We are back for Week 5 of the 2017 NFL season!
As I have mentioned before, this week starts the bye weeks for teams. Those teams this week are: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, and the Washington Redskins. This time I am going to go with what my gut tells me instead of what the teams are actually putting out on the field. LOL! This is getting tougher to predict each week. Let's get into it, shall we?
NEW YORK JETS VS CLEVELAND BROWNS:
*insert hysterical laughing here* That is bad, but this game will be as well. The Jets have won two in a row though. Those wins were not without a little substance. The Jets do not look half bad on defense. They are far better all around than the Browns. The Browns are still trying to get behind rookie QB DeShone Kizer. There is not more the Browns can do to prepare for this matchup when they do not have much to speak of on either side of the ball. It is unfortunate, but my gut tells me that the Jets will win their third straight game that will have enough turnovers to feed an army.
CAROLINA PANTHERS VS DETROIT LIONS:
QB Matthew Stafford has done a lot to prove that he deserved that large contract. He is keeping the Lions on the winning side of the ball. Running backs Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are not exactly lighting up the offense. Wide receiver Golden Tate seems to be a bright spot every now and then, but there is not a lot of spectacular playmaking going on with Detroit. The same could be said about Carolina. Quarterback play by Cam Newton has not been stellar. The fact that the Panthers are 3-1 is misleading a bit. Defense has definitely carried them this far. They had that exciting win in Foxboro last week against the Patriots though. The home team is giving me that fuzzy feeling, so I am going to go with Detroit.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS VS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS:
Is it possible that the 49ers can be that bad? Coach Kyle Shanahan's plan does not seem to be coming into fruition. Where the 49ers are waiting for the "rebuild" to happen, the Colts are just waiting for QB Andrew Luck to come back. Niners QB Brian Hoyer trips over himself a little too much to have any effectiveness; therefore, the team on a whole cannot be productive. In another unwatchable game, the magic 8 ball tells me that Indy will get another win this week.
TENNESSEE TITANS VS MIAMI DOLPHINS:
The Titans have to be looking for redemption after that college style blowout last week dealt to them by the Houston Texans. The promise they have this season with QB Marcus Mariota at the helm is real. They just have to buy in. If the 'Phins want a win after the abysmal scoring they have had over the last two games, they need to exploit that awful Titan defense. Did QB Jay Cutler really take his talents to Miami? Not as impressive as when LeBron James did it. Deep down, the Titans go home with this redemption win.
BUFFALO BILLS VS CINCINNATI BENGALS:
The Bills are winning ugly, but they are winning. It truly is about defense for them. Defense has kept the likes of the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons at bay. With that in mind, Cincinnati does not have anything to stop them. QB Andy Dalton has moments of greatness, but not enough momentum with the rest of the offense to seal the deal. They have only beaten the Cleveland Browns so far. Yeah......not exactly making a playoff run off of that. All indications are pointing towards Buffalo getting the road win.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS VS NEW YORK GIANTS:
Both teams are winless. You know that the Chargers are the "almost won" team. Could that change up against the Giants at MetLife Stadium? The hope is that one of these teams will come out with a win. Which one will depend on who can play a complete game. The Chargers encompass this more than the Giants. The only problem is that they are not great finishers. QB Eli Manning has had the roughest of starts behind a sieve of an offense. The weapons are better for New York though with the likes of OBJ and Paul Perkins. There is a bit of a soft spot for QB Phillip Rivers, so the Chargers come away with their first win this season. Unless, some how, there is a tie! STOP IT!!
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS:
Someone should let the Jaguars know that it is ok to be consistent. Maybe they play up or play down to their competition. Whatever the magic fix is, they need to find it and use it if they want to be considered contenders this season. Although they still might get the AFC South. Pittsburgh has not been winning in style either. They have been slow to start with tough finishes. How do you lose to the Chicago Bears in OT? Ok, that is in the past, but still. The Steelers will put on a show with Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell, etc. at home. This game will make them look like contenders. Gut says the home team gets the W.
ARIZONA CARDINALS VS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:
With a 2-2 record, the Cardinals are about average like their record. The Eagles are not as good as their record, but they have taken advantage of other teams and have gotten themselves to a 3-1 record. QB Carson Wentz is amazing at making good decisions on the field to get the points necessary to win. QB Carson Palmer may have to make some split second adjustments if things start getting out of hand. Which Carson to choose then? Because the Eagles want to stay on top of the NFC EAST, the win goes to the Eagles.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS LOS ANGELES RAMS:
Legion of Boom? It has been questionable lately. They do not seem to be communicating and working together. The Rams could take advantage of that. QB Russell Wilson is making more things happen than the running backs and wide receivers. Do not get it twisted, the 'Hawks defense still brings it, but not as well as they can. QB Jared Goff may be picking himself off of the ground a few times if that 'Hawks defense works together in any capacity. Todd Gurley against Ed Lacy. This could be interesting. Feeling here like the road team gets this one. Another one in the win column for the 'Hawks.
BALTIMORE RAVENS VS OAKLAND RAIDERS:
QB Derek Carr is out with a spinal fracture. In comes E.J. Manuel. Baltimore may be able to redeem themselves with the win today. Manuel is not running the offense quite like Carr. Running back Marshawn Lynch is not having the effect on the running game like the Raiders would like. The Ravens defense is great against the run. QB Joe Flacco might even have a awe inspiring game. It will not be the prettiest game, but the Ravens will take this win.
GREEN BAY PACKERS VS DALLAS COWBOY:
When your secondary looks like what the Cowboys have, changes need to be made. They cannot efficiently stop the run or cover the wide receivers. Counting on running back Ezekiel Elliott does not allow them many scoring options. After a much needed week and a half rest, the Packers could come out ready for action or still stiff from recouping from last game. There is not a doubt in anyone's mind that QB Aaron Rodgers and company can get it done. The question will be who has the ball longer. Veteran QB Rodgers will go home with the belt again. Count this as a win for the visiting team. Packers win in a close one.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS HOUSTON TEXANS:
Houston played like a team on fire last week in their routing of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Can they do it again against the only undefeated team left in the league? If Houston's defense comes to play, it will slow down rookie sensation Kareem Hunt and QB Alex Smith. You cannot rule out Houston's rookie QB Deshaun Watson making a few of his own plays on offense. The Chiefs will be tested. The popular pick here is Kansas City. Houston has found it's stride. Let's go way to the left here and choose the home team. Houston will beat the Chiefs in a shocker.
Well folks, that is just the way I see it. Remember, I chose on gut feeling because choosing by the numbers was not getting it the past two weeks. What do you think? Let me know what your picks are. Go pink this month! Good luck to your teams and picks. #BCA
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