It's Week 5 of the NFL season, and the prime-time games should feature a good number of teams desperate for a win. Expectations were high for a few of the squads that will play under the lights, but this season has been more about disappointment than anything else for these six clubs.
Here's a look at all of the viewing information for this week's games.
|NFL Week 5 Schedule|
|Away||Home||Day and Time (ET)||National TV|
|Indianapolis||Houston||Thursday at 8:25 p.m.||CBS/NFL|
|Chicago||Kansas City||Sunday at 1 p.m.||Fox|
|Seattle||Cincinnati||Sunday at 1 p.m.||Fox|
|Washington||Atlanta||Sunday at 1 p.m.||Fox|
|Jacksonville||Tampa Bay||Sunday at 1 p.m.||CBS|
|New Orleans||Philadelphia||Sunday at 1 p.m.||Fox|
|Cleveland||Baltimore||Sunday at 1 p.m.||CBS|
|St. Louis||Green Bay||Sunday at 1 p.m.||CBS|
|Buffalo||Tennessee||Sunday at 1 p.m.||CBS|
|Arizona||Detroit||Sunday at 4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|New England||Dallas||Sunday at 4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Denver||Oakland||Sunday at 4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|San Francisco||New York Giants||Sunday at 8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Pittsburgh||San Diego||Monday at 8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Schedule Info per ESPN.com|
Out of Luck?
The big question heading into the Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans game on Thursday night is who will be under center for the visiting team. The official Colts.com injury report lists both Andrew Luck (shoulder) and Matt Hasselbeck (illness) as questionable.
If neither man can go, Josh Johnson would get the start.
Based on the way the Texans' run defense played on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, Houston might need to be more concerned with the Colts' run game. The Falcons ran for 135 yards on 35 carries and scored four touchdowns on the ground.
If the Texans hope to rebound from a disappointing performance, they will need to find a way to slow down Frank Gore and the Colts' ground attack.
San Francisco Turning Point
The San Francisco 49ers' Sunday night visit to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants is a must-win game. If the Niners fall to 1-4, they may as well go into sell mode with the movable veterans they still have on the roster.
Expectations were not high for the team this season, and aside from a surprising Week 1 win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Niners have been as bad as expected. In Week 4, they were stifled by the Green Bay Packers 17-3. In Week 3, the Arizona Cardinals smashed them 47-7.
Things have gotten so bad that there's even talk that quarterback Colin Kaepernick should be benched for Blaine Gabbert, per NumberFire:
Perhaps there's another competitor for the quarterback spot on the way. NFL.com's Rand Getlin said the Niners have an intriguing free agent coming in for a tryout:
San Francisco's been outscored 64-10 in the last two games, and it seems the team might be willing to try anything to find a spark. The Giants have been terribly inconsistent, but the Niners coming to town has to be a welcomed sight.
Vick's Second Straight Prime-Time Performance
Michael Vick's first start as a Pittsburgh Steeler took place on the Thursday night game in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens. With a little more time to prepare, Vick will again lead the Steelers in a prime-time game on Monday night on the road against the San Diego Chargers.
In his career, Vick's teams haven't fared well against the Chargers. He's 1-3 against San Diego despite the fact that he's thrown four touchdown passes, just one interception and run for two scores against the team.
On Monday night, Pittsburgh would settle for less impressive personal stats and a victory.