Week 5 NFL Predictions & Game by Game Analysis

NFL Predictions

By Alan Zlotorzynski, Steve Shoup & Matt Pearce:


Each week of the NFL season, our resident expert Steve Shoup and Fanspeak.com writers will make their game picks for the week. Then we will give our analysis and break down our prediction for each game. And to make it fun, we have some superlatives so the writers can make some more bold predictions.

Here’s Fanspeak’s Week 5 Predictions below. Enjoy Week 5 in the NFL!






Bills @ Browns




Saints @ Bears




Patriots @ Bengals




Lions @ Packers




Chiefs @ Titans




Seahawks @ Colts




Jaguars @ Rams




Ravens @ Dolphins




Eagles @ Giants




Panthers @ Cardinals




Broncos @ Cowboys




Texans @ 49ers




Chargers @ Raiders




Jets @ Falcons






Alan’s Week 5 Picks & Analysis:


Thursday Game:  Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns:

This game is the reason I am against Thursday night NFL football—then again, I will not have to watch any of this on the Red Zone Channel this Sunday. The Browns are 2-0 since trading Trent Richardson, make it 3-0 with an ugly home win. Browns by 5.

New Orleans @ Chicago:   cutler2

The Saints are one of five undefeated teams heading into Week 5. Of those five teams, three appear to be elite. It’s safe to say with Drew Brees and a sixth ranked defense, the Saints are clearly one those elite teams. The Saints move to 5-0 before moving onto New England next week. Saints by 9.

New England Patriots @ Cincinnatti Bengals:

During six seasons from 2007 through 2012, Tom Brady threw a total of 187 TD passes. Only one was caught by a rookie wide receiver: Julian Edelman in 2009. So far this season, Brady has connected on 7 TD’s passes with all but two going to rookies. The veteran that hauled in Brady’s other two scores, Julian Edelman. Cincy is a fraud; Take the Pats so we can all start overanalyzing next weeks undefeated matchup between Brees and Brady. Pats by 3.

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers:

The Lions offense showed quick strike capacity LW against the Bears. Detroit scored 27 points in the second quarter, including three quick touchdowns. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Reggie Bush all scored in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds, marking the first time in 43 years that Detroit scored three TDs in less than 4 minutes. I want to pick Detroit but not at Lambeau. Packers by 6.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Tennessee Titans:

Surprise-Surprise, look what we have here. The Chiefs and Titans, two teams that produced an 8- 24 record combined last season, meet with a combined 7-1 record this season. Defense is the order of the day, as these two lock helmets. KC is ranked No.7 and the Titans No.9. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade but the combined record of the eight teams these two teams have played this season is a paltry 9- 23. So before we start taking about this, as a possible AFC playoff preview, let’s wait until the Chiefs play Denver and the Titans battle the Seahawks and 49ers. I like the Chiefs to stay unbeaten in the Music City.

Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts:

The Seahawks got a huge win on the road last week in Houston. Every win helps shed the stigma that Pete Carroll and company cannot win away from Seattle. The win allowed the Seahawks to start 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. With that said, Andrew Luck is not Matt Schaub— I like the Colts by 4 points at home. 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ St. Louis Rams:

Last week, Jags fans were given vouchers for two free adult beverages if they bought a ticket to watch the Colts beat their team by five touchdowns at home. When the Jags return home to play the Chargers on Oct 20 every paying customer will be allowed to play one snap as the quarterback—of course after they have enjoyed their two free adult beverages. The sad part is, it’s likely to be an upgrade on offense. The Rams should easily rebound this week at home.

Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins:    Browns at Ravens

With the 25th ranked offense and the 26th ranked defense, the Fins are a statistical anomaly at 3-1. I like the Ravens to get back on track, as Joe Flacco has won 15 of his last 17 following a loss. Ravens by 5.

Philadelphia Eagles @ NY Giants:

The Giants have allowed 36, 41, 38, and 31 points en route to an 0-4 start. Since 1970, only two other teams suffered a 0-4 start during which they allowed more than 30 points in each game, both in 2008. The Lions (0-16) and Rams (2-14) combined for just two victories in that season. Under Chip Kelly’s machine gun offense, the Eagles produce a lot of points and a lot of yards, they give up just as many on defense. It won’t matter this week. The Giants are bad and won’t be able to keep up. Take the Eagles on the road by a touchdown.

Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals:

If only the Panthers could play the Giants every week. While many believe Cam Newton’s tools are above average to play in the NFL, winning games will eventually matter. At 14-21, 22 after this weekend. The Cardinals are coming off a come from behind win LW in Tampa and would likely be division contenders if the still resided in the NFC Least. Cards by 4.

Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys:

Peyton Manning passed for 327 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos’ 52-20 win over the Eagles LW. Manning finished the month with 1,470 yards, 16 touchdown passes, and no interceptions. Ho-hum another Bronco win by a wide margin. Take the Denver Manning’s by 10 over the Cowboys.

Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers:

 With 10 days off and a reeling Texans team coming to town, the 49ers are feeling pretty good right now. What was especially gratifying in the Niners win over the Rams last Thursday night was that Frank Gore rushed for 153 yards. The Texans blew a 17-point lead at home  and including the playoffs last year, Houston is now 3-5 in its last eight games. Take the Niners by 6.    philliprivers_needsresized

San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders

The Chargers had a nice win at home LW vs. Dallas but the Raiders are at home and get Terrell Pryor back. I like the Silver & Black to shock the world, as they catch Rivers and company looking ahead to a home date with the Colts next week. Raiders by 3. 

Monday Night Football:  NY Jets @ Atlanta Falcons:

Last week New York rookie quarterback Geno Smith threw for 289 yards and a touchdown, but lost a pair of fumbles and was picked off twice. Matt Ryan completed 34-of-54 for 421 yards and threw two touchdowns to Tony Gonzalez. Falcons by 10. 





Biggest Lock for Win:


MATT:  Jaguars @ Rams

The Rams aren’t anywhere close to being a great team right now, but the Jaguars are about as far away from being a winning team as possible.

ALAN:  Jaguars @ Rams

Jaguars are an absolute mess and the Rams will win this one easily.

STEVE:  Broncos @ Cowboys

I know most will pick the Rams over the Jags and I do like them, but the Broncos are the best pick here. It’s not that the Cowboys are a bad team, but rather than the Broncos are simply that dominant.


Most Likely Upset:


MATT:  Jets @ Falcons

While I’m not picking it to happen, the Jets could pull off the upset if their defense is able the stop the struggling Matt Ryan and company. Geno Smith will also need to play mistake free for a change.

ALAN:  Chargers @ Raiders

Rivers & Co. will be looking past the Raiders and that’s when upsets happen.

STEVE:  Patriots @ Bengals

Patriots are 4-0 and look like they are playing great, but they face another tough road battle this week. The Bengals are coming off a down week, but his is a dangerous team and I believe they can get the win at home.


Closest Margin of Victory:


MATT:  Seahawks @ Colts

Two of the best teams in the league right now face off in Indianapolis. You don’t want to miss this one.

ALAN:  Seahawks @ Colts

The Seahawks are great, but not as great away from home. Look for a close battle but a Colts win.

STEVE:  Texans @ 49ers

Last week we saw the Texans vs Seattle game go to overtime, and while we might not need an extra quarter this week the Texans should be involved in another close game. Both teams have capable offenses and defenses, but neither team is dominating. I think this will be a really close game and could be decided by a field goal at the end.



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