Week 5 NFL Predictions

I went 5-1 for the second week in a row, but I am still mad at myself for choosing the Raiders as a “lock” last week. I thought they were good enough to win on the road against a Bears team that hadn’t won a game, but I was wrong. That does not mean I won’t choose them this week, as I plan on adding an additional “upset” game each week for now on.

Three games that interest me:

Seattle Seahawks @ Cincinnati Bengals – 1:00 p.m. 

  • This is the game of the week and it’s not even close.
  • The Bengals have looked great all season, but this is the game that will show if they are truly among the best in the league (if not already).
  • Seahawks have won two games in a row, but they really haven’t looked all that impressive. At all.
  • I think the Bengals win at home. And I actually don’t think it will even be that close.

St. Louis Rams @ Green Bay Packers – 1:00 p.m.

  • The Rams have yet to prove they can beat anyone outside of the NFC West. They’re a good, young team, but that stat isn’t changing Sunday.
  • I choose this game as one that interests me because I do think the Rams are good and have potential to bother Rodgers. But he’s just too good at home to bet against.
  • Packers at home.

New England Patriots @ Dallas Cowboys – 4:25 p.m.

  • I thought about choosing Saints @ Eagles, but both teams are 1-3 and I’m a Cowboys fan. Plus, I actually think this game could be better than expected.
  • Of course the Pats are heavily favorited, but I’m excited to see this Dallas defense with Sean Lee and Rolando McClain next to each other and Anthony Hitchens playing strong side backer. Also, of course, Greg Hardy’s controversial (and dumb) comments this week about Brady’s wife spices things up too.
  • I expect the Patriots to win this game pretty easily, but who knows how Dallas plays with some key defenders being added to the mix.

Three “locks”

Washington Redskins @ Atlanta Falcons – 1:00 p.m.

  • Redskins aren’t a bad team, but I don’t see the Falcons losing their first game of the season to them…. at home.
  • Falcons go 4-0 against the NFC East.

San Fransisco 49ers @ New York Giants – 8:30 p.m.

  • The Niners said they’re switching their offense up this week. Don’t think it matters.
  • Giants are hot, niners are not.
  • Giants big at home.

Chicago Bears @ Kansas City Chiefs – 1:00 p.m.

  • It was tough to pick this last “lock” game. Browns @ Ravens was tempting, but an in-division game is always sketchy.
  • The Bears won last week, but it was against the Raiders at home.
  • Chiefs at home is a different story.

Upset game

Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders – 4:25 p.m. 

  • I’m definitely going out on a limb here, and I have no idea why I would put any trust in this Raiders team.
  • But I just feel like it could be time for the Broncos to catch their first loss. They were close last week but escaped at HOME against the Vikings.
  • Raiders show up big at home.
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