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Peter King examines the Bills’ convincing win over the Dolphins in Week 4, Deion Sanders mania in Colorado and more in Football Morning in America.

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  • TEN Tackle #77
    Skoronski underwent an emergency appendectomy earlier this season and has missed the last three games as a result. Now, head coach Mike Vrabel said he expects Skoronski to return to practice this week, leaving the door open for a possible return in Week 5 against the Colts. We’ll know more about Skoronski’s status as practice begins on Wednesday.
  • ATL Quarterback #9
    Despite all of social media calling for Ridder’s benching in Week 4 against the Jaguars, Smith stuck by his guy through what was arguably the worst start of his career. Ridder took four sacks, threw two interceptions, and led the Falcons to just seven points on the afternoon, looking overmatched throughout much of the day. Despite a willing-and-able veteran in Taylor Heinicke behind him, Smith is willing to stick with Ridder for at least one more week. However, if he struggles in Week 5, it will be interesting to see if Smith opts to start Heinicke in Week 6 against the Commanders, who Heinicke spent the previous three seasons with.
  • CHI Guard #76
    Jenkins was placed on injured reserve in late August and now has 21 days until the team has to make a decision on his return. There’s no reason to think Jenkins won’t be activated at some point within that window, but the team doesn’t need to activate him for Week 5 against the Commanders if they don’t think he’s ready. With the Bears playing on a short week, it’s possible the team could keep him out at least one more game to give him some additional rest ahead of Week 6’s matchup against the Vikings.
  • LAC Wide Receiver #1
    On one hand, Johnston did see a season-high in snaps and routes run (22), but it was Josh Palmer (56) and Keenan Allen (49) who were tops amongst Chargers receivers in snaps. Johnston drew just three targets on the day, and turned them into one catch for 18 yards. Johnston appears to be playing primarily in 11-personnel, which could result in limited usage when you consider the Chargers are running out three receivers on about 60 percent of their snaps through four weeks. Johnston is still worth stashing heading into the team’s Week 5 bye, but can’t be trusted in lineups.
  • MIN Running Back #2
    Week 4 marked Mattison’s first game sharing a backfield with Cam Akers, but his 69 percent snap share was only a slight drop from the 77 percent snap share he had entering the day. Mattison played well enough with his opportunities on the day, rushing 17 times for 95 yards and will likely serve as the lead back in Week 5 against the Chiefs. Akers turned in a solid 5/40 rushing line, but may need a Mattison implosion before the team considers turning to him on a more consistent basis.
  • CAR Running Back #30
    Through the first three weeks of the season, Sanders played on 61 percent of the team’s snaps compared to the 36 percent of snaps Hubbard was in on. That snap share was flipped on its head in Week 4, as Hubbard out-snapped Sanders and finished the day with a 52.8 percent snap share. Hubbard didn’t do much with his touches, totaling 53 yards from scrimmage on 16 touches, but it was a more efficient performance than the 2.0 yards per touch Sanders averaged on the day. Sanders’ fantasy performance has been largely carried by his receiving upside, but Hubbard also ran 17 routes to Sanders’ 13 despite seeing one less target on the day. Fantasy managers in need of added running back depth would be wise to stash Hubbard when waivers comes around this week.
  • CHI Running Back #24
    Despite reports that rookie Roschon Johnson “will gradually see an enhanced role” in the offense, Herbert emerged to see a season-high 78 percent of the team’s backfield snaps. His previous high came in Week 2 when he was in on 60 percent of the snaps. In addition to the high snap share, Herbert also ran 26 routes to Johnson’s five, which tied for the second-most routes run in Herbert’s career. Those waiting for Johnson to emerge as the starter could be waiting a little longer, as Herbert was highly efficient with his touches, averaging 5.5 yards per touch and 5.7 yards per carry. Johnson remains a strong handcuff to Herbert but is off the fantasy radar in Week 5 against the Commanders.
  • LAC Quarterback #10
    It was mentioned earlier that Herbert’s injury is not viewed as a major issue due to it being on his non-throwing hand. Additionally, the Chargers also have a Week 5 bye, giving Herbert nearly two full weeks to heal up before taking the field on Week 6 against the Cowboys on Monday night. We’ll know more about his Week 6 status after we get through Week 5, but we’d expect Herbert to be ready to go in a prime time matchup.
  • CHI Wide Receiver #10
    This was the only natural outcome for Claypool, who is reportedly on the trading block after falling out of favor with the team. The Bears won’t be be recouping the 32nd overall pick they gave up to acquire Claypool from the Steelers last season, but the veteran receiver could prove difficult to trade given everything going on. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a team offer up a late Day 3 pick in next year’s draft to take a flier on Claypool, but even that could prove to be too much for the disgruntled receiver.
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Peter King examines the Bills’ convincing win over the Dolphins in Week 4, Deion Sanders mania in Colorado and more in Football Morning in America.
Relive the best of the SNF action from Week 4, where the Chiefs defeated the Jets on the road 23-20.
Maria Taylor, Mike Florio, Devin McCourty and Jason Garrett dive into Week 4, where the Bills handed the Dolphins their first loss of the season, the Cowboys gave Bill Belichick the worst loss of his career and more.
New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson floats a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah in the second quarter, cutting the Kansas City Chiefs’ lead to five on Sunday Night Football.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and RB Isiah Pacheco discuss Kansas City’s 23-20 win over the New York Jets on Sunday Night Football, including the team’s offense, Zach Wilson’s performance and more.
Patrick Mahomes connects with a wide-open Noah Gray, who strolls into the end zone for his first TD of the year while boosting the Chiefs’ lead over the Jets to 17-0.
Patrick Mahomes connects with Isiah Pacheco, who sprints up the field and storms into the end zone to extend the Chiefs’ lead to 10-0 after the extra point in the first quarter against the Jets.



Richardson shows superstar potential vs. Rams
The Colts’ huge comeback fell short of a win, but Mike Florio and Chris Simms are excited about what Anthony Richardson could grow into.


Chargers pass rusher Khalil Mack had a career-high six sacks on Sunday, but he acknowledged afterward that it wasn’t all him.
49ers running back Christian McCaffrey had a terrific outing in Sunday’s 35-16 victory over the Cardinals, gaining 177 yards from scrimmage and scoring four touchdowns on 27 touches.
As October looms, so does the launch of the Christmas season.
The question of whether Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner technically held Chiefs receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to wipe out a key interception during the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game isn’t the issue.

Matthew Berry

Matthew picks between Jay’s and Connor’s pick-up lines for Week 4: Ezekiel Elliott over 27.5 rush yards (per DraftKings Sportsbook) or Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals at -2.5 against the Tennessee Titans.
Matthew Berry, Jay Croucher and Connor Rogers break down the top fantasy players in a few NFL Week 4 matchups: Miami Dolphins-Buffalo Bills, Las Vegas Raiders-Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings-Carolina Panthers.
Denny Carter joins Fantasy Football Happy Hour to predict a few big performances in Week 4, including Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard and Indianapolis Colts WR Josh Downs -- but not Cleveland Browns RB Jerome Ford.
Matthew Berry, Jay Croucher and Connor Rogers walk through their takeaways from the Detroit Lions’ 34-20 win over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football, including David Montgomery, AJ Dillon and Romeo Doubs.

Simms Unbuttoned

Chris Simms and Mike Florio preview over the AFC West rivalry between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers, where both teams have question marks on defense entering Sunday’s showdown.
Mike Florio and Chris Simms explain why they like the Seahawks over the Giants at home in Week 4 because, though the New York defense is disruptive, the Seahawks offense has more “firepower.”
Mike Florio and Chris Simms take a detailed look at the “game of the day” for Week 4, outlining how the Bills defensive line will tackle an offense Sean McDermott views as “almost revolutionary.”
Mike Florio and Chris Simms preview the London matchup between the Falcons and Jaguars and Simms explains that his lack of faith in the Falcons passing game and Desmond Ridder leads him to pick the Jags to win.

Rotoworld Fantasy Football

Patrick Daugherty breaks down all of Week 4’s biggest storylines, including the Bengals’ continued struggles on offense.
Lawrence Jackson looks at whose stock is up and down after Week 4 and explains why C.J. Stroud is a safer start in fantasy right now than Joe Burrow.
Eric Samulski gives his full defense rankings for Week 4 of the Fantasy Football season.
Zachary Krueger dives into expected fantasy points from Week 3 and highlights a few players who could be flying under the radar heading into Week 4.
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More NFL News

Peter King examines the Bills’ convincing win over the Dolphins in Week 4, Khalil Mack’s career day and more in Football Morning in America.
Peter King looks at the fans and atmosphere that surround Deion Sanders’ Colorado football team and more in Football Morning in America.
The Bills had plenty to celebrate during Sunday’s 48-20 win over the Dolphins and safety Damar Hamlin had something to celebrate before the game got underway.
The Chiefs escaped MetLife Stadium with a win on Sunday night, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes certainly did not have his best performance.
The Falcons offense has disappeared after a 2-0 start to the season.
My Monday routine includes posting before PFT Live begins the video from the Football Night in America desk that looks back at the Sunday that was.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert injured the middle finger on his left hand during Sunday’s win over the Raiders, but did not miss any time during the game and he is not expected to miss any time in the future either.
Former Patriots and 49ers tight end Russ Francis was killed in a plane crash on Sunday.
On Friday, the NFL announced significant changes to the gambling policy for players.