7-on-7 drill entering Week 5 of the NFL season

This is the 7-on-7 drill, where I'll present seven lists of seven items to help keep track of the NFL season.

A non-NFL item or two might sneak its way into the drill every now and again, but this should keep you oriented to what's gone on in the league and what's to come this weekend.


1. Broncos (4-0)- Trevor Siemian's injury and Paxton Lynch's stellar relief work add a wrinkle to a team that hasn't lost since before Christmas last year.

2. Vikings (4-0)- In consecutive weeks this defense has ripped off the wings of typical butterflies Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Odell Beckham Jr.


3. Patriots (3-1)- Last week's 16-0 dud against the Bills won't shake many Patriots' fans' confidence, considering a certain Brazilian fashion model's husband returns this weekend.

4. Steelers (3-1)- Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell haven't shared the field very often recently. When they did Sunday against the Chiefs, the result was scary.

5. Seahawks (3-1)- They seem to have shaken off some early-season stink, and can give previously ailing quarterback Russell Wilson a break with a bye this week.

6. Packers (2-1)- One of two teams with an early bye last week. Last time they had a Week 4 bye (in 2013) the Packers won their next four games.

7. Falcons (3-1)- Matt Ryan seemed to plateau, or even dip the last couple of seasons, but he's leading the league in passing yards and touchdowns on a team averaging 38 points per game.


1. Browns (0-4)- Is Louisville's Lamar Jackson eligible for the 2017 draft? No? Oh, then they better save some losing for next year, too.

2. 49ers (1-3)- Navorro Bowman is lost with a torn Achilles, which means the only relevant moment this team will have is if Colin Kaepernick gets in a game.

3. Buccaneers (1-3)- They've been outscored by a league-worst 51 points this season and have had to pause each of the last two games because of storms. The weather gods are telling you something, Tampa.


4. Bears (1-3)- No longer winless, and the next two games -- at Indianapolis and home against Jacksonville -- are also winnable.

5. Dolphins (1-3)- What was uglier last Thursday: their Creamsicle uniforms or their performance against the Bengals?

6. Jaguars (1-3)- In the past two seasons the losing team in a London game fired its coach upon exiting the plane. Gus Bradley prolonged his tenure with a win over the Colts at Wembley.

7. Titans (1-3)- They won't embarrass themselves, but the offense doesn't have enough sophistication to come from behind.


1. Arizona Cardinals- A popular Super Bowl pick, especially after a compelling Amazon documentary of the team's thrilling 2015 season. But the team hasn't been the same since the season-ending thud in the NFC title game.

2. Carolina Panthers- Something ain't right with Cam Newton or the defense. They have the talent to turn it around, but must do it soon.


3. Odell Beckham Jr.- Forget the sub-par stats. He's acted like a petulant child star who couldn't handle all the fame and fortune.

4. Indianapolis Colts- Their division is wide open, especially with J.J. Watt out for the year, but apparently the Colts have no interest in seizing it.

5. New York Jets- With Tom Brady out four games, this was their chance to make a run at the AFC East. With Brady's suspension now over, the Jets are already two games back.

6. Kansas City Chiefs- Their 29-point loss to the Steelers on national TV suggests that nothing has changed. They're a playoff contender with no chance of making a deep run if they get there.

7. Adam Gase- The youngest coach in the NFL has done little to re-energize the Dolphins or quarterback Ryan Tannehill.


1. Falcons at Broncos (4:05 p.m.)- The classic "unstoppable force meeting immovable object" game.


2. Bengals at Cowboys (4:25 p.m.)- Plenty of playmakers should make this an entertaining and competitive game.

3. Redskins at Ravens (1 p.m.)- The winner here will be taken seriously as a playoff contender. The loser presents plenty of doubts.

4. Giants at Packers (8:30 p.m.)- Giants get a do-over in prime time as two of the seven active Super Bowl-winning QBs duke it out.

5. Texans at Vikings (1 p.m.)- One of just three games between winning teams this week.

6. Chargers at Raiders (4:25 p.m.)- The Chargers' three losses this year have come in frantic final-minute finishes. Both these teams like drama and points.

7. Eagles at Lions (1 p.m.)- We get to see if Carson Wentz's wild ride continues after the Eagles' Week 4 bye.



1. Broncos- The immovable object wins, proving there's no such thing as an unstoppable force (or at least that the Falcons aren't one).

2. Bengals- Experience overcomes Cowboys' impressive youth.

3. Ravens- They get back to winning close games at home.

4. Packers- Both quarterbacks throw for 300 yards.

5. Vikings- This time they rip the wings off DeAndre Hopkins.


6. Chargers- A shootout finally goes their way.

7. Eagles- Wentz lacks fluidity of his first three games but the underrated defense creates a key turnover.


1. Derek Carr, QB- What do Alex Smith, Blake Bortles and Andrew Luck have in common? They each threw for well more than 300 yards against the Chargers. Next up is Carr.

2. DeMarco Murray, RB- In an otherwise feckless Titans offense, he's ripping off 5.2 yards per carry. Against the Dolphins, the Titans might actually play with a lead this week.

3. Terrance West, RB- Ravens aren't typically good fantasy options this year (aside from Justin Tucker), but the offense will likely try to establish West early and keep feeding him if effective.

4. Julian Edelman, WR- Just five catches for 54 yards in the past two weeks combined. No one is happier to have his pal Brady back than the guy who no longer has to play backup quarterback.


5. Sterling Shepard, WR- The Packers are allowing nearly nine yards per passing attempt. And the Giants' other receiver isn't having any fun, so this bright rookie will have to do some damage.

6. Zach Ertz, TE- Back from injury and playing against a Lions defense that has allowed five touchdowns to tight ends thus far.

7. Panthers defense- Buy low on a defense that just allowed 42 points and gets to play a quarterback (Jameis Winston) who has turned the ball over 10 times.


1. Narcos- Spoiler alert: Pablo Escobar dies in finale.

2. BoJack Horseman- Who knew anthropomorphic animals could be clever?

3. Survivor- Thirty-three seasons strong; the paradigm always delivers.


4. Shark Tank- Oh, the products billionaires will invest in.

5. Atlanta- Subtle, funny, provocative look at rap scene.

6. Saturday Night Live- Political sketches were on point in premiere.

7. Thursday Night Football- Games are duds when players aren't rested.