NFL Week 5 preview: Coronavirus still haunting teams as season churns on

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The NFL begins Week 5 of the 2020 season with six undefeated teams, four winless teams, a handful of teams who are dealing with the coronavirus, and at least two teams on a bye week.

The Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons are all undefeated. The Packers are one of the undefeated teams who have a scheduled bye week.

The New York Jets, Houston Texans, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons have yet to win a game this season. Each team is in action this week as they look to get that monkey off their backs.

The Titans and New England Patriots are still under the spotlight when it comes to the coronavirus. Titans players are still testing positive for the virus while the Patriots are hoping that everyone stays clear after Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore were reportedly the players who contracted it on their team. The Chiefs are also monitoring closely after their matchup with the Patriots on Monday.

The aforementioned Packers and the Detroit Lions have byes this week.

Here’s a brief look at the games scheduled to kick off.

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BEARS (3-1) VS. BUCCANEERS (3-1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scott Miller (10) scores on a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scott Miller (10) scores on a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

The Bears and the Buccaneers will face off on Thursday night to get the fifth week of the season started. Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes in a win last week against the Chargers. The Bears are still between Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky on the offense. Chicago’s defense will be a huge factor in the game. Brady’s mistakes could be a boon for the Bears.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 39-20 Bears

DATE: Oct. 8

TIME (ET): 8:20 pm

WHERE: Soldier Field

WATCH: FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime

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FALCONS (0-4) VS. PANTHERS (2-2)

Atlanta Falcons' Todd Gurley (21) celebrates a touchdown run with quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Atlanta Falcons’ Todd Gurley (21) celebrates a touchdown run with quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

The Falcons are trying to just break through and win a game already. They are hosting the Panthers in a major NFC South division matchup. Getting another big win without Christian McCaffrey would be a huge morale boost for Carolina in a very competitive division.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 32-18 Falcons

DATE: Oct. 11

TIME (ET): 1 pm

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

WATCH: FOX

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RAVENS (3-1) VS. BENGALS (1-2-1)

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) celebrates a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) celebrates a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Lamar Jackson appeared on the injury report ahead of the matchup against the Bengals. Ravens coaches have insisted it’s nothing major to worry about but it’s still something to consider going into the game against a hungry Bengals team. Joe Burrow got his first taste of winning in the league and might be destined for more this season.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 25-23 Ravens

DATE: Oct. 11

TIME (ET): 1 pm

WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium

WATCH: CBS

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TEXANS (0-4) VS, JAGUARS (1-3)

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark (17) right celebrates a touchdown catch with quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark (17) right celebrates a touchdown catch with quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

It’s been a tumultuous week for the Texans. The team fired Bill O’Brien and apparently J.J. Watt had it out with him in practice. Houston is clearly frustrated with an 0-4 start and picking on the Jaguars has been their specialty historically. Gardner Minshew II got back into a rhythm with D.J. Chark last wee and it may carry over against a sliding Houston team.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Texans 23-13

DATE: Oct. 11

TIME (ET): 1 pm

WHERE: NRG Stadium

WATCH: CBS

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CHIEFS (4-0) VS. RAIDERS (2-2)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Chiefs are going to have a spotlight on them because of the Patriots’ latest COVID-19 issues. The Chiefs are still undefeated and are still slated to host the Raiders. Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr said Sunday he was sick of losing. Well, I guess we’ll see if he can channel that frustration into a heroic performance against the defending Super Bowl champs.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 65-52-2 Chiefs

DATE: Oct. 11

TIME (ET): 1 pm

WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium

WATCH: CBS

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JETS (0-4) VS. CARDINALS (2-2)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray gestures during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray gestures during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Going into this year’s game against the Cardinals, the Jets have taken the last six of seven matchups. On Sunday, it will be two totally different teams. Joe Flacco is set to start in place of Sam Darnold while Kyler Murray will look to get back into a flow with DeAndre Hopkins. New York is still looking for its first win and the pressure is higher than ever for the Adam Gase-led team to pick up the W.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 6-3 Jets

DATE: Oct. 11

TIME (ET): 1 pm

WHERE: MetLife Stadium

WATCH: FOX

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STEELERS (3-0) VS. EAGLES (1-2-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks off the field with head coach Mike Tomlin after an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks off the field with head coach Mike Tomlin after an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

It’s a battle for Pennsylvania on Sunday. The Eagles head west to play the Steelers. Pittsburgh is coming off a forced bye week after its game against the Titans was postponed. The Steelers were red and look to stay red hot against the NFC East division-leading Eagles. Philadelphia got a win last week and to change the tune of how the division looks they will need another one against the Steelers.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 47-28-3 Eagles

DATE: Oct. 11

TIME (ET): 1 pm

WHERE: Heinz Field

WATCH: FOX

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TITANS (3-0) VS. BILLS (4-0)

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, left, encourages quarterback Josh Allen as he warms up before an NFL football game Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, left, encourages quarterback Josh Allen as he warms up before an NFL football game Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

The Titans and Bills game is legitimately in jeopardy over the Titans’ outbreak. Tennessee had to have its game postponed last week. Josh Allen had been doing exceptionally well and a win against the Titans puts them at 5-0.

ALL-TIME SERIES: 27-17 Titans

DATE: Oct. 11

TIME (ET): 1 pm

WHERE: Nissan Stadium

WATCH: CBS

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WASHINGTON (1-3) VS. RAMS (3-1)