Week 5 NFL Matchup Predictions

Week 5 Matchup Predictions

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

While the results of Week 3 had me scratching my head, I bounced back in a big way with my Week 4 picks, going 12-2 (34-25 on the season). As far as I'm concerned, that means everything I say this week must be true. I've learned two life lessons from the two games I got wrong last week: stop picking the Seahawks on the road, and stop picking the Cowboys, period. Here's what I have happening this week:

Blog Photo - Week 5 NFL Matchup PredictionsCardinals @ 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.
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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.