NFL Week Five: Bold Predictions

NFL Week Five: Bold Predictions


NFL Week Five: Bold Predictions

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With the first quarter of the season coming to an end, general opinions and takes have begun to form around the league. Our NFL analysts give you their week five takes that go against these general sentiments:

Daryan Martin:

Raiders Pull Signature Win on MNF:

The Las Vegas Raiders have underperformed this season as they earned their first win in week four. Derek Carr has six touchdowns, four interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 83.2. Carr knows he needs to play well in order for things to turn around in Las Vegas as he headed a players only meeting following a loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Raiders have a perfect opportunity to show the world that they’re serious this week. Las Vegas plays the AFC juggernaut, Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football in a divisional showdown. The Chiefs have been rolling, but this game means more for the Raiders and they’re going to prove it and win by a touchdown.

Cardinals Win Nail-Biter at Home:

Kliff Kingsbury has been mentioned in hot seat coaching talks throughout the sports media realm. Arizona opened up the season in a blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but have since bounced back to .500 this season. This week’s game against the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles will be a statement game for the Cardinals. Kyler Murray still needs a marquee win to solidify that he was worth the investment that Arizona made this off-season. The Eagles have been on a roll and will win their division, but this game means more for the Cardinals. Arizona will win by three points in a nail-biter against the Eagles.

Isabelle McCarthy:

Detroit Lions Crush New England

The New England Patriots almost had an upset last week against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. However, Bailey Zappe and the Patriots could not pull it off in overtime. Now the Patriots will be facing a Lions team who went back and forth in a shootout against the Seattle Seahawks. Jared Goff was shining, but the defense was fatal in their loss to the Seahawks. This will be another top five passing offense that the Patriots will be facing, and I have more faith in the Lions offense to get things going than the Patriots offense. Defense could be an issue for the Patriots, as last week we saw how explosive the Lions offense could be. New England is not Seattle, and does not have many explosive playmakers either, which is why I believe Detroit will be able to crush the Patriots through their high scoring offense.

Jacksonville Ends the Losing Streak Against Houston Texans

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been surprisingly solid this season. A tough loss to the Philadelphia Eagles due to turnovers, but this week they will be playing against Davis Mills. Currently the Houston Texans have an eight game win streak over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but I think this weekend it’ll be broken. Trevor Lawrence has already shown growth from his rookie year, and last week was just a bad day for Lawrence when it came to turnovers. Now the Texans have a very solid running game with Dameon Piece, but prior to the Eagles game, the Jaguars defense had only allowed 55 rushing yards per game. The Jaguars will need to lock down Brandon Cooks as well, as he has been dominant in past matchups. The Jaguars defense that has only allowed around 17 points per game will hold a Texans team who averages around 18 points per game, and defense will be the key factor for a Jacksonville win over the Texans. 

Rishi Rastogi: 

Seahawks Beat Saints, Move to 3-2

The Pete Carroll led Seahawks are coming off a shootout win against the Lions and are now 8-1 in 10 AM PST games. This isn’t a favorable matchup for the Seahawks defense as the Saints have a stout defensive unit, however I expect this game to be fairly high scoring with each team putting up 25+ points. Rashaad Penny is coming off a 151 yard game against Detroit in which he averaged 8.9 yards per carry and should be a key to this game, helping the Seahawks control the clock and play the game at their own pace. It’ll be a funky game in usual Seahawks fashion, but in the end they should be able to pull this one out in a convincing manner.

Cooper Rush Stays Hot, Defeats Rams

I’ve been awfully low on the Rams this season. Matthew Stafford doesn’t look nearly as magical as he once did earlier in his career, the defensive line can no longer consistently generate top five level pressure, and the secondary has been awfully average for a unit that sports arguably the best cornerback in all of football. I think the Rams high flying offense will run into great struggles against Trevon Diggs and the number three ranked Cowboys defense. Cooper Rush has shown he is more than capable of filling in for Dak Prescott. I don’t think Rush will single handedly win this game for Dallas, rather it’ll be a complete team effort of complimentary football. If they can get a run game going with Elliot and Pollard, Rush will be able to control the game and do just enough to lead this team to a win.

Elie Gaffen:

The Carolina Panthers Will Beat The San Francisco 49ers

The Carolina Panthers enter this game as a 6.5 point underdog at home to the San Francisco 49ers but I think they can win this game outright. The Panthers are coming off their first game losing by more than a one score game. The Panthers have beaten the 49ers in six of the last eight games and I think they continue that steak here and bounce back from the 10 point loss last week. This team always plays close to their matchups and I think they win it outright.

The Baltimore Ravens Beat the Cincinnati Bengals by Two or More Touchdowns

The Cincinnati Bengals have been on the come up the last few weeks and in week five on Sunday Night Football, they face a divisional foe in the Baltimore Ravens. I think this is going to be a let down game for the Bengals and a get right game for the Ravens who have been having a bit of trouble of late. The Ravens enter week five at 2-2, but they have underperformed despite their record. The Ravens will make a statement that they should still be considered atop the AFC and this game will cement the Ravens atop the AFC North where they belong.


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