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NFL Week 5 Predictions


Much shorter summaries this week, but here is what we have to say on the NFL action coming up this weekend. Check it out:

Week 4 Record: 9-6

Total Record: 36-27

All times eastern.


ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-3) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-3), 8:25 p.m.

Maybe the Cardinals aren’t as good as we thought they were, but they should squeeze out this road victory.


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-1) @ Cleveland Browns (0-4), 1:00 p.m.

Brady is back and will be set to attack the hapless Browns’ defense. Be on blowout alert in this one.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-0) @ Detroit Lions (1-3), 1:00 p.m.

The Eagles get Zach Ertz back this week and that should help them exploit the Lions’ secondary. Detroit can put up points, but stick with the Eagles.

Chicago Bears (1-3) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-3), 1:00 p.m.

Neither team is very good this season, but the Colts have plenty of weapons to spread the field with against the Bears’ weak defensive unit.

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-3) @ Miami Dolphins (1-3), 1:00 p.m.

DeMarco Murray has been great for the Titans this season and I think that a couple touchdowns from him should do the trick in Miami.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-2) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-1), 1:00 p.m.

The Ravens might be 3-1, but they still have plenty of flaws. With Jordan Reed starting to click in Washington, watch out for the passing attack to explode.

HOUSTON TEXANS (3-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (4-0), 1:00 p.m.

Arguably the best game of the week, I think that this will be a defensive battle. Still, the Texans have big-time playmakers that should free up some running lanes for Lamar Miller.

New York Jets (1-3) @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-1), 1:00 p.m.

Playing at home with a mostly-healthy roster, the Steelers are going to walk away 4-1.

ATLANTA FALCONS (3-1) @ Denver Broncos (4-0), 4:05 p.m.

Matt Ryan has been torching defenses so far this season, but will that continue here? The Broncos will be trotting out Paxton Lynch at quarterback, and I think the Falcons hand Denver their first loss.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) @ DALLAS COWBOYS (3-1), 4:25 p.m.

Both of these teams have shown promise this season and this should be a good battle. I give Dallas the edge with their home field advantage, but this could go either way.

BUFFALO BILLS (2-2) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-1), 4:25 p.m.

The Rams are easily the most surprising 3-1 team in the league, but I think their luck wears off this week. The Bills, despite losing Sammy Watkins, are going to improve to 3-2 early in the season.

San Diego Chargers (1-3) @ OAKLAND RAIDERS (3-1), 4:25 p.m.

The Chargers will jump out to a big lead, then give it up. Right? That’s what happens like every week. I like the Raiders here, as Amari Cooper finally puts up big numbers.

New York Giants (2-2) @ GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1), 8:30 p.m. 

The Packers are coming off a bye and are hoping to gain another victory. Jordy Nelson has been tremendous so far this season, but Odell Beckham Jr. will be the leading receiver in this one. Despite struggling thus far, the Packers’ secondary has been miserable against top level wide-outs.


TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-3) @ Carolina Panthers (1-3), 8:30 p.m.

The Panthers’ defense is not what we expected to be this season, and Jameis Winston should be able to take advantage. If the Panthers lose at home here, they would go to 1-4, and maybe it becomes time to panic in Carolina.

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