NFL Week Five Picks: Which Teams Can’t Continue Their Success
Let’s get one thing straight.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are my 2010 NFL sleeper pick, if there is one.
Let’s get another thing straight.
The Arizona Cardinals will not make the playoffs this year.
Now that we have that settled, let’s move on to discuss what we will call NFL Week 5 "coming disappointments."
The following list contains five teams who enter Week 5 of the NFL season on a high note. All of the following teams are either boasting a surprising winning record or coming off a big win in Week 4.
None of the following teams will win a game in Week 5.
Kansas City Chiefs
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The (3-0) Kansas City Chiefs face off against the (2-2) Indianapolis Colts.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been the most surprising story of the 2010 season so far.
They started off the season with a big win over the Chargers and have yet to look back.
This week, however, the Chiefs face an Indianapolis team fresh off an emotional loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Don’t be shocked to see the Chiefs’ early season momentum cooled off a little by last week’s bye.
Peyton Manning will be hungry for a victory and will be fully ready to take on a Chiefs defense that has yet to display the ability to stop the passing game.
While a loss against the Colts will not totally extinguish the Chiefs' early season fire, ending their undefeated season will have a serious cooling effect.
Win- Indy Colts
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The (1-3) Browns take on the (3-1) Atlanta Falcons.
Even though the Browns started the season 0-3, their first three games showed a team much improved over the last couple years.
Last week, the Browns won their first game over division rival Cincinnati Bengals. Rumor is that the Cleveland Browns have finally starting to figure things out.
This week, however, the Browns face the difficult task of slowing down the Atlanta Falcons potent passing offense. Cleveland has shown no ability to stop the pass game, allowing Anquan Boldin and Chad Ochocinco to have career days in Weeks 3 and 4.
Atlanta WR Roddy White and the Falcons will be too much for the Browns this week.
Even worse, the Browns schedule only gets harder from here on out. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Cleveland in a deep hole come November.
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The (2-2) Philadelphia Eagles take on the (0-4) San Francisco 49ers.
At 2-2, the Eagles are by no means riding high on their first four weeks of play.
With the reemergence of QB Michael Vick, however, it was clear to see that the Eagles were feeling pretty confident about the direction their season was headed.
This week, however, the Eagles will most likely go into their Week 5 game against the 49ers without Vick due to injury.
After Vick’s injury last week, QB Kevin Kolb did not perform as well as he was projected to.
On the other hand, the 49ers should have won their first game last week and are now even more anxious to live up to their potential.
Look for Philadelphia to drop below .500 and enter into Week 6 with some serious doubt hanging over their heads.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The (2-1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers go up against the (2-2) Cincinnati Bengals
Although it hasn’t been pretty, the Buccaneers have made it to Week 5 with a winning record.
This week, however, the Buccaneers are coming off a bye to face a Bengals team that is fired up after last week’s close loss to the Cleveland Browns.
In reality, the Buccaneers 2-1 record is misleading. They barely beat the weak Browns, took a game from the 0-4 Carolina Panthers, and were embarrassed by the Steelers 38-13.
They have a very weak offense and a suspect defense.
The Buccaneers should cherish every moment they have as a winning team.
Those days are numbered.
Green Bay Packers
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The (3-1) Green Bay Packers square off against the (2-2) Washington Redskins.
Once again, the Packers have demonstrated their playoff hopes by starting off the 2010 season 3-1.
While their running game is nothing to write home about, Aaron Rodgers is throwing the ball well, and their defense is currently ranked seventh in the NFL in pass defense.
This week, however, the Packers face off against a Redskins teams primed and ready for another upset.
The Packers have not lost to the Redskins in their last four meetings, but the Redskins have Donovan McNabb now, so times have changed.
In their last two weeks of play, the Packers have looked sloppy, committing multiple turnovers and lacking consisting in their offensive gameplan.
With wins over the Bills, the Lions, and the pre-Vick Eagles, they also haven’t beaten any good teams yet.
Look for the Skins to take this week's matchup and for the Packers to join the Arizona Cardinals later this year in their absence from the playoffs.