NFL Week 5 – Predictions
Last weeks results – 10 out of 15.
ARI@STL – Cardinals are attempting to go 5 and 0 tonight. I will cautiously step on to the bandwagon and pick them to continue on undefeated. It’s tough to go in to a division rival’s house and take away a victory but I think they have the right personnel to defeat the Rams.
GB@IND – Aaron Rodgers and the Packers should be able to take this one from the Colts despite the crowd noise. I’m thinking that the Colts will perform fairly well but Luck ‘may run out’ of the pocket with a determined GB pass rush chasing him around the field.
MIA@CIN – The Bengals may not be the ‘prettiest’ and most dominant team out there but they look like they are hungry. With the plays I’ve watched, I see a team making an effort and not just mailing it in – if you can do that in the NFL. Whatever they are feeding these tigers, it’s working and they should beat the dolphins.
PHI@PIT – Pitt gets a little healthier this week – Troy, Harrison, Mendenhall should all be back. I’m just not sure it’s enough. Will they be 100%? Has the league figured out what used to be a difficult defense? As for the Eagles, all their games have been close – The offense looked awful for major portions of most games yet they are 3 and 1. Wiinners figure out a way to win even if it’s ugly. I’m going with the Steelers in this one and I look for Big Ben to try to keep the ball away from Vick with long, time-consuming drives.
BAL@KC – The Ravens D should be too much for the KC offense, especially the running game. The KC D will likely struggle against the Baltimore offense which features Ray Rice, T. Smith, A. Boldin and the man at the helm Flacco. Baltimore wins this away game and keeps a share of the lead in their division.
CLE@NYG – Trent Richardson has been the bright spark in an otherwise dismal Browns season. From a FFL perspective, I see him getting at least one score but it that may be all we see from the Browns. The Giants crush the hapless Browns.
ATL@WSH – Even though I have mad respect for RGIII, I think his team will struggle to slow down Ryan and the Falcons offense. Atlanta will probably allow some big plays against Griffin but the overall matchup favors Atlanta.
CHI@JAC –Dallas made Chicago look like world beaters last week. Part of it was great defense but another part was just a serious breakdown on the Dallas offensive side of the ball. Though I don’t think the Bears are the best in the league, they are good enough to beat the Jags in Jacksonville.
SEA@CAR – Cam Newton and the Panthers should win this one against the Seahawks who are coming to visit. The suddenly effective Carolina pass rush should make R. Wilson make a few mistakes and give Carolina the ball in scoring position.
DEN@NEP – Future Hall of Famers Manning and Brady match up in New England this week. Even though on paper the Patriots should win this game, I actually am going with the Broncos. I think the Denver defense will get to Brady and he’ll maybe make some mistakes. Very rare, I know. I’m hoping Manning will shake off more of the rust and be effective against this Patriots team. I take Denver in a close one.
TEN@MIN – I can’t figure out this Vikings team right now – I don’t think I’ve picked one of their games correctly yet. This week I think they beat the Titans and their backup QB M. Hasselbeck. The Titans are struggling through injury issues and ineffective offensive production. This should continue this week when they step in to Minnesota and face the Vikes. Chris Johnson had a good week last week but most of the yards were later in the game. I’m not buying his stock just yet. Go with the Vikings who beat SF and Detroit (at Detroit).
BUF@SF – It will be another tough day at the office for Buffalo. I give them props for what they were able to do to start the season but they are running in to the buzz saw 49ers in San Francisco.
SD@NOS – Saints. Brees finally gets a well deserved win. San Diego is 3 – 1, but the teams they have beaten are 3 with losing records. I can’t say many positive things about the Saints because they’ve LOST to teams with losing records (CAR, KC) as well as 2 teams who are even (WAS, GB). The Saints are still a good team and should beat San Diego in New Orleans.
HOU@NYJ – Too bad for the NFL – unless we get a dose of Tebow-Time on Monday night, we should be watching Houston beat up on a deflated Jets team in prime-time. I hate to see players get injured and losing Holmes for the season is a huge blow to this team. If the NFL wants ratings – perhaps this is the week we’ll see Cromartie on both sides of the ball – After all, back in August he did claim the was the 2nd best receiver on the team. With Holmes out, by his account, he’s the best corner in the league and the best receiver on the team. Even if Jets throw Tebow in to the mix and maybe mix Cromartie in on offense, they will still lose but it will be fun to watch.
Bye weeks -OAK, DAL, DET, TB