2015 NFL Football Betting – Weekly NFL Preview For Week Five
The NFL season moves into week five, and while some teams are certainly doing what they were expected to do, some others are not as easy to figure out. Will some teams find a rhythm this week, or will they continue to struggle in the search for consistency?
1 – Best Sunday Afternoon Games:
New England Patriots @ Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks @ Cincinnati Bengals
St. Louis Rams @ Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders
The four best games on Sunday afternoon feature a mixture of excellence and mysteriousness. The excellence can be found in four unbeaten teams – there’s one in each of these four games. The New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, and Denver Broncos have all gotten off to unbeaten starts. Yet, there’s clearly a difference of opinion in terms of which unbeaten starts seem more likely to hold up than others.
In the AFC, New England is mashing opponents. The Patriots are angry after all they were dragged through in the DeflateGate scandal. They are taking out their frustrations on the teams they play. The Denver Broncos, on the other hand, are just barely winning games. Their offense is no longer the strength of the team – it’s the defense which is getting the job done. Naturally, a lot of focus goes to the new head coach, which in this case is Gary Kubiak, but Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips might now be the best defensive coordinator in the league. He’s been brilliant at getting the most out of his players. Still, if Peyton Manning can’t throw a better, faster ball, the Broncos are not the Patriots’ equal. The Cincinnati Bengals are also unbeaten, but until this team wins a playoff game, no one will fully trust quarterback Andy Dalton.
New England should be able to handle a Dallas team that’s been picking up major injuries left and right – the Cowboys don’t have Tony Romo or Dez Bryant. Orlando Scandrick is missing in the secondary, and linebacker Sean Lee got injured against New Orleans. The Cowboys don’t appear to have the resources needed to keep up.
On the other hand, the Oakland Raiders could beat the Broncos this Sunday, and it would not be a shock at all. Derek Carr is improving at quarterback for the Raiders, who look a lot better under new coach and former Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who left his old team to come to Oakland.
As for Cincinnati, Dalton and the rest of his offense will be challenged by Seattle’s defense, and it will be important for Dalton to avoid backbreaking interceptions – that’s how the Seahawks can win. As long as Dalton doesn’t make those huge turnovers, though, Cincinnati is in good shape. Seattle’s offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL, and an injured Marshawn Lynch has not been able to give the Seahawks the ability to control the ball, resting that defense over the course of the season. The Bengals should remain unbeaten, but people will still question them come January.
In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers clearly look like the class of the conference, but the St. Louis Rams have beaten the Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals. They are dangerous. Green Bay should benefit not only from playing at home, but from seeing the Rams win in Arizona. That will make the Packers alert and on guard for the upset.
2 – Sunday Night Football: San Francisco 49ers @ New York Giants
This game has turned into a bust, because the 49ers have quickly deteriorated into one of the worst teams in the NFL. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that letting go of Jim Harbaugh was a bad move, and that the retirements and defections which plagued the Niners in the offseason would crush them in 2015. Colin Kaepernick is lost without Harbaugh. San Francisco can’t do a single thing on offense right now, and everyone in the NFL knows it.
3 – Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Diego Chargers
The Steelers, without Ben Roethlisberger, will have a hard time beating any decent team they play, but after blowing a big lead against Baltimore, Pittsburgh has to find a way to bounce back. When Big Ben returns, the Steelers can’t be under .500. They need to somehow stem the tide… but this assignment in San Diego looks very difficult for them.