NFL – Gameweek 5 Preview – With 4 Teams Going on a Bye this week (saints, broncos, falcons and redskins) here are my Week 5 NFL Season Predictions & Stats:
Patriots at Buccaneers
The defending champs have struggled on defense all year, and after their loss on Sunday they will be looking to rebound. Meanwhile the Bucs’ offense, which we believed would be explosive, have yet to have the game that showcases all of their offensive talent. This will be a shootout, but it’s hard to see the Pats losing back to back games.
Patriots to Win – 31-27
Brady: 300 YDS, 4 TDs
Gronkowski: 88 YDS Rec, 2 TDs
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Chargers at Giants
Both teams have struggled out the gate; the Chargers have been the more impressive team, while the Giants have struggled on offense, in particular their offensive line. The Giants have a top defense and I expect the offense to finally get going.
Giants to Win – 24- 17
Manning: 245 YDS, 2 TDs
Beckham: 110 YDS: 1 TD
Giants Defense: 1 TD via Turnover
Bills at Bengals
The Bills have looked impressive the year, while the Bengals, 2 Games in with their new offensive coordinator, have improved. I see the Bills continuing their momentum here
Bills to Win – 14-10
Taylor: 200 YDS, 1 TD
McCoy: 88 YDS Rushing, 1 TD
Jets at Browns
Two of the worst teams in the past decade face off, and while the Jets are 2-2 and the Browns are 0-4, I expect a game where two teams are looking to give a good showing.
Jets to Win – 13-7
Jaguars at Steelers
The Steelers have been up and down this year, while the Jags have improved on both sides of the ball. At home however, it’s always a tough bet to go against the Steelers.
Steelers to Win – 24-14
Roethlisberger: 250 YDS, 1 TD
Bell: 115 Total Yards: 2 YDs
Brown: 85 YDS Receiving
49ers at Colts
Both teams have been Struggling, however each team has been competitive in recent weeks. I expect a good game.
Colts to Win – 13-7
Cardinals at Eagles
The Eagles have been soaring and are atop of the NFC East, I expect them to keep the momentum going against the injured Cardinals.
Eagles to Win – 24-14
Weinz: 250 YDS Passing, 2 TDS
Panthers at Lions
Both teams have looked impressive to start the season, and this will be an exciting matchup. The Panther’s offense is injured, and will be facing a hot Lions defense who have already topped their turnover total from last year. Both QB’s in Newton and Stafford are off to great starts, so expect an explosive big play game.
Lions to Win – 28-21
Stafford: 315 YDS, 3 TDS
Tate: 88 YDS , 1 TD
Abdullah: 100 YDS rushing, 1 TD
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Seahawks at Rams
Division game here with both teams looking to make a statement. The Rams have looked impressive under new Coach Sean McVay and are leading the division at 3-1, while the Seahawks at 2-2 are looking to get some momentum. This will be a key test for QB Jared Goff against the vaunted Seahawks defense, and the Rams defense will be looking to gain their footing against the struggling Seahawks offense.
Rams to Win – 21-17
Goff: 215 YDS, 1 TD
Gurley: 150 Total Yards: 2 TD’s
Ravens at Raiders
Both teams have struggled out the gate, and with the Raiders QB Derek Carr out on injury, the Raiders will be looking to use RB Marshawn Lynch heavily. Predictability is always difficult in the NFL, I believe the Ravens will take this one.
Ravens to Win – 14-7
Packers at Cowboys
In my game of the week, I expect a showdown between these teams. The Cowboys will be looking for revenge after their NFL Playoff loss to the Packers. The Packers are coming in injured but at a solid 3-1 record, while coming off a loss at 2-2, the Cowboys will be looking to turn the corner. An entertaining game.
Packers to Win – 28-24
Rodgers: 315 YDS, 3 TDs
Nelson: 115 YDS Receiving, 2 TDS
Chiefs at Texans
With the Best record in the League, the Chiefs will be facing the hot Texans Sunday night in primetime. Rookie QB for the Texans, Deshaun Watson looked impressive in their smashing last week against the Titans, however will be in for a tough matchup with the Chiefs defense.
Chiefs to Win – 24-14
Smith: 25o YDS, 2 TDs
Hunt: 100 YDS total, 1 TD
Kelce: 115 YDS, 1 TD
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