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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday after missing last weekend’s game against the Green Bay Packers. According to New England Patriots writer for
The Athletic Chad Graff Jones was back rocking a throwback helmet they will wear against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Still, there is no guarantee that Jones will be one of those Pats donning throwbacks, as today’s practice was a very light session. The second-year pivot has his ankles heavily taped, and Bill Belichick said he is making progress but called him day to day. While it is encouraging and a sign that Jones will likely suit up Sunday, be aware that you may have to look elsewhere to plug in a QB.

In 2022, Jones has completed 66 percent of his passes for 786 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions in three games. Keep an eye out for a potential timeline on Jones’s injury as he recovers from the ankle sprain.

Over at FanDuel Sportsbook, the New England Patriots are currently -3.5-point home favorites and -172 on the moneyline when they host the Detroit Lions this weekend.   

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (ankle) will not play on Thursday for a Thursday Night Football matchup with the Denver Broncos.

Alarm bells were ringing loudly on Tuesday when head coach Frank Reich said he’s “not ready to go right now.” Taylor missed practice all week, so while tests returned negative on his ankle, he’s clearly not 100 percent yet.

Taylor suffered the ankle injury in Indy’s Week 4 loss to the Tennessee Titans, and with a short week, the recovery time was not enough to get him back in the lineup. 

In four games this season, Taylor has attempted 81 rushes for 328 yards and a touchdown. He has also hauled in nine receptions for 44 yards. Expect Nyheim Hines and potentially even Deon Jackson to see a fair amount of the workload on Thursday.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos Odds

The Indianapolis Colts are -3.5-point underdogs against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, with the total set at 42.5, per the FanDuel Sportsbook.

Player props are always fun to wager on a football game while keeping one eye on your fantasy team. Thursday Night Football has plenty of exciting props available, but we’re going to look at a player thrust into the feature role because of injury.

All odds and props are courtesy of BetMGM Sportsbook

RB Melvin Gordon Under 53.5 Rushing Yards (-115)

As good as the Denver Broncos have been against the pass, Indianapolis has been against the run. The Colts are allowing just 89.5 yards on the ground per game, good enough for the sixth-fewest in football. Indy also gives up the second-fewest yards per carry at 3.1 an attempt. The Colts have also only allowed 21 first downs on the ground, the ninth best mark in the league.

If you take away Derrick Henry’s dominant game off 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground last week, the Colts’ run-stopping power is even more impressive. Aside from the Titans back, Indy has not allowed any other 100-yard rusher this year, holding KC and Houston’s rushing games at bay.

Melvin Gordon gets his first chance to be the feature back this week after Javonte Williams tore the ACL and LCL in his right knee. At 29, it remains to be seen if Gordon can handle a full workload. It doesn’t help he is also dealing with a neck injury and has been limited in practice this week.

The former Charger has not gone over 12 attempts in a game this season and is averaging just 34.8 yards on the ground per game. After Williams’s injury in the first drive of the third quarter last week, Gordon didn’t do much with the rock. He finished against the Las Vegas Raiders at a 2.7-yard-per-attempt clip.

Spelling Gordon will be Mike Boone and the newly signed veteran Latavius Murray. Both players could eat into Gordon’s chances, and with three backs, Denver may want to employ a timeshare to keep Gordon healthy through the season.

Honorable Mentions: Melvin Gordon under 70.5 rushing+receiving yards (-115), Matt Ryan under 2.5 rushing yards (-125)

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Cole Beasley‘s stint in Tampa Bay was short-lived.

Two weeks after inking a contract with the Buccaneers, Beasley announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.

“He is ready to be with his family after playing in 11 seasons”, said Beasley’s agent, Justin Turner. “He is an unbelievably wonderful human being, a great football player, and an even better husband and father. He hasn’t been able to be a full-time dad for a while. This game takes a toll on you.”

Beasley appeared in two games for Tampa Bay, catching four passes for 17 yards.

Before joining the Bucs, Beasley enjoyed successful stops as a member of the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills, where he evolved into one of the league’s more reliable slot receivers. His best season came in 2020 when he tallied 82 catches for 967 yards and four touchdowns en route to earning second-team All-Pro honors.

Beasley finishes his career with 550 receptions, 5,709 receiving yards, and 34 touchdowns.

FanDuel Sportsbook currently has the Bucs holding the fourth-best Super Bowl odds at +1000 (tied with the Green Bay Packers.

After Tom Brady led the NFL in passing yards at age 44, plenty of talented quarterbacks can take the throne in 2022. Whether Patrick Mahomes re-enters the chat or Josh Allen takes control of the league, there are multiple quarterbacks to watch in an exciting race to see who will be the NFL’s passing leader this year. 

Who Leads the NFL in Passing Yards This Year?

Rank Name Team Passing Yards
1 Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers 1250
2 Josh Allen Buffalo Bills 1227
3 Jared Goff Detroit Lions 1126
4 Matt Ryan Indianapolis Colts 1125
5 Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles 1120
6 Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs 1106
7 Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals 1099
8 Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1058
9 Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders 1038
10 Geno Smith Seattle Seahawks 1037
11 Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins 1035
12. (Tie) Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings 1031
12. (Tie) Carson Wentz Washington Commanders 1031
14 Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams 1015
15 Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals 991
16 Russell Wilson Denver Broncos 980
17 Trevor Lawrence Jacksonville Jaguars 946
18 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 935
19 Davis Mills Houston Texans 908
20 Joe Flacco New York Jets 901
21 Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens 893
22 Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints 858
23 Jacoby Brissett Cleveland Browns 830
24 Mac Jones New England Patriots 786
25 Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans 784

Even though the Los Angeles Chargers haven’t lived up to their Super Bowl aspirations through September, third-year quarterback Justin Herbert has continued to improve, and his numbers reflect that. The Chargers signal caller currently leads the NFL in passing yards with 1,250 after throwing for 340 yards and a pair of touchdowns in their ten-point victory over the Houston Texans in Week 4. Herbert has demonstrated the volume required to be in the conversation. He should continue finding success, especially with his favorite target Keenan Allen returning in the coming weeks. 

Amid some problematic weather conditions in Baltimore, Josh Allen helped lead the Buffalo Bills to a come-from-behind victory and has the second most passing yards in the league. The University of Wyoming product threw for just 213 yards in the team’s win but tossed 400 the week before against the Miami Dolphins. With the number of weapons the Bills have on offense, it’s easy to see Allen making a charge for the top spot. 

Rounding out the top three is a somewhat surprising entrant. Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff has quietly been an offensive juggernaut through the season’s first month. Goff threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks, and even though they didn’t register the victory, he still sits with the third most passing yards on the season at 1,126. 

The Indianapolis Colts are set to take a trip to Denver and visit the Broncos to kick off Week 5 action on Thursday Night Football.

It’s been a weird first month of the season for the Colts, whose only victory in the young season has come against the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Colts continue to play down to their competition, it’s likely to be a long year for Indy. 

Regarding the Broncos, it’s been a mixed bag as they begin their tenure with Russell Wilson at quarterback. 

There’s not a ton separating these teams on paper, meaning you can likely expect a tight matchup. 

When and Where is Colts-Broncos?

Colts: 1-2-1 | Broncos: 2-2
Date: October 6, 2022, | Kick-Off: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Denver, Colorado   | Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High

How to Watch Colts-Broncos?

TV: NBC, Amazon Prime | Live Stream: Amazon Prime/NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, Kaylee Hartung, Terry McAulay

How to Bet Colts-Broncos

Moneyline: Colts (+152) | Broncos (-180)
Spread: Colts +3  (-102) | Broncos -3 (-120)
Total: 42.5 (O-115, U-105)

In addition to traditional bets like the moneyline, spread, and game total, many other options are offered at FanDuel Sportsbook.

With the Broncos favored by three points at home here, the oddsmakers are implying that this is essentially a pick’em to begin Week 5. With the Colts being known to play down to their competition, they need to show up against a team they’ll likely be competing with for a playoff position. Still, there are some injuries worth keeping an eye on, specifically Colts star running back Jonathan Taylor. The reigning NFL rushing leader is sidelined with an ankle injury, and has been ruled out ahead of this matchup. It also hasn’t been a banner start to the season for Taylor anyways, so the Colts could rely heavily on Matt Ryan. Both run games are likely to limp into this matchup, with standout sophomore Javonte Williams out for the season after suffering a torn ACL. Melvin Gordon should receive the bulk of the workload. 

Check back tomorrow on SportsGrid for our best bets involving this Colts-Broncos clash! There will be plenty of bets to keep track of, including ones involving the total, spread, and moneyline. 

Injuries to Watch for

Colts: Jonathan Taylor, RB (DNP), Shaquille Leonard, LB (Ruled out), Julian Blackmon, S (DNP)

Broncos: Jonathan Cooper, OLB (DNP), P.J. Locke, S (DNP), Quinn Meinerz, OL (DNP), Aaron Patrick, OLB (DNP)

The Philadelphia Eagles remain undefeated, but the Buffalo Bills’ come-from-behind from behind win over Baltimore kept their top spot intact.

Below are the top ten favorites to win the Super Bowl from the FanDuel Sportsbook.

1. Buffalo Bills +450 (Last week: +500, #1)

After erasing a significant deficit against an AFC contender like the Baltimore Ravens on the road, the Buffalo Bills cemented themselves as the team to beat for the Super Bowl this season. 

2. Kansas City Chiefs +700 (Last week: +700, #2)

It’s been an extremely impressive first month of the season for the Kansas City Chiefs, who were able to outlast the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football and do so by scoring 41 points. 

3. Philadelphia Eagles +750 (Last week: +850, #3)

Even with the Philadelphia Eagles remaining undefeated, it’s hard for them to budge when the Chiefs and Bills look as good as they do. In saying that, the Eagles have a nice couple of tests coming up against the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys. 

4. (Tie)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1000 (Last week: +950, #4)

Even after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain unchanged in the odds rankings because they demonstrated their offense is getting healthy again and on track to being explosive. 

4. (Tie) Green Bay Packers +1000 (Last week: +1300, #5)

The Green Bay Packers have hardly looked impressive this year, but that shouldn’t take away from their 3-1 record. Still, a close game against the New England Patriots without their top quarterback isn’t something that should be transpiring with the talent on this roster. 

6. Los Angeles Rams +1600 (Last week: +1400, #6)

After a disappointing loss to their division rival in the San Francisco 49ers, the defending Super Bowl champions are sitting at the .500 mark after an uninspiring month of September. 

7. (Tie) Baltimore Ravens +1700 (Last week: +1400, #6)

Despite ultimately losing the game, the Baltimore Ravens showed they could keep up with the Buffalo Bills, which should inspire bettors to have more confidence in their prospects moving forward. 

7. (Tie) San Francisco 49ers +1700 (Last week: 2000, #9)

The San Francisco 49ers made a statement in Week 4, largely dominating the Los Angeles Rams in picking up their second victory of the season. Now, every team in the NFC West has identical 2-2 records. 

9. Minnesota Vikings +2200 (Last week: 2100, #10)

Taking part in the first leg of the London games, the Minnesota Vikings held on for a 27-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints to improve to 3-1 on the season and lead the NFC North. 

10. (Tie) Cincinnati Bengals +2400 (Last week: +2200, unranked)

After a slow start to the year, the Cincinnati Bengals look much more like contenders after their solid home victory against the Miami Dolphins to put them back in a tie atop the AFC North. 

10. (Tie) Los Angeles Chargers +2400 (Last week: +2100, #10)

It hasn’t been a pretty start for the Los Angeles Chargers, but Justin Herbert continues to sling a good ball, leading the NFL in passing yards with 1,250 through the first month of the year. 

10. (Tie) Miami Dolphins +2400 (Last week: +1600, #8)

The Cincinnati Bengals ending the Miami Dolphins’ undefeated stretch is the least of their worries, with Tua Tagovailoa getting injured for the second consecutive week and being ruled out for Sunday against the New York Jets with a concussion. 

10. (Tie) Dallas Cowboys +2400 (Last week: +2800, unranked)

Even without Dak Prescott at quarterback, Cooper Rush has done a great job filling his shoes and helping lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 3-1 record to kick off their campaign. 

Super Bowl Odds from FanDuel Sportsbook

Team Odds
Buffalo Bills 450
Kansas City Chiefs 700
Philadelphia Eagles 750
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1000
Green Bay Packers 1000
Los Angeles Rams 1600
Baltimore Ravens 1700
San Francisco 49ers 1700
Minnesota Vikings 2200
Cincinnati Bengals 2400
Los Angeles Chargers 2400
Miami Dolphins 2400
Dallas Cowboys 2400
Denver Broncos 3000
Jacksonville Jaguars 4800
Tennessee Titans 5000
Las Vegas Raiders 5000
Indianapolis Colts 5000
Cleveland Browns 5500
Arizona Cardinals 6000
New Orleans Saints 7500
New York Giants 11000
New England Patriots 12000
Detroit Lions 14000
Pittsburgh Steelers 18000
Carolina Panthers 21000
Atlanta Falcons 21000
Washington Commanders 22000
New York Jets 28000
Chicago Bears 37000
Seattle Seahawks 42000
Houston Texans 100000

After Cooper Kupp put together a dominant 2021 to lead the NFL in receiving yards, does he have an encore in store, or will he be dethroned? The likes of Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings and Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals will undoubtedly have something to say about that. Regardless, there’s no shortage of talented wideouts currently playing in the NFL. 

Who Leads the NFL in Receiving Yards This Year?

Rank Name Team Receiving Yards
1 Tyreek Hill Miami Dolphins 477
2 Stefon Diggs Buffalo Bills 406
3 A.J. Brown Philadelphia Eagles 404
4 Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams 402
5 Justin Jefferson Minnesota Vikings 393
6 Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins 381
7 Courtland Sutton Denver Broncos 343
8 Marquise Brown Arizona Cardinals 339
9 Chris Olave New Orleans Saints 335
10 Christian Kirk Jacksonville Jaguars 327
11 Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs 322
12 Tee Higgins Cincinnati Bengals 315
13 Tyler Lockett Seattle Seahawks 302
14 Ja’Marr Chase Cincinnati Bengals 293
15 Davante Adams Las Vegas Raiders 290
16 CeeDee Lamb Dallas Cowboys 288
17 DK Metcalf Seattle Seahawks 284
18 Noah Brown Dallas Cowboys 274
19 Mack Hollins Las Vegas Raiders 273
20 DeVonta Smith Philadelphia Eagles 266
21. (Tie) Corey Davis New York Jets 261
21. (Tie) T.J. Hockenson Detroit Lions 261
23 Mark Andrews Baltimore Ravens 260
24 Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers 258
25 Garrett Wilson New York Jets 255

Looking at the top of the list for players with the most receiving yards this season, it shouldn’t be surprising that many of the names are big playmakers. The current leader in receiving yards is Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins, as he’s continued to be one of the most explosive wideout threats in the league. The speedy playmaker is coming off tallying ten catches for 160 yards in the team’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals but now leads the charge with 477 yards.

Following Hill is Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who had somewhat of a down week. The four receptions for 62 yards he recorded against the Baltimore Ravens likely had to do with the poor weather conditions, so you can expect a bounce-back performance on Sunday when they host the lowly Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Rounding out the top three is A.J. Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles. The 6’1 wideout has come as advertised in his first season in The City of Brotherly Love, totaling 404 yards through four weeks of play. The standout out receiver hauled in five catches for 95 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4. 

While the NFL has become known for its pass-happy nature, the importance of having a solid running game cannot be underestimated. Throughout the season, this space will monitor the league’s rushing leaders. 

Here is how things shake out after Week 4:

Rank Name Team Rushing Yards

1

Saquon Barkley NYG 463

2

Nick Chubb CLE 459

3

Miles Sanders PHI 356

4

Cordarrelle Patterson ATL 340

5

Josh Jacobs LV 336

6

Jonathan Taylor IND 328

7

Aaron Jones GB 327

8

Khalil Herbert CHI 317

9

Lamar Jackson BAL 316

10

Dameon Pierce HOU 313

11

Derrick Henry TEN 306

12

Rashaad Penny SEA 292

13

Dalvin Cook MIN 279

14

Jamaal Williams DET 276

15

Christian McCaffrey CAR 270

16

James Robinson JAX 259

17

Jeff Wilson Jr. SF 255

18

Damien Harris NE 246

19

D’Andre Swift DET 231

20

Ezekiel Elliott DAL 227

21

Leonard Fournette TB 224

21

Joe Mixon CIN 224

23

AJ Dillon GB 211

23

Rhamondre Stevenson NE 211

25

Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 208

Reclaiming the top spot is the Giants’ Saquon Barkley, who rushed 31 times for 147 yards in New York’s 20-12 victory over the Chicago Bears. Looking like his old self, the 25-year-old’s 463 yards on the ground are the most through four games in franchise history.

Right behind Barkley is Cleveland’s Nick Chubb. Chubb notched his third 100+ yard outing of the season Sunday, running for 118 on 19 carries, albeit in a losing effort as the Browns were upset 23-20 by the Atlanta Falcons. 

Finally, it was a career day for the Raiders’ Josh Jacobs, the former first-round pick tallying 144 yards on 28 carries as Las Vegas downed NFC West rival Denver Broncos 32-23. The strong outing vaults the 24-year-old to the fifth spot with 336 yards.

The New York Giants may need a quarterback this weekend with their starter and backup battling injuries. AJ McCarron could be that QB as the team worked out the former Cincinnati Bengal on Tuesday. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the G-Men are looking at McCarron in case they need another pivot come Sunday.

Daniel Jones is dealing with an ankle issue, while backup Tyrod Taylor left New York’s win over the Chicago Bears last weekend with a concussion. With both QBs shelved, the Giants are left with no healthy signal callers on the depth chart. Enter AJ McCarron.

McCarron has just four NFL starts to his name. The 32-year-old last started for the Houston Texans in 2019, and last played in 2020 for Houston. McCarron appeared in just six games in his previous three seasons in the NFL between Houston and the Raiders. The Giants also had a look at quarterback Jake Fromm on Tuesday.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the G-Men as +8.5-point road dogs and +340 on the moneyline for this weekend’s tilt against the Packers in Green Bay.

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