Week 5 Matchup Predictions
Cardinals @ Rams: The Cardinals sort of surprised everyone by struggling to pull out a win against the Dolphins last week, needing overtime to get the job done. However, what they proved is that both their offense and defense can make plays with the pressure on. Kerry Rhodes came up with a huge overtime interception, and Kevin Kolb completed a clutch 3rd and 8 to Early Doucet to set up the game winning field goal. Though the Rams have proven me wrong twice already in this young season, I think Ryan Williams has his breakout game against the Rams' 26th ranked run defense and the Cardinals defense holds strong.
Cardinals win 27-13.
Dolphins @ Bengals: Where the Cardinals surprised people by barely beating the Dolphins, the Dolphins surprised people by almost beating the Cardinals. Ryan Tannehill seems to be getting better by the week, and his two bad games have come against two of the top pass defenses in the league - the Texans and the Jets. I wouldn't be surprised to see Tannehill have another strong performance against a Bengals defense that only has one interception on the season. I also expect Reggie Bush to have a good showing against the Bengals' 24th ranked run defense. However, the Dolphins' 30th ranked pass defense will be shredded by Andy Dalton and AJ Green, and Tannehill won't be quite ready enough to pull off the shootout victory.
Bengals win 31-24.
Packers @ Colts: Despite the referees trying to screw over the Packers for a second straight week, they were able to pull off a win over the Saints at home. Aaron Rodgers finally looked like himself as he tore apart the Saints' terrible defense, and this week he'll face off against another defense that he can pick to pieces. Andrew Luck has shown strong signs of being the answer for Indianapolis, but he's not yet ready to outgun Rodgers against the Packers' 6th ranked pass defense.
Packers win 30-17.
Ravens @ Chiefs: The Ravens have been taking care of business so far, beating some quality competition in the Patriots, and smashing an above average opponent in the Bengals. Their lone defeat came on the road against the Eagles in a one point game, one of the more impressive ways to lose. However, you can't discredit the Chiefs' advantage of having Arrowhead Stadium's wild crowd behind them. Or can you? The Chiefs have been outscored 77-44 in Arrowhead so far this season, and this week won't help those numbers.
Ravens win 34-20.