Through dr Matt Provencher
FOX Sports Injury & Performance Analyst
Week 7 of the season didn’t disappoint and made plenty of headlines. After Christian McCaffrey’s trade, the Panthers were still able to hold off the Buccaneers while the 49ers got some players back, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome injuries in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs.
But Week 7 also brought its share of unfortunate injuries to key players.
The Jets were able to continue their winning streak, albeit at the expense of rookie running back Breece Hall, who unfortunately suffered a torn ACL late in the season. Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a high ankle sprain that will no doubt sideline him for a few weeks, while teammate JC Jackson will miss the rest of the season after tearing his patellar tendon. Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf suffered a patellar tendon injury that could cause him to miss some game action, and Giants offensive tackle Evan Neal suffered an MCL injury.
This week, the Chiefs and Chargers are part of bye weeks. Great news for a Los Angeles team struggling with some serious injuries. Along with the Chiefs, here are the others of the healthiest teams in the NFL, according to ThePredictors.com Banged Up Score.
Healthiest teams by BUS score:
- Philadelphia Eagles – BUS: 88.2 / Record: 6-0
- Minnesota Vikings – BUS: 87.7 / Record: 5-1
- Kansas City Chiefs – BUS: 86.7 / Record: 5-2
- Jacksonville Jaguars – BUS: 85.1 / Record: 2-5
- Chicago Bears – BUS: 84.5 / Record: 2-4
While these teams were fortunate to stay at the top of the league’s healthiest teams for some time, others weren’t so lucky as these are the 5 least healthy teams in the NFL for Week 7.
Least Healthest Teams by BUS Score:
- Denver Broncos – BUS: 58.9 / Record: 2-5
- New York Giants – BUS: 60.6 / Record: 6-1
- Los Angeles Chargers – BUS: 61.7 / Record: 4-3
- Arizona Cardinals – BUS: 62.0 / Record: 3-4
- Tennessee Titans – BUS: 63.5 / Record: 4-2
Last week we talked about the healthy Chiefs versus the very battered 49ers. Even after adding CMC, the 49ers couldn’t get over their injuries in a 44-23 loss. For this week’s BUS game, we look at two teams that have been battered up to this point but continue to find ways to win – the New York Giants and the Seattle Seahawks.
The Giants are currently 6-1 just behind the Eagles in the NFC East. As one of the most insane teams in the league, they’ve found ways to fend off opponents and earn victories. A big part of that is thanks to Saquon Barkley, who after a few injury-plagued seasons looks like the running back we remember.
The Giants have had to dig deep and let other players up through injuries in recent weeks, with big names like wide receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring), star rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux (MCL) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ACL ).
The question is, will health catch up? At what point could Barkley’s minor injury turn into a major one when he’s carrying so much of the offensive load? We know from years of data that ultimately, healthier teams win. Can the Giants continue this success over the long term, or are they a ticking time bomb? History would suggest the latter, but perhaps head coach Brian Daboll can prove history wrong.
Giants BUS scores in Week 7
- Week 1: BUS – 83.4
- Week 2: BUS – 78.3
- Week 3: BUS – 77.8
- Week 4: BUS – 73.2
- Week 5: BUS – 69.1
- Week 6: BUS – 62.7
- Week 7: BUS – 60.6
This week’s Giants opponent addresses its fair share of health issues among top players, where Seattle is nearing the bottom 5 in the health rating on several occasions this year.
A quad tendon rupture for safety Jamal Adams and a season-ending injury starting running back Rashaad Penny were heavy blows. Luckily, quarterback Geno Smith and offense have stepped up, while rookie running back Kenneth Walker III has filled in admirably as lead back after the penny injury, logging 411 yards on 67 tries with four touchdowns.
The Seahawks’ BUS score has gone up since the Penny injury thanks to a great game and player recovery. Although Walker has played exceptionally in the last couple of games, consistency is key and if he keeps it up he will have a much bigger impact on the bigger picture.
The Seahawks’ Kenneth Walker III rolled over the entire Chargers defense to a resounding victory
Kenneth Walker III rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks rode to a comfortable 37-23 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Last week didn’t do them any favors with Metcalf’s injury, which will not require surgery but will mean he misses some time. A major blow to an offense that really needs to keep its offense as healthy as possible as Seattle has had a health downturn in recent weeks and was hoping to reverse it. However, it looks like that might not be the case.
Seahawks BUS results through week 7
- Week 1: BUS – 79.7
- Week 2: BUS – 77.8
- Week 3: BUS – 71.8
- Week 4: BUS – 75.4
- Week 5: BUS – 73.6
- Week 6: BUS – 64.8
- Week 7: BUS – 68.3
Whatever the outcome of this Sunday’s NFC matchup, know that neither team is playing at full strength. An unfortunate fact that will have to change quickly if they want to keep fighting for the top spot. As the season progresses, team injuries become more important. Health matters because healthy teams win championships. Be sure to visit and follow thepredictors.com @sportsdocmatt and @NFLonFOX for updated BUS results on Sunday morning.
The renowned orthopedist Dr. Matt Provencher and his company, ThePredictors.com, provide football fans with data-driven insights into injuries. In this unique role as an Athlete Injury and Performance Analyst for FOX Sports’ digital platforms, Provencher provides key predictive player health and recovery information on post-injury performance, the impact of weather, field conditions and more.
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