The five things in NFL you should know about right now, and why they matter.
1. Fred Jackson wants more money, and the Bills have indicated they'll give it to him. Jackson is one of the league's most underpaid players, making $1.75 million this season. That's way below market value for a player who is fourth in the NFL with 721 rushing yards and a main reason the Bills have gotten off to a 5-2 start.
But it's a little tricky on the Bills' part. Yes, they want to reward Jackson for a job well done - remember, he has beaten out former first-round pick C.J. Spiller - but they're reluctant to part with big money for a 30-year-old running back. Best guess: They tack on another year or two to his current deal, and include a hefty signing bonus to bring his overall salary more in line with established starters.
2. Ndamukong Suh has met with Roger Goodell about his playing style, but he insists he won't change. "Like I said after the Denver game [on Sunday], I am not going to change the way I play," Suh told the team's official website. "I feel that the way I am playing, the way I have played in the past is to continue to play within the rules and just have an understanding of what they look for."
Can't blame Suh for being concerned about how the league views his play. He is one of the most aggressive defenders in the game, and he doesn't want to see that aggressiveness wane over concerns about being sanctioned. It's often a fine line between hard hits and dirty ones, and Suh walks that line frequently. Will have to keep an eye on this moving forward. Would hate to see one of the league's top tacklers lose his effectiveness. Then again, there's plenty of room within the rules for a defensive player to hit hard and stay legal.
3. Darren McFadden will likely miss this week's game against the Broncos, in hopes of returning for the Chargers game. McFadden sprained his ankle in a 28-0 loss to the Chiefs before the bye.
Good move by the Raiders here. No sense risking a setback for one of the league's top running backs, especially with a game against the first-place Chargers coming up in two weeks. The Raiders should be able to get past the Broncos without him.
4. Phil Simms isn't completely sold on Andrew Luck. The former Giants quarterback, who follows the college game very closely, doesn't see enough daring from the Stanford quarterback in his throws. "I just don't see big-time NFL throws," Simms said. "I don't care what anybody says. I've watched a lot of him. He never takes it and rips it in there. And you can say what you want but, man, you've got to be able to crease that ball every once in a while."
We're still a long way off from debating whether or not Luck is worthy of the No. 1 NFL pick - which he'll almost surely be next April. But I do find it noteworthy that Simms has his doubts. Simms may not be an NFL scout, but he is respected by the NFL scouting community. There are bound to be some detractors out there, but the fact that it's a former quarterback who knows what he's looking at, it's at least noteworthy.
5. Rodney Harrison hates what the Patriots are doing on defense. The former Patriots' safety doesn't like what he sees from Bill Belichick's defense. No surprise there; the Patriots are last in the NFL in yards allowed. But Harrison brings up an interesting point here, saying that the Patriots are creating too many voids in their zones because they're being too conservative. Harrison thinks they ought to mix things up more instead of playing it safe.
Belichick often likes to use man-zone combinations within many coverages, but it takes a special breed of defensive back to master those skills. The fact that Harrison sees a more conservative approach may be an indication that Belichick just doesn't have the same level of confidence in this season's group compared to previous years.