NFL Week 5 Predictions

by Brad Shulkin (ChicagoSportsWeekly)

Start’ em

Denver WR Eric Decker

Eric Decker (WR, Denver Broncos)—With 270 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season, Decker looks to be surpassing WR Brandon Lloyd on the Denver depth chart. He is one of four players in the NFL to record multiple, two-TD games this season, joining Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (four) and New England’s Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski (two each). He will look to continue the streak on Sunday against San Diego. Look for Decker to record 80 receiving yardswith one touchdown. Projection: 14 points

Darren Sproles (RB, New Orleans Saints)—Even after four promising weeks to start out the season, I will admit that I am still apprehensive to start Sproles. But, with the consistency he has shown and the double digit points he puts up each week, there is really no reason to leave him out of your starting lineup. Look for Sproles to have 10 carries for 60 yards and two catches for 35 yards. Prediction: 9.5 points

Fred Jackson (RB, Buffalo Bills)—Ryan Fitzpatrick has surprised the league by storm, but don’t forget about Jackson. Scoring 75.6 points thus far into the fantasy season, Jackson is the second best option on a Bills team that ranks close to the top in the NFL. Look for Jackson to have 20 carries for 107 yards and 5 receptions for 50 yards. Projection: 15.7 points.

Wes Welker (WR, New England Patriots)—Who would’ve thought that Wes Welker would be leading the league in receiving yards through 4 weeks. I know I didn’t, but I am glad I drafted him anyway. With 616 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, Welker is on pace to break the single season record for most receiving yards in a season. Not bad for someone that is under 5’10. Look for Welker to have anther 150 yards on 10 receptions and a touchdown. Projection: 21 points

Nate Washington (WR, Tennessee Titans —With Kenny Britt going down with a season ending knee injury, Washington now has his chance in the spotlight. Look for him to have a 100-yard game with a touchdown to go along with it. Projection: 17 points

Issac Redman (RB, Pittsburgh Steelers)—Pick this guy up! With injuries to Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore, Redman could see increased playing time. Also, with Roethlisberger injured, the Steelers will look heavily to their third string running back to carry the team’s load. Look for him to rack up over 100 yards on the ground with one touchdown to go along with it.  Projection: 16 points

Sit’ em

Detroit WR Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson (WR, Detroit Lions)—Burleson is the number two wide out on a Lions team that is taking the league by storm. But, with Calvin Johnson scoring two touchdowns a game, Burleson has no chance of racking up the fantasy points that he should be getting. Look for him to get 4 catches for 65 yards. Projection: 6.5 points

Devery Henderson (WR, New Orleans Saints)—In the first two weeks of the season, Henderson exploded for 17 points a game. But now with Drew Brees getting comfortable in his spread offense, Henderson doesn’t stand a chance to stay on his hot streak. This is typical of a New Orleans receiver—one big game here and there, but inconsistent play because of the amount of quality receivers the Saints have. Look for him to rack up 2 catches for 35 yards. Projection: 3.5 points

Week 5 Predictions

Vikings over Cardinals—Look for QB Donavan McNabb to throw for 250 yards and RB Adrian Peterson to rush for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings are hungry for their first win. Game Time: Sunday, 12:00pm

Jaguars over Bengals—With QB Blaine Gabbert settling in and another test against a rookie quarterback, he will show he has the leadership and ability to lead this Jags team to a victory. RB Maurice Jones-Drew will go crazy, rushing for over 120 yards and a touchdown. Game Time: Sunday, 12:00pm

Colts over Chiefs—Finally, the winless Colts will get their first win. Starting QB Curtis Painter will have a decent game, but how good do you have to be to beat the Chiefs? Look for TE Dallas Clark to have his first double-digit day of the fantasy year. Game Time: Sunday, 12:00pm

Saints over Panthers—In a matchup that features two of the top quarterbacks in the league, I have to go with experience here. Look for TE Jimmy Graham to rack up the goal line touchdowns and have another 100 yard receiving day. Game Time: Sunday, 12:00pm

Texans over Raiders—Although I do like the Raiders offense, I can’t see them outplaying the Texans. With a healthy RB Arian Foster, no one can stop the Texans. Look for him to repeat last week and have another big game. Game Time: Sunday, 12:00pm

Bills over Eagles—I can’t believe I am saying this, but the Bills are going to beat the “Dream Team.” QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to get back on track and look for TE Chris Chandler to assist him near the goal line or on third downs. The Eagles are still recovering from the “Dream Team” label and trying to find their groove. Game Time: Sunday, 12:00pm

Giants over Seahawks—This one is pretty easy, considering how terrible the Seahawks defense is. Look for QB Eli Manning to have a huge game, hooking up with WR Hakeem Nicks for two long touchdowns. Game Time: Sunday, 12:00pm

Titans over Steelers—Even if Roethlisberger suits up for this game, that still doesn’t solve the problem of the Steelers struggling D. Ranked last is passing defense, look for Titans WR Nate Washington to have over 120 yards receiving, with a touchdown from QB Matt Hasselback. Game Time: Sunday, 12:00pm

Buccaneers over 49ers—This game should be really close, but I am giving the edge to the Bucs. QB Josh Freeman looked great on Monday Night and will continue that success on Sunday. Look for RB Legarrette Blount to rack up over 80 yards on the ground and 40 yards through the air. Game Time: Sunday, 3:15pm

Patriots over Jets—In this highly publicized matchup, the Patriots will embarrass Rex Ryan’s squad. With a defense that has been horrendous, ranked second to last in passing defense, Tom Brady will continue to connect with Wes Welker for another monstrous game. Game Time: Sunday, 3:15pm

Broncos over Chargers—This game is going to be a lot closer than people think. I think Denver WR Erik Decker will have a huge game and QB Kyle Orton will lead the Broncos past the Chargers. Game Time: Sunday, 3:15pm

Packers over Falcons—The Packers will remain undefeated and the Falcons will build on their already disappointing year. Look for WR Jordy Nelson and RB James Starks to have big games. Game Time: Sunday Night, 7:20pm

Lions over Bears—Although I am a huge Bears fan and hate going against them, their is no way they can itch out a win against the 4-0 Lions. QB Jay Cutler has looked terrible in the four games this season, and unless he sticks a brick wall in front of him every snap, then the Bears will continue to lose. Look for WR CalvinJohnson to have a quiet game, due to the double coverage the Bears will give him all day. Game Time: Monday Night, 7:30pm

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2 responses to “NFL Week 5 Predictions

  1. You.

    Bengals has the number on ranked defense in the league and a lackluster Jacksonville offense with an underperforming MJD won’t be able to move the ball. Bengals win 14-3

    • Benson’s out this week, which means they have no offense. Though I do like Andy Dalton, and think he is better than Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars still have MJD. You can’t win games without an offense. Jags Win 17-10! By the way, how have you been?

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