Dallas Cowboys: Through the first five games of the NFL season, the Cowboys (2-3) have struggled to move the ball. They enter Week 6 ranked 30th in passing (172 yards per game), 29th in scoring (16.6 points) and 28th in total offence (307.8 yards). To former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, the problems are multiple. "When you're struggling, get up and snap the ball and try to gain some kind of rhythm and tempo within the offence, so that's the first thing I would say," Aikman told KTCK-AM in Dallas. "And then I think, on the other hand, they struggle with the strong-side running game, they don't have a tight end that can block the edge. So, that limits them in some of the things that they're able to do within their play-action, within their run game to that side, and then as it relates to Dak (Prescott), yes, he needs to be more accurate with the football." Prescott has thrown for 961 yards through five games, completing 61.8 per cent of his passes and posting an 81.4 passer rating.
New York Giants: Running back Saquon Barkley has drawn praise from throughout the NFL throughout the first weeks of his rookie season. Perhaps no one has spoken in more glowing terms of Barkley than Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, who told NJ.com that he is a rare talent. "I haven't seen a running back like that in a long time," said Bennett, whose Eagles (2-3) meet the Giants (1-4) on Thursday night. "I think he reminds me of a couple running backs. He has, like, shiftiness and quick feet like Marshawn Lynch and balances like LeSean McCoy. But then he also has speed like Jamaal Charles. He's really a great combination as a running back." Barkley is the third rookie running back in the Super Bowl era to gain 100-plus yards from scrimmage in at least the first five games of his career, joining Kareem Hunt in 2017 and Adrian Peterson in 2007. So far in 2018, he has 308 rushing yards, 274 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Philadelphia Eagles: Cornerback Jalen Mills has been a target of fan criticism the first five weeks of the season as the defending Super Bowl champs have gotten off to a 2-3 start. He's heard the criticism and addressed it in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia on Tuesday. "We just came off a Super Bowl run, you know what I mean? Set a standard for myself. Not only for this organization but for this city, playing at a very, very high level. Once you do show people that you can do that, that's what they expect," he said, adding fans have the right to say what's on their minds. "As far as it goes, fans are doing what they're supposed to do. They're coming to the games and they're cheering. If they see something they don't like, they speak upon it." He added the thoughts of the coaching staff mean the most to him. "The criticism that I do have to take is from the coaching staff, some of the players on the team. That constructive criticism, where I can get better at, different spots I can put myself in to make plays."
(With inputs from agencies.)