Week 5 of the 2013 NFL regular season is upon us, and the focus has shifted to Sunday’s matchups and picking the winners for each game.
With just a few hours until kickoff, here are the predictions for every matchup on the schedule Sunday.
All stats via NFL.com and ESPN.
|Date||Matchup||Predicted Winner||Time (ET)||Watch|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||New Orleans at Chicago||New Orleans Saints||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||New England at Cincinnati||New England Patriots||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Detroit at Green Bay||Green Bay Packers||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Kansas City at Tennessee||Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Seattle at Indianapolis||Seattle Seahawks||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Jacksonville at St. Louis||St. Louis Rams||1 p.m..||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Baltimore at Miami||Miami Dolphins||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Philadelphia at NY Giants||Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Carolina at Arizona||Arizona Cardinals||4:05 p.m.||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Denver at Dallas||Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Houston at San Francisco||Houston Texans||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||San Diego at Oakland||San Diego Chargers||11:35 p.m.||NFL|
|Monday, Oct. 7||NY Jets at Atlanta||Atlanta Falcons||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
Biggest Blowout: Kansas City Chiefs over Tennessee Titans
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season thus far, but with a very favorable matchup in Week 5, the team is expected to remain undefeated in glorious fashion against the Tennessee Titans.
While Kansas City has the advantage offensively and defensively against the Titans, the hip injury for Tennessee’s star quarterback Jake Locker will give the Chiefs the opportunity to attack the injured team.
Led by back Jamaal Charles and the league's 13th-ranked rush offense, the Chiefs will use the West Coast offense to keep the Titans offensive unit on the sidelines and wear the defense down over four quarters.
Kansas City will prove to the NFL that it is a playoff-contending team with a lop-sided victory over Tennessee Sunday.
Predicted Final Score: Kansas City 37, Tennessee 16
Biggest Upset: Houston Texans over San Francisco 49ers
In what should be the most exciting matchup of the weekend, the San Francisco 49ers have been put on upset alert at home in Week 5 against the Houston Texans.
The 49ers are coming off a decisive win over the St. Louis Rams, but the Texans will be a much stiffer test. With San Francisco already losing to Indianapolis and Seattle, the door is open for Houston to steal the show Sunday.
The Texans should have beaten the Seahawks last week, but constant turnovers from quarterback Matt Schaub this season have doomed the team. Houston will be conscientiously trying to protect that ball, and that should be enough to stun San Fran in its home stadium.
Expect a nail-biter between these two evenly matched teams.
Predicted Final Score: Houston 30, San Francisco 27
Biggest Fantasy Star: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos have been unstoppable to start the season, and most of the credit for the perfect start goes to the unbelievable play of veteran quarterback Peyton Manning.
Denver is ranked first in the NFL with 363.8 yards passing per game, and the Week 5 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys is ideal for Manning and the entire Broncos air attack.
Dallas is ranked 30th in the league against the pass; that's not good.
With the Cowboys' biggest weakness being Denver's biggest strength, fantasy owners should expect a monster statistical day that should easily include three to four touchdowns and at least 350 yards for Manning. Start the QB and all Broncos receivers.
Predicted Final Stat Line: 30 completions for 400 yards and four touchdowns