Seahawks D looks to shut down take the Luck away from the Colts, Chiefs try to stay unbeaten vs the Titans and the Cowboys try to show Manning and the Broncos what Big-D is all about…..
Week 5 in the NFL is upon us. Week 4 brought us several high-caliber matchups, and Week 5 is no different. The game of the day looks to be in Chicago as the unbeaten Saints march into Chicago. The Saints are 4-0. Bears are 3-1. That’s not the only matchup of 4-0 vs 3-1 teams. The Kansas City Chiefs visit the Tennessee Titans. Who would have thought this game would be so intriguing before the season, and the 4-0 Seahawks take on the 3-1 Colts in Indy, after their huge comeback win in Houston. This game features two of the premier rookie QB’s from last season. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck.
While I think these 3 games have the most swag. There are other notable games. Texans at 49ers, Patriots at Bengals, and Ravens at Dolphins should be very good. Also, don’t sleep on the Broncos at Cowboys, which I think could be very competitive. These games didn’t quite make the cut. These are Sunday’s Games with the most Swag.
This game is a classic matchup of great QB with a prolific offense against a ball hawking defense. On the surface, it looks to be advantage Bears. Drew Brees has thrown 4 interceptions in 4 games, while the Bears have been a takeaway machine with 14 takeaways, including 6 interceptions. However, the Bears D is also giving up 28.5 points per game, including 40 last week to the Lions. Clearly the takeaways, which has been a staple of the Bears D has been a huge catalyst for their 3-1 record. The one spot where the Bears are different from past seasons is offensively. At least, so far. The Bears are averaging 31.5 points per game in their own right which is above where the Bears usually are. The Saints D, however has never been better. The Saints are giving up just 13.8 points per game. So what gives?
Prediction: The Bears took a massive step back with their loss to Detroit last week. I think the Lions are improved, but the Bears being unable to stop them doesn’t send good signals on how the Bears would matchup against a superior team like the Saints. I think it’s a close game, but Brees and the Saints go to 5-0. Saints 27 Bears 20
The undefeated Seahawks defense has been quite impressive as well. Seattle is giving up only 300 yards, and 11 points per game. The Seahawks have 13 takeaways (7 int’s/6 fumbles) including Richard Sherman’s pick 6 to tie the game in regulation, at Houston. The Seahawks went on to win 23-20 in OT. Andrew Luck and the Colts are 3-1 with their only loss being to the Dolphins. The Colts D has been quite stingy also, giving up just 12.8 points per game. However, besides the 49ers, the competition level from an offensive standpoint has not been very stellar. So, it remains to be seen just how good the Colts are defensively. We know for a fact, exactly how good the Seahawks D is, and Luck will have his hands full. It will be very interesting to see how much the Colts feature Trent Richardson, and just how comfortable he is in the offense. He’s the starter, so he’ll get the touches. What he does with the ball could go a long way in deciding this game. The Seahawks have Marshawn Lynch, so their running game is fine. The problem offensively has been finding consistent play from their wide receivers. Will Baldwin or Golden Tate step up for Russell Wilson?
Prediction: The label for the Seattle Seahawks the last few years has been they’re much better at home than on the road. The Seahawks went a long way towards erasing that label with their comeback at Houston last week. I think they erase that label even further today. The Colts are solid, but Seattle is the better team. Seahawks 20 Colts 17.
I really would like to have seen this matchup with Jake Locker under center for the Titans. Unfortunately, Locker will unavailable today and for the next several week. Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over in his absence. With and even without Locker, this is a pretty even matchup. Fitzpatrick, starting definitely points the needle more towards the Chiefs, however. The Chiefs have been very steady in all phases of the game. Alex Smith has been everything Andy Reid hoped he would be, coming over from San Francisco. Jamaal Charles is running well, and the Chiefs D has been stout. Tennessee, has been equally as steady, and could very easily be 4-0 also. The amazing stat for the Titans so far, is Chris Johnson being without a touchdown through 4 games. The Titans are 3-1 despite that, and I really like the core of Mike Munchak’s team. I’m really not at all surprised with either team’s success so far this season.
Prediction: That said, it’s just hard for me to predict a Titans win. Fitzpatrick, is serviceable at QB, but I think this offense will miss Jake Locker. Alex Smith, and the Chiefs offense have just enough weapons to pull out a squeaker. Chiefs 23 Titans 17