NFL: Taking a Look at Week 5 Game Predictions and Analysis

It’s that time of the week where I make my predictions for NFL games. Here we go. Let’s dive into Week 5.

Thursday, October 8

(3-1)Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears(3-1) at 8:20 PM ET on FOX/NFL Network

A short week for both teams makes this one fascinating. Chicago has won some close games. Both NFL teams will be shaky, but I think Tom Brady will get the win over Nick Foles. The jury is still out for me with Tampa Bay as a Super Bowl contender, but there is no doubt that the confidence and will to win is there. Buccaneers 28 Bears 17 is how the game finishes. 

Sunday, October 11

(1-2-1)Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers(3-0) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz can make some tough NFL plays in the pocket under duress. Still, the Steelers defense will continue to stand tall this week and expose Philadelphia’s offensive line. Pittsburgh’s rushing game will be sharp. Pittsburgh 27 Philadelphia 10 in the state bragging rights game in Pennsylvania. 

(1-3)Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans(0-4) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

Despite the head coaching change, Houston gets their first win under Romeo Crennel. That first quarter schedule would be tough for any NFL team to navigate through. This is the first AFC South game that they have played. The Jaguars have not looked good since their opener, so the Texans get a defensive touchdown, which gives them momentum during the second quarter of a 31-21 victory. 

(3-1)Los Angeles Rams at Washington Football Team(1-3) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

The passing game was effective last week for the Rams even though they only put up fourteen against the winless Giants. I think they will start slow like in Buffalo, but have a big second half to get by Washington in Landover, 27-19. The NFC East will have to wait for another win in the late window game. 

(4-0)Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans(3-0) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

Last year’s meeting was a defensive slugfest, but I think there will be more points this time. Josh Allen and Ryan Tannehill each throw for two touchdowns which will loosen these NFL defenses. Ultimately, the Titans win in overtime on a long Derrick Henry touchdown. It finishes Tennessee 27 Buffalo 21 in Nashville. 

(2-2)Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets(0-4) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

I think the Cardinals need this game badly. Regardless of where the opponent currently sits, it will feel good for Kyler Murray and his team as the team flies back to Glendale. By winning, it will give them eight days to prepare for their next game against the Cowboys. Arizona wins by a score of 31 to 10. 

(2-2)Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs(4-0) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

Kansas City has been asked questions by the Chargers and Patriots. Both times they have made the plays when they matter most. Even though divisional games are not easy to win, the Chiefs will win comfortably. The Raiders are still trying to put it all together in this new era of football in Nevada. Kansas City 34 Las Vegas 27 which is not as close as the final score will indicate on the field. 

(1-2-1)Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens(3-1) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

The Ravens may still have to deal with the questions about NFL playoff games, not being quite on Kansas City’s level, or a team that cannot afford to be down a few scores. The fact is they win games that they are supposed to and will be a tough out for anyone. Baltimore keeps hold of its end of the bargain in the competitive AFC North. The final score will be the Ravens 30 and the Bengals 10. 

(2-2)Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons(0-4) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

The Panthers are competitive and do not let up even when they fall behind. I like how things are coming together for Teddy Bridgewater. He does enough to help his team earn a third straight win, 24-20. The Falcons may very well be in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes unless they have another good second half of the year like last season but will be 0-5 around 4 PM local time Sunday. 

(1-3)Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers(2-2) at 4:05 PM ET on FOX

C.J. Beathard did well in relief to help give San Francisco a fighting chance last Sunday, but I think he comes back down to earth. There will be lots of penalties in this game. I predict Matthew Fitzpatrick will not throw or run the ball in. Additionally, Miami goes west to earn a 24-20 win. 

(0-4)New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys(1-3) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS

As bad as the Cowboys defense has been, I think they will be able to slow down this Giants outfit. Dallas’s offense takes time to get going, but as we’ve seen the last few weeks, it is hard to stop. New York needs this game to be low-scoring which I do not envision. Cowboys 35 Giants 17 by the time the sun sets in Arlington, Texas. 

(1-3)Denver Broncos at New England Patriots(2-2) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS

Denver has had ten days to prepare, so I think they will be competitive in this game. New England uses Rex Burkhead to run the football, so he will have a solid performance. The Patriots defense did not play bad at all Monday night and I think they will stay in form versus the Broncos offense. After an hour’s worth of game time, it finishes New England 27 and Denver 13 from Foxboro. 

(3-1)Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns(3-1) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS

A fascinating fixture with the winner taking a big step forward towards qualifying for the NFL playoffs. The Colts are trying to keep pace with Tennessee, while Cleveland was to worry about Pittsburgh and Baltimore in their own division. Myles Garrett won’t get a sack-fumble this week, but will altar a pass and force an interception. The Browns are very strong on the ground even without the services of Nick Chubb. Cleveland 35 Indianapolis 30 in a good game. 

(1-3)Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks(4-0) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC

The Vikings were able to get their initial win last week in Houston, but the Seahawks offense is too good right now. I think the Seattle defense is suspect, but they will get stops when necessary. It amazes me how many times they can go to the well with Russell Wilson with the game in the balance, but seldom does he fail in the clutch. I will go with a final score of Seattle 38 Minnesota 20. 

Monday, October 12

(1-3)Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints(2-2) at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN

Justin Herbert has fared well against Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. Now he has Drew Brees up next. The former Oregon Duck is learning a lot in year one and the wins will come. However, I think the Saints NFL offense will be in sync. New Orleans pulls away late, using three turnovers to turn into twenty-one points, 38-24. 

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