Week 5 Matchup Predictions
Giants win an ugly game 21-17.
Eagles @ Steelers: The Eagles are coming off of a momentous Sunday night victory over the Giants in Philly, but now they're heading to the Steel City. The Eagles have been atrocious on the road so far, pulling out a one point win in a deplorable game in Cleveland, and getting smoked in Arizona by 21 points. Though the Steelers are 1-2, they should have Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, and Rashard Mendenhall back in action this week, which is huge for their struggling defense and run game.
Steelers win 27-17.
Falcons @ Redskins: I wrote a story just yesterday on why the Falcons are the most likely team to go 16-0, so I'd be hard pressed to pick the Redskins in this matchup. Through the first quarter of the season, Matt Ryan has been the best quarterback in the league, hands down. This week, he faces off against the Redskins' 31st ranked pass defense. The Falcons' defense is second in the league in takeaways, and they've done it with the use of deceptive coverage that will confuse rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Falcons win 38-21.
Seahawks @ Panthers: As I said before, one thing I learned last week was to stop picking the Seahawks on the road. They head to Carolina this week to play a Panthers team that came so very close to beating the Falcons in the Georgia Dome last Sunday. If it wasn't for the best quarterback in the league (so far) heaving the ball from deep in his own endzone down to the Panthers' 40-yard line to set up the game winning field goal, we'd be talking about a whole different Carolina Panthers football team. They're ready to start getting the job done.
Panthers win 27-20.
Bears @ Jaguars: The Bears just got Tony Romo to throw five interceptions. FIVE! I understand that they were all terrible looking throws, but five interceptions doesn't just happen - the defense has to make it happen. If they can do that to Tony Romo, what are they going to do to Blaine Gabbert? To top it all off, Jay Cutler looks like he's hitting a hot streak, and he's up against the 20th ranked pass defense this week.
Bears win 31-16.