Week 5: 9-5
New York Giants at Chicago Bears
-Any hope the Giants had of keeping their season and playoff hopes afloat died week 5 with their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home. They have so many problems, and good luck trying to figure them all out on a short week. The Bears, despite the loss to the Saints, have to be pleased with Alshon Jeffery who maybe a worthy sidekick to Brandon Marshall.
Chicago 31 New York 20
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens
-This is definitely one of the better match-ups of the week. Clay Mathews is lost for at least a month, which delivers a big blow to the Packers D. The Ravens are coming off a big win against the Dolphins in Miami, and the key to their win was the fact that Ray Rice wasn’t ignored. The Ravens are 23-3 when he touches the ball 20 times. But with the Packers ability to score, I don’t think Rice gets the touches Baltimore needs. This game is a coin flip.
Green Bay 31 Baltimore 28
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
-The Bengals defense shut down the Patriots offense, in fact they made them look downright bad. However, the Bills are playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium where teams have struggled this year. The possibility for an upset is here because who knows what Bengals team is going to show up? The one that beat the Patriots, or the one that last to the Browns?
Cincinnati 17 Buffalo 13
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
-The Browns defense is legit; they allow just 317 yards per game and only 79 rushing yards. However, they are going up against the Detroit Lions, a team built to bust open any defense. If Calvin Johnson is 100% then the Lions could be problematic for Cleveland because their secondary is not as strong as their front seven. This is the first of three really tough games for Cleveland, they play Green Bay and and Kansas City after this week.
Detroit 24 Cleveland 13
St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans
-Matt Schaub can not have much confidence right now having thrown a pick-six in four straight games. The Rams are coming off a 34-20 win against Jacksonville, but after getting walloped by San Francisco, I have to imagine Houston won’t allow St. Louis to muster much offense.
Houston 27 St. Louis 13
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
-Oakland ranks 11th in the NFL allowing just 98 running yards per game, and they will need to live up to this against the Chiefs if they want to win. Jamaal Charles is having himself a year averaging over 120 all purpose yards per game. Granted the Raiders looked good against San Diego in week 5, having them winning in Arrowhead against the undefeated Chiefs is a bit of a stretch.
Kansas City 24 Oakland 10
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
-To say that Carolina looked bad against Arizona is an understatement. Now do I agree with Rodney Harrison when he said that it’s time for a change in Carolina at QB? No. But do I feel like the Panthers problems will solve themselves in one week? Hell no. Minnesota coming off a bye, at home, against a reeling Panthers team; I’ll take Adrian Peterson all day.
Minnesota 21 Carolina 14
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets
-This is a really, really, interesting game. The Jets are coming off a huge win down in Atlanta, and in the win against the Falcons, Geno Smith looked grown up. Opponents are only gathering 228 yards per game against Gang Green. Pittsburgh comes to NY after a bye week, and the key to their game plan will be whether legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau can confuse rookie QB Geno Smith.
Pittsburgh 17 New York 14
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-The Eagles may be without Michael Vick, but Nick Foles as a back up is perfectly adequate. Mike Glennon is going to get the nod at QB for the rest of the season seeing how Josh Freeman is finally gone. Down to the point, this game is going to have a lot of running in my mind and I’ll take LeSean McCoy over Doug Martin any day of the week.
Philadelphia 34 Tampa Bay 21
Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos
-There is no way in hell the Jaguars win on Sunday, and if they do, then it’ll be the largest upset in NFL history. Broncos thrash the Jaguars.
Denver 42 Jacksonville 17
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks
-Ryan Fitzpatrick in his first start with the Titans struggled a bit, throwing for 247 yards and 2 interceptions. If the Titans want a chance at winning at Century Link field, they are going to need to focus on getting Chris Johnson going. Seattle at home is nearly unbeatbale, and their defense should be able to shut down the 26th ranked offense in the NFL.
Seattle 27 Tennessee 10
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
-Drew Brees is 3-0 in his career against the Patriots, winning twice when he was on San Diego and once with the Saints. The Patriots are coming off a loss to the Bengals where their offense looked on par with that of the Jets in years past. The Saints on the other hand are monstrous offensively and Rob Ryan has done impeccable work with the defense. Stevan Ridley and Rob Gronkowski are expected to play, but I don’t think it’ll be enough.
New Orleans 28 New England 20
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
-Never would have panned this game as a battle between struggling quarterbacks, but that is what is has become. Carson Palmer has really struggled this year throwing only 5 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. On the other hand, Colin Kaepernick has done nothing to compare himself to last year (outside of week 1 against the Green Bay Packers). Kaepernick has not totaled over 1000 yards passing yet this year, and that goes hand in hand with him only tossing 6 touchdowns passes.
San Francisco 21 Arizona 10
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
-The wrap sheet on Tony Romo is that he will collapse in the big moments, and he did so against the Denver Broncos last week. BUT, don’t let that one mistake cloud you from the season he is having . Simply put, he is having the best year of his career thus far, throwing for over 1500 yards and 13 touchdowns. There will be no need for him to be clutch this week because the Cowboys will be up early and often against the Redskins who have the 28th ranked passing defense in the NFL.
Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers
-The Colts have cemented themselves as one of the best five teams in the NFL. The win against the Seattle Seahawks, while at home, was still a statement. The loss of Ahmad Bradshaw will hurt, but now comes Trent Richardson’s time to shine.
Indianapolis 35 San Diego 24