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NFL Week 5 – Can’t Miss Games

Week 5 is exactly what the NFL hopes for when figuring up the schedule. There are 9 very interesting games on tap from a scheduled 14. Even games such as Carolina/Chicago, San Diego/Oakland & Atlanta/Arizona have some semblance of interest when you start thinking about possible playoff implications this early in the season. More than anything, teams are bunched together mostly at 2-2 between both leagues with a few teams (like the Vikings & Cowboys) who have losing records that are still in the thick of the hunt. I really like the “must see” games this week. Let’s take a look.

ROAD HOME PREDICTION
Doesn’t seem like a must watch game, but Tampa is 2-1 facing a Bengals team coming off a loss to the Browns. Cincy can’t afford to lose this one, but there are talks around Cincinnati that Carson Palmer has lost it & Marvin Lewis is a lame duck coach. Not good for concentration.
I think both teams aren’t horrible. The Lions are a lot better than their 0-4 record might indicate & this is certainly a game the Lions can win. Then again, the Rams are getting healthy & Sam Bradford is looking like a definite future Pro Bowl QB. The Rams could improve to 3-2!
The chances are slim KC stays undefeated when visiting Lucas Oil Stadium, BUT the Chiefs run a 3-4 Manning sometimes has trouble with & I doubt Charlie Weis will have a difficult time coming up with a gameplan that has Jamaal Charles & Thomas Jones running wild in Indy.
Washington might not even make the playoffs, but I think they are a team that can beat anyone on any given Sunday. Does that mean they’ll beat the Packers? Probably not, but Washington can put themselves in the driver’s seat in the East with a win.
Denver in the AFC is to what Washington is to the NFC although I think Denver has a better shot at making the playoffs. Baltimore probably wins, but Josh McDaniel is a helluva coach & Baltimore’s weakness in the secondary should be exploited. Will it be enough to earn a road win in Baltimore? I don’t know, but I bet Denver makes it closer regardless.
The Giants looked amazing after looking like a mutiny against Tom Coughlin after losses to Indianapolis & Tennessee. The Giants get their 3rd game against the AFC South. The Giants needs to stick at 3-2, but Houston has to keep stretching the lead in the AFC South in case the Colts catch fire. Winning home games is part of that plan.
Beat on a 3-0 squad before a bye week was exactly what Dallas needed after an 0-2 start, but things don’t get easier for Dallas. The Titans are certainly no pushover though. The Titans need a win here as every other team in the AFC South is likely to win meaning a loss here puts the Titans in the division basement. Dallas can ill afford to start 1-3.
The Eagles are back to Kevin Kolb so SF gets a break not seeing Mike Vick, but the 49ers are in a state of disarray. Alex Smith isn’t going to cut it at QB & in my opinion neither is Mike Singletary going to get it done as a HC. It’s a volatile situation that will only grow louder with an Eagles win.
Monday Night in the Meadowlands! Brett Favre looked pretty good playing Green Bay last season so that’s the good news. Minnesota also welcomes back Randy Moss. The Jets certainly don’t want to fall to 3-2, but it’s a game much more important to Minnesota as they can’t afford to drop to 1-3. It’ll be interesting to see how the offense does with Moss running deep.
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October 9, 2010 - Posted by | Big Games, Week 5

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