Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches:
Key game-time decisions
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that, barring any setback, Locker will start Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source. Locker has missed the past two weeks with a hip injury
Gronkowski is slated to play, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First."
Bennett practiced in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday. Bears coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday that Tillman is expected to play against the Washington Redskins after sitting out Week 6. Both players are listed as questionable.
Bell told reporters Friday he is in "a lot" of pain as he continues to deal with a rib injury. He was limited in practice all week but likely will give it a shot against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jones sat out practice all week with a PCL sprain. He is listed as questionable but likely won't suit up against the Cleveland Browns.
Ware (quad) labeled himself a game-time decision Sunday, but the defensive end remains a longshot to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He did travel with the Cowboys on Saturday, which keeps him in the running for Week 7. Ware has never missed a game in his NFL career.
Vick is listed as questionable on the Eagles' injury report, but don't expect to see him on the field this weekend. He declared himself out on Thursday.
Jones didn't report concussion symptoms to team doctors until Monday, which meant he couldn't be officially diagnosed until Wednesday. That delay likely will keep him off the field Sunday.
Williams practiced for the third consecutive day Friday. Barring a setback, expect him back on the field Sunday after a one-week absence.
Just three outdoor games have rain in the forecast:
And you thought watching Brandon Weeden throw in optimal conditions was fun!
Three players to watch
For the season, Foles has a higher completion percentage, more touchdown passes and a higher passer rating than Vick. He also has been good at keeping DeSean Jackson and the deep threat alive with the highest completion percentage (68.8) among all quarterbacks on passes of 11 yards of more this season. If Foles gets protection against a dinged-up Cowboys front he should be able to hit some big plays.
The rookie running back has given the Packers' ground game a punch it hasn't seen since Ryan Grant was touting the rock. How he performs against a top-10 rush defense will tell us a lot about the young back.
Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has insisted upon a power running game, much to the frustration of many fans and commentators. Hamilton will need to unleash Andrew Luck to take advantage of a weak Broncos secondary and keep up with Peyton Manning's offense. With the all the hoopla over this game, it could be Luck's chance to squelch the loud minority who believe the Colts should have stuck with Manning.
Did you know?
If you feel like teams are going it for on fourth down instead of attempting field goals more this season, you aren't wrong. The chasing points phenomenon early in games also has been significantly less successful through six weeks than in 2012.
In 2013, teams have attempted 28 plays on fourth down between the goal line and 33-yard line (a 50-yard field goal) in the first three quarters. They have failed 17 times for a 39.3 percent conversion rate.
Last season, through six weeks, there were 16 such plays total, just two of which failed -- 87.5 percent success rate.
That success rate fell to 60 percent for the entire 2012 season (80 attempts).
I'm not suggesting going for it on fourth down is the wrong decision, but the considerably higher failure rate this year is an interesting stat early in the season.
The Bears' defensive front has been decimated by injuries. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is leaning on rookie linebacker Jon Bostic to step up to stop Alfred Morris and the Redskins' zone-rushing attack.
The Redskins' secondary has been torched early this season. Facing one of the NFL's biggest wide receiver tandems in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery will be one of its toughest challenges thus far.
The Patriots have leaned on a multifaceted rushing attack that has performed well in recent weeks. It will face one of the stoutest fronts in the NFL this week. If the Pats can't find traction on the ground, look for Tom Brady to prolifically put the ball up this week.
The matchup between the Dolphins' shaky offensive line and the Bills' strong pass rush will be key to this game. If Miami can't give Ryan Tannehill time to throw it will be a long day for the home team.
On the flip side, Bills quarterback Thad Lewis played well in a loss last week. He'll have to put on a similar performance against a Dolphins defense with a good pass rush. The Dolphins, however, have given up the sixth-most passing yards per game this season.
The Jags showed signs of gusto in last week's loss to the Broncos. Justin Blackmon completely has changed the dynamic of Jacksonville's offense and should have another great game against a susceptible defensive back group.
Cam Newton arguably had the best game of his career last week against the Vikings. He could duplicate that performance this week against a Rams defense that ranks No. 31 against the run. The Panthers' ability to run the ball should open up the passing game for Newton.
I'd argue that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford played the best game, start to finish, of his pro career last week. He'll need to maneuver in the pocket as well as he did last week to avoid the Geno Atkins-led pass rush.
Congratulations, Case Keenum, your first start comes against arguably the NFL's best defense. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips compared Keenum's ascension to Tony Romo. The Texans QB will need to find some of that Romo-like slipperiness in the pocket to remain upright.
Pittsburgh rookie running back Le'Veon Bell needs to be better than the 34-yard performance he turned in last week. If Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs can tee off on Ben Roethlisberger, it will be a long day for a bad Steelers offensive line.
The Weeden horror show has hidden the fact that the Browns can't effectively run the ball -- before or after the Trent Richardson trade. That has allowed defenses to blindly rush the quarterback, which will be the case again this weekend against Green Bay.
With Aaron Rodgers' wide receiving corps dealing with a multitude of injuries, look for Jermichael Finley to play a big role in the Packers' offense. It seems like we say this weekly, but it will be especially important with Browns cornerbacks Joe Haden and the improved play of Buster Skrine locking down the outside. Finley could exploit a Browns defense torched by a lesser-known tight end last week.
The Colts' young defense has been up and down this season. After struggling last week, a bounce-back game against the highly potent Broncos offense could give the spry group the confidence it needs to even out those unbalanced performances.