Wide receiver Marqise Lee was walking around in the locker room on Wednesday with a wrap on his ribs, which he injured during last week’s loss to the Jets. He didn’t practice Wednesday, and it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to do anything the rest of the week. Not having Lee against Pittsburgh on Sunday would be a massive loss given that the Jaguars are already down Allen Robinson (torn ACL). That would leave Allen Hurns as the No. 1 receiver and little-used veteran Arrelious Benn, rookie Keelan Cole and first-year player Max McCaffrey as the rest of the crew. — Mike DiRocco
Kimes: Buffalo. Both teams have a shot, but the Bills have a clearer path to the playoffs. They get to play the Dolphins twice as well as the Jets, Colts and Chargers. And they’ve found a recipe that works, with a stout defense and an efficient, turnover-averse quarterback in Tyrod Taylor.
Sando: Buffalo. Mina’s reasoning makes sense, and could be why ESPN’s Analytics model puts the Bills’ chances near 50 percent, with the Rams’ closer to 30 percent. The Rams are a bigger surprise than the Bills, at least to me. My preseason projection had them starting 2-3 and then falling off the map, which probably is not going to happen now.
Seifert: Buffalo. A defense that is holding opponents to an NFL-low 13.5 points per game provides more cover … and more long-term stability. The Rams’ defense has been gashed for 26.3 points per game (28th in the NFL), putting their own offense in an unsustainable position.
This week’s bye came at the perfect time for the Falcons, with top receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu coming off injuries during a loss to Buffalo. Jones suffered a hip flexor injury, and a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Jones is not expected to miss any game action. Meanwhile, Sanu is expected to be sidelined two to three weeks with a hamstring strain, so he’s likely to miss the Falcons’ next game against the Dolphins in Week 6. But the bye gives both receivers a chance to rest and recover. — Vaughn McClure