Here are 35 things you need to know about week 5. Some stats were compiled using ProFootballFocus’ premium stats.
1. Robert Woods was on the field for 81 of 85 snaps last week (95%). He saw 8 targets with 24 targets over the last 3 games.
2. Julio Jones ranks 2nd over the last 3 weeks with 40 targets.
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3. Cecil Shorts III is 1st with 41 targets.
4. Philadelphia has given up 9 touchdowns this year to opposing wide receivers.
5. In 2012 Hakeem Nicks caught 53 of his 96 targets, good for 55%.
6. So far in 2013 Nicks has caught 12 of his 25 targets, good for 48%.
7. Hakeem Nicks will get better. The Giants play the Eagles this week.
8. Donnie Avery has 26 targets over 4 games. Dwayne Bowe has 23. If you can trade Bowe, it might be a good idea.
9. Jamaal Charles leads the Chiefs with a whooping 33 targets.
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10. The Buffalo Bills have given up at least 225 yards to opposing wide receivers in 3 of their 4 games with a total of 7 touchdowns.
11. Brian Hoyer is averaging 46 pass attempts a game. For comparison, Drew Brees is averaging 41.5, Aaron Rodgers 40.7, and Tom Brady 39.5. Sam Bradford is averaging 45.5, which leads all starting quarterbacks, save Hoyer.
12. Brian Hoyer and the Browns play Buffalo on Thursday Night Football.
13. Trent Richardson, playing for the Browns, had 2.4 yards after contact per carry.
14. Trent Richardson, playing for the Colts, has 1.8 yards after contact per carry.
15. Bilal Powell was on the field for 53 of the 69 offensive snaps.
16. Chris Ivory and his cookie-crumbled hamstrings return in week 5.
17. Mike Goodson returns from suspension.
18. I have no idea what to make of it. Run.
19. Torrey Smith has seen a crazy 18 deep targets (more than 20 yards).
20. AJ Green, Brandon Marshall, and DeSean Jackson are tied for 2nd in deep targets with 11.
21. Robert Woods is just behind them with 10 deep targets. If Woods is on your waiver wire, pick him up immediately.
22. Antonio Brown caught 12 of his 13 targets for 88 yards in England.
23. Emmanuel Sanders and Heath Miller saw 8 targets each. Brown is clearly the receiver in Pittsburgh. Things will get better over the course of the season.
24. Jerome Simpson caught 7 of 11 targets for 124 yards in England.
25. Greg Jennings caught 3 of 4 targets for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns with a long of 70.
26. Matt Cassel really likes Simpson and touchdowns (and long receptions) are tough to predict.
27. In the loss to San Francisco, Daryl Richardson had 12 carries (for a paltry 16 yards).
28. Benny Cunningham (yes, that is really his name) was 2nd with 4 carries.
29. Jacksonville has given up 164 yards a game to opposing running backs.
30. Jacksonville plays at St. Louis this week. The same St. Louis that was embarrassed by San Francisco on national TV, have had 10 days to prepare, and don’t even have to travel.
31. Arizona has given up the 2nd most points to opposing tight ends. Twice they have given up at least 148 yards and 2 touchdowns (Jared Cook in week 1 and Jimmy Graham in week 3).
32. Steve Smith is tops on the Panthers with 23 targets over 3 games. Greg Olsen is just behind him with 22.
33. Oh, and the Panthers travel to Arizona in week 5.
34. Andre Johnson is tied for the most receptions (34) but has yet to find the endzone.
35. You have to go another 6 wide receivers to find another receiver without a touchdown in Cecil Shorts III (26).