Oct. 06, 2016
2016 NFL Week 5 Preview & Prediction
Let the NFL season continue as we go into Week 5 of the season. More teams continue their bye weeks, and without further ado, here are my preview and predictions.
Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers: Arizona has been a disappointment as of late and in particular with a team that's on a two-game losing streak after losing to the Buffalo Bills and the Rams. And now, they have a short rest week, and it looks like Carson Palmer will be inactive due to a concussion. However, there is a chance they beat the 49ers in San Fran, but the 49ers have been competitive this season, which surprises me. I'm going with the upset.
New England Patriots vs. Cleveland Browns: I respect Hue Jackson, and while this team has no real talent, they have played competitive football and could have won a few games. With that said, they don't have a chance here. New England was a mess last week, but Tom Brady is back, and you know he is coming to play, but if this team did lose, it's going to be a major upset. With that said, New England wins.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions: The bye week helps the Eagles get the rest after a hot start. Honestly, I don't think this team is a Super Bowl contending team yet, nor I call Carson Wentz the future of the NFL just yet, as I'm not sold on the Eagles defense. Meanwhile, the Lions are a hot mess as they continue to lose games that they should've won. I like the Eagles winning on the road.
Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts: So, how do the Colts bounce back from a mess of a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they have to adjust after playing in London without having a bye week. That's a recipe for disaster, especially with the team not playing great. However, Chicago isn't a good team even though the Bears won against a mediocre team in Detriot with Brian Hoyer under center. I'll take Indy in this game.
Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins: This is what happens when you have two 1-3 teams playing on Sunday, but I can't complain because it's football. My question here is if this game gets relocated because Hurricane Matthew is becoming a threat to the Southeast and is expected to be a major hurricane in a few days (I also cover storms as well).
Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens: Washington is on a two-game winning streak, but I thought the team wasn't impressive after they struggled against the Browns whereas the Ravens fell to the Raiders at home after a disaster of a fourth quarter. Even with their records. I'm not sold on both football teams, but I do have Baltimore winning due to their defense.
Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings: With J.J. Watt missing a whole lot of time, the Texans were able to sneak in a win against the Titans, but I'm not sold on this team yet especially on offense. That's not okay for their offensive game with the Vikings looking great on defense. I like Minnesota winning at home.
New York Jets: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: They have a tough schedule, but the Jets are 1-3 and going 1-4 continues the bleeding. With that said, I just don't see them going to Pittsburgh and beating the Steelers after the dominating performance they did this past Sunday. Come on; the Jets have been killed through the air and with Darrelle Revis on the decline, Antonio Brown can have another big game. (Steelers win)
Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos: Will Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch start under center? Stay tuned for that! Meanwhile, the Falcons has looked pretty decent. I don't know if that matters. Denver's defense is playing beast mode, and I think the beast mode streak continues against a hot Matt Ryan for the Broncos to win at home.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys: With the Cowboys returning to home after a three-game winning streak after defeating the 49ers in Santa Clara, the Bengals go on the road playing inconsistent football with a 2-2 record. Dallas has been better on the defense and Ezekiel Elliott has been proving to me that he is a Rookie of the Year contender with his running game, but I see the Bengals playing a balanced game, which helps them pull out the victory.
Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams: Since I didn't make a prediction last week, I was shocked that the Bills smacked the Patriots in Foxboro. The defense did an excellent job shutting down New England. Meanwhile, the Rams have won three games in a row with a lot of adversity and the offense being a mess and the defense giving up a lot of yards despite not giving up points. One team has to win here, and it's Buffalo.
San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders: It's crazy that Mike McCoy and the Chargers just give up games in the fourth quarter after starting off well. Phillip Rivers will have the opportunity to have a big game since the Raiders are a hot mess on defensively. This has the makings of a classic AFL game when this game is all set and done, but I like Raiders stealing this one at home.
New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers is great at Lambeau Field when they have their games on primetime. The one major issue is that the secondary gives up a lot of yards through the air and when the Packers go up against the likes of Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., that's also a recipe for disaster. With that said, the Giants have struggled to score points this season, and that may be the reason why they lose this game. (Packers win)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers: I have a question! Why are the Panthers losing? I understand that losing Josh Norman isn't there anymore, but this team is giving up yards through the air, especially with Julio Jones having a big day last week. Not to mention, Cam Newton could be inactive after he suffered a concussion against the Falcons. However, Tampa Bay has looked bad as of late and I see the Panthers catching a break. (Panthers win)