Folks, we are a fourth of the way through the NFL regular season, and the division leaders are as follows:
North: AFC—Baltimore, NFC—Chicago
East: AFC—New York Jets, NFC—Washington
South: AFC—Houston, NFC—Atlanta
West: AFC—Kansas City, NFC—St. Louis
Wow. As of right now, every division leader is different from the conclusion of last year's season.
It will be interesting to see if this keeps up. Baltimore looks legit, Chicago has issues that need dealing with, and the Jets may be the best team in football right now as they anticipate the debut of Santonio Holmes and the return of Revis Island.
Meanwhile, Washington is very suspect, while Houston is in the driver's seat in the South. Atlanta is impressing in its division, the Chiefs are scary on D and special teams, while their offense is finally coming around, and St. Louis could win this division with six or seven wins.
But now let's take a look at the matchups for Week 5.
First off: How epic is that picture?
Now that that's out of the way:
Jacksonville travels north to take on the winless Bills. The Jaguars are riding high after their nail-biting win over the Colts, while the Bills have yet to win a game.
Though Jacksonville comes into this game heavily favored, the Bills are going to shock. The NFL is all about matchups, and on Sunday the one to watch will be Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. the Jaguar secondary.
BUF 21 - JAX 17
Tampa goes to the jungle to face the Bengals this Sunday after coming off its bye week. Cincinnati lost to the Browns last weekend, and right now they are just a bad team.
As of right now, the only team to beat the Bucs was the Steelers, and though the Bucs are not yet elite, they do have a good football team.
TAM 24 - CIN 12
Atlanta travels to Cleveland to take on the Browns after outlasting the Niners last weekend. The Browns got their first win against the Bungles.
This game really could go either way. The Browns are not as bad as their record, but they will have no shot if Jake Delhomme starts.
ATL 35 - CLE 24
Sam Bradford has made me a believer—a believer that the Rams just might make the playoffs. They are on a two-game win streak and have a great chance to make it three.
The Lions really aren't bad, but neither are the Rams. Bradford will be the deciding factor in this one, but the Lions will be fine when they get Matthew Stafford back.
STL 31 - DET 19
SHOCKER OF THE WEEK
The Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL's last unbeaten team, head to Indianapolis, who are just .500 so far—and ladies and gentlemen, they will remain unbeaten for at least one more week.
That's right—the Chiefs are going to beat the Colts in their own building. Peyton Manning is going to struggle all day long against the relentless pass rush that the Chiefs throw at teams, and the Colts' secondary is suspect at best. The only QB that hasn't looked good against them was Eli Manning.
KC 34 - IND 26
Green Bay travels to the nation's capital to take on the Skins on Sunday. A-Rod and Co. did just enough to hold off Detroit's attempt at a comeback, and the Skins just came off an emotional win in Philadelphia that was one dropped catch away from being a heartbreaking loss.
The bottom line in this one: Washington does not have enough offense to stay in this game.
GB 38 - WAS 17
The Bears travel to Carolina to face the winless Panthers after a beatdown at the hands of the Giants.
Though Jay Cutler and Todd Collins both suffered concussions in the loss, and it looks like Caleb Hanie will get his first start, the Bears could honestly start Jeff George right now and win on Sunday. Jimmy Clausen is gonna have a day to forget, if he can even remember it when it's all said and done.
CHI 20 - CAR 10
The G-Men travel to Houston to take on the league's worst passing defense. After absolutely dominating Jay Cutler on Sunday night, the Giants' defensive front will look to take advantage of Houston's suspect O-line.
However, with Matt Schaub's quick release and the fact this game is in Houston, the Texans will outlast the Giants in this one.
HOU 24 - NYG 21
The Saints head to the desert to take on the Cardinals in this conference matchup. Arizona just got spanked by the Chargers, while the Saints withstood a Carolina comeback.
Rookie Max Hall will likely get the nod over Derek Anderson, so this one could get ugly.
NO 41 - ARI 28
The Bolts head to the Black Hole this weekend to take on the Raiders in this bitter AFC West rivalry. San Diego plays terrible on the road, and it kind of feels like teams in the AFC West have got the Chargers figured out.
The Broncos discovered the last couple years that Philip Rivers does not like pressure. The Chiefs used that blueprint to stun the league in Week 1. Expect Oakland to follow suit and make it a rough day for Rivers; also expect Darren McFadden to run all over the Chargers' D.
OAK 34 - SD 26
GAME OF THE WEEK
The Titans, coming off a heartbreaker against the Denver Broncos, must travel to Dallas, who are coming off a bye week. The Cowboys look to have tidied things up, as we last saw them dispose of the Houston Texans.
The Cowboys have all the talent; they just need to make it click. Meanwhile, the Titans are a very good team. They get after the QB, and they can put up points on offense.
This one will go down to the wire, maybe even overtime.
DAL 34 - TEN 31
The Niners will finally grab their first win against the Vick-less Eagles in the prime time game. With Kevin Kolb starting and the game in San Fran, the Niners will have no excuse not to win this one. If they find a way to lose, it will be very hard for Mike Singletary to retain his job.
SF 26 - PHI 17
The Jets are the best team in football. Period. Their QB has yet to turn the ball over, their rushing attack is a two-headed monster, their defense is ridiculous (even without Darrelle Revis), and they are about to get better.
Santonio Holmes will make his Gang Green debut on Monday night, no doubt making Mark Sanchez look even better.
In case you haven't heard, though, the Jets aren't the only team that has a new toy. Randy Moss is back with the Vikes after his shocking trade Wednesday, but he will not be enough to help the Purple People Eaters come away victorious.
NYJ 39 - MIN 18
As usual, I don't pick this one, so let me know who wins and why in the comments. Thanks for the read!
Last week: 9-4