Welcome to the start of the 2nd quarter of the season with Week 5 of the NFL season. Last week, I accounted for my worse week as my record was 4-5. My overall record dipped to 18-15 with my winning percentage went from 58.3% down to 54.5%. Last week, we saw a plethora of upsets occur in the NFL and it makes things more interesting. Carolina went to New England and pulled off the upset over the champions. The Buffalo Bills traveled to Atlanta and beat the Falcons. It seems like the Los Angeles Rams have arrived as they went to Dallas and beat the Cowboys. This week I’ll be predicting another 9 games with the hopes of getting closer to my goal of a winning percentage of 70. Let’s get started!!
This is the Thursday night game as the New England Patriots will battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New England is headed to this game after taking a loss at home against Carolina. Tom Brady is playing at an elite level, but the defense is the worse in the league. Can Tom Brady continue to carry the Patriots team and avoid them having a losing record? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a last-second victory over the winless New York Giants last week. Jameis Winston is playing at an elevated level with the additions to the offense during the offseason. Doug Martin returns from suspension and will probably see time during this game. In the end, I can’t see the Patriots dropping to 2-3 so I’m going with the New England.
New England Win 34-31
We have a battle of 3-1 teams in the NFC as the Carolina Panthers travel to Detroit to face the Lions. Carolina is coming off the huge upset in New England over the Patriots as it seems like the old Cam Newton is returning. Can the Carolina Panthers continue their momentum against another good team in Detroit? Will the controversy surrounding Cam Newton affect the team as they try to upset the Lions? Detroit is coming off a tough, hard-fought victory over the division rival Minnesota Vikings. Last week, the Lions defense proved they can get the job done and we all know that Matthew Stafford can carry his team if needed. I’m going with the Lions to beat Carolina in this one.
Detroit Win 27-17
We stay in the NFC as the Arizona Cardinals travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. Arizona is coming off a last-second win over the division rival, San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals offense has been struggling all season as they only average slightly below 18 points a game. The Cardinals two wins have come against the 49ers & Colts, which are two of the worse teams in the league. Can they upset the Eagles on the road this weekend? Philadelphia started last season 3-1 like they have this year, but we all know what happened after that. This year, the Eagles are winning by a great running game, less turnovers from Wentz and their front 7. I think this will continue to be the formula for them to win as they should beat Arizona.
Philadelphia Win 30-24
We head back to the AFC as the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jacksonville is coming off a tough loss against the New York Jets as they continue to struggle in games they should win. The young defense of the Jaguars has been destined for greatness and this could be their breakout game. Will Blake Bortles have a great game and lead the Jaguars to a win in Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh is coming off their share of controversy as it seems like theirs a rift between Big Ben and Antonio Brown. Will they put that behind them and continue their winning ways? I’m thinking Pittsburgh will come out with the win,
Pittsburgh Win 31-21
We stay in the AFC as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Oakland to face the Raiders. Baltimore have lost two games in a row as they scored 16 points in those two games. If that’s not bad enough, the Ravens have given up 70 points in those games. Is there an issue with Joe Flaaco and the offense something they can fix? What about the defense, can they become the guys that dominate the opposing offense? Oakland have also lost two games in a row and they have lost Derek Carr with a back fracture between 2 to 5 weeks. With the absence of Carr, will the Oakland offense be able to put up points without their leader? I’m going with Oakland to rebound against the Ravens.
Oakland Win 23-14
We head back to the NFC and the NFC West to be specific. The Seattle Seahawks will travel to Los Angeles and face the rejuvenated Rams team. The issue for this Seattle team this year has been the lack of production on the offensive side. After scoring 21 points in their first two games combined, they have managed to put up 73 points the last two games. These NFC West games are usually tough, hard-hitting contests and this shouldn’t be no different. Los Angeles has become one of the darlings of the league as they have one of the better offenses in the league. With Aaron Donald getting more into playing shape and the defense getting better I’m still going with Seattle with the win.
Seattle Win 22-17
We have a match-up between longtime rivals as the Green Bay Packers travel to Dallas to meet the Cowboys. Green Bay have looked great after losing their second game in Atlanta. The Packers are dealing with so many injuries and the one to Ty Montgomery. Green Bay will have 10 games to rest for this one and hopefully get some of the guys to heal more. Can the defense handle the Cowboys run game on the road? The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a tough loss at home against the Rams. The Dallas offense is starting to look better, but the defense is giving up too many big plays to opposing offenses. I’m picking the Cowboys to pick up the win over Green Bay.
Dallas Win 34-28
We have the Sunday night game between the only undefeated team and the talk of the NFL. Kansas City will visit Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans in a tough matchup. Kansas City is the only undefeated team in the league and they’re operating on a short week for this one. With the tough defense Houston throws out there, can Kansas City continue their perfect season and beat Houston on the road. Houston is coming off a blowout win over Tennessee last week where Watson accounted for 5 TDs. Can the Houston defense slow down the Chiefs offense and beat them? I’m still riding the Deshaun Watson wave and think they win this one.
Houston Win 30-27
We have the Monday Night game in a battle of NFC North rivals. The Minnesota Vikings will travel to Chicago and Soldier Field to face the Bears. Minnesota is still up in the air about the health of Sam Bradford and his knee. If that’s not enough, they loss their talented rookie Dalvin Cook for the season with a torn ACL. Can they avenge their tough loss against Detroit from a week ago? Chicago is coming off a beatdown from Green Bay last Thursday night. They will turn to Mitchell Trubisky to replace Mike Glannon who didn’t get the job done for the team. Chicago got a great two back system and they will be instrumental for Trubisky, but I’m still going with Minnesota to win.
Minnesota Win 30-20
Are you ready for Week 5? What game are you looking forward the most? What do you think about my picks? Leave a comment below.