We've reached the quarter mark in the NFL regular season, and some things are not shaking out as many thought they would.
Three teams that have been well under expectations are the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears.
The Eagles had one of the most memorable offseasons in recent memory, so many people expected them to come out the gates playing like championship contenders. The Steelers and Bears both made their respective conference's championship game last season. The Steelers advanced to the Super Bowl and lost.
In fact, all three of these teams had their 2010-11 season ended by the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs. So far this season, the Eagles, Steelers and Bears combine for a 5-7 record and have each seen their fare share of disappointment.
However, all three teams should bounce back this week.
Here’s each team’s Week 5 matchup and why they’ll win.
Philadelphia (1-3) vs. Buffalo (3-1):
The Buffalo Bills are a shaky half away from being 4-0 this year. Their defense looks much improved, and their offense has came up big for them in the right spots.
However, the Bills defense will not be able to contain the determined Eagles offense. On offense for Buffalo, Fred Jackson will have a field day on the ground, but the Eagles will get a few reads on Ryan Fitzpatrick passes and pick them off.
Prediction: Eagles 27, Bills 20
Pittsburgh (2-2) vs. Tennessee (3-1)
I firmly believe the Steelers are a better team than the Tennessee Titans. Injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison may cause this result to be different than I expect, but if Big Ben plays a mediocre game at worst, the Steelers will triumph.
The Steelers defense should be able to contain everything the Titans do on offense, and Matt Hasselbeck won’t experience too many successful plays against the Steel Curtain. Prepare for a low-scoring affair.
Prediction: Steelers 17, Titans 13
Chicago (2-2) vs. Detroit (4-0)
The Detroit Lions are the surprise team of the season thus far, as only they and the defending-champion and divisional foe Packers are the only remaining undefeated teams. Many teams do not know the Lions as well as the Bears.
Chicago bested Detroit in both matchups last season, although the first victory came with a controversial call. Jay Cutler threw for 372 yards in the first game, while Matt Forte gained over 200 yards.
Lions fans are used to seeing their team lose to the Bears, and it’s going to happen again. This time, however, the Lions will leave the game with a better record.
Prediction: Bears 23, Lions 17