Thursday, October 4, 2012

2012 NFL Predictions: Regular Season Week 5

I finally had a week to take pride in, 9 game over .500 on the week (12-3) and got myself back up over .500 on the season. It isn’t by much, but it’s a start and hopefully I’ll be able to build on that and end up with a respectable final record.

Week 5 Byes: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders & Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Puff’s Pick
Thurs., 8:20 pm
Arizona @ St. Louis
St. Louis Rams
Sun., 1:00 pm
Miami @ Cincinnati
Cincinnati Bengals

Green Bay @ Indianapolis
Green Bay Packers

Baltimore @ Kansas City
Baltimore Ravens

Atlanta @ Washington
Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland @ NY Giants
New York Giants

Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun., 4:05 pm
Seattle @ Carolina
Carolina Panthers

Chicago @ Jacksonville
Chicago Bears
Sun., 4:25 pm
Tennessee @ Minnesota
Minnesota Vikings

Denver @ New England
New England Patriots

Buffalo @ San Francisco
San Francisco 49ers
Sun., 8:20 pm
San Diego @ New Orleans
New Orleans Saints
Mon., 8:30 pm
Houston @ NY Jets
Houston Texans

Puff on the NFL
Week 5 Record
Current Season Record

Games to Watch (Predicted winners in Bold)

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, 8:20pm – Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams

The Cardinals are undefeated, have one of the league’s best defensive units, and have a quarterback whose stock is rising substantially. The Rams don’t have all those things, but they’ve won some close games, including one against probably an even better defensive team in Seattle. The Cardinals have a better offense than the Seahawks, but the Rams are a decent team and may be able to handle it.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 1:00pm – Atlanta Falcons @ Washington Redskins

The Redskins are at home following a tough road win. The Falcons, who usually excel at home, barely pulled their home game out against Carolina this week. What does that mean for Atlanta going on the road this weekend? Maybe nothing; maybe everything.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 1:00pm – Philadelphia Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Eagles are 3-1, but could easily be 1-3. They aren’t though, and they’ve been scrappy to get a couple of those wins. But this past weekend, there is no doubt that the Eagles outplayed their opponent and deserved their victory. The Steelers are coming off a bye, which can always help a good team perform even better.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 4:25pm – Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots

Peyton Manning said that the rivalry was always Colts versus Patriots, not between himself and Tom Brady. But, what about Manning versus Bill Belichick? These are two of the best football minds that have ever been a part of the game. Belichick is probably the only coach in history that could confuse Manning on any consistent basis. This will be much closer than last year’s divisional round playoff game, and could be even closer than many expect this one to be.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 8:20pm – San Diego Chargers @ New Orleans Saints

The Saints are 0-4, but they’re as dangerous as an 0-4 team can be. The Chargers are also a good team, but they don’t always perform to the level they should and often get intimidated heading into opponents’ territory. Heck, they’ve seemed to get intimidated in their home stadium at times.

Stay tuned for recaps of this week’s games. Thanks for reading and enjoy the fifth week of the season!