NFL Week 5 Preview
The Kansas City Chiefs are the lone team in the NFL that are still unblemished. Thanks to the Buffalo Bills, the Atlanta Falcons are no longer undefeated. That’s right, folks. The Buffalo Bills are quietly having a stellar season so far under new coach Sean McDermott. They find themselves 3-1 and alone on top of the AFC East. If you’re wondering why I’m spending so much time loving on the Bills, I’ve been a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan. It’s nice to see them doing well after the circus that was the last regime. (Thank you, Rex Ryan). And before you call me out on my fandom for picking against them the last two weeks, they have played better than I expected them to. Kudos to Coach McDermott and the rest of the staff in getting that defense to be one of the best in the league.
Here are five matchups to watch this week.
Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) @ New York Giants (0-4)
Not much has gone right for either of these teams this season. The Chargers are playing in a small MLS stadium while they wait for their new stadium to be built. This last week they felt like the road team against the Eagles while playing at “home.” They have almost won every game, but haven't been able to pull out the "W." The Giants one play, a Tampa Bay field goal as time expired, away from their first win of the season. Brandon Marshall has been disappointing so far as the complement to OBJ. Maybe this is the week he breaks out and does something? One thing is almost guaranteed, one of these teams will taste the sweetness of victory this week.
Prediction- Chargers 23, Giants 21
New England Patriots (2-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
The Patriots are looking more like the Saints of the last decade, an offense that can score against anyone but a defense that has trouble getting stops. The Bucs barely beat the Giants last week but they managed to find a way to win. They welcome back RB Doug Martin from suspension this week and they need him. They have been terrible on third down the last two weeks going 4-17.
Prediction- Patriots 31, Bucs 21
Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) @ Houston Texans (2-2)
The Chiefs won last week while missing three of their starters on the O-Line. That’s impressive. Good teams beat the teams they’re supposed to. Great teams find a way to win in the face of adversity. That’s what the Chiefs look like this season, a great team. The Texans seem to be finding their own after the turmoil of Hurricane Irma. They barely lost two weeks ago to the Patriots and they stomped the Titans. Deshaun Watson has taken full control of the offense and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Prediction- Chiefs 27, Texans 24
Green Bay Packers (3-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
The Packers defense has been playing really well this season, which is a nice change for Aaron Rodgers and company. They have pressured opposing defenses on 31% of dropbacks this season. Even though they lost RBs Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams to injury against the Bears last week, both RBs look to play this week. Dak Prescott and the Cowboy offense has been struggling this season. They need to regain their form from last season if they are going to keep pace with the Eagles in the NFC East.
Prediction- Packers 34, Cowboys 24
Carolina Panthers (3-1) @ Detroit Lions (3-1)
The Lions are tied for the league lead in takeaways with 11. They have 47 points off turnovers, almost double what they had all last season. The offense has been playing really well too with a balanced attack. Ameer Abdullah had 109 yards rushing last week. The Panthers offense has been like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this season. Which one will show up against this stout Lions team? They’ll need MVP Cam Newton to show up if they want to win in Motown.