Here’s a look back at week four’s top performances, as well as what to look for in week five of the NFL regular season:
Baltimore running back Alex Collins has worked his way from the Ravens’ practice squad to its feature back in less than a month. The second-year back has put up 82 rushing yards on nine carries each of the last two weeks to total 206 yards in his three appearances this season. Just three weeks in with Baltimore and Collins has already surpassed his rookie rushing total of 125 yards in 2016, when he was with Seattle.
Last week, Collins broke off this impressive run for a career-long 50 yards.
Alex Collins on the run! pic.twitter.com/s6vnsYcjO8
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 1, 2017
Another second-year guy, tight end Hunter Henry picked up his first touchdown of the 2017 season, with a one-handed snag in the back of the end-zone. He only tallied 16 yards on three catches, but his touchdown catch is sure to show the Chargers he is still the sure-handed tight end they drafted a year ago.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 1, 2017
Flowers and Wise
Trey Flowers and rookie Deatrich Wise, Jr. continue to impress for the Patriots. Flowers leads all Patriot defensive linemen with 19 total tackles this season, fifth overall on the team. They are the only two Patriots with multiple sacks through four weeks, combining for five of New England’s eight total sacks this season. Flowers leads with three sacks, while Wise follows with two.
Last week, Flowers recorded his first career forced fumble, punching the ball out of Panther’s running back Jonathan Stewart’s arms.
— Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) October 1, 2017
According to ProFootballFocus, Wise has been one of the more productive edge rushers this season, yielding the fifth-best pass rushing productivity rating through four weeks.
Week 5 is the first week of byes for the NFL. This week, Denver, New Orleans, Washington and Atlanta all get the week off, meaning five #ProHogs will not be in action. One of those is AJ Derby. Last week, Derby had a breakout performance for the Broncos, leading all receivers for a game and career-high 75 yards receiving and one touchdown. Derby also had a 29-yard reception for the longest catch of his career. He pulled in receptions of 29, 14 and 10, to go along with his one-handed 22-yard snag, tip-toeing the sideline for his first career touchdown.
|Ryan Mallett (QB)||Baltimore Ravens||6-9, 36 yards, 1 TD|
|Alex Collins (RB)||Baltimore Ravens||25 carries, 206 yards, 0 TD|
|Chris Smith (DL)||Cincinnati Bengals||11 tackles (7 solo, 4 ast), 1.5 sacks|
|A.J. Derby (TE)||Denver Broncos||8 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD|
|Jeremiah Ledbetter (DL)||Detroit Lions||5 tackle (1 solo, 4 ast)|
|Hunter Henry (TE)||Los Angeles Chargers||9 receptions, 96 yards, 1 TD|
|Darius Philon (DL)||Los Angeles Chargers||7 tackles (5 solo, 1 ast), 1.0 sacks|
|Jarius Wright (WR)||Minnesota Vikings||4 receptions, 39 yards, 1 TD|
|Trey Flowers (DL)||New England Patriots||19 tackles (12 solo, 7 ast), 3.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble|
|Deatrich Wise, Jr. (DL)||New England Patriots||6 tackles (5 solo, 1 ast), 2.0 sacks, 1 pass deflection|
|Robert Thomas (DL)||New York Giants||2 tackles (0 solo, 2 ast)|
|Martrell Spaight (LB)||Washington Redskins||18 tackles (10 solo, 8 ast), 1 fumble recovery|
Week Five Schedule
|Match Up||TIME (CT)||TV||PROHOGS|
|Thursday, October 5|
|New England at Tampa Bay||7:25 PM||CBS||New England - Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise Jr., Cody Hollister^|
|Sunday, October 8|
|Buffalo at Cincinnati||12:00 PM||CBS||Cincinnati - Chris Smith|
|NY Jets at Cleveland||12:00 PM||FOX||NY Jets - Chris Gragg*|
|Carolina at Detroit||12:00 PM||FOX||Detroit - Travis Swanson, Jeremiah Ledbetter, Dan Skipper^|
|San Francisco at Indianapolis||12:00 PM||FOX||None|
|Tennessee at Miami||12:00 PM||CBS||Miami - Drew Morgan^|
|LA Chargers at NY Giants||12:00 PM||CBS||LA Chargers - Hunter Henry, Darius Philon|
|NY Giants - Robert Thomas|
|Arizona at Philadelphia||12:00 PM||FOX||Philadelphia - Jason Peters|
|Jacksonville at Pittsburgh||12:00 PM||CBS||None|
|Baltimore at Oakland||3:05 PM||CBS||Baltimore - Ryan Mallett, Alex Collins|
|Oakland - Denver Kirkland*, Keon Hatcher^|
|Seattle at LA Rams||3:05 PM||CBS||LA Rams - Brandon Allen|
|Green Bay at Dallas||3:25 PM||FOX||Dallas - Darren McFadden|
|Kansas City at Houston||7:30 PM||NBC||Houston - Cobi Hamilton^|
|Monday, October 9|
|Minnesota at Chicago||7:30 PM||ESPN||Minnesota - Jarius Wright|
|BYE||Denver - AJ Derby, Jonathan Williams^|
|New Orleans - Mitchell Loewen*|
|Washington - Martrell Spaight, Jeremy Sprinkle|
|* Reserve/Injured | ^ Practice Squad|
As of Oct. 3, 2017
Times are central; check local listings