Week 5 Matchup Predictions
Vikings win 27-13.
Broncos @ Patriots: I think that the Patriots' second half on Sunday is a sign of things to come - not a good offense, not even a great offense, but an incredible offense. They've added factors this year that they didn't have last season - a deep threat in Brandon Lloyd and an electric between the tackles runner in Stevan Ridley. Once they figure out exactly how to use those guys, the offense will be damn near unstoppable. They also have the third most takeaways in the league and give up only 3.4 yards per rushing attempt. Peyton and his Broncos won't be able to run the no-huddle as efficiently on the road in a loud Gillette Stadium.
Patriots win 35-24.
Bills @ 49ers: The Patriots just ran on the Bills for 247 yards - that's right, the Patriots. Jim Harbaugh and his smashmouth offense, with monster running back Brandon Jacobs likely to return, will have a field day gutting Buffalo's 28th ranked run defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick - always turnover prone - will struggle mightily against what I still believe is the best defense in the NFL.
49ers win 27-9.
Chargers @ Saints: The Saints almost did it last Sunday - they almost got a number in the win column. They looked much better against the Packers in Green Bay than they have all season, and I think they're ready to go home and finally get a win. The Chargers could quite possibly gash the Saints on the ground, should Norv Turner allow Ryan Mathews to play. I'm not sure that Jackie Battle, the first-team tailback according to the Chargers' website, has enough talent to take advantage of the Saints' porous run defense. Drew Brees is ready to go off in the Super Dome in front of Sean Payton, Joe Vitt, and Mickey Loomis, who were all granted permission to attend the game, and get the first victory for his Saints.
Saints win 31-27. Is that an upset pick? "Saints upset Chargers." Sounds weird.
Texans @ Jets: Do I really even need to explain myself on this one? The Jets have running backs playing cornerback. They've got a receiving core full of people no one has ever heard of. They have Mark Sanchez making the best case for Tebow Time since Kyle Orton, and an owner who backs that notion. On the other side of the ball, you have the league's 2nd ranked scoring offense and the top ranked scoring defense.
Texans win 31-10.