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Team of the Week honors



With all eyes on a handful of top-15 matchups, Week 5 of college football did not disappoint. There certainly were plenty of players to choose from for our Team of the Week. Who made the list and why?

The Week 5 slate saw some big point totals and some stout defensive performances. As we take a look at the college football landscape, it’s important to note the criterion for our selections. Players are selected based upon their overall impact on their team’s success or limiting the opponent’s.

Statistics matter, but so does the strength of the opponent, the time in which the player performed at his best, who he went against, and where he won. For more specifics on the selections, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@CamMellor).

First-Team Offense

We begin with the offense in our Week 5 Team of the Week.

QB: Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

Kenny Pickett is playing like the best quarterback in his conference. Actually, he’s playing like the best quarterback in the country right now. The fifth-year Panther has completed 72% of his throws with 19 touchdowns and just 1 interception this season.

He put forth another dominant effort in Week 5 against Georgia Tech to round out an incredible first five games. Against the Yellow Jackets, Pickett went 23-of-36 for 389 yards and 4 touchdowns. He hit every level of the field beautifully, while his best throw was a red-zone dart off his back foot during a beautiful display of passing.

RB: Tyler Allgeier, BYU

It was back on Friday night that Tyler Allgeier put the Cougars on his back. While some top-25 ranked teams faltered on the road this week, BYU did not, thanks in large part to Allgeier. Big play after big play, Allgeier ran for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 carries.

It was Allgeier who started the scoring on the night and who ended it. He had touchdown runs of 1, 22, and 59 yards, the former being set up by a 67-yarder that saw him come down just short of the goal line. Allgeier manufactured enough on his own to certainly warrant his spot on our Team of the Week.

RB: Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama

Talk about a dominant performance. Robinson scored 4 touchdowns against Ole Miss, single-handedly outscoring the Rebels on Saturday. He grinded out yards and was the Crimson Tide’s rock as they kept the ball away from Ole Miss.

Robinson had 36 carries for 171 yards, routinely generating the tough yards to move the chains consistently.

WR: Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

In a weekend full of dramatic catches, Moore’s touchdown grab was particularly special. On a corner route in the red zone, Moore was literally blinded by his defender, who had his arm draped over his facemask. Somehow, however, Moore was able to come down with the lofted throw and plant his body inside the goal line for a 12-yard touchdown grab.

Moore added a 64-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that gave Western Michigan their first lead of the second half. In total, he had 11 receptions for 163 yards and 2 scores.

WR: Ricky Pearsall, Arizona State

Setting the tone for the Sun Devils to race past UCLA, Pearsall had a pair of big plays late on Saturday night. He recorded touchdown catches of 54 and 65 yards in the second quarter alone.

On the night, Pearsall led all Arizona State receivers with 132 yards on just 4 receptions.

WR: Drake London, USC

Drake London took the weekend by storm with highlight-reel moments we’ll be seeing for a while. After skying to grab a pass between three defenders, London gave college football one of its best one-handed receptions in some time.

A perfectly thrown back-shoulder throw in the red zone from Kedon Slovis saw London covered terrifically. Yet, London made a miraculous one-handed snag and stuck his feet in bounds for the score. It was his lone score of the game, but it was worth the price of admission on its own.

TE: Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina

Isaiah Likely turned in a vintage performance, hauling in 5 receptions for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns against an overmatched UL-Monroe team on Saturday. Coastal jumped all over the Warhawks, leading 38-3 at halftime. Otherwise, he likely would have gone for more.

Likely had touchdown receptions of 5 and 30 yards in the game and provided value in the run game, setting the edge on multiple occasions.

Flex: Jayden Reed, Michigan State

It feels like we’ve been waiting a few years to see the real Jayden Reed stand up. On Saturday, we finally produced what we’d been waiting for. A dominant player with the ball in his hands, Reed had a touchdown reception of 46 yards and an 88-yard punt return for a score against WKU.

The Western Michigan transfer has looked exactly like the player we all thought he was when he was named an FWAA Freshman All-American in 2018. Reed is as talented as they come and much deserving of his place on our Team of the Week.

LT: Evan Neal, Alabama

You didn’t have to look far to see Evan Neal making plays against Ole Miss on Saturday. The big man was an imposing force, routinely enlarging gaps for Robinson and the Crimson Tide rushing attack to plow through.

His goal-line power is unmatched, and he put it on full display on Saturday.

LG: Javion Cohen, Alabama

Reaping the benefits of having Neal next to him, Cohen more than held his own on Saturday as well. He teamed up with Neal on occasion but found second-level defenders all his own in a terrific outing for the run and in pass protection.

C: Mike Caliendo, Western Michigan

If you’ve followed my Team(s) of the Week over the years, you’ll notice a few repeat performers. Caliendo is absolutely one of them because of the way he plays the game. He’ll call out signals at the line just the same as he’ll pancake defenders in the run game.

Caliendo is a stout pass protector on the inside and rarely gives up sacks, hits, or hurries. His play against Buffalo was top-notch yet again.

RG: Joe Tukuafu, BYU

When Allgeier wasn’t manufacturing yards on his own, he was running through large holes created by the right side of his line. Tukuafu helped carve out those rushing lanes while standing tall in pass protection all the same.

RT: Campbell Barrington, BYU

The other Barrington on the offensive line, Campbell looked terrific in all facets on Friday night. The right side of the line dominated on the ground and held clean pockets for Baylor Romney to work with. This offensive line is starting to come together as a unit, not just a group of five starters.

Kicker: Ryan Fitzgerald, Florida State

In getting the Seminoles off the proverbial schneid, Fitzgerald lands on our Team of the Week. Though he missed an extra point against Syracuse, Fitzgerald’s 34-yard field goal as time expired gave FSU their first win of the season.

Second-Team Offense

QB: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
RB: Logan Wright, Georgia Southern
RB: Keaton Mitchell,
Eastern Carolina
WR: Mac Hippenhammer, Miami (OH)
WR: Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama
WR: Chris Olave, Ohio State
TE: Derrick Deese Jr., San Jose State
FLEX: Jerreth Sterns, Western Kentucky
LT: Ilm Manning, Hawaii
LG: Jake Levengood, Oregon State
C: Olu Oluwatimi, Virginia
RG: Justin Britt, Iowa
RT: Cade Mays, Tennessee
Kicker: Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma

Honorable Mention Offense

QB: Will Rogers, Mississippi State
RB: Chase Brown, Illinois
RB: Bijan Robinson,
WR: Zane Pope, Fresno State
WR: Stefan Cobbs, Boise State
WR: Will Sheppard, Vanderbilt
TE: Cole Turner, Nevada
FLEX: Tiyon Evans, Tennessee
LT: Tyler Steen, Vanderbilt
LG: Desmond Noel, FAU
C: Jerome Carvin, Tennessee
RG: Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State
RT: Scott Lashley, Mississippi State
Kicker: Nick Sciba, Wake Forest

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Would the Dolphins really trade him?




Following internet reports that the Miami Dolphins may be set to trade for Deshaun Watson, additional internet reports — or more specifically, rumors — have emerged. The second set of trade rumors revolves around current Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his future in Miami.

Would the Dolphins really trade him, even if they made a deal for Watson? Back in September, PFN Analyst and Insider Adam Beasley reported that the Dolphins could keep both Tua and Watson on the roster. But have things changed? We’re not sure. If they have, where could Tua land if a trade was completed between the Dolphins and another team?

Tua Tagovailoa Trade Rumors: Potential landing spots

Which teams might be interested in acquiring Tua during just his second year in the league if the Dolphins do, in fact, trade him? There has been lots of speculation around several teams, including the Washington Football Team, Denver Broncos, and the Houston Texans. But are any of them even interested in the second-year quarterback?

Denver Broncos

The Broncos certainly do not have a stable situation at QB. Between Drew Lock’s inconsistent play and Teddy Bridgewater’s one-year prove-it contract, Tua would provide the Broncos another shot at finding their franchise QB. Given the precarious 2022 NFL Draft QB class, the Broncos may feel that the relatively known quantity of Tua is worth the risk.

While the rumors have swirled, there have also been reports that the Broncos are not interested. Given that there is currently uncertainty surrounding the future of the coaching staff in Denver, it would seem odd to throw another QB into an already confusing mix.

Another team with uncertainty at the QB position is Washington. After they lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a hip injury, Washington has been starting Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke has provided a spark for Washington. However, he’s produced mixed results on the field with 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 2021.

If Washington were to make the move for Tua, he would almost certainly replace Heinicke as the starter when up to speed with the offense. The problem for Washington is that a trade for Tua might signal to the fanbase the team is giving up on the 2021 season at 2-4. Sitting just a game out of a Wild Card spot in the NFC, it’s too early for Washington to throw in the towel.

However, much like with Denver, sources close to the situation are saying that Washington has not been in discussions with Miami or Houston regarding a trade.

Interestingly, the Dolphins and Washington made a similar trade nearly 50 years ago. In 1974, Washington traded a first-round pick in the 1976 NFL Draft to obtain the rights to Joe Theismann from Miami. Theismann would not start at QB for Washington until 1978 but would go on to win a Super Bowl and be named NFL MVP in 1983.

Houston Texans

Naturally, the Houston Texans have to be listed as a potential landing spot. Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor are unlikely to be the long-term futures of the franchise. And if Watson is leaving, taking a flyer on Tua would make sense. The problem is that acquiring Tua would reduce the draft pick package the Texans would receive for Watson.

If Tua then turns out not to be the answer, the Texans would likely have cost themselves a reasonably high-value draft pick by acquiring Tua. If they were to make the move, Houston would need to feel confident that they could maximize Tua’s value on his rookie contract. Looking at their roster, the Texans do not appear to be in the situation to do that right now.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The end of Ben Roethlisberger’s time in Pittsburgh is not far away. The veteran QB is in clear decline, and the Steelers need a plan for the future. That plan does not appear to be on their roster at the moment, and Pittsburgh will likely have to use significant draft capital to acquire its QB of the future. A trade for Tua could be the quickest answer to preventing an entire rebuild.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints are still looking for a replacement for Drew Brees. They have a QB-friendly offense that has been built on a short, sharp passing game. That is exactly what Tua has been running in Miami. Sean Payton and the Saints simply do it better. Imagine the parallel if the Dolphins trade Tua to be Brees’ replacement, only for Tua to be the long-term answer for that franchise?

What would a trade package look like for Tua?

We rarely witness a situation quite like this one. A top college player who was selected as a top-five pick in his draft is seemingly available within two years of being selected — and during the season, to boot. We rarely see top-tier quarterbacks traded, and when we do, it’s usually later in their careers.

This past offseason, Matthew Stafford was traded for two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and Jared Goff. Some of that cost seemed to account for Detroit taking on Goff’s huge contract, but a fair chunk was just the price of acquiring Stafford.

Now, by no means is Tua as good as Stafford. However, the potential that Tua carries is the key to any valuation. If a team believes Tua still has the potential to be a top-10 quarterback, they might be willing to pay a little more than many expect.

Valuing Tua right now is almost impossible. He has started just 12 games in his career and spent his first season recovering from an extremely serious hip injury that he suffered in his final year at college. Through those 12 games, Tua has 14 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, a 64.1% completion rate while averaging 181.4 yards per game and 6.4 yards per attempt. Not exactly world-beating numbers, but not horrific either.

The Josh Rosen trade could give us a blueprint for Tua’s asking price

The trade for Josh Rosen is a pretty close example. The biggest difference is that Rosen was traded in the offseason, during the 2019 NFL Draft. Interestingly, it was the Dolphins that acquired Rosen in that deal.

When that trade was made in April 2019, Rosen had started 13 games. He’d thrown 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, had a completion rate of 55.2%, and was averaging 162.7 yards per game and 5.8 yards per attempt. The Cardinals dealt Rosen for a 2019 second-round pick and 2020 fifth-round choice after selecting Kyler Murray first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Tua’s numbers are clearly better than Rosen’s. However, the situation is similar in that Miami might trade Tua because they are acquiring another QB. Therefore, while Miami might not have the leverage to command a significantly higher price, it should be at least somewhat more favorable.

Based on the Rosen and Stafford trades, a reasonable package for Tua would be along the lines of a first- and third/fourth-round selection. The intriguing element will be whether the Dolphins trade first Tua away to gain capital to acquire Watson, or if we see him dealt as part of a three-team deal that nets Watson.

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Saints vs. Seahawks prediction, pick, odds, and how to watch the Week 7 game




This New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks matchup is a little bit less intriguing than the NFL had originally planned, with Seattle rolling with Geno Smith under center while Russell Wilson is injured. With Seattle hanging onto a thread in the NFC West, will a home game against Jameis Winston be enough to save their season? Here are the TV channels and ways to listen, the current NFL odds, and our pick and prediction for the Saints vs. Seahawks game.

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks prediction and odds | Week 7

  • Spread: Saints -5
  • Moneyline: Saints -226, Seahawks +188
  • Over/Under: 43.5 (Over -110, Under -110)

Odds from DraftKings sportsbook

Saints vs. Seahawks prediction

For the past several years, a Saints vs. Seahawks game would have been a marquee matchup of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. That is far from what we are going to get in this one. Brees retired this offseason, and Wilson is out until at least Week 10 with a finger injury. So instead, we will be getting Geno Smith and Jameis Winston.

After stepping in for Wilson after the injury, Smith looked good and almost led the team to a comeback victory against the Rams. Unfortunately, the next week they lost to the Steelers in overtime. It was a good effort, but the Seahawks are now below .500.

The Saints, meanwhile, have been up and down all year. During their tour of the NFC East, they lost to the lowly New York Giants but then followed that up with a win against the Washington Football Team. You just never know which version of Winston you are going to get.

Injuries clouding the picture for both Seattle and New Orleans

It’s not only Wilson out for Seattle — there are also question marks surrounding their running back corps. Chris Carson is on IR with a neck injury, and his replacement Alex Collins, who played well last week, will also miss this matchup. That means Rashaad Penny will likely get the bulk of the carries for the Seahawks.

Things are not much better for New Orleans. Their injury report includes offensive linemen Erik McCoy and Terron Armstead, defensive end Marcus Davenport, linebacker Kwon Alexander, and others.

With both teams beat up, I think the play is to the under 43.5. Both offenses will struggle, and I have little faith that Smith will be able to accomplish much this time around.

Saints vs. Seahawks Prediction: Saints 17, Seattle 10

How to watch and listen to Saints vs. Seahawks this week

  • Start time: 8:15 PM ET
  • Channel: ESPN
  • Live stream:
    • Hulu + Live TV
    • fuboTV
    • YouTube TV
    • DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket
    • NFL Mobile App
    • NFL GamePass
  • Listen:
    • Local Seattle: 710 ESPN Seattle, KIRO Radio 97.3, & Westwood One
    • Local New Orleans: WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM
    • TuneIn Radio
    • Sirius XM Radio

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Colts vs. 49ers prediction, pick, odds, and how to watch the Week 7 game




The Colts vs. 49ers is a battle between two very different teams. On one side, you have the Colts, who are coming off a dominant performance against the Texans. On the other, you have the 49ers, who still have questions at the QB position and are now coming off a bye. Here’s the channel for the Week 7 contest, the current NFL odds, and a pick and prediction.

Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers prediction and odds | Week 7

  • Spread: San Francisco 49ers -3.5
  • Moneyline: 49ers -210, Colts +175
  • Over/Under: 45 (Over -110, Under -110)
  • Odds from DraftKings sportsbook.

The Indianapolis Colts come into this game looking to build off their 31-3 win over the Houston Texans last week. They are still a long way from the top of the AFC South at 2-4, but a somewhat easy schedule in the coming weeks could put them back in contention.

Carson Wentz has thrown for 1,545 yards, 9 touchdowns, and an interception on 64.2% passing so far this year, and he looks more and more comfortable in the Indianapolis’ offense as the season progresses. Meanwhile, Jonathan Taylor has rushed for a team-high 472 yards and 4 touchdowns. His game against Houston was his best of the year, and he is finally falling into the RB1 role that everyone imagined for him.

The 49ers are coming off a bye but suffered a tough 17-10 loss to the Cardinals the week before. They played Arizona well, and in hindsight, a one-TD loss to the only undefeated team in the NFL is not a bad thing. The bigger problem is that they’re dealing with two banged-up QBs in Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance and a mess at the RB position. It still isn’t clear who their lead back will be in this contest.

Colts vs. 49ers prediction

If you had asked me this question at the beginning of the season, I never would have thought of predicting a possible upset for the Colts on the road against San Francisco. However, here we are. Indianapolis is 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five contests overall. Wentz is playing like the best QB in this matchup, and as great as the 49ers’ coaching staff is, they have their hands tied behind their backs due to injuries.

Colts vs. 49ers prediction: Colts 24, 49ers 21

How to watch and listen to Colts vs. 49ers this week

  • Start time: 8:20 PM ET
  • Channel: NBC
  • Live stream: 
    • Sling
    • NBC App
    • Hulu + Live TV
    • fuboTV
    • YouTube TV
    • DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket
  • Listen:
    • Local Indianapolis: Indianapolis on 93.5 & 107.5 The Fan and 97.1 HANK FM.
    • Local San Francisco: KGO 810 AM and KSAN 107.7 FM The Bone
    • TuneIn Radio
    • Sirius XM Radio

Ryan Gosling is the Chief Written Content Officer for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter @ryangoslingPFN.

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