NFL Week 5 Predictions
Week 5 of the NFL season is vastly approaching, and already teams are facing "must wins" in order to keep sanity within the clubhouse and the fanbase.
Sunday is highlighted by two huge playoff rematches from last year, as the Jets meet the Patriots in Foxborough, and the Packers travel to Atlanta to play the vengeful Falcons, along with other great games.
I am coming off a 10-6 Week 4, and I now sit at 39-25 with my picks for this season. Here are my predictions for every game on the slate.
Eagles @ Bills: Sunday, 1 ET
Philadelphia (1-3) have been ridiculed early on this season, as they have lost three-straight games after declaring themselves the "Dream Team" in August. The Bills have been a sweet surprise in the AFC East, as they have beaten perennial powerhouse Patriots on their way to a 3-1 record.
I expect the Eagles to trample Buffalo in this game, as they have loads more talent on both sides of the ball. The Bill's terrific start may end up being another disappointing year in upper New York, while the Eagles find themselves back in the NFC East playoff picture.
Eagles 34, Bills 17
Saints @ Panthers: Sunday, 1 ET
Two NFC South foes meet in a divisional battle in Carolina.
Cam Newton has led the dismal Panthers (1-3) to a respectable start, as he has broken every rookie record in the book. The Saints have been very impressive through four games, as they lost a heartbreaker to the Packers in Week 1, before following it up with three big wins.
Drew Brees will have a field day against a poor Panthers' defense on the way to a New Orleans rout. Cam Newton will throw for over 300 yards in second half garbage time, as the Panthers will unsuccessfully try to get back in it.
Saints 38, Panthers 21
Raiders @ Texans, Sunday 1 ET
For the third-straight week, the Raiders will face an AFC powerhouse. For the second-straight week, they will lose.
Arian Foster will dominate a bad Oakland defense, and Matt Schaub will light up the secondary.
Texans 31, Raiders 13
Chiefs @ Colts: Sunday, 1 ET
Bengals @ Jaguars: Sunday, 1 ET
Cincinatti possesses the most underrated defense in the NFL, and Blaine Gabbert and company will have a tough day trying to get anything together on offense. Andy Dalton will establish himself as the future of the franchise, as he hooks up with AJ Green for a game winning touchdown in the final minute to take the Bengals to a 3-2 record.
Bengals 17, Jaguars 13
Cardinals @ Vikings: Sunday, 1ET
Two immensely disappointing teams square off in Minnesota this Sunday.
The Vikings sit at 0-4, and have made a habit for blowing huge halftime leads. The Cardinals are just 1-3, but could easily be 3-1 if the defense could hold on against the Giants and Seahawks. Jared Allen and company will get pressure on Kevin Kolb all day, and the young quarterback will struggle.
AP will have a huge day for the Vikings, and Purple Jesus and company will snatch their first win of the season.
Cardinals 17, Vikings 27
Seahawks @ Giants: Sunday, 1 ET
The Seattle Seahawks are actually a decent team when playing at Qwest Field behind a rowdy fan base, but they will really struggle when they travel across the country to face the 3-1 Giants.
Eli Manning and the surprising Big Blue have had a great start to the season, and this will continue on Sunday. New York's defense will dominate an awful Seattle offense, and Eli Manning will do just enough to lead the Giants to a 4-1 start and first place in the NFC East.
Seahawks 10, Giants 20
Titans @ Steelers: Sunday, 1 ET
Expect an offensive struggle the entire game, as the once feared Black and Yellow defense looks to silence the critics. Tennessee will show they are the real deal and stay in the game until the final minute, until a big play by one of the Steeler's numerous defensive stars seals it for Pittsburgh.
Titans 17, Steelers 23
Buccaneers @ 49ers: Sunday, 4:05 ET
The late games on the Sunday slate begin with two 3-1 teams squaring off in San Francisco.
The Bucs have shown that last season was not a fluke, as they have marched out to first place in a heated NFC South.
The 49ers have been the most shocking team this season, as they have beaten the Eagles in Philadelphia on their way to a 3-1 start.
The battle between two young coaches and a pack of inexperienced players will make for a terrific game, but home field advantage serves well for the 49ers. San Francisco narrowly escapes with a big win to move to 4-1, and looks poised to take the NFC West crown.
Buccaneers 17, 49ers 20
Chargers @ Broncos: Sunday, 4:15 ET
Two AFC West foes on the opposite end of the NFL spectrum, clash in a late afternoon battle in the Mile High City.
San Diego looks poised to once again claim the division title, as they have jumped out to a 3-1 start behind elite quarterback Philip Rivers and his many offensive weapons.
The Broncos' quarterback controversy is brewing, as Kyle Orton and company have struggled mightily through four weeks, on their way to a 1-3 start.
A much more talented Charger team will dismantle a weak Denver squad, and move to 4-1, while increasing their division lead to two games.
Chargers 31, Broncos 14
Jets @ Patriots, Sunday 4:15 ET
This clash between two AFC East powerhouses is a juggernaut of epic proportions.
The Jets have been thoroughly disappointing through four games, as they have suffered tough losses to the Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens the last two games.
Expect this game to go down to the wire, as Mark Sanchez will rebound against a terrible Patriots' secondary. The absence of Jared Mayo also hurts the New England run defense. With dynamic cornerback Darrelle Revis on Wes Welker, Tom Brady will have trouble finding targets under constant pressure from a blitz-happy Jets defense.
Gang Green silences the critics with a huge win over New England, moving them into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.
Jets 27, Patriots 24
Packers @ Falcons: Sunday, 8:20 ET
A rematch of the NFC Divisional Playoff game from last year will see the defending champion Packers travel to the Georgia Dome to meet the Falcons.
Green Bay look like real contenders to repeat, as they have dismantled their opponents on the way to an undefeated record. The Falcons have lacked balance on both sides of the ball, and do not look like the elite team that finished with a 13-3 record last season. Aaron Rodgers will have a field day against an average Falcons secondary, and the Atlanta offense lacks the firepower to keep up through four quarters.
This one will be close early, but the Packers will pull away late.
Packers 31, Falcons 24
Bears @ Lions: Monday, 8:30 ET
Chicago has been very inconsistent through four games, while Detroit has shocked everyone, and moved to 4-0. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have formed one of the most dangerous passing combinations in the league, as they have already connected for eight touchdowns.
The Lions defense will look to terrorize Jay Cutler all night, as they will easily break through against an awful Bears' offensive line. But Cutler and company will survive, as the quarterback will use screens to Matt Forte to open up the field. Chicago's defense will make some big plays, and Devin Hester will be his usual self.
Chicago shocks everyone and pulls off the upset in the Motor city.
Bears 27, Lions 24