Week 4 of the NFL season is now drawing to a close. Now fans and bookies are looking forward to Week 5. In the coming week, there are a number of crucial matches. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet the New England Patriots on Friday 6th October. The Indianapolis Colts will battle the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns face off against the New York Jets on Sunday 8th October.
Other matchups on that day are Pittsburgh Steelers vs Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants vs Los Angeles Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals vs Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions vs Carolina Panthers. The Miami Dolphins also take on the Tennessee Titans, while the Philadelphia Eagles clash with the Arizona Cardinals. Monday 9th October’s matches are Oakland Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans vs Kansas Chiefs. Finally, on 10th October, the Chicago Bears go up against the Minnesota Vikings in the final match of Week 5.
Week 5 Previews
Seattle vs Los Angeles
Seattle is listed as 2.5-point favorites against Los Angeles. This comes off as hardly a surprise after the Seahawks blew out the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night, 46-18. But the Rams, and a handful of other teams, have a unique opportunity this week to make a statement that will send shockwaves throughout the league.
Houston vs Kansas City
The Houston Texans are in an interesting position heading into Week 5. They had a dominant performance over AFC South division rivals Tennessee Titans (57-14). This had probably cemented the Texans’ position as the best team in that division. Houston start off on the front foot with a strong defensive unit led by J.J. Watt. Their offense is being led by rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.
However, Kansas City Chiefs are no pushovers either. The Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated in 5 back-to-back matches. They will be the ultimate challenge at this point of the season. A win or even a solid showing against Kansas City, would do wonders for the Texans’ reputation around the league.
New York vs Los Angeles
The Giants have not been able to sustain a rhythm on offense all season. A lackluster offense with a vulnerable offensive line have really hurt them. Going into a Week 5 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, it’s hard to imagine anything different.
To be fair, the Giants have lost two close games this season. Both have been decided by less by three points or less. But even for arguments sake, the Giants would still be a disappointing 2-2 team given the offensive talent they have at their disposal.
The Chargers on the other hand have different problems. Turnovers, penalties and injuries have hobbled the team. This has prevented them from reaching their full potential. However, one player who seems to have gotten back to his old self for the Chargers is wideout Keenan Allen. Allen had a monster game in Week 4, catching five passes for 138 yards. He was the standout player for the Chargers.