Saturday, October 4, 2014

NFL - Week Five Preview

As October rolls around and the first quarter of the 2014 NFL season is already in the books, the division races are beginning to take shape somewhat as the 32 teams battle for playoff positions.
There are just two teams (Arizona and Cincinnati are both 3-0) that are unbeaten so it appears the 1972 Miami Dolphins will be able to celebrate their one and only accomplishment once again. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders are winless this season.
Some of the better games this weekend include the Arizona Cardinals traveling to face the Denver Broncos in what could be a good one that features one of the league's top defenses going up against Peyton Manning and the mighty Broncos offense.
The Baltimore Ravens will be in Indianapolis to play the Colts while the Atlanta Falcons travel to face the resurgent New York Giants. Houston and Dallas are both 3-1 and will face off in the "Battle of the Lone Star state."
One other game that should be a good one is the Kansas City Chiefs, fresh off their 41-14 pasting of New England on Monday Night Football, going on the road to face the San Francisco 49ers.
A capsule style look at the games this weekend along with the Heftyinfo picks for Week Five follows.

Chicago Bears (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-2) - This game could go to OT (and possibly end in a tie).

Houston Texans (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1) -  Two teams with (so far) solid defenses and one of them (Dallas) with a big ground game attack going at it in Texas. Should be a great game.

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Detroit Lions (3-1) - Detroit is on a roll early in the 2014 season ... they should win this one rather easily.

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Indianapolis Colts (2-2) - Joe Flacco and company against Andrew Luck and the high octane Colts offense should provide for a lot of points on the scoreboard.

Atlanta Falcons (2-2) at New York Giants (2-2) - Which Falcons and Giants teams will show up this Sunday?

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) -The Steelers laid an egg last week at home against winless Tampa Bay ... will they win on the road against the winless Jags? They should.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (1-3) - The Bucs pulled off the biggest surprise in the league last week ... can they do the same in the Big Easy this week?

St. Louis Rams (1-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) - On any given Sunday ... never mind! Eagles should roll in this one.

Cleveland Browns (1-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-3) - Browns could pull this road win out ... Titans need a win in the worst way because division foes Houston and Indy are rolling early.

Arizona Cardinals (3-0) at Denver Broncos (2-1) - The Broncos face another stiff challenge from a good defensive team, but should be up to the task coming off the bye week.

New York Jets (1-3) at San Diego Chargers (3-1) - Philip Rivers and company are on an early season roll and should keep it going this week at home.

Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2) - This game could go down to the wire as former 'Niners QB Alex Smith has his chance to show he can beat his old team.

Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) at New England Patriots (2-2) - It seems as though everyone is writing off Tom Brady and the Patriots as the mighty (and unbeaten) Bengals come to town in a "prime time" game. Beware the Patriots!

Seattle Seahawks (2-1) at Washington Redskins (1-3) - The Seahawks should roll in this one as the "Legion of Boom" defense faces a team that appears to be in disarray.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Five  . . .     (Home teams are listed in BOLD type and Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

Green Bay over Minnesota
Carolina over Chicago
Dallas over Houston
Detroit over Buffalo
Indianapolis over Baltimore
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville
New Orleans over Tampa Bay
NY Giants over Atlanta
Cleveland over Tennessee
Denver over Arizona
San Diego over NY Jets
San Francisco over Kansas City
Cincinnati over New England
Seattle over Washington

Last Week's Record:  8-5


Lock of the Week Record:  3-1


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