Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NFL Week 5 Predictions

Week 4 Record: 11-5

Season Record: 43-21

Eagles at Bills - In spite of my better judgement, I'm taking the 1-3 Eagles over the 3-1 Bills.
Chiefs at Colts - Indy's got to win one of these games, right?
Cardinals at Vikings - Minn should be pondering a QB change soon, but they get their 1st W.
Seahawks at Giants - Giants stole one last week, earns one this week.
Titans at Steelers - Pittsburgh ravaged by injuries, finds a way to win.
Saints at Panthers - As impressive as Cam's been, Carolina will still finish last in their division.
Bengals at Jaguars - In the battle of the rookie QBs, Mojo Drew carries the day.
Raiders at Texans - Foster's back, but can the Houston D hold back Run DMC?
Buccaneers at 49ers - I fear a letdown after a big win over Philly.  But playoffs are possible!
Chargers at Broncos - SD's been underwhelming, but the Broncos just suck.
Jets at Patriots - Rex goes back to ground n pound, Belicheat dominates with aerial assault.
Packers at Falcons - Rodgers, 409 yards passing, 6 TDs.  Rodgers > Brady.
Bears at Lions - I want to say this is Detroit's first loss, but this is Megatron's world now.

Quarter Season Playoff Predictions

AFC East: New England
AFC North: Baltimore
AFC South: Houston
AFC West: San Diego
Wildcards: Buffalo, Pittsburgh

NFC East: NY Giants
NFC North: Green Bay
NFC South: New Orleans
NFC West: San Francisco
Wildcards: Detroit, Philadelphia

I'm taking flyers on the 2 Pennsylvania teams - with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia's talent, experience and coaching eventually manifesting itself, they will both earn at least wildcard spots at the expense of overachieving teams like Tennessee, Tampa Bay, Oakland or Atlanta.

As for real Superbowl contenders, it looks like it'll be one of these 4 teams: Packers, Saints, Patriots and Ravens.  I'll say Detroit, while still undefeated now, is perhaps still one year away.  Philly and Pittsburgh might burn all their gas just getting to the postseason.

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