Friday, October 9, 2009
NFL-Week Five Previews
The only thing to know and expect entering Week Five of the 2009 NFL season is to expect the unexpected.
That being said, the winless teams entering play this weekend (Carolina, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Kansas City, Tennessee and Cleveland) all are going to win their scheduled games.
Right or wrong?
Nobody has a clue, but prognosticators are laying odds and people are guessing as to who will win the NFL games this week and here at heftyinfo, this is no exception.
First things first however, as we need to check out some of the top games this weekend and the reasons they are called "top" games.
Peyton Manning, the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, leads the NFL is passing with over 1,300 yards and nine touchdown passes through the first four games. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) has slowed down a bit since the huge start the first two weeks and remains at nine TD passes to go with 1,031 yards passing.
Safe to say that Manning will add to his totals while Brees will not throw for any touchdowns this week.
That is a guarantee.
How? Because the Saints have a bye this week along with the Bears, Chargers and Packers.
Quarterbacks in action on Sunday beside Peyton Manning in the top games include Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens hosting Carson Palmer and the surprising Cincinnati Bengals in a battle for first place in the AFC North.
How about in the NFC, where Atlanta, led by QB Matt Ryan travel to play the San Francisco 49ers in what should definitely be an intriguing matchup.
The 49ers defense has scored as many touchdowns this season as the Cleveland Browns offense has through the first four games.
The late game on the west coast should be a good one between those teams as well as the Denver Broncos (with QB Kyle Orton) taking on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Mile High City. Denver is 4-0 and leading the AFC West while New England (3-1) is tied for first-place with the New York Jets in the AFC East.
An interesting note to this game sees Broncos' Head Coach Josh McDaniels going against his old boss, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick in a battle of first-place teams.
New England has faced an undefeated team in each of the first five games in 2009 and they will be looking to knock the Broncos from the ranks of the unbeaten just as they did to Baltimore a week ago.
That seems a safe bet in our books, but don't take our advice because the Broncos look unbeatable with the stingy defense they have displayed thus far in the 2009 season, allowing just 26 points through four games (6.5 points per game average) and that is impressive even if they did play Cincinnati, Cleveland, Oakland and Dallas in those four wins.
A win is a win and they all add up as the season rolls along.
Any way, here is heftyinfo NFL picks for Week Five...
(Home teams are listed in BOLD letters)
Pittsburgh over Detroit
NY Giants over Oakland
Buffalo over Cleveland
Dallas over Kansas City
Minnesota over St. Louis
Baltimore over Cincinnati
Carolina over Washington
Philadelphia over Tampa Bay
San Francisco over Atlanta
Seattle over Jacksonville
Arizona over Houston
New England over Denver
Indianapolis over Tennessee
NY Jets over Miami
Last week's Record: 11-3
OVERALL Record: 41-21