Week 5 NFL Matchup Predictions

Week 5 Matchup Predictions

10/4/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Browns @ Giants: The Browns are 0-4, and the Giants are the reigning Super Bowl champions, so this is a no brainer, right? Not so fast - the Giants always play down to their competition. Even in their 2011 Super Bowl year, they lost to the Seahawks and barely squeezed out three-point victories over the Dolphins and Bills. The Browns' defense looked great at times against the Ravens last week, and they've had a couple extra days to get ready thanks to the questionable creation of Thursday Night Football. Trent Richardson could have his way with the league's 21st ranked run defense. However, the Giants still have Eli Manning, and the Browns are still 0-4 with a 28th ranked pass defense.

Giants win an ugly game 21-17.
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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.
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10/7/12   |   JenX63   |   32444 respect

Skins with the upset over Atlanta. (it's written in BOLD, because it is a BOLD prediction)

10/5/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5028 respect

Jess wrote:
"Something tells me it may be a while before longtime Texans fans are totally confident going into any game."

I know exactly how you feel! And I get called out for it, for not being a true fan. Uh...wha?

Know what you mean, but since I'm the "shy type", I tend to fly under the radar.  (Less call-outs that way.)  Tell you what...if you're ever faced with an over/under bet on number of trashtalking comments you'll hear out of this Texans fan, go for the "under"!  ;-)

10/5/12   |   Jess   |   34415 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
You know, I'm just a touch bipolar about this game.  99.9% of me is 100% certain that the Texans are going to totally destroy them, but .1% of me is afraid of this being the dreaded "trap game", where the Jets come out fighting like wounded dogs and the Texans look like the Texans of a few seasons ago.  Doesn't help that the Jets are one of the teams the Texans have never beaten.  Anyway...I feel great about the Texans' chances, but I'm a little skrred too.  


Something tells me it may be a while before longtime Texans fans are totally confident going into any game.  ;-)

"Something tells me it may be a while before longtime Texans fans are totally confident going into any game."

I know exactly how you feel! And I get called out for it, for not being a true fan. Uh...wha?

10/5/12   |   suziscoming   |   1 respect

(Edited by Dan_B)

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.

Texans fans are totally confident going into any game.  ..Agreed!

10/5/12   |   Hec718   |   729 respect

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10/4/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5028 respect

Jess wrote:
Oh I hope he's right about your Texans! (I'll be shocked if he's not). I hope he's wrong about my Seahawks. I'm skrred.

You know, I'm just a touch bipolar about this game.  99.9% of me is 100% certain that the Texans are going to totally destroy them, but .1% of me is afraid of this being the dreaded "trap game", where the Jets come out fighting like wounded dogs and the Texans look like the Texans of a few seasons ago.  Doesn't help that the Jets are one of the teams the Texans have never beaten.  Anyway...I feel great about the Texans' chances, but I'm a little skrred too.  


Something tells me it may be a while before longtime Texans fans are totally confident going into any game.  ;-)

10/4/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

I agree with all cept tonight's game...4th quarter Rams up by 14 and showing awesome defense there's 9:00 mins to go.. Let's see what happens but I say RAMS BABY!!!!  Currently now it's 3-17 Rams with 7:40 to go.

10/4/12   |   Jess   |   34415 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
I dunno Jess...I kinda think he may be onto something here. 



Oh I hope he's right about your Texans! (I'll be shocked if he's not). I hope he's wrong about my Seahawks. I'm skrred.

10/4/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5028 respect

Jess wrote:
I very much hope you're wrong.


That is all.

I dunno Jess...I kinda think he may be onto something here. 



10/4/12   |   Jess   |   34415 respect

I very much hope you're wrong.


That is all.