Monday NFL preview: Can Brady lead Patriots to 16-0 again?

Jaws on faked punt: No tricking Pats (1:31)

ESPN's Ron Jaworski breaks down the Colts' fake punt attempt in the third quarter, which cost them a chance to defeat the Patriots. (1:31)

NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Monday has in store for each team.


Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan admitted after Sunday's 34-21 loss to the Bengals that injuries are taking a toll on his team, and the hits didn't stop Sunday. Receiver Sammy Watkins was limping around the locker room after the game, using a crutch to walk on his injured left ankle. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kyle Williams suffered a left knee injury and isn't expected to play next Sunday in London against the Jaguars. The Bills' bye week can't come soon enough. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: The team is riding high after interim coach Dan Campbell picked up his first win against the Titans. Campbell was smart to point out that it is just one game and not to get overly excited. Miami (2-3) has to turn the page and get ready for the Texans, who are 7-0 all-time against the Dolphins. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: With a win on the road over the Colts, Tom Brady and the Patriots continued their unbeaten run. How long could it last? New England goes home to take on the Jets next week, and New York defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson is already looking forward to the matchup, saying they're "licking our chops" as the matchup approaches. -- ESPN.com staff

New York Jets: The Jets have a key injury concern as they begin preparation for the Patriots -- a concussion for slot corner Buster Skrine. His replacement, Dex McDougle, hadn't played a defensive snap until Sunday. He'd be an inviting target for Tom Brady. The Jets need a quick recovery by Skrine. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. proved he can be productive even with four micro fractures in his back. On Sunday, he caught seven passes for 137 yards and held onto a 34-yard touchdown grab after landing on his back. It could've been a bigger day for Smith. He acknowledged he should've held onto one of the two passes that went off his hands in the end zone. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: The controllers of the football universe remain on the Bengals' side. As special as their 6-0 start is, the Bengals now are headed into a bye with all this momentum. Unlike last year's off week (Week 4), this one is timely. Not only will the Bengals get PUP-listed linebacker Vontaze Burfict back at practice before the AFC North showdown at Pittsburgh on Nov. 1, but this gives them a chance to get a couple other banged-up defenders healthy, too. Defensive end Michael Johnson and linebacker Vincent Rey left Sunday's win at Buffalo with lower leg injuries. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: Running back Duke Johnson left in the fourth quarter of the Browns' overtime loss to Denver. Johnson will need to have a shoulder examined Monday. His absence would be a serious blow to the offense, which relies on Johnson's pass-catching abilities and quickness. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers enter the week with tons of momentum and three options at quarterback -- possibly. If Ben Roethlisberger can't go this week, Landry Jones has to be the favorite to play over Michael Vick after his strong performance Sunday against Arizona. Expect Roethlisberger to practice as early as Wednesday. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: Texans running back Arian Foster feels good about this team after its second win: "I've been on a lot of different teams in the NFL, run-of-the-mill teams, 12-4 teams, 2-14 teams, but this team doesn't feel like a 2-14 team. Hopefully we will build on this win and keep improving and I know we could be a good team." -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts hope to have more information on safety Mike Adams' injured hamstring on Monday. Adams missed the second half of Sunday's game against the Patriots after suffering the injury in the first half. Losing Adams left a void in the Colts' secondary because he intercepted a Tom Brady pass in the first half and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: It was pretty evident the Jaguars need to get back running back T.J. Yeldon (groin) as soon as possible. They rushed for only 83 yards without him against the Texans behind Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: The Titans will have to get rookie center Andy Gallik up to speed in a hurry as he is now the team's starter. Brian Schwenke suffered a dislocated left ankle and tibia frature at the ankle in the second quarter against Miami. Right guard Chance Warmack said he couldn't even look. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: The Broncos will need every minute of the bye to get healthy. Rookie linebacker Shane Ray figures to miss at minimum 4-6 weeks with a right knee injury -- pending an MRI on Monday -- while wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Owen Daniels will both have shoulder injuries examined Monday after being hurt late in Sunday's overtime win in Cleveland. The Broncos are thin at tight end and played Sunday's game with just two on the roster -- Daniels and Virgil Green. They released Richard Gordon to promote running back Kapri Bibbs to the roster Saturday and may sign Gordon again in the coming days. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs will be shorthanded on the defensive line on Sunday against the Steelers if Mike DeVito's concussion keeps him out of the lineup. The Chiefs will also likely be without Dontari Poe, who has a sprained ankle. If both players are absent, the Chiefs are left with veterans Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard and developmental prospects Nick Williams and Rakeem Nunez-Roches. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders return for the bye week with an AFC West matchup against the Chargers on Sunday. Oakland, which narrowly lost in Week 4 to the Broncos, has a chance to move into second place in the division with a victory. -- ESPN.com staff

San Diego Chargers: Rookie Melvin Gordon was benched in the second half against the Green Bay Packers after losing his second fumble of the game -- not the homecoming the Wisconsin native wanted. But Gordon, who has fumbled four times in six games, believes he can fix the problem. "That's my fault," Gordon said. "I'm going to be better. I'll be more conscious about it, for sure." -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys' coaches get back to work after getting the weekend off, while the players will return to work on Tuesday. The coaches must come up with better answers in the running game if the Cowboys are to succeed. They have made changes at quarterback and left guard and Christine Michael will get more work, but defenses have been able to get reads on the Cowboys' run game. Last year the Cowboys were able to run the ball against unfavorable looks last year but they haven't been able to do it this year. Perhaps Michael's bigger frame will help, but the line and tight ends have to do a better job getting some movement up front. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. made the trip with the Giants to Philadelphia for Monday Night's game against the Eagles. While that obviously makes it more likely that he'll play, it's still not a 100 percent certainty. The Giants will evaluate Beckham and his injured hamstring during warmups in the chilly temperatures and make a determination about how effective he can expect to be and how much danger of re-injury there is. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: With Nelson Agholor out with an ankle injury, Josh Huff should get a chance to play more. Huff raised eyebrows by pointing out some of the flaws of Giants defensive backs Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Huff said he respects his opponents but everyone had weaknesses. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: A big topic for the Redskins this week will be halftime adjustments. Or, at least, better third quarters. They've been outscored 46-3 in the third quarter of games this season, including 17-0 against the New York Jets on Sunday. One culprit: the run game. Washington has gained just 71 yards on 30 runs in the third quarter. Without a run game, the Redskins will struggle mightily. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: The angry Bears kickoff their bye week on Monday. The players are scheduled to report to the team's facility Monday-Wednesday before taking the rest of the week off. Coach John Fox is the only member of the organization scheduled to speak on Monday. Fox will react to the club's bitter overtime loss at Ford and discuss the ramifications moving forward. The Bears came out of the Detroit relatively clean on the injury front. Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins left the game early with a potential injury, but Jenkins appeared OK in the postgame locker room. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: The Lions are experiencing something different Monday than they have all season. A win. How they carry that over to another divisional game against Minnesota will be one thing to watch this week as they try to dig out of an 0-5 hole. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: What did the Packers' 6-0 start earn them? For the players, it got them the entire week off. Coach Mike McCarthy sent them on their way after Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers. As Clay Matthews said to reporters on Sunday, "Make it fast, I've got a bye week." -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings leaned heavily on their rookies in a 16-10 win over the Chiefs on Sunday; first-round pick Trae Waynes rotated snaps with Terence Newman at cornerback, second-rounder Eric Kendricks had 10 tackles in his first start at middle linebacker, third-rounder Danielle Hunter forced a key fumble in the fourth quarter and fifth-rounder Stefon Diggs caught seven passes for 129 yards. As the Vikings head into the middle third of the season, they'll count on their young players to handle larger roles. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: As the Falcons return to practice this week following a long weekend, it will be worth monitoring the status of linebacker Justin Durant and center Mike Person coming off their respective injuries. Durant has been out a few weeks with ligament damage in his elbow, while Person missed the last game with an ankle sprain. Coach Dan Quinn hopes to have both players back on the field, though it doesn't mean they'll be ready to face Tennessee this coming Sunday. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Coach Ron Rivera was dreading the five-plus hour flight home from Seattle last week, but ending two streaks -- a five-game losing streak to the Seahawks and a five-game skid after bye weeks -- and improving to 5-0 made it go by just a little easier. Rivera, however, reminded reporters before departing that his focus has turned to the Sunday night game against Philadelphia. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: The Saints (2-4) have an extra-long week to prepare for their trip to Indianapolis since they played Thursday. But coach Sean Payton insisted they won't spend the whole time congratulating themselves on their 31-21 victory over the Falcons. "We are really looking closely at these past games we've played and not fooling yourself," Payton said on Friday. "I've got a few mental notes as to things that I think need to change as we start up next week." One obvious possibility is kicker after Zach Hocker missed two more field goals Thursday, but the Saints didn't make an immediate move to replace him. Another priority has to be the run game. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: When the Bucs return to work this week, they should see an opportunity to build on their pre-bye week momentum when facing the Redskins in Week 7. The Jets outgained Washington 474 yards to 225 in a victory Sunday, and Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was intercepted twice. If Tampa Bay can tighten up its pass defense, and if quarterback Jameis Winston can show discipline in the pocket again, the Bucs should like their chances to improve to 3-3. -- Andrew Astleford


Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals will return home after a week away looking to figure out their red-zone and defensive issues. Arizona will also find out the status of Darren Fells' shoulder injury. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams return to action next week against Cleveland, a team they've expressed a lot of respect for during the bye week. The Rams know that despite a lighter schedule after the bye they're in no position to take any team lightly. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: With their four-game losing streak a bad memory after Sunday's victory over the Ravens, the Niners start a short work week with something missing since Week 1: positive momentum before Thursday night's home game against the rival Seahawks. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: It's easy to point to the Seahawks' fourth-quarter collapse, but the numbers suggest there are real issues with this team. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Sunday marked the first time in 15 years that the Seahawks have allowed four touchdown drives of 80 yards at home. Pete Carroll will go back to the drawing board before Thursday night's game against the 49ers. -- Sheil Kapadia