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The NFL Power Rankings are the perfect place to track improvement. While usually that improvement is strictly on the team level, we decided to take it even further this week, as we had our NFL Nation writers identify the most improved player on the team they cover.

The answers below run the gamut. There are your usual improvement candidates, from young players who are starting to bloom with a little bit more experience (Trevon Diggs just picked off another pass for the Dallas Cowboys) and veterans who are taking up their game a notch from their previous standard (Cordarrelle Patterson pretty much does everything for the Atlanta Falcons at this point), but there are even more candidates than that. We have receivers who once had to play quarterback due to a COVID-19 contact tracing crisis (Denver Broncos fans certainly remember that) and a seven-time Super Bowl championship quarterback that is somehow better now than he was the year before.

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Previous ranking: 1

Most improved player: WR Emmanuel Sanders

How they’ve improved: This isn’t a particularly difficult decision. Sanders — the oldest player on the Bills roster — has exploded in his 12th NFL season and is a key piece of the offense as a downfield weapon. He has two games with two touchdowns already this season, including Sunday’s win over Kansas City. Prior to this season, Sanders only had six career games with two or more touchdowns, and the last was in 2017. Outside of his scoring, Sanders is averaging a career-high 16.9 yards per reception, as opposed to his average target depth last year with the Saints — a career-low 8.98 yards. He has transformed into one of quarterback Josh Allen‘s favorite targets. — Alaina Getzenberg


Previous ranking: 2

Most improved player: RB Chase Edmonds

How they’ve improved: The third-year running back was given a larger role this season, and he is not just embracing the opportunity, he is flourishing. Edmonds is the Cardinals’ leading rusher and is on pace to smash his previous career high for yards in a season. With a big game or two, he could have a 1,000-yard season for the first time in his career. But Edmonds’ game isn’t limited to just carrying the ball. He spent the offseason working on his receiving skills, and it’s paid off. He’s tied for the team lead with 23 catches and has become a favorite target of quarterback Kyler Murray.Josh Weinfuss


Previous ranking: 3

Most improved player: WR Van Jefferson

How they’ve improved: The second-year receiver admitted after his rookie season, despite displaying great maturity, that his head was spinning at times in the offense. But this season, Jefferson has proven to be a steady target for quarterback Matthew Stafford. He caught a 67-yard touchdown pass to ignite the offense in Week 1 and has seen his targets steadily increase — which is no easy feat when surrounded by other pass-catchers in Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, DeSean Jackson and Tyler Higbee. Jefferson has caught 14 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. — Lindsey Thiry

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Field Yates isn’t worried about Tom Brady’s thumb injury impacting his playing status against the Eagles in Week 6.

Previous ranking: 4

Most improved player: QB Tom Brady

How they’ve improved: This sounds insane, right? What does a seven-time Super Bowl champion QB possibly need to improve on? But if you go back to this time last year, Brady was still learning the playbook and still trying to establish rapport with his receivers, while offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was still trying to learn him. Brady’s touchdown to interception ratio has gone from 3.0 at this point last year to 7.5. Yards after the catch has also gone up from 542 yards to 850 yards, as has yards per attempt (7.93 yards per attempt versus 7.02, so he’s not trying easier throws), suggesting better chemistry overall. — Jenna Laine


Previous ranking: 5

Most improved player: LT Yosh Nijman

How they’ve improved: The second-year pro played only 14 total snaps last season, and several of those were just on kneel-down plays to close out games. Who would’ve thought he could have held up so well in three starts at left tackle? Well, offensive line coach Adam Stevanich, for one, did. He convinced Aaron Rodgers that Nijman was the way to go after Elgton Jenkins suffered an ankle injury. Jenkins was filling in for David Bakhtiari, who remains on PUP while recovering from ACL surgery. So the Packers were down to their No. 3 left tackle in Nijman, but you wouldn’t know it based on the way the offense has remained in high gear. — Rob Demovsky


Previous ranking: 8

Most improved player: CB Trevon Diggs

How they’ve improved: How can it not be Diggs? The Cowboys have some other candidates, like young tackle Terence Steele, but Diggs has put himself in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year just five games in with six interceptions. In his last 10 games, dating back to his rookie season, he has nine interceptions. He is lining up against the opponents’ top receivers each week, and because of that, offenses will not have the chance to shy away from him. The question isn’t how much Diggs has improved. It’s how much more can he improve? — Todd Archer

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Domonique Foxworth breaks down what he likes about the Chargers after their win over the Browns.

Previous ranking: 9

Most improved player: OT Storm Norton

How they’ve improved: Norton was previously in the XFL but now is the Chargers’ starting right tackle because of an injury to Bryan Bulaga. Norton stumbled in his first start but has risen up the ranks, as he is currently the Chargers’ No. 2-ranked offensive lineman per Pro Football Focus. He was given a game ball by Chargers coach Brandon Staley after Sunday’s win over the Browns. Staley believes in the 6-foot-8 and 308-pound Norton, as does Justin Herbert, who saw Norton standing up Cleveland’s Myles Garrett. He wasn’t perfect, giving up a sack to the NFL’s sack leader, but he has proven to be reliable. — Shelley Smith


Previous ranking: 7

Most improved player: CB Anthony Averett

How they’ve improved: A fourth-round pick in 2018, Averett has stepped into the starting lineup to replace Marcus Peters. A capable backup for years, Averett has allowed the lowest passer rate in coverage through four games, according to Pro Football Focus. Can the Ravens afford to keep him after the season? Averett could become a more sought-after free agent this offseason because of this improvement. — Jamison Hensley


Previous ranking: 6

Most improved player: TE David Njoku

How they’ve improved: Though it came in a losing effort, Njoku continued his strong start to this season and delivered a career performance Sunday against the Chargers. He finished with a team-high 161 receiving yards on seven receptions, including a career-high 71-yard touchdown catch in which he shed a defender before racing into the end zone. Njoku, a first-round pick in 2017, has had trouble finding his place in Cleveland. At one point, he even asked for a trade. But as Cleveland’s leading receiver through five games, Njoku might finally be hitting his stride. — Jake Trotter


Previous ranking: 11

Most improved player: TE Jody Fortson

How they’ve improved: After two seasons on the Chiefs’ practice squad as a wide receiver, Fortson was moved to tight end in the spring and has been quite a find. He caught all four of his targets this season, with two of them going for touchdowns. At 240 pounds, he is not the ideal size for a tight end, but has shown well as a blocker, too. — Adam Teicher


Previous ranking: 18

Most improved player: CB Kristian Fulton

How they’ve improved: Fulton didn’t play much last season as a rookie due to a knee injury, but this season he has settled in nicely as the Titans’ starting right cornerback. He has one interception and six passes defensed through five games. Fulton’s best performance was in Week 2, when he held Seahawks’ receiver DK Metcalf to one reception for eight yards. The second-year CB has gained confidence, and it shows in his consistent play on the field. — Turron Davenport


Previous ranking: 12

Most improved player: WR DJ Moore

How they’ve improved: Consistency is the biggest difference. Moore had an outstanding 2020 season, but his catch rate (66 of 118) was only 55.9%, and he had only four receiving touchdowns. His catch rate this year is 70% (35 of 50), and he already has three receiving touchdowns. He has become Sam Darnold‘s favorite target, not Robby Anderson as some expected. — David Newton


Previous ranking: 17

Most improved player: WR Deonte Harris

How they’ve improved: Harris was already an All-Pro return specialist as an undrafted rookie in 2019. But now the Saints have been working the 5-foot-6 and 170-pound speedster more into an offense that is thin on dynamic pass catchers. He leads the team with 236 receiving yards on 12 catches (including TDs of 72 and 55 yards). He has also been a trusted target for Jameis Winston on third downs. Harris left Sunday’s game early with a hamstring injury, but now has the bye week to help him recover. — Mike Triplett


Previous ranking: 16

Most improved player: LB Logan Wilson

How they’ve improved: The second-year linebacker has stepped into the team’s starting linebacker role well. He has a team-high 46 tackles and three of the team’s four interceptions. After primarily being a backup last season, Cincinnati’s 2020 third-round pick has displayed some quality moments through the first five games and earned praise from many of his teammates. “He’s a really disciplined player,” Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader said. “I’m really happy a lot of people see that.” — Ben Baby


Previous ranking: 14

Most improved player: WR Kendall Hinton

How they’ve improved: Hinton just keeps moving up the developmental curve with hard work and simply being ready when the Broncos need him. Hinton gained a slice of fame last year when he was forced to play quarterback against the Saints when all of the Broncos quarterbacks missed the game for violation of COVID-19 protocols. He opened the season on the practice squad again, but when Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler each suffered injuries, he was promoted. His toe-tap reception along the sideline for a key third-down conversion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss in Pittsburgh, along with his first career touchdown earlier in the quarter, were two examples of how far he has come. — Jeff Legwold


Previous ranking: 23

Most improved player: DE Robert Quinn

How they’ve improved: Quinn admittedly had a rough 2020 season, but the veteran has bounced back. Through five games, Quinn has been the Bears’ most consistent pass-rusher. He has 4.5 sacks in five games this season, compared to two sacks in 15 games in 2020. Quinn’s re-emergence has also allowed Khalil Mack to flourish on the other side of the line. Quinn and Mack have become one of the NFC’s most dominant pass-rushing duos. What a difference a year makes. — Jeff Dickerson


Previous ranking: 10

Most improved player: WR Bryan Edwards

How they’ve improved: Yes, he had a terrible drop while wide open downfield in the second half of the Raiders’ ugly loss to the Bears on Sunday. But in Las Vegas’ 3-0 start to the season, he had been the team’s closer, so to speak, with clutch catches late in games. Plus, with 13 catches for 236 yards thus far, he has already eclipsed his totals from his rookie season, when he caught 11 passes for 193 yards in 12 games. — Paul Gutierrez


Previous ranking: 15

Most improved player: WR Deebo Samuel

How they’ve improved: A big part of Samuel’s ascent is because he’s been healthy so far, but he also put in a lot of work in the offseason to get leaner, expand his route tree and become a more complete receiver. That work has paid off. Samuel has gone from primarily a gadget player limited to designed runs and in-breaking intermediate routes to the league’s second-leading receiver (548 yards) and the 49ers’ clear No. 1 target in the passing game. — Nick Wagoner


Previous ranking: 20

Most improved player: WR Jakobi Meyers

How they’ve improved: Meyers has been targeted a team-high 47 times and has totaled 31 receptions for 302 yards. While he had one regrettable drop in Sunday’s win over the Texans in which he was wide open, Meyers’ leap forward is reflected in that through the first five games of last season, he had just one catch for seven yards. The third-year receiver is still looking for his first touchdown reception, though. — Mike Reiss


Previous ranking: 13

Most improved player: WR Freddie Swain

How they’ve improved: Last year’s sixth-round pick has been the Seahawks’ third receiver while rookie Dee Eskridge has been sidelined since the opener. Swain is easily outpacing his 2020 numbers, with his two touchdowns in five games already matching last year’s total. One of his touchdowns was on a scramble play against the 49ers on which he showed good awareness of how Russell Wilson had gone off script. — Brady Henderson


Previous ranking: 24

Most improved player: DL Cameron Heyward

How they’ve improved: Playing like a man on mission, Heyward has been the anchor on a Steelers’ defensive front that’s been in flux with a series of injuries. Through five games, the 11-year veteran is Pro Football Focus‘ highest-graded interior defender, outpacing Aaron Donald and Jonathan Allen. As a unit, the Steelers’ pass rush hasn’t been able to get as much pressure as previous seasons, but Heyward is still a force with 14 solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. — Brooke Pryor

Previous ranking: 19

Most improved player: QB Taylor Heinicke

How they’ve improved: There aren’t many candidates here — maybe returner DeAndre Carter — but Heinicke certainly qualifies when you compare him to where he was at in 2020: attending classes at Old Dominion University. He was just about done thinking he’d be back in the NFL. For that reason alone, he is their most improved player. Heinicke has his limitations, and they’re on display against really good defenses — four combined picks in losses to Buffalo and New Orleans. But he has thrown for 1,208 yards and eight touchdowns (with five picks), and he has led two late, game-winning drives. His future might just be as a solid backup, but a year ago he was an NFL afterthought. — John Keim


Previous ranking: 22

Most improved player: DE Everson Griffen

How they’ve improved: The Vikings brought back the 33-year-old defensive end, who spent 2010-19 in Minnesota, to be a rotational pass-rusher. Five games into the season, Griffen has played his way into the starting lineup. He has transitioned into a different role, splitting reps between defensive end and three-technique on passing downs. Griffen played a season-high 72% of snaps against Detroit and supplanted D.J. Wonnum in the lineup. With four sacks in five games — after a total of six a year ago with Dallas and Detroit — Griffen has cemented himself as a piece of the Vikings’ pass rush that they cannot do without. — Courtney Cronin


Previous ranking: 25

Most improved player: DT Javon Hargrave

How they’ve improved: Hargrave has been the Eagles’ best player through five games. He already has six sacks on the season, which is tops among defensive tackles and third overall in the NFL. It’s also a half-sack less than his career high. Hargrave, 28, had four quality seasons with the Steelers before joining the Eagles in 2020. He was limited due to injury last season, but has turned into a dominant force in his second year in green. — Tim McManus


Previous ranking: 21

Most improved player: WR Michael Pittman Jr.

How they’ve improved: Pittman, the Colts’ second-round pick in 2020, has more than half the number of receptions (23) and receiving yards (279) in four games this season than he had in 13 games as a rookie. He leads the Colts in both of those categories while in his new role as the team’s No. 1 receiver. — Mike Wells

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Field Yates and Matthew Berry discuss Cordarrelle Patterson’s recent success and the fantasy value he brings.

Previous ranking: 27

Most improved player: RB Cordarrelle Patterson

How they’ve improved: Patterson is the answer for almost everything Falcons at this point, isn’t he? But in this case, it’s wildly accurate. Patterson might be the most improved player in the NFL — period. With 25 catches and 295 yards, he’s already put up his best season numbers since 2017, and he’s already matched his career-high in receiving touchdowns (four). As a runner, his 173 yards are the third-highest season total of his career. And, again, it’s Week 5. Falcons coach Arthur Smith has become the playcaller who finally figured out how to use Patterson best in the former first-round pick’s ninth season and fifth team. — Michael Rothstein


Previous ranking: 26

Most improved player: DL Christian Wilkins

How they’ve improved: Through just five games of his third NFL season, Wilkins has already tied his career-high in QB hits (4), and set a new career-high in tackles for a loss (5). He also has registered one sack on the season, just one shy of his career high. The 2019 first-round pick has always brought energy to the field — sometimes “too much” juice, according to coach Brian Flores — but his production is starting to match that after a solid-but-unspectacular start to his career. — Marcel Louis-Jacques


Previous ranking: 30

Most improved player: S Lonnie Johnson Jr.

How they’ve improved: Johnson, who was drafted as a cornerback in the second round in 2019, is in his second season at safety. Safety Justin Reid said he can tell Johnson is getting more comfortable playing in defensive coordinator Lovie Smith’s system, and now it’s showing up on the field. Johnson has interceptions — the first two of his career — in back-to-back games in Weeks 4 and 5. — Sarah Barshop


Previous ranking: 29

Most improved player: CB Bryce Hall

How they’ve improved: The 2020 fifth-round pick, who slipped in the draft because of a significant ankle injury near the end of his final season at Virginia, leads the Jets with five passes defensed. In fact, only eight players in the NFL have more than Hall, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Hall got his feet wet as a starter over the second half of last season, but he still was shaking off rust from the layoff. Now he is 100%, playing the role of CB1 and has a chance to be a long-term starter for the Jets. — Rich Cimini

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Stephania Bell reports on Daniel Jones after his concussion in the Giants’ Week 5 loss.

Previous ranking: 28

Most improved player: QB Daniel Jones

How they’ve improved: The turnovers have always been the problem for Jones — until this season. Jones finally seemed to have that fixed and was playing really good football prior to being knocked out with a concussion late in the first half Sunday vs. Dallas. He has just one fumble lost and one interception this season — and that interception was on a Hail Mary. Clearly there has been major improvement from the third-year quarterback this year. Entering Monday night, he is top 10 in the NFL in QBR at 61.0 through five weeks. — Jordan Raanan


Previous ranking: 31

Most improved player: LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin

How they’ve improved: One of the biggest improvements in the eyes of first-year Lions coach Dan Campbell is Reeves-Maybin. He stands out because he primarily saw action on special teams last season. But over the past few weeks, he has gotten better — notably on the road against Minnesota on Sunday, where he forced and recovered a crucial fumble to go along with five tackles. “He makes plays,” Campbell said. “He’s productive for us.” — Eric Woodyard


Previous ranking: 32

Most improved player: RB James Robinson

How they’ve improved: Despite a slow start to the season — just 16 carries in the first two games combined — Robinson is on pace for 1,316 yards rushing, which would better his rookie total by nearly 250 yards. Robinson worked on getting quicker and faster in the offseason, and it looks like he accomplished that without losing any power. Robinson was pretty darn good as a rookie, and he could approach 1,500 yards if the Jaguars would give him even more work than the 16 carries he is averaging over the past three games. — Mike DiRocco

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After the Buffalo Bills‘ 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars two weeks ago, quarterback Josh Allen emerged for his postgame news conference red-faced and using strong words to describe his own performance.

Allen had a different energy after Sunday’s 41-15 blowout loss to the Indianapolis Colts. There was time to process this one on the field — Allen was pulled with 6:17 to go with the game well out of hand — and yet little time to let strong emotions linger with the Bills playing at New Orleans on Thursday night (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).

“One thing led to another today, I think, on all three phases of the ball,” Allen said. “Starts with us taking care of the football and we didn’t do that today. It’s a terrible feeling, but at the same time, we’ve got to play Thursday, so this one’s got to be out of our system before tomorrow.”

Allen completed 21 of 35 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The offense had the ball for only 22 minutes and 13 seconds, thanks to a rough defensive effort that featured zero takeaways. Plus, Allen was 2-of-8 with two interceptions on throws 15 yards or more downfield.

What’s worse, the Bills (6-4) have fallen a half game behind the New England Patriots (7-4) in the race for the AFC East crown.

Now the Bills face the Saints (5-5) in a Thanksgiving night road matchup in four days. The Saints are dealing with issues of their own coming off a 40-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and are missing several offensive starters due to injury.

It presents an opportunity for the Bills to rebound, but they haven’t been able to stack wins since prior to the bye.

“You learn a lot from games like this, but we’re going to get right back in the film room and get ready for Thursday,” tight end Dawson Knox said. “I think it’s good to have a game coming up quick so we can get that bad taste out of our mouths.”

After the short week, the first of two meetings against the Patriots awaits on Monday Night Football, and oh yes, a game against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers is right after that.

There are still seven games remaining in the Bills season — with three of the last four taking place at Highmark Stadium — but the margin for error has mostly disappeared. With two games to play against the Patriots, the division is still very much in play. ESPN’s Football Power Index still gives the Bills a 63% chance to win the division.

New England has its own tough matchups with games against the Titans and Colts splitting up the meetings against Buffalo. The Patriots also have a bye week and then a softer ending to the season against the Jaguars and Dolphins, while the Bills’ last two games are against the Falcons and Jets.

New England has also fared better against the conference (5-1), but already has one loss in the division.

When looking at the conference playoff picture as a whole, 12 teams have five wins or more. As of Sunday night, the Bills sit in the seventh and final playoff seed ahead of Sunday Night Football thanks to a less than ideal 5-4 record against AFC opponents.

It’s still tough to determine just how good the Bills really are. Per FPI, they entered Week 11 having played the easiest opponents in the NFL in terms of strength of schedule.

Thanks to the recent resurgence of the Kansas City Chiefs, the only truly impressive win the Bills can hang their hat on is the 38-20 win in Kansas City over a month ago. Four of the Bills’ six wins have come against backup quarterbacks.

But they’ll get a better idea of how good they are soon: The Bills’ remaining strength of schedule coming into Week 11 was ranked twelfth-hardest in the NFL. That’s not to say the Bills’ strong performances from earlier this year should be thrown away — far from it. They just haven’t yet lived up to the high expectations for the team coming into the season.

Buffalo was beaten on both sides of the line against the Colts — including giving up 264 rushing yards — and didn’t have starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (COVID-19), right tackle Spencer Brown (COVID-19) or linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring). All of their statuses are unknown for Thursday.

The Bills have struggled to establish any consistency on offense, while the league-leading defense has fallen flat against the league’s best rushers and even special teams has become unreliable. While the team continues to say things will come together, they still have work to do in all three phases with time running out but chances ahead.

“It’s a journey every season, and it’s going to ebb and flow. That to me is part of the challenge, and I love that challenge to be honest with you,” coach Sean McDermott said. “Not that you want to lose, but making those adjustments to get our team exactly where it needs to be and learn who you are as a team and then we can continue to grow and move forward. We’ll see where we are after Thursday night.”

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the New York Giants to wrap up Week 11 on Monday Night Football (8:15 ET on ESPN).

This week, ESPN betting analysts Eric Moody and Anita Marks, along with Stats & Information’s Seth Walder offer up their best bets.

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook as of Sunday, unless otherwise noted.


New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-11, 49.5)

Moody: Kenny Golladay is not listed on the Giants’ injury report for Week 11. He played on 83% of their offensive snaps and averaged 6.8 targets from Weeks 1-4 before getting hurt. Last week’s bye came at a perfect time for him and many Giants reporters have noted that Golladay has put in some really good practices this week. Against a Buccaneers secondary that allows the 11th-most passing yards per game, Daniel Jones should target Golladay frequently.

Kadarius Toney has been on a similar path to that of Golladay. He is also not listed on this week’s injury report. Back in Week 5, he caught 10 of his 13 targets for 189 yards against the Dallas Cowboys. Against Tampa Bay’s under-manned secondary, Toney could also succeed.

Although Mike Evans only caught 2 of 3 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in a Week 10 game where the Buccaneers were constantly playing from behind, in his previous eight games he had averaged 8.0 targets and 68 receiving yards. Considering Chris Godwin is battling a foot injury and is listed as a game-time decision (and with Antonio Brown already ruled out), Evans could do quite well on Monday night. Rob Gronkowski may also be ready to shine, having averaged seven targets and 61.3 receiving yards when he’s been on the field and healthy.

Leonard Fournette should also continue to play a significant role in the Buccaneers offense. While playing on 60% of the team’s offensive snaps this season, he has averaged 17.8 opportunities (rushing attempts plus targets) and 85.5 total yards per game. Note that over New York’s last five games, Kenyan Drake, Darrel Williams, Chuba Hubbard, Darrell Henderson Jr. and Ezekiel Elliott have averaged 97.0 yards against the Giants defense.

Picks: Golladay over 45.5 total receiving yards (-120), Toney over 43.5 total receiving yards, Evans over 65.5 total receiving yards (-115), Gronkowski over 28.5 total receiving yards (-115), Fournette over 93.5 total rushing/receiving yards (-110)


Walder: When he was healthy, Gronkowski’s target opportunity far surpassed his Week 11 receiving line prop. He was averaging 46.1 expected receiving yards per game based on air yards, expected completion probability and expected YAC (NFL Next Gen Stats). Had Gronkowski never been injured, this would be a slam dunk over. Of course, he has been out with fractured ribs.

I could be wrong, but I imagine the Buccaneers — especially as Super Bowl contenders — would wait until Gronkowski were fully recovered enough to play significantly before allowing him to return to the field. If that’s true, and based on the way he was used earlier in the season, he should have a good shot to hit 30-plus yards.

Pick: Gronkowski over 29.5 receiving yards (-115)


Marks: The Giants are coming off their bye and will be getting Saquon Barkley back on offense along with offensive lineman Andrew Thomas. The Giants WR corps is also returning Golladay and Toney, giving Jones a much healthier arsenal.

On the other side of the ball, the Giants defense has been good over their last three games, allowing just 39 points, a 28% 3rd-down conversion rate, and only allowed three touchdowns in 13 red zone drives.

Picks: Giants +11, Giants (2-team teaser, +17), Jones over 240 passing yards (-115), Toney over 4.5 receptions (+120)

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