Week 5 NFL Previews and Predictions

Last week: 6-6 (horrible showing)

Overall: 15-11

 

Chicago Bears (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-2):

The Panthers started the season hot, but have cooled off as of late. The Bears have two of the best receivers in the game, who are finally becoming healthy, to go along with Forte and Bennett to form one of the scariest offenses in the league. The Panthers’ weak secondary will not be able to keep up with the Bears.

Bears win 24-14

Cleveland Browns (1-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-3):

The Titans have looked horrible this season and their offense will likely end up finishing in the bottom five in the league without a legitimate quarterback.  The Browns are coming off of a bye and have looked good during their last two games Expect, Hoyer and the return of Ben Tate to lead the Browns back to 500.

Browns win 20-13

St. Louis Rams (1-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1):

The Eagles’ fast start and high flying offense came to an abrupt ending in San Francisco, but nearly came away with the win.  The Rams are still looking for a replacement for the injured Sam Bradford and their offense has consequently suffered. The Eagles may struggle at the beginning, but blow the game open late in the game.

Eagles win 34-13

Atlanta Falcons (2-2) at New York Giants (2-2):

The Giants have found consistency on the offensive side of the ball and have looked great over the past two games. Similar to other NFC South teams, the Falcons do not travel well on the road, especially in cold, outdoor stadiums. The Giants offense and underrated defense should be able to withstand the talent of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Roddy White.

Giants win 27-24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (1-3):

During Mike Glennon’s first start of the season, he looked much better than the previous starter Josh McCown and the Bucs were able to salvage a crazy win against the Steelers in Heinz Field. However, this week, the Bucs will travel into the Superdome. The Saints possess one of the best home field advantages in sports and Brees will be looking for revenge after last week’s embarrassment in Jerry’s World.

Saints win 33-17

Houston Texans (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1):

Although these two teams are 3-1, they have done so in two different ways. The Texans have squeaked by with their defense and running game while the Boys’ have used their great offense with Murray, Romo, and Bryant to outscore their opponents. The Cowboys are one of the biggest surprises of the season and their three game winning streak should continue at home.

Cowboys win 27-17

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Detroit Lions (3-1):

After two straight losses, the Buffalo offense is in shambles and they have turned to Kyle Orton to save their season. On the other side of the coin, the Lions have been very good under Jim Caldwell. Besides for their loss against the Bengals, they have looked very formidable, offensively and defensively. The Lions should come out on top by a wide margin to improve to 4-1.

Lions win 31-17

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Indianapolis Colts (2-2):

The Ravens and Colts are each riding multiple game winning streaks, which sets up a great match-up this weekend. After two tough losses, Andrew Luck has given no mercy to the Jags and Titans and won by a combined 51 points. Along with the Colts, the Ravens have accumulated three straight impressive win behind their solid defense and Flacco’s great quarterback play. However, the Colts are one of the better home teams in the NFL and Luck will not want his team falling below 500 once again.

Colts win 34-28

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4):

The Steelers experienced one of the worst losses in recent memory against the winless Bucs. The Jaguars had a sliver of hope last week as Blake Bortles started his first game of his career. However, the Jags played a very good Chargers team and fell 33-14. This week, the Jags have another tough match-up against Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, and Le’Veon Bell. The trio and Dick LeBeau will be too much for the young and inexperienced Jaguars.

Steelers win 33-13

Arizona Cardinals (3-0) at Denver Broncos (2-1):

The Cardinals are undefeated although they are starting Drew Stanton at quarterback. Surprisingly, Stanton has been very efficient, the running backs have been impressive, and the defense is one of the best in the league. The Broncos played a great second half against the Seahawks, but finally fell in overtime. The Broncos have been great at home, should be prepared to stop the lackluster offense, and should learn how to move the ball against a very good defense.

Broncos win 24-21

Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2):

During last week’s game against the Patriots, the Chiefs showed how impressive they can play with their great pass rush, Alex Smith, and Jamaal Charles. Similar to the Chiefs, the 49ers have been playing great lately and the team is playing with confidence. Last week, the 49ers’ defense was fabulous and played physical as they held the Eagles to zero points from Nick Foles.

49ers win 31-27