Week 5 NFL Game Predictions Around the League

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Atlanta Falcons Content Contributor Cameron Marino of Blogging Dirty takes a look at Week 5 matchups around the NFL:

Buffalo Bills (3-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (1-3)

The Bills are on a stellar start to their season, defense and offenses both rumbling. Quite the opposite for the Bengals. They did win their last game, but the Bills have been so hot, I cannot see them losing to a 1-3 team like the Bengals. I see the Bills easily winning this one.

Bills: 32 – Bengals: 7

New York Jets (2-2) vs. Cleveland Browns (0-4)

The Jets have started their season better than anyone expected, and for the Browns, pretty much expected for a 1-15 team last year to go 0-4 unless a miracle happened. The Jets have 3 threats on the offense: Bilal Powell, Jermaine Kearse, and Robby Anderson, compared to 0 for the Browns. The Browns 1st overall pick is also most likely out.

Jets: 28 – Browns: 7

Carolina Panthers  (3-1) vs. Detroit Lions (3-1)

This is my game of the week because not only are both teams 3-1, but they both are allowing 17.5 points per game, tied for fourth in the NFL. (theScore) Both teams are coming off wins and this one should be close. However, Cam Newton has just been so below average and his opposing quarterback Matt Stafford has been spectacular. To me, that is the game changer.

Panthers: 21 – Lions: 35

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San Francisco 49ers (0-4) vs. Indianapolis Colts (1-3)

Both teams have started their season’s poorly, so this’ll definitely be a hard-to-watch matchup for both sides. Last week though, Jacoby Brissett for the Colts had a very impressive first half performance but slowed down a ton. Brian Hoyer last game had only 234 yards on 49 attempts which is considered abysmal. This game goes to the Colts, barely.

49ers: 13 – Colts: 16

Tennessee Titans (2-2) vs. Miami Dolphins (1-2)

The Titans are coming off their worst loss since 2012 so I find it hard to lose like that again, or lose at all. They have also failed to score on their opening drive in 13 straight road games. Unfortunately for them, this game happens to be in Miami. However, Marcus Mariota ran for 2 touchdowns, being the first to do so since 2003. Marcus Mariota must be feeling good. The Dolphins are coming off a 2 game losing streak and Jarvis Landry has 25 catches for 166 yards this season. Terrible. Tennessee is taking this one.

Titans: 14  Dolphins: 7

Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) vs. New York Giants (0-4)

The battle of the 0-4s! Both teams have been really lackluster and slow on both offense and defense to start off this season. But, the Chargers offense should be able to get the job done between Keenan Allen and Philip Rivers. Odell and Eli Manning just haven’t clicked. This game goes to LA by a very short margin.

Chargers: 24  Giants: 18

Arizona Cardinals (2-2) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)

The Cardinals have a strong passing game, and a terrible running game. They are ranked 2nd in passing yards and 32nd in rushing yards with their star David Johnson on Injured Reserved. They rank 11th in total yards, but the Eagles rank 3rd. I think the Wentz+Blount+Ertz/Jeffrey combo should get it done in Philly.

Cardinals: 28 – Eagles: 35

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

The Jags just came off a loss to the Jets. The Steelers are coming off a good win. The Jags have a pretty weak defense, and the Steelers have an amazing defense. They rank 2nd in defensive yards, 2nd in passing yards, 2nd in points and 5th in 3rd down %. The Steelers with their strong offense and strong defense will shut down Jacksonville.

Jaguars: 7 – Steelers: 31

Seattle Seahawks (2-2) vs. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)

The battle of the NFC West!  For the Seahawks, they have such a poor running game, but a top 7 quarterback and a top 15 wide receiver in Doug Baldwin (arguably). For the Rams, Jared Goff is having an MVP caliber season and so is Todd Gurley. The Rams offense has been spectacular. 1st in points, 5th in total yards, 5th in passing yards and 6th in 3rd down conversions. I see the Rams easily winning this game.

Seahawks: 22 – Rams: 45

Baltimore Ravens (2-2) vs. Oakland Raiders (2-2)

Both offenses and defenses have been pretty terrible, and the Raiders’ Derek Carr has a back injury and is “campaigning to play” this week.  If Derek does end up playing this game, then the Raiders end up winning in my book considering they are 21st in passing yards and the Ravens are around bottom 15 in passing yards defended at 16th. If Carr doesn’t play, the Ravens will win this game with their running game. They’re 9th in running yards, and Oakland is bottom 10 in rushing yards defended against. For now, I see Baltimore winning.

Ravens: 24  Raiders 16

Green Bay Packers (3-1) vs. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

This year, the Packers are simply a better team. Aaron Rodgers has been elite, per usual, and Jordy Nelson has been racking up those touchdowns. Although this game is in Texas, the Packers have won 85% of their last 7 meetings against Dallas, including 2 playoff games. Zeke has been playing poorly and so has Dez Bryant. Green Bay easily takes this.

Packers: 31 – Cowboys: 12

Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) vs. Houston Texans (2-2)

For the last game of Sunday, I can guarantee a win by Kansas City. Alex Smith, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt are nothing less than unstoppable. Alex Smith has had an MVP caliber season too, notching 1067 yards, 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions with a 124.2 PR. Not to mention, the Chiefs are the only undefeated team. They’re 2nd in total yards, 12th in passing yards, 1st in rushing yards per game, 2nd in points, and 7th in 3rd down %. Deshaun Watson for Houston is coming off a 5 touchdown performance but it is simply not near enough to hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season.

Chiefs: 48 – Texans: 21

Minnesota Vikings (2-2) vs. Chicago Bears (1-3)

For the last game of week 5, this is a battle in the NFC North. Minnesota’s offense has been strong being 7th in total yards, 8th in passing yards and 5th in 3rd down percentage. Also, Minnesota’s players have combined for 19 catches of 20+ yards in 2017 — fourth most in the league. The Bears have had just four receptions for 20+ yards. The Vikings will win this one in my book.

Vikings: 28 – Bears: 14

Next: Atlanta Falcons: Team awards after four games

Falcons Bye Week:

This week, the Falcons have to focus on getting healthier and better. Matt Ryan has looked very bad, throwing several careless picks. He’s thrown 71% of the amount of interceptions he did the whole ’16 season. We’ll come back against Miami stronger.