 3 QB Deshaun Watson, Houston DL Calais Campbell, Jacksonville P Jake Bailey, New England
Wk 4 RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland LB Kyle Van Noy, New England K Josh Lambo, Jacksonville
Wk 5 QB Deshaun Watson, Houston DE Justin Houston, Indianapolis K Justin Tucker, Baltimore

 

 

PACKERS RB AARON JONES, 49ERS DL NICK BOSA &

VIKINGS K DAN BAILEY NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 5

Running back AARON JONES of the Green Bay Packers, defensive lineman NICK BOSA of the San Francisco 49ers and kicker DAN BAILEY of the Minnesota Vikings are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 5 (October 3, 6-7).

OFFENSE: RB AARON JONES, GREEN BAY PACKERS

DEFENSE: DL NICK BOSA, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K DAN BAILEY, MINNESOTA VIKINGS

 

2019 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Dak Prescott, Dallas QB S Anthony Harris, Minnesota K Wil Lutz, New Orleans
Wk 2 QB Russell Wilson, Seattle LB Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay K Eddy Pineiro, Chicago
Wk 3 QB Daniel Jones, NY Giants LB Preston Smith, Green Bay P Thomas Morstead, New Orleans
Wk 4 QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay CB Janoris Jenkins, NY Giants K Joey Slye, Carolina
Wk 5 RB Aaron Jones, Green Bay DL Nick Bosa, San Francisco K Dan Bailey, Minnesota

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Week 6 Preview

 

CLOSE GAMES, ROAD SUCCESS STAND OUT ENTERING WEEK 6

To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a matchup of original teams and/or a game in which history was made . The NFL has designated Thursday’s Giants-Patriots matchup (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/AMAZON) as the Game of the Week because the contest is a rematch of two of the most exciting Super Bowls in history.

In 2007, New England completed the first undefeated regular season since the 1972 Dolphins. Entering Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., with an 18-0 record (including playoffs), New England took a 7-3 lead into the final stanza, setting the stage for a Super Bowl-record three fourth-quarter lead changes. ELI MANNING gave the NFC Wild Card Giants their first lead with a 5-yard touchdown pass to DAVID TYREE. TOM BRADY answered with a 6-yard scoring toss to Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS, just prior to one of the greatest plays in NFL annals. On third-and-5 from his own 44, with 1:15 on the clock, Manning managed to elude pressure and secure the ball – thanks in part to the late JARED LORENZEN, who Manning credited with emphasizing ball security during a daily practice drill. Then, Tyree made a 32-yard catch for the ages, pinning the ball against his helmet, to help set up Manning’s game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass to PLAXICO BURRESS with 35 seconds remaining, as the Giants prevailed, 17-14.

Four years later in Indianapolis, the teams met in Super Bowl XLVI. Again, Manning led the Giants from behind, this time orchestrating a pair of third-quarter field-goal drives to chip away at a 17-9 deficit. Then, as the Giants held the Patriots scoreless over their final four drives – including a clutch stop to end the game – Manning engineered a nine-play, 88-yard march ending in AHMAD BRADSHAW’s 6-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds remaining, the game-winning score and a 21-17 lead. As he did in the first Super Bowl against New England, Manning captured game MVP honors.

 

COMPETITIVE CONTESTS: Through Week 5, the 2019 season has tied for the most games decided by seven points or fewer in league annals. Forty-two of 78 overall games (53.8 percent) have been decided by seven-or-fewer points, including nine of 15 games in Week 5. Expect more to come in Week 6.

The seasons with the most games decided by seven-or-fewer points in NFL history:

THROUGH FIVE WEEKS THROUGH SIX WEEKS
2019 42 1999 50
2016 42 2016 50
1999 41 2018 47
2015 40 2015 47
2011 40 2011 47
1988 40 2019 ??


BUSINESS TRIPS: This week, several teams are on the road with the opportunity to improve key tiebreakers, their interdivision and interconference records. Highlighting those contests on the Week 6 schedule, the HOUSTON TEXANS travel to play the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES fly to meet the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1:00 PM ET, FOX) and the DETROIT LIONS make the short trek to play the GREEN BAY PACKERS on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

This season, road teams are a combined 43-34-1 (.558) through five weeks, the highest road winning percentage at this point in a season in 36 years. The last time NFL teams were more successful on the road through five weeks was 1983, when they were 40-30 (.571).

THE SIX-GAME YARDSTICK: If history is any indication, emerging at .500 or better through six games has positive playoff implications.

There’s always hope, proven by the 2004 GREEN BAY PACKERS, who started 1-4 and won nine of their last 11 to capture their division title. In fact, since that season, the MIAMI DOLPHINS in both 2008 and 2016, the DENVER BRONCOS in 2011 and three teams in 2015 – the HOUSTON TEXANSSEATTLE SEAHAWKS and WASHINGTON REDSKINS – made the playoffs after opening 2-4.

A closer look at six-game records and how they affect playoff chances:

Opening 6-0:

  • Since 1990, when the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format, 35 of the 37 teams (94.6 percent) to start 6-0 have qualified for the postseason.
  • Since 1978, when NFL teams began playing 16-game schedules, and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982, 46 of 49 teams (93.9 percent) to start 6-0 advanced to the postseason.

Opening 5-1 or 5-0-1:

  • Since 1990, when the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format, 81 of 98 teams (82.7 percent) to win five of their first six games have qualified for the postseason.
  • Since 1978, when NFL teams began playing 16-game schedules, and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982, 107 of 131 teams (81.7 percent) to win five of their first six advanced to the postseason.

Opening 4-2 or 4-1-1:

  • Since 1990, when the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format, 134 of 213 teams (62.9 percent) to win four of their first six games have qualified for the postseason.
  • Since 1978, when NFL teams began playing 16-game schedules, and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982, 174 of 286 teams (60.8 percent) to win four of their first six advanced to the postseason.

Opening 3-3 or 3-2-1:

  • Since 1990, when the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format, 78 of 216 teams (36.1 percent) to win three of their first six games have qualified for the postseason.
  • Since 1978, when NFL teams began playing 16-game schedules, and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982, 108 of 297 teams (36.4 percent) to win three of their first six advanced to the postseason.

NINERS STAND ALONE IN NFC: For the first time since 1984, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS are the NFC’s lone undefeated team through Week 5. Behind quarterback JIMMY GAROPPOLO, who owns a 10-2 career record as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, the club is off to its best start since opening 10-0 in 1990.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Entering Week 6 of the NFL’s 100th season, all four teams in the NFC North have winning records. That hasn’t happened in an NFL division since 2012, when the four NFC West clubs also were above .500 entering Week 6. That year, the 49ers opened 4-1, finished 11-4-1 and advanced to Super Bowl XLVII.

This year, the GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-1) sit atop the NFC North with the DETROIT LIONS (2-1-1), MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-2) and CHICAGO BEARS (3-2) closely behind. That division has crowned three different teams as its winner over the past three seasons. No other NFL division has that distinction. And if the Lions and Vikings win this week, with the Bears on their bye, the NFC North could have four teams above .500 again next week.

METHODICAL MARCHES: Physically and mentally, a touchdown drive of 90-or-more yards can provide a substantial advantage. Last week, the OAKLAND RAIDERS engineered not one but two such drives in a London win over the Bears. The MINNESOTA VIKINGS orchestrated a 98-yard touchdown drive in a victory at the New York Giants. The Vikings and Raiders each have three touchdown drives of 90-plus yards in 2019, tied with the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS and NEW YORK GIANTS for most in the league. Overall, NFL teams this season have combined for 24 such drives, most through five weeks of play since there were also 24 touchdown drives of 90-plus yards in 2014.

SACKS ARE PILING UP: NFL clubs have combined for 396 sacks in 2019. Through Week 5, that’s the second-highest total over the last two decades. In that span, only the 2013 season (416) had more entering Week 6.

WAKE UP TO FOOTBALL: The second of five international games appears on the Week 6 slate. The CAROLINA PANTHERS meet the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS in an important NFC South clash. The contest kicks off at 9:30 AM ET and will appear exclusively on NFL Network. It’s also the second of two games at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. In Week 8, the NFL plays its first of two games at London’s Wembley Stadium, when the CINCINNATI BENGALS meet the LOS ANGELES RAMS. In Week 9, also at Wembley, the HOUSTON TEXANS play the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS. The 2019 international games conclude with a Week 11 contest in Mexico City, where the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS play the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS on Monday Night Football, November 18.

NFL SCHEDULE, OCTOBER 10, 13-14

(All times Eastern)

Thursday Sunday (cont.)
New York Giants at New England Patriots 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN

AMAZON

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM FOX
Sunday San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM FOX
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers+ 9:30 AM NFLN Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM CBS Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets 4:25 PM CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM FOX Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers 8:20 PM NBC
New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM CBS Monday    
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM CBS Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers 8:15 PM ESPN
Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM FOX +In London; Byes: Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Oakland

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Week 6 starts with Thursday Night feature game, NY Giants at New England Patriots

 

 

 

​​​​THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:
NEW YORK GIANTS (2-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-0)​

Week 6 of the NFL’s 100th season kicks off on Thursday, October 10 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) with the NFL100 Game of the Week, as the New York Giants travel to Gillette Stadium to visit the unbeaten New England Patriots in a remat​​ch of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

The Giants won both Super Bowls, including a 17-14 victory on February 3, 2008, to hand the Patriots their only loss of the 2007 season. Overall, New York and New England meet for the 11th time in the regular season, with the Patriots holding the all-time series advantage, 6-4, including edging the Giants, 27-26, in the last meeting in 2015. Quarterback TOM BRADY threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

In Week 5, New England defeated Washington, 33-7, to improve to 5-0, their best start since 2015. Overall, it marks the fourth time the Patriots have started 5-0 under head coach BILL BELICHICK (2004, 2007, 2015). In the victory over the Redskins, Brady passed for 348 yards with three touchdowns, and wide receiver JULIAN EDELMAN had eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. Brady surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) for the third-most career passing yards in NFL history. With 18 passing yards against New York, Brady will surpass PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for second place on the all-time list.

New England has given up 34 total points through its first five games of the season, the fewest points allowed through a team’s first five games since the 2005 Indianapolis Colts (29 points) and the fifth-fewest since 1970. Linebacker JAMIE COLLINS registered a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery in last week’s win. Collins is the only player in the league this season with at least four sacks (four) and multiple interceptions (three). Safety DEVIN McCOURTY’s four interceptions lead the NFL and he became the first player in franchise history with an interception in each of his team’s first four games of a season. Rookie defensive lineman CHASE WINOVICH aims for his third game in a row with a sack and leads all rookies in sacks (four) through Week 5.

New York Giants rookie quarterback DANIEL JONES enters Week 6 tied for second-most total touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) among rookie quarterbacks. In his only career road start in Week 3, Jones became the first rookie with at least 300 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a single game since 1970. Running back SAQUON BARKLEY looks to return to the field on Thursday night. He has eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) and has averaged 114 scrimmage yards in 10 career road games. Since entering the league in 2018, Barkley ranks third among all players with 2,339 scrimmage yards. Tight end EVAN ENGRAM aims for his third consecutive road game with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. Through five weeks of the season, Engram ranks second among tight ends in receiving yards (373) and third in receptions (33). Since entering the league in 2012, cornerback JANORIS JENKINS is one of six players with at least 20 interceptions (20) and multiple sacks (two).

Adding to television availability, several streaming options will be available to fans. FOX Thursday Night Football games will be available to stream on Amazon via Prime Video and Twitch in addition to NFL, FOX and FOX Deportes digital properties across devices.* During the season, fans can learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF.

For the Week 6 New York Giants-New England capsule, click here.

*NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch simulcast subject to change.​

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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