Week 5 Predictions
How about some improvement after my first predictions in Week 2? After hitting 7-9 in with Week 2 games, and 9-7 with Week 3 games (I had a 7-game win streak heading into my Week 4 predictions), I finally made some significant progress. Last week I finished 10-5. I’m actually getting better! What’s the secret. Heck if I know, but anyway, I hope to keep up the momentum heading into Week 5. The teams on bye this week are: Oakland, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Dallas.
Thursday, 10/4 – 8:20 pm ET
Arizona Cardinals 4-0 @ St. Louis Rams 2-2
Prediction: St. Louis Rams
I think Arizona is a solid team. They know how to win and their defense is great, but at some point they will slip up. I think it happens this week in a week night game in St. Louis. The game should be close, but this deceptively talented Rams team has the ability to end Arizona’s undefeated streak.
Sunday, 10/7 – 1:00 pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles 3-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 1-2
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh hasn’t looked good this season and are deservingly sitting at 1-2, but Philadelphia is at 3-1 despite turning the ball over plenty the first couple weeks. The key will be the Philly defensive line against the Pittsburgh offensive line. If Pittsburgh does enough to keep QB Ben Roethlisberger upright, they should win.
Green Bay Packers 2-2 @ Indianapolis Colts 1-2
Prediction: Green Bay Packers
I’m not picking the upset here. Green Bay is the better team and while Indianapolis could pull together in response to head coach, Chuck Pagano’s health condition, Green Bay should be good enough to win rather comfortably.
Cleveland Browns 0-4 @ New York Giants 2-2
Prediction: New York Giants
The Browns are pretty bad and against a very good Giants team, Cleveland should struggle. This Browns team will be more dangerous with the addition of CB Joe Haden next week. I really don’t have any faith in an upset… sorry Browns fans…
Atlanta Falcons 4-0 @ Washington Redskins 2-2
Prediction: Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are on a roll and I don’t see how Washington’s poor defense, particularly secondary, will be able to slow down the Falcons offense.
Miami Dolphins 1-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 3-1
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals offense has been on fire ever since their Week 1 meltdown in Baltimore. Their defense was awful in the first two weeks, but after DE Carlos Dunlap came back from injury, the Bengals defense has forced 12 sacks in the last two weeks (they lead the league with 17). Cincinnati should win against Miami’s 30th ranked pass defense, but I would expect Dolphins QB, Ryan Tannehill, to play well. Rookie QBs play well against Cincinnati for some reason…
Baltimore Ravens 3-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 1-3
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens
Kansas City has been disappointing this season. They have talent across the board, but they just haven’t been able to do much of anything. Baltimore, on the other hand, has been impressive through 4 weeks. This matchup should allow Baltimore’s offense to perform well.
Sunday, 10/7 – 4:05 pm ET
Seattle Seahawks 2-2 @ Carolina Panthers 1-3
Prediction: Carolina Panthers
I’m a fan of Seattle. Their defense is very good and their offense has talent (it may be more successful with QB Matt Flynn at the helm if Russell Wilson doesn’t show more). I like Carolina in this one though because they took Atlanta down to the wire last week, which is no small feat, and this is one of those cases where Seattle has to travel across the country. Those trips are difficult.
Chicago Bears 3-1 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 1-3
Prediction: Chicago Bears
Chicago is inconsistent, but it would be ridiculous to see them lose this game. Jacksonville’s offense is awful (QB Blaine Gabbert is looking better from last season though) and the defense has been underperforming after last season where they overachieved. Chicago is better and it should show.
Sunday, 10/7 – 4:25 pm ET
Denver Broncos 2-2 @ New England Patriots 2-2
Prediction: New England Patriots
This should be a heck of a game to watch because it is QB Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady. Brady is 6-3 against Manning. I think the real factor though, is where they are in their careers. I firmly believe Manning is back and very, very good once again, but if New England was able to gameplan for him when he was 100% and in his prime, I have no reason to believe he suddenly will outplay Brady who absolutely dominated last week against Buffalo.
Buffalo Bills 2-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 3-1
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco is one of the teams that has a very real possibility at making a Super Bowl run. San Fran should outplay Buffalo this week.
Tennessee Titans 1-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 3-1
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota is surprisingly 3-1 and getting red hot after beating San Francisco and Detroit in consecutive weeks. Minnesota is young and a young team with talent can really get on a roll and surprise people. If they keep their focus, I think they keep it up. Minnesota playing at home really helps as well.
Sunday, 10/7 – 8:20 pm ET
San Diego Chargers 3-1 @ New Orleans Saints 0-4
Prediction: San Diego Chargers
I don’t know if I have fully bought into San Diego yet, but I have bought into New Orleans really missing head coach Sean Payton. The defense is atrocious and the offense is “off”. I have to pick San Diego until I see New Orleans pull themselves together. Also, keep an eye on history possibly being broken as Saints QB Drew Brees could break the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
Monday, 10/8 – 8:30 pm ET
Houston Texans 4-0 @ New York Jets 2-2
Prediction: Houston Texans
To keep this very simple, New York is in complete disarray, while Houston is one of the most dominant teams in the NFL. Houston should win, but we may get to see Jets QB, Tim Tebow take a stab at leading an offense void of playmakers.