Can you believe we have already come to the quarter mark of the season already?
We are now in Week 5 of the NFL season. We now have byes to deal with. With the byes, the starts and sits become much more difficult to decipher.
Here are five starts and five sits to digest for Week 5. We’ll start, well, with the starts.
In his last two games, Eli has passed for 575 yards and thrown for six touchdowns. It’s obvious that Manning is in quite the groove.
Now he will face a less-than-intimidating Seahawks squad that has to travel cross-country for a 1:00 start. Expect Manning to keep up his stellar play in this one.
Addai has been up and down for most of this season, but his matchup with the Chiefs is very enticing. Both teams have shoddy defenses, so expect a lot of points to be put on the board with Addai being a benefactor this week.
The NFL has still not come down with a ruling on Benson violating the personal conduct policy. That means Benson will suit up on Sunday.
The Jaguars are nothing special against the run. Benson still remains under-appreciated, and he once again makes for a solid start.
Green Bay’s matchup with the Atlanta Falcons has all the makings of a shootout. The last time the two teams faced off, in the 2011 playoffs, they put 69 points on the board.
Aaron Rodgers is coming off a monster performance in which he threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns, so expect him to keep connecting with his receivers, including Nelson.
Holmes has not gotten on track thus far this year, but that should change this Sunday. That is when the Jets head up to Foxboro to take on their bitter rivals, the Patriots.
Holmes had a big day the last time these teams met in the 2011 playoffs, and he’ll be amped to try to replicate that success.
Did I mention that the Patriots are dead last in passing yards allowed (376.8 YPG)?
Andre Johnson’s injury doesn’t just affect his owners, it directly impacts the value of Schaub owners as well. Without Andre Johnson to connect with, Schaub will now how have to rely on Owen Daniels, Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter.
His matchup with the Raiders is no breeze either, as the Raiders did contain Tom Brady to 226 yards passing last week.
You may see a matchup with the Bengals and think that this should be a walk in the park for Jones-Drew. However, this is not your father’s Bengals as they are solid against the run, allowing just 86.8 rushing yards a game.
The Bengals have shut down Frank Gore and Fred Jackson in back-to-back weeks, and Jones-Drew may tire from trying to carry the Jags offense.
Blount manhandled the Colts on Monday night, but with the short week and traveling cross-county for a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, this may be a game where Blount runs out of gas.
Besides, the 49ers are strong against the run, placing fourth in the league in rushing yards allowed (74 YPG).
While Wallace plays well at home, he does have a few factors going against him. First, he has a banged-up Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball. The Steelers’ offensive line is doing a poor job giving Roethlisberger enough time to connect with his receivers.
Then you also have to realize that the Titans are no pushovers against the pass. The Titans are seventh in the league in passing yards allowed (223.8 YPG).
At one point or another, the Eagles will wake up from their nightmare and play up to par. This may be just the week. If the Eagles can do one thing well, they can stop the pass. Look for Nnamdi Asomugha to blanket Steve Johnson all day.
Expect the Bills to try to run down the Eagles’ throats with Fred Jackson and avoid the temptation to beat the Eagles through the air.