NFL’s 5 healthiest, most injured groups; previewing Eagles-Giants

It’s formally Week 14, and we’re formally within the interval of the season with the playoff image coming into focus. We have already got two groups eradicated from playoff rivalry within the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears. Different groups appear to be positive bets to make the playoffs. After which you’ve gotten the on-the-cusp groups, those who desperately have to make a transfer if they need an opportunity to compete within the postseason. 

As we’ve got mentioned all yr, accidents have at all times performed an enormous half within the lead-up to playoffs and this season would not appear to be will probably be any completely different. Accidents suffered final weekend by Jimmy Garoppolo, Lamar Jackson, Kenneth Walker and extra will definitely key elements in recreation planning and workforce success over the subsequent few weeks of the common season. 

Dr. Matt Provencher reacts 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo breaking his foot against the Dolphins and gives a timetable for his return.

Dr. Matt Provencher reacts 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo breaking his foot towards the Dolphins and provides a timetable for his return.

As we gear up for the stretch run, let’s check out final week’s high 5 and backside 5 Banged Up Groups within the NFL.

Healthiest Groups Ranked by BUS Rating:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – BUS: 84.0
2. Minnesota Vikings – BUS: 81.4
3. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs – BUS: 80.9
4. Cincinnati Bengals – BUS: 79.9
5. Houston Texans – BUS: 78.5

Least Wholesome Groups Ranked by BUS Rating:

32. Los Angeles Chargers – BUS: 50.1
31. Los Angeles Rams – BUS: 54.5
30. Denver Broncos – BUS: 58.7
29. New England Patriots – BUS: 59.9
28. New York Giants – BUS: 65.7

As we have a look at the well being rankings by way of success there are just a few outliers, together with the Jaguars and Texans, who may need good well being on their aspect however produce other elements inflicting them to lose video games. Within the backside portion of the rankings, you’ve gotten the Giants, who although unhealthy proceed to get wins (or ties) to maintain them within the playoff hunt. 

General, nonetheless, wholesome groups corresponding to Minnesota, Kansas Metropolis, Cincinnati and even Philadelphia (which sits at No. 6 with a 75.6 BUS rating) are all high groups in playoff rivalry. Banged-up groups just like the Patriots, Denver, Rams, and Chargers are both all however eradicated or want some large wins to propel them into the postseason. 

Well being will get much more helpful the farther and farther we get into the season. So how will it have an effect on Week 14? Let’s take a look at a recreation preview that has well being discrepancies, division implications and quite a bit to show on the road this weekend because the Philadelphia Eagles tackle the New York Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.

Nick Wright explains the Eagles, 49ers, and Cowboys are the three best teams in the NFC.

Nick Wright explains the Eagles, 49ers, and Cowboys are the three greatest groups within the NFC.

The Eagles enter with an NFL-best 11-1 report and in good well being. Final week was solely the second time this season that they’ve been out of the highest 5 in well being, in keeping with ThePredictors.com BUS rankings, as they’ve usually sat within the top-two positions. Presently, they’re coping with accidents to C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Dallas Goedert and Avonte Maddox however have managed to nonetheless be a juggernaut on offense and restrict groups on protection. Regardless of their dominance so far this yr many nonetheless underestimate them, and the Eagles proceed to look to show they’re the workforce to beat within the NFL this season. 

On the opposite aspect of the sphere sit the Giants, who’ve performed injured all yr whereas pushing by means of slim victories to remain within the hunt. Following a tie this previous weekend towards the Commanders, they presently sit at 7-4-1 however have groups in Seattle and division-rival Washington nipping at their heels. They might want to squeeze out just a few extra wins, and could have to take action whereas tending to accidents to influence gamers Xavier McKinney, Adoree’ Jackson and far of their large receiving corps. They’ll proceed to look to offensive stalwarts Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones to cleared the path as they struggle from the underdog place this weekend.

The BUS Rankings change each week as a result of, effectively, accidents change each week. Keep updated by following @NFLonFOX and @SportsDocMatt on Twitter and trying out thepredictors.com for up to date BUS rankings and extra harm particulars. 

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Famend orthopedist Dr. Matt Provencher and his firm, ThePredictors.com, ship data-driven harm insights to soccer followers. On this first-of-a-kind function as Athlete Harm and Efficiency Analyst for FOX Sports activities’ digital platforms, Provencher offers essential predictive participant well being and restoration details about post-injury efficiency, the influence of climate, discipline circumstances and extra. 

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