NFL Week 5 Breakdown
Philadelphia Eagles (+7) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (44.5)
Once every four years, the two Pennsylvania teams battle it out for state supremacy. This is a battle of two offenses that rank in the bottom six. Neither team is incredibly inept at moving the ball and making big plays. The Eagles are very beat up injury wise, missing their top three receivers on the depth chart. This makes Wentz’s best wide receiver a converted quarterback in Greg Ward. He is joined by some practice squad guys that somehow got the job done against the 49ers last week. The Steelers are the third best defense in the NFL, tied with the 49ers. This game will be depend on which quarterback can stay upright to make plays. The number one and number two best pass rush teams in the NFL are featured right here in this game. Both teams rank in the top ten in pass blocking, so we will see which offensive line can hold up against the heavy pressure that will come.
Arizona Cardinals (-7) @ New York Jets (47)
The Arizona Cardinals disappointed a lot of people by losing to the Panthers last week. They did not look good in defeat either. They bring the sixth-worst offense to New York to take on a bottom ten defense in the Jets. The Jets have looked miserable and hapless through the first four weeks of this NFL season. They rank tenth in rush defense and tenth in pass rush in the NFL. With these ratings, it is strange to see them being such a poor team. Their biggest problem is that they are a bottom five coverage unit. When they have the ball, they have shown no ability to protect their quarterback. They come in with the worst-rated pass blocking unit in the NFL. A team that can't protect their quarterback will struggle immensely. This is especially true when their top running back is injured, and there is a very pedestrian receiving unit to throw to. This Cardinals team will need to bounce back if they want to keep up with their high-powered division rivals.
Los Angeles Rams ( -7.5) @ Washington Football Team (46.5)
The Rams bring their top five offense to Washington this week. After struggling to scrape by the Giants, we will see if Jared Goff can right the offensive ship against a defense that isn't as bad as one would think. Washington has the 11th best pass rush unit in the league and is middle of the pack in tackling and rushing defense. Washington's problem lies within their offense. Coach Rivera has decided to bench Haskins. I eluded to Haskins' willingness to throw into coverage consistently, and it appears that the coaching staff has had enough of it. The question that should be asked is if Kyle Allen can improve this offense that is rated fifth-worst in the NFL. The Rams don't seem to have a weakness, so we will see what Coach Ron decides to do in order to find one.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+5.5) @ Houston Texans (54)
This game features the bottom two teams in the AFC South. The Jaguars are a team that everyone expected to be bad, so this is no surprise. The Texans made the playoffs last year, and are considered one of the luckiest team ever. Many people felt that the Texans had no chance of duplicated the "success" they had last year. They come into this game with the fourth-worst defense in the NFL. They struggle in coverage, pass rush and can barely stop the run. Offensively, Houston is middle of the road. I still feel like getting rid of arguable the best wide receiver in the NFL is having a detrimental affect on this team. Their awful coach was fired last week. Typically, teams come out on fire after a coach is fired. This is typically because the players want to show that the coach was why they are bad and not the players. I expect Houston to play hungry because of that. Jacksonville comes into this game after giving two teams their first win of the season. Will Houston be the third team that the Jaguars help get off the snide?
Cincinnati Bengals (+12) @ Baltimore Ravens (51)
A battle between the perceived best and the worst team in the AFC North takes place here. The Ravens have been very impressive until they met up with the Kansas City juggernaut. They come into this game with the seventh best offense in the NFL. The Ravens do seem to have a weakness that could be exploited by the right team, their defense. I have seen teams move the ball up and down the field on Baltimore's 18th ranked defense. Joe Burrow has had flashes of goodness but has also shown signs of being a young rookie. The Bengals have not offered much protection for Burrow, being the fourth-worst pass blocking unit in the league. The Ravens looked good against a bad Washington team. We will see if they can keep the momentum up against a bad division opponent.
Las Vegas Raiders (+11.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (55)
What do you get when you have the second worst defense squaring off against the seventh best offense? You get this division battle between the Raiders and the Chiefs. The Chiefs have continued to look impressive and dominant, extending their overall winning streak to 11. The defending champions have picked up where they left off last season, and should continue that momentum against a beat-up Raiders team. The Chiefs' defense is nothing to be overly fearful of. The problem that teams have facing them is keeping up with them offensively. The Raiders, having three straight possessions in turnovers will have a huge mountain to climb in order to compete with arguably the best team in the AFC.
Carolina Panthers (+1.5) @ Atlanta Falcons (53.5)
What do you get when you put two bottom 10 offenses and two bottom 10 defenses against each other? You get this interesting division matchup between the Panthers and the Falcons. This is one of the more interesting games to me because the Falcons seem to have so much firepower. But, they seem to produce so little fire. Nagging injuries to Ridley and Jones are really putting a damper on their performance. The Falcons are the 10th worst defense in the NFL. It is imperative for them to put up points in order to have a chance to keep up with their opponents.
Miami Dolphins (+9) @ San Francisco 49ers (51.5)
The 49ers just came from a home loss to a beat-up Philadelphia Eagles team. What better way to right the ship then a date with the horrible Dolphins? The Dolphins are not good. There's no nice way to put it. I am worried about how tragic a meeting it will be when they play the Jet this year. For now, they will take their awful secondary to California and try their luck against an injury-ravaged 49ers team. This seems like a must-win for San Francisco because they are in arguably the best division in football. They will have to keep up with the Rams and the Seahawks in order to stay in playoff and division contention. Fitzpatrick has always been night and day, so we will have to see which side shows up in this matchup. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be back. They hope that he can take advantage of the worst coverage unit in the NFL
New York Giants (+9) @ Dallas Cowboys (54)
Indianapolis Colts (-1) @ Cleveland Browns (47.5)
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