NFL News: Breaking Down Major Developments Heading into Week 7
Every week of the NFL comes with new storylines, questions and coach speak.
As coaches bombard us with such classics as "injuries are a part of the game" and "the next man up must fill his shoes," pro football ebbs and flows like the living, breathing organism that it is.
A whole lot happened in Week 6 of the 2013 NFL season. Whether it was a quarterback's own fans applauding his demise or an entire fanbase collectively groaning following significant injuries, there was plenty of drama.
A big-time pass-rusher also returns to the field for a title contender in Week 7, adding to the buzz.
Let's check out the top news as we look ahead to Week 7.
The Return of Von Miller
If you're not a Broncos fan and "The Return of Von Miller" sounds ominous to you, that's because that is what I was going for.
Miller—who has made the Pro Bowl in his first two NFL seasons—is less human and more superhero on the field. In just 31 career games, the 24-year-old linebacker has racked up 30 sacks and 22 tackles for loss, proving to be a nightmare for opposing offenses.
After getting tagged with a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Miller will return in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts, according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.
The Broncos could sure use him. Heading into its Sunday night showdown with the Colts in Week 7, they rank 24th in points allowed per game and 29th in yards allowed per pass attempt.
Who Will Start for Texans?
Matt Schaub exited Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams with a leg injury amid cheers from his home crowd.
According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, head coach Gary Kubiak still hasn't decided who will start in his place if he is unable to go in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Who should start for the Texans in Week 7 if Matt Schaub is out?
The two options behind Schaub are third-year pro T.J. Yates and youngster Case Keenum. In relief of Schaub against the Rams, Yates had about as bad a game as you can have, tossing two interceptions in his first nine pass attempts (including a 98-yard pick-six) en route to a quarterback rating of 45.3.
A former star at the University of Houston, Keenum has the local angle. He also impressed in the preseason, going a combined 43-of-63 for 482 yards with three touchdowns to zero interceptions.
Yates was dreadful against the Rams, and he hasn't shown much in his career thus far, but asking Keenum to make his first NFL start against the undefeated Chiefs at raucous Arrowhead Stadium may be asking for disaster.
In my opinion, simply managing Sunday's game isn't going to give the Texans a victory. I think they need a wild card, and Keenum fits that description.
Dallas Cowboys Hit Hard with Injuries
The Cowboys got back on track against the Redskins on Sunday, but star linebacker DeMarcus Ware and starting running back DeMarco Murray suffered injuries in the 31-17 victory.
Both Ware and Murray are likely to miss the team's Week 7 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Todd Archer and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. In what has been an up-and-down season for Dallas, it's just par for the course.
That may not be a bad thing. Foles impressed last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another score. He led the Eagles to a touchdown on their first drive of the game.
The Cowboys rank 24th in the NFL in yards allowed per pass attempt and are tied with the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars for most passing touchdowns allowed (14).
With Ware now out of action, I wouldn't be surprised if Foles continued to produce for the Eagles in Week 7. Expect a close battle at Lincoln Financial Field.
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