Week 5 of the 2021 season poses opportunities for squads across the league.
This week's slate of games is also an opportunity for overseas travel. The Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets kicked off a matchup from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London earlier in both teams' second all-time visit across the pond.
With 13 other games rounding out Week 5's Sunday slate, let's tour the league's pregame looks from its most notable players.
QB Sam Darnold
The 3-1 Panthers, who allowed a season-high 36 points in Week 4 after yielding 30 through the first 3 weeks of the season, made a splash by acquiring Stephon Gilmore from the New England Patriots on Thursday.
Carolina's big-name acquisition could help shore up its defense as Sam Darnold continues growing comfortable leading the team's offense. His five rushing touchdowns through Week 4 led the NFL and joined him with Lamar Smith (2002) as the only Panthers with a rushing touchdown in three straight games.
He kept his Sunday threads casual ahead of Carolina hosting the Philadelphia Eagles, but Darnold enters Week 5 with a unique shot at history. The fourth-year quarterback can become the first in NFL history to record multiple rushing touchdowns in three straight games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Playing against the NFL's second-worst rushing defense could help matters.
clean fit pic.twitter.com/ppVyprLZ68— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 10, 2021
Of course, Darnold isn't the most high-profile ball carrier with an opportunity this week. That honor belongs to reigning rushing champion Derrick Henry (NFL-best 510 this season), who enters Week 5 with a lead of 148 yards over the next closest player.
Against the Jaguars, Henry can record his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game, which would tie the careerlong streak he set in 2019. Here is a glimpse at his Week 5 cleats ahead of facing 30th-ranked defense.
QB Joe Burrow
The second-year QB's squad is off to its first 3-1 start since the 2018 season. Burrow's return from injury has looked good. He is only the second player in Bengals history with multiple touchdown passes in each of the first four games of a season (2018, Andy Dalton).
Green Bay Packers
RB Aaron Jones
Here is a shot of Jones during pregame warm-ups rocking his custom football-shaped medallion that holds special value to Green Bay's leading rusher. The specialized accessory contains the ashes of Jones' late father, who died in April.
He assumed it was misplaced upon his second visit to the end zone that day, but he explained how proud that might have made his dad. "If there was any place to lose it, that's where my dad would've wanted me to lose it," Jones said. "So I know he's smiling."
Fortunately, a team athletic trainer found Jones' necklace the following Tuesday morning.
Found at 1:45am Thank you to our trainer Bryan "Flea" Engel I'm forever grateful 🙏🏾♥️🕊 pic.twitter.com/ylTlZ5Jpfr— Aaron Jones 3️⃣3️⃣ (@Showtyme_33) September 21, 2021
Washington Football Team
DE Montez Sweat
Sweat is tied for Washington's team lead with three sacks.
His stylish pregame sweatsuit received an appropriate play on words from the team's social media team.
𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗮𝘁suit SZN pic.twitter.com/RhAdr7hRm0— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 10, 2021
Women of Red, LB Shaquil Barrett
Tampa Bay's Women of Red initiative provides an opportunity for women who are fans of the team to enjoy an in-depth game experience. Here is a shot of this year's Women of Red enjoying some pregame vibes ahead the Miami Dolphins visiting.
Barrett's pregame pattern choice appeared to be a great vibe in itself.
QB Kyler Murray
Arizona (4-0) enters Week 5 as the only remaining undefeated squad across the NFL and seeking its first 5-0 start since 1974. Murray has been the catalyst behind the Cardinals' hot start.
According to Caesar's Sportsbook, he is currently the league favorite to win MVP honors (+500) after beginning the season with +2500 odds.
Here is a shot Murray entering State Farm Stadium ahead of taking on the San Francisco 49ers.
As you think, so shall you become. pic.twitter.com/R3uhAHi5U6— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 10, 2021
WR Allen Robinson
The WNBA's Chicago Sky recently clinched the second Finals berth in franchise and showed loved to the Bears recently.
Ahead of the Bears visiting the Las Vegas Raiders, Robinson made sure to reciprocate the Sky's energy.
The fourth-year running back's pregame flash could provide the confidence boost he's been searching for. Barkley enters New York's Week 5 visit against the Dallas Cowboys with seven straight games under 100 rushing yards, one game shy of tying the longest such streak of his career (2019).
Arriving in style pic.twitter.com/amAPxkTsZ8— New York Giants (@Giants) October 10, 2021
WR Stefon Diggs
The 3-1 Bills visit the defending 2019 champion Kansas City Chiefs in a matchup of last season's AFC Championship game. In the last two seasons, Buffalo is 0-2 against Kansas City with a record of 18-3 against all other opponents.
Both teams' respective marks of 18-5 is tied for the best across the NFL in that span (including playoffs).
Diggs' cleats illustrated a quirky readiness for tonight's action and served as an ode to the Netflix series "Squid Game," a show Diggs and his teammates haven't been shy about enjoying in recent weeks.
Mahomes got bundled up as the winter months roll in. The 2018 MVP is hoping to continue heating up Kansas City's offense as the team looks to avoid its first 2-3 start since 2014.
He tossed a season-high five touchdowns last week's 42-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. That said, the Chiefs lost their last home game (30-24 against the Los Angeles Chargers) and haven't lost back-to-back home outings since 2019 (three straight).
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