Ismael Diaz 37-24
Joe Toscano 36-25
Nick LoPrinzi 34-27
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers
If you asked me at the beginning of the season, I would have never guessed these two teams would both be 4-1. Cam Newton is starting to hit his stride as he has completed 40 of his 62 passes for 671 yards and 6 touchdowns. However, Carson Wentz is just as hot as he tore apart a very good Cardinals pass defense last week as he completed 21 of his 30 pass attempts for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns. Carolina’s defense is top-notch, but I think it is going to have its hands full with Philly’s dynamic offense. Carolina is the favorite at home, but I think Philly takes this one because of the weapons they have around Wentz on that offense.
Score: Eagles 27, Panthers 24
Is Cam Newton back? Sure looks like it. Carson Wentz looks even better than his rookie year. But it is in Carolina, on a short week, and that gives the Panthers the edge.
Score: Panthers 27, Eagles 19
So 3 straight weeks of unpredictable results, who could’ve predicted that? Not me, so I’ll tread accordingly. The Panthers have looked really good the past couple of weeks and have bounced back from that loss at home against the Saints. The Eagles have been flying high all season, lead by QB Carson Wentz. Cam Newton has looked better the past couple of weeks and he gets to face a thin Eagles secondary. I see him and guys like Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey to lead them to a Thursday Night victory.
Score: Panthers 28, Eagles 24
Miami Dolphins vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are coming off a much needed bye week since Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu were injured the week before. Jones looks ready to play this week, but Sanu looks like he will be out. However, Taylor Gabriel should slide right into Sanu’s well and Austin Hooper should step it up as well. The Dolphins barely squeaked out a win last week against a Mariota-less Titans team. They only scored 16 points against a defense that is 30th in the league in points allowed per game. Not a good sign.
Score: Falcons 23, Dolphins 10
The Dolphins have issues on and off the field and they face an Atlanta team coming off a bye. The Falcons offense was supposed to be the best, but hasn’t been close to that so far. I’m guessing they’ve used the bye week to fix those problems.
Score: Falcons 45, Dolphins 27
The Dolphins’ offense just looks ugly and have almost no sense of direction. The Falcons last game was a loss against the Bills at home. The differences between these two offenses is just enough to tell who wins this game, with the Falcons supporting more consistently good weapons.
Score: Falcons 28, Dolphins 20
Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Ravens
Mitch Trubisky struggled in his first career starting against the Vikings and it does not get any easier this week. The Ravens have a top-10 pass defense and they are playing in Baltimore. I think this game comes down to the run game. Both are top 12 in the league in rushing yards per game, but the Bears have the better two-headed monster with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. However, the Ravens are going to sell out to stop the run and force Trubisky to beat them. I think he isn’t ready to beat a defense like this all by himself just yet.
Score: Ravens 18, Bears 13
A rookie quarterback in his first road start against the Ravens? Good luck Mitchell Trubisky!
Score: Ravens 30, Bears 10
The Ravens surprised me a bit last week, playing well enough on both sides to beat the Derek Carr-less Raiders. Mitchell Trubisky made his debut on Monday Night and looked okay, some obvious positives and negatives. The Ravens have the formula to get to a young QB and I think they will here. I expect Javorius Allen to have a big game on the ground for the Ravens this week.
Score: Ravens 26, Bears 17
Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans
The Browns are a really bad team. DeShone Kizer was benched last week and Kevin Hogan took over for him. Hogan was awarded with the start this week. Either way, they are in trouble on the offensive end right now. The Texans lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to season ending injuries last week. However, their offense, led by Deshaun Watson, is clicking on all cylinders right now and the Browns will not be able to stop it.
Score: Texans 34, Browns 17
Eventually the Browns will win a game this season. Just not this game.
Score: Texans 39, Browns 21
DeShone Kizer has not worked out well for the Browns, but Deshaun Watson has been very good at QB for the Texans. Kevin Hogan has taken over for Kizer, but it’s not much of an upgrade. The Texans offense is on fire and they’ll continue it in Week 6 and their defense will do enough to keep the Browns from scoring much. Texans win big at home.
Score: Texans 31, Browns 13
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
It looks like Case Keenum will start this week as Sam Bradford was not seen at practice to begin the week. The Packers defense has not been very good this year and I think this game will be much closer than expected. The Vikings have done a great job at stopping the run this year, but they are struggling a bit against the pass as they are 20th in the league in passing yards allowed per game. That does not bode well when facing Aaron Rodgers.
Score: Packers 24, Vikings 20
Green Bay always has problems in Minnesota and they’re coming off a huge win in Dallas. I see a letdown.
Score: Vikings 26, Packers 23
Packers won in “Jerry World” like I predicted, with Rodgers leading them to a last minute victory. The Vikings had Sam Bradford leave early on Monday Night, but they still ended up beating the Bears. Packers are rolling right now and I don’t see them stopping anytime soon. They possibly could have Ty Montgomery in full force, with Aaron Jones who had a big week right there to come in if needed. The Vikings will make it close late, but the Packers win game 1 of this pivotal division match-up.
Score: Packers 27, Vikings 24
Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints
The Saints are well rested coming off a bye week, while the Lions fought hard in a loss against the Panthers and Matthew Stafford got banged up a bit. However, it seems as if he will play this week. This game will be one of the highest scoring games of the week with both teams being in the top 12 in points scored per game. The Lions have a very good run defense, so the Saints will rely heavily on Drew Brees to win this game, which they usually do. The Saints are a hard team to beat in New Orleans and Stafford has not been himself yet this year.
Score: Saints 30, Lions 27
Is the Saints defense good enough to stop the Lions, or anybody? I don’t think so.
Score: Lions 35, Saints 32
Good ole-fashioned shootout right here. The Lions lost a tough one against the Panthers while the Saints had a bye week after shutting down the Dolphins in London. This by no means make me trust the Saints defense and I think Matthew Stafford will throw all over the field here. I think with the help of Alvin Kamara, the Saints will keep this close but will come up short at home.
Score: Lions 31, Saints 27
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
A battle for first place in the AFC East! Yes, you read the right. It is 2017 and the Jets and Patriots are fighting for first place. Tom Brady has a bit of a shoulder injury, but he is downplaying it like it is nothing serious and I am taking his word on it. Since the week one embarrassment against the Chiefs, Brady has failed to throw for less than 300 yards in a game and has only thrown one interception over that time period. The Jets defense is not very good this year, but neither is the Pats. However, the Jets will be without Matt Forte and Bilal Powell this week. I think this is the week both teams come back to reality.
Score: Patriots 35, Jets 20
Okay Jets, you had your fun. Both teams are 3-2, but there’s no way New England loses this, even in New York.
Score: Patriots 49, Jets 22
The Pats defense looked better last week and face a team with some injuries at the RB position, a position that they have had trouble with all season. This looks like a trap game for the Pats as they face the division leading Jets on the road, but I believe Brady will lead them to a win.
Score: Patriots 27, Jets 21
San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins
The 49ers have really struggled to score points this year, while the Redskins are coming off an early season bye week. The Redskins defense has been much better than expected and the offense is rolling like we thought they would. Will Pierre Garcon come back to haunt the Redskins this week? Doubt it. The Redskins should win this one quite easily.
Score: Redskins 24, 49ers 13
Do West Coast teams play poorly when playing a game on the East Coast? Maybe that’s a myth, but maybe it’s not.
Score: Redskins 37, 49ers 33
The 49ers won a close game against the Colts last week in OT, while the Redskins had a bye week. Kirk Cousins looks to be catching fire and connecting better with his offense. Then you have Chris Thompson who is getting it done on the ground and through the air, so he should have a big game here. Redskins are just the better team here and along with playing at home, think they win by double digits.
Score: Redskins 30, 49ers 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Both teams are underachieving to start the year, but at least the Cardinals have an excuse since they lost David Johnson in the first game of the season. Has Adrian Peterson come to be the savior? We shall see. The Cardinals are dead last in the league in rushing and Peterson fits their scheme much better than he fit the Saints’ scheme. The Cardinals struggled to slow down Carson Wentz last week and Jameis Winston will not be much easier. The good thing for the Cardinals is that Winston turns the ball over much more than Wentz. I think that will be the downfall for the Bucs this week.
Score: Cardinals 23, Buccaneers 21
I have a feeling Adrian Peterson joining the Cardinals is going to be huge for the Cardinals.
Score: Cardinals 34, Bucs 30
I think this will be the closest game this week. The Cardinals recently traded for Adrian Peterson, but I don’t see him doing much in Arizona with a not so great offensive line. While Mike Evans will be smothered by Patrick Peterson, I see Jameis Winston using DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate to his advantage this week, giving the Bucs a win in Arizona.
Score: Buccaneers 23, Cardinals 21
Los Angeles Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars made a huge statement last week when they dominated the Steelers in Pittsburgh. They picked out Ben Roethlisberger 5 times! The Jags have struggled to stop the run and the Steelers did not feed Le’Veon Bell enough last week against them. I think the Rams will take that into consideration and give Todd Gurley a big work load this week. The Jags defense and rushing attack with Leonard Fournette are very good, but their passing attack is questionable. Blake Bortles is not the answer at QB for the Jags and having Allen Robinson out for the year does not help at all. I think this is another game that will come down to which running back will have the better game. I think that battle will go to Gurley.
Score: Rams 27, Jaguars 23
The Jaguars are coming off a huge win against the Steelers and I’m thinking they’re in for a huge letdown.
Score: Rams 19, Jaguars 15
A couple of rising defenses face-off this week, leaving Week 5 with different results. The Jags forced Big Ben to throw 5 interceptions at home in a big win, while the Rams lost a close one at home against the Seahawks. I think the Jaguars are good enough defensively to stop some of the play-makers the Rams have, giving them a win at home.
Score: Jaguars 27, Rams 23
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Steelers have been Jekyll and Hyde so far this season. They have played great games against the Vikings and Ravens, but have looked atrocious against the Bears and Jaguars. Which team will show up in Kansas City this week? The Chiefs defense has been giving up a lot of yards and points so far this year. On the other hand, the Steelers defense, at least the pass defense, has been phenomenal. I’m just not sure if they will be able to stop one of the best offenses in the league. The Chiefs are top 10 in almost every offensive category and they are scoring the most points per game. Alex Smith is having a career year, while Kareem Hunt has yet to be stopped.
Score: Chiefs 24, Steelers 21
Things couldn’t be worse for the Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger looks horrible, the defense is bad against the run and they just lost to the Jaguars at home. The Chiefs aren’t going 16-0. I’m predicting a big bounceback.
Score: Steelers 26, Chiefs 16
The Chiefs continue to beat good teams while the Steelers continue to look inconsistent. Alex Smith has had a really good season and I don’t see him stopping here at home. The Chiefs win a low-scoring game at home.
Score: Chiefs 24, Steelers 17
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
The Chargers did it! They got their first win of the season against an extremely depleted Giants team. However, a win is a win. Before last week’s game, Melvin Gordon was not happy with his workload, but he received a hefty one against the Giants and produced. He rushed for 105 yards on 20 attempts and added 6 receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders have not been very good against the run, but none of that will matter if Derek Carr does not play. If EJ Manuel plays, the Raiders will not win. However, I think Carr returns this week and the Raiders get a much needed jolt.
Score: Raiders 21, Chargers 20
The Raiders aren’t the same without Derek Carr. This will be a great game.
Score: Chargers 36, Raiders 34
If Derek Carr is back for this game, I see them putting up 30 against the Chargers. The Chargers offense, mainly Melvin Gordon, looked good against the Giants which earned them a win. I just can’t see them stopping the Raiders offense, whether through the air or on the ground with beast-mode.
Score: Raiders 30, Chargers 24
New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos
The Giants will be without Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris for the rest of the year. On top of that, there is a good chance that Sterling Shepard misses this week’s game against the Broncos. The Giants wide receiver for this week’s game will be: Roger Lewis, Tavarres King and Travis Rudolph. UGLY. The Giants are falling to 0-6 this week as they travel to Denver to play a really good Broncos team.
Score: Broncos 24, Giants 10
Remember when many predicted New York would go 0-16? They were talking about the Jets, but it might happen to the Giants.
Score: Broncos 31, Giants 18
The Giants lost OBJ and Brandon Marshall in just one week and have Sterling Shepard still questionable for Sunday Night. So they’ll have to rely on Evan Engram, Wayne Gallman, and Roger Lewis against the vaunted Broncos defense. This whole Giants squad is just so dysfunctional at the moment and I can’t see them using it to their advantage on the road against the Broncos.
Score: Broncos 23, Giants 16
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota is working hard to play on Monday night, but it does not sound like it is going to happen. So I am going with the fact that Matt Cassel will be starting in his place. The Colts are better against the rush than they are the pass, therefore, Mariota being out is huge for them. The Titans are in the same boat, but Jacoby Brissett has proven that he can put up good numbers against a soft defense. I think without Mariota, the Titans are in trouble.
Score: Colts 30, Titans 27
Marcus Mariota should be back + the Titans at home = big win for the Titans.
Score: Titans 30, Colts 22
I see this being a close game if both Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota play, which should bring along a great match-up between 2 young QBs. The Titans just have a better defense and I think they’ll air it out against that shaky Colts defense. Titans win in a close one on Monday Night.
Score: Titans 28, Colts 23
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