Week 5 in the NFL couldn’t have gotten here any sooner. After a disappointing second half in Seattle, Colts fans simply want to forget what they saw and leap towards hope with a matchup against the 0-4 San Francisco 49ers on their home turf.
This week is somewhat odd in that there are only two divisional games that we’ll be picking. On the other hand, it appears as though a handful of these battles are matching team’s skillsets. For example, the Colts and the 49ers are a combined 1-7. Probably not a game that many will be peaking in on nationally, but you know what I’m getting at.
Also the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals on paper look to be pretty similar teams, the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans could both be starting very underwhelming quarterbacks if Marcus Mariota can’t go and the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns may be the slobberknocker of the day — with just a touch of sarcasm.
But there are also games on the other end of the spectrum such as the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys in one of the afternoon games, the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions should be a great early matchup, and the Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams may be a very underappreciated battle when it’s all said and done.
The nightcap showcasing the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans has a solid build up considering how each has played, but something tells me this could be a stinker of a game. We’re all hoping to see a fierce game against two top-of-the-line defenses and improving offenses and for the sake of interest I hope that’s exactly what they serve up.
This week the following contributors voted on each game: Brett Mock, Matt Danely, Josh Hudgens, Chris Blystone, Andrew Aziz, Stephen Reed, Chris Shepherd, Jared Malott and Jake Arthur. Again, our group voted ‘winners’ which have been bolded, with the vote counts in parenthesis and unanimous predictions were noted by an asterisk (*).
Thus far the staff’s numbers are: Faraz Majid – 28/44 (63.6%) | Brett Mock – 35/59 (59.3%) | Chris Blystone – 33/59 (55.9%) | Matt Danely – 33/59 (55.9%) | Andrew Aziz – 32/59 (54.2%) | Jake Arthur – 23/44 (52.3%) | Jared Malott – 35/59 (59.3%) | Stephen Reed – 29/59 (49.2%) | Chris Shepherd – 25/45 (55.5%) | Josh Hudgens – 14/29 (48.3%) | Mark Lowry —14/30 (46.6%)
As a staff we were 9/15, which is only one game better than Week 3’s performance. I can assure you that we’re looking at the film, but we can’t have that — we’ve got to get better. This is the week we turn the corner, no excuses. Week 3’s best performances came from Brett Mock and Jared Malott (10).
Sunday @ 1:00 ET
49ers @ Colts (8) | Contrarian: Chris Blystone
Jaguars @ Steelers*
Bills @ Bengals (6) | Contrarians: Matt Danely, Chris Shepherd, Blystone
Titans @ Dolphins (6) | Contrarians: Andrew Aziz, Danely, Blystone
Jets @ Browns (5) | Contrarians: Brett Mock, Josh Hudgens, Jake Arthur, Jared Malott
Chargers @ Giants (6) | Contrarians: Malott, Danely, Hudgens
Panthers @ Lions (8) | Contrarian: Malott
Cardinals @ Eagles (8) | Contrarian: Hudgens
Sunday @ 4:05 ET
Ravens (6) @ Raiders | Contrarians: Stephen Reed, Malott, Danely
Seahawks (5) @ Rams |Contrarians: Jake Arthur, Shepherd, Malott, Blystone
Sunday @ 4:25 ET
Packers (6) @ Cowboys | Contrarians: Shepherd, Aziz, Mock
Sunday @ 8:30 ET
Chiefs (7) @ Texans | Contrarians: Aziz, Shepherd
Monday @ 8:30 ET
Vikings (7) @ Bears | Contrarians: Danely, Mock