Friday, October 4, 2013

NFL Football - Week Five Preview

Football fans are going to get a Sunday Night Football double header of sorts this weekend as a result of the
baseball playoffs taking place in Oakland, California.
The original Sunday night game (NBC-TV) features the Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (both 2-2 teams) while the Oakland Raiders, who share a stadium with the Oakland A's, will face the San Diego Chargers (on the NFL Network) very late in the evening. The game is scheduled for kickoff at 11:35 PM Eastern time.
The rest of the schedule is pretty much the norm with most games taking place Sunday afternoon and of course, the Monday Night Football game (ESPN) with the New York Jets playing in Atlanta against the Falcons.
Some of the bigger matches will have the New Orleans Saints (4-0) facing the Chicago Bears, who are coming off their first loss of the season. The Green Bay Packers (1-2) play the NFC North division leading Detroit Lions (3-1) in Lambeau Field and have a chance to get right back in the thick of the division race with a win.
The unbeaten Seattle Sehawks, fresh off their road win against Houston, travel to play to play the Indianapolis Colts (3-1) in what should be a good game. The Denver Broncos have been an offensive machine through the first four games and this week play at Dallas.
The Tennessee Titans (3-1) will host the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in a big AFC battle. Both teams have been playing excellent defense through the first four games. Expect a nail biter in this one.
Another AFC tilt will be the Baltimore Ravens playing in Miami against the Dolphins (3-1), who were blown out on Monday night against New Orleans. The Ravens have struggled and are 2-2 heading into this game.
The Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers should be a good match on Sunday night, as both teams have been projected to be Super Bowl contenders.

The following is a capsule preview of ALL the games this weekend, with the Heftyinfo picks as well.
(Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington have the bye week)

New Orleans (4-0) at Chicago (3-1) - The Bears could be tough to beat in the Windy City. Saints on the road following a Monday night game, which is never easy.

New England (4-0) at Cincinnati (2-2) - If the Bengals are going to be taken seriously in the AFC, they  have to beat the Patriots.

Seattle (4-0) at Indianapolis (3-1) - This game should be a good one, featuring two of the best (young) quarterbacks in the NFL. It's Russell Wilson vs. Andrew Luck ... oh yeah, these teams can play some defense too.

Baltimore (2-2) at Miami (3-1) - Can the Ravens find their groove?

Philadelphia (1-3) at NY Giants (0-4) - This could be the stinker game of the week with the way these two teams have played so far.

Kansas City (4-0) at Tennessee (3-1) - Two teams flying under the radar so far in 2013. Titans will be without starting QB Jake Locker for a few games.

Detroit (3-1) at Green Bay (1-2) - The Packers are coming off a bye and this really is a must win, even so early in the season.

Carolina (1-2) at Arizona (2-2) - The Cardinals can play some defense, they just have to be more consistent on offense. Panthers still feeling their way so far this season.

Jacksonville (0-4) at St. Louis (1-3) - This IS the stinker game of the week.

Denver (4-0) at Dallas (2-2) - Can the Cowboys rise up at home and beat the mighty Peyton Manning-led Broncos?  Nope!

Houston (2-2) at San Francisco (2-2) - Hard to believe one of these teams will be sub .500 after this game. Both have work to do the rest of the way in 2013 season.

San Diego (2-2) at Oakland (1-3) - When these two teams go at it, all bets are off. Can Chargers' QB Philip Rivers keep his strong start going?

NY Jets (2-2) at Atlanta (1-3) - If the Falcons lose this home game (in prime time), they might as well just pack it in for this season.

The Heftyinfo predictions for Week Five   . . .  (Home teams are listed in BOLD; Lock of the Week pick is listed in BOLD CAPS)

Cleveland over Buffalo
Chicago over New Orleans
Cincinnati over New England
Seattle over Indianapolis
Baltimore over Miami
Green Bay over Detroit
St. Louis over Jacksonville
Denver over Dallas
NY Giants over Philadelphia
Kansas City over Tennessee
Carolina over Arizona
San Francisco over Houston
San Diego over Oakland
ATLANTA over NY Jets

Last Week's Record: 7-8


Lock of the Week Record: 4-0


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