NFL Predictions Week 5: Steve Smith and the 3 WRs Due for Huge Games

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 5, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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So far in the 2011 NFL season we have been fixated on the handful of quarterbacks that are collectively changing the game of football with their passing prowess. 

How about the receivers catching all those footballs and racking up some major YAC?

Time to give them some props. 

Here are the three wide receivers due for some huge games in Week 5 to add to the historic aerial display...


Steve Smith

So Cam Newton was the key to Steve Smith's revitalization. 

Smith has been a monster in all four Panthers' games this season, catching 24 passes for a whopping 530 yards and two touchdowns. 

They get a Saints defense that's susceptible to the big play, and you can bet the play-book will be wide open on Sunday. 

Don't be surprised if Newton and Smith connect on a deep one at some point against New Orleans. 

He's back. 



Larry Fitzgerald

We're calling Calvin Johnson the best receiver, if not the best player in the NFL.

Fair enough.

Out in Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald will just go about his business, consistently beat double teams and catch touchdowns in triple coverage like it's nothing. 

Fitzgerald faces Minnesota's 28h ranked pass defense and Kolb will continually look his way. 

Without any other receiver truly breaking out, Arizona's offense will be as follows:

Pound the ball with Beanie Wells, pound the ball with Beanie Wells then find Larry Fitzgerald, no matter who's attempting to cover him. 


Vincent Jackson 

The Broncos were demolished by Aaron Rodgers last week and expect that to continue with Philip Rivers this week. 

Antonio Gates is out, so No. 17 will look Jackson's way throughout the contest, although he is officially listed as questionable right now. 

Even if they have to hold him out of practice this week, I'd bet Jackson will be in the lineup against the division rival on Sunday.

Huge day for VJax upcoming.