Week 5 NFL Predictions: Teams That Are Locks to Win This Weekend
The 2013 NFL season has been incredibly competitive through four weeks, but this week features several teams that should have no problem winning their games.
All eyes will be on a group of teams. There are five undefeated teams and four winless squads. All but one, the 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, will be in action this weekend. It will be interesting to see if any of those teams break their current streaks.
There have been some surprises early in the season. One trend is astonishing. Only four NFC teams are above .500, and only three AFC teams entered Week 5 with a losing record. The AFC is 22-7 against the NFC this season, but most of this week's inter-conference matchups favor the NFC.
Below is a full schedule for Week 5 along with a list of teams that are locks to win this weekend.
|10/3||8:25 p.m.||Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns||Browns|
|10/6||1 p.m.||Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans||Chiefs|
|10/6||1 p.m.||Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins||Dolphins|
|10/6||1 p.m.||Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams||Rams|
|10/6||1 p.m.||New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals||Patriots|
|10/6||1 p.m.||Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts||Colts|
|10/6||1 p.m.||Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers||Packers|
|10/6||1 p.m.||New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears||Saints|
|10/6||1 p.m.||Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants||Eagles|
|10/6||4:05 p.m.||Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals||Cardinals|
|10/6||4:25 p.m.||Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys||Broncos|
|10/6||8:30 p.m.||Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|10/6||11:35 p.m.||San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders||Chargers|
|10/7||8:40 p.m.||New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons||Falcons|
St. Louis Rams (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
It's not often that the St. Louis Rams are considered locks to win, but this week gives the team a great opportunity to pick up a win.
St. Louis has been outscored 121-69 this season, which is the third-worst margin in the NFL. The Jaguars happen to own the worst margin in the league. They have failed to score more than nine points in three of four games, and the only time they accomplished that feat, they were down 31-0 before finding the end zone.
Jacksonville has scored 26 of its 31 points on the road, but it doesn't appear to be much of a threat this weekend.
The Rams have gotten progressively worse each week, but this will be a good time to get things together.
Denver Broncos (at Dallas Cowboys)
No team has been more impressive than the Denver Broncos this year. At 4-0, the Broncos look like the favorite to win the Super Bowl.
Everything appears to be favoring Denver in this game. Peyton Manning has thrown for at least 300 yards in every game this year, and Dallas ranks 27th in pass defense. Manning has 16 touchdowns with zero interceptions through four games.
Although they have gone up against prolific running backs, the Broncos have the best run defense in the NFL. Part of that is because teams have to throw the ball in order to keep up with Denver, but the run defense has been strong regardless.
Denver has averaged nearly 45 points per game. Opponents have been able to keep games close for a half, but the Broncos pull away in the final 30 minutes. No team has been able to keep it within 16 points by the time the game ends.
Dallas receiver Miles Austin has been battling a hamstring injury, so the Cowboys may not have a healthy group of receivers. Romo has to be perfect in order for the Cowboys to have any chance, but Manning has been too good this year.
At the end of Week 5, people will continue to wonder if the Broncos can run the table.
Atlanta Falcons (vs. New York Jets)
Matt Ryan rarely loses at home, and he has never lost back-to-back games in the Georgia Dome. Given that the Atlanta Falcons lost at home to the New England Patriots last week, things don't look good for Rex Ryan and the New York Jets.
Before this season started, very few people thought the Jets would enter this showdown with more wins than the Falcons. However, Atlanta has struggled to win tight games this year. Its 1-3 record is the product of four games decided by one possession.
The Jets are 0-2 and have scored only 23 points on the road this season. Atlanta has scored 54 points in two home games this year.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has turned the ball over 11 times this season, and Matt Ryan is a good enough passer to take advantage of those mistakes. With Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez playing at such a high level, the sixth-year quarterback will lead his team to a win.
Atlanta is desperate right now. The Falcons' next four games are very winnable, and they need to take advantage of the games they are supposed to win in order to get back on track.
*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com
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