The fourth week of the NFL season has just concluded, so naturally, it's time to whip up some quick predictions for Week 5 as fast as possible, only to look like a fool next Tuesday. There are some very good games on the schedule this weekend, which is never a bad thing, but there are also a few duds.
For this week's picks I've decided to take them less seriously and just go off my gut instinct, as opposed to doing detailed research. Predicting the outcome of anything is pretty much a crap-shoot, but it especially applies to sports.
Seeing how I'm taking this less seriously than in the past, it would only be fitting that I would end up having one of my better weeks picking games. I'm making no promises, and definitely advise you to not go out and wager on any team based on my advice.
Here we go!
Prediction: Eagles 33, Bills 16
Michael Vick and the Eagles get back on track this week with a comfortable win over a Bills team that is still shocked from a disappointing loss to Cincinnati. This loss for Buffalo will end the "are the Bills a playoff team" talk, but it will remind us that Philadelphia is still a dangerous team despite early season struggles.
Bold Statement: The next win for the Bills will come in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins. That means entering the game they will carry a 3-6 record.
Prediction: Colts 16, Chiefs 13
The Colts finally get over the hump after two spirited primetime performances that fell short against good teams. Curtis Painter is able to make just enough throws to move the chains, and the Colts' defense is able to contain the limited Chiefs offense.
Bold Statement: Neither one of these teams will finish as one of the two worst teams in the league, which ultimately means no Andrew Luck.
Prediction: Cardinals 24, Vikings 13
Larry Fitzgerald dominates the Minnesota secondary en route to a multiple touchdown performance that sends the Vikings to an 0-5 mark, and makes them legitimate contenders for Luck. Adrian Peterson will have another frustrating day as the Vikings ignore the run game once again.
Bold Statement: Donovan McNabb is benched at halftime, and rookie Christian Ponder makes his NFL debut.
Prediction: Giants 27, Seahawks 17
The Seahawks put together a competitive effort but are done in by too many miscues in which the Giants capitalize on. Ahmad Bradshaw breaks free late in the game to put the game out of reach, and the final score doesn't reflect how close the game actually was.
Not-So-Bold Statement: Every time Victor Cruz catches a pass, he will personally run the ball to the nearest official to ensure that he was ruled down.
Prediction: Titans 17, Steelers 13
In a hard fought battle the Titans emerge and send the Steelers under .500, causing a week full of "what's wrong with the Steelers" talk. Matt Hasselbeck continues his stellar play and emerges as an MVP contender.
Bold Statement: Chris Johnson will top 150 yards rushing, making every fantasy owner who traded him feel stupid.
Prediction: Panthers 34, Saints 31
The Saints leave the door open for the Panthers to win late in the fourth quarter, and they capitalize on it. Cam Newton leads a game-winning drive with under a minute to go and hooks up with former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey for the go-ahead touchdown.
Bold Statement: The Panthers' porous run defense will hold the Saints to under 100 yards rushing.
Prediction: Bengals 20, Jaguars 10
Andy Dalton will outplay Blaine Gabbert to put the Bengals over .500, which will force media outlets to discuss if Cincinnati is a playoff contender. Gabbert will continue to struggle and Jaguar fans will be wondering to themselves if he will pan out.
Bold Statement: The Bengals will win their next three games to bring them to 5-2 on the season, but they will then lose their next three to fall back to Earth.
Prediction: Raiders 23, Texans 20
The Raiders grind out a tough win on the road behind Darren McFadden and the defense. Houston struggles on offense without Andre Johnson, who is unable to play due to his hamstring.
Bold Statement: Matt Schaub struggles throughout the afternoon on a day where he throws three interceptions.
Prediction: 49ers 23, Buccaneers 20
The 49ers continue their surprising start and defeat the Bucs on a last-minute David Akers field goal. Josh Freeman and co. are unable to stir up fourth quarter magic like they have been in the past.
Bold Statement: The Bucs will go 1-5 over their next six games.
Prediction: Chargers 27, Broncos 16
Not-So-Bold Statement: John Fox continues to ignore the chants, and Tebow doesn't see the field.
Prediction: Patriots 41, Jets 17
The Patriots run up the score on a Jets team that is suddenly beatable on defense. Bill Belichick lets Tom Brady air it out late in the game to rub it in Rex Ryan's face, which leads to a profanity-laced postgame press conference for Ryan.
Bold Statement: New York will finish 8-8.
Prediction: Falcons 24, Packers 23
Bold Statement: The Packers will only lose one more game this season after this one, and it will be to Detroit in Week 12.
Prediction: Lions 27, Bears 13
Jay Cutler is sacked five times as the Lions' defensive line overwhelms the Bears' offensive line. Calvin Johnson catches two more touchdown passes to bring his total on the season to 10.
Bold Statement: This game will mark the beginning of a free fall for the Bears.