Week 4 of 17 was a week of big wins, with teams such as the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers recording wins by a wide margin. Close games and octane-powered offenses have dominated the season so far and we should expect to see more of the same in week 5.
Week 4 saw three games went into overtime to continue the trend of at least one game ending in overtime since the beginning of the season. This trend puts 2018 in the exclusive list of seasons that have featured at least one overtime game in each of its first four weeks since 1974. The other seasons in this list include 1979, 1983, and 2002 seasons.
Teams that performed woefully last time out will be looking to bounce back from defeats and those that got positive results will look to keep the run going. Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams will want to keep their winning streak alive.
There has been a standout performance from rookie Calvin Ridley, he trailed his three-touchdowns in week 3 with two more in week 4 in what has been dubbed his breakout game, pushing him soundly in the much-too-soon discussion for Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors. He’ll without a doubt have a lot of rivalry for the honor.
Coming your way, we have 15 games in round 5 with Monday jam-packed with 13 games and here are our best prediction and highlights for the round 5.
3:00am Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills
The Packers beat the Bills last time out, and the Bills ended the game with no score and have been the whipping boys so far this season. However, the opposite seems to be the case in Tennessee, who has recorded three straight wins after losing the first game of the season. We are backing Tennessee to continue their winning ways with the Buffalo Bills their latest victim.
3:00am Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals
This is a tough call between the two teams, they suffered contrasting fortune on game week 4. New England toppled the Miami Dolphins in their last game and the Cincinnati bounced back from week 3 loss with a close margin win over Atlanta. Dolphins will be looking to bounce back and they will need Ryan Tannehill to deliver a better performance than the New England game. Dolphins will need to sort out their disappointing offensive line if they are taking anything out of this game. The odds favor Cincinnati on this one.
3:00am Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns are on a disappointing run, they have lost 2 games already with a tie and only 1 win so far in their season. Things don’t look bright for them either, the Browns safety Jabrill Peppers had to clarify his comment he made about the team’s fans where he called them “wishy-washy.” The team needs the fans to rally behind and that is no way to endear the team to the fans. Ravens will head into this game full of confidence but must watch out for complacency, Browns could spring a surprise if they get overconfident. Ravens CB Brandon Carr will look to keep his amazing streak of 164 straight starts going with another win.
3:00am Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
The Packers welcome Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Graham back to practice with S Jermaine Whitehead (35) the only defensive player not in pads at Thursday practice. There was no Davante Adams, Randall Cobb or Geronimo Allison either. The Packers have every reason to be optimistic about their clash with the Lions. The Lions have had it tough so far this season, recording 3 loss and 1 win, they are not doing well on the injury front either with a pretty long injury list for the Lions. The Packers should add the Lions to their list of victims this weekend.
3:00am Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs
It is a match of the best offense against the best defense, the Chiefs are NFL highest scoring side while the Jaguars are NFL’s stingiest defense line. The Chiefs boast of many skilled players with Patrick Mahomes in their rank dubbed NFL’s hottest young Quarterback leading the charge, on the other hand, the Jaguars have a mean defense manned by cornerback Jalen Ramsey. In what it is surely going to be a tough matchup between these two, the game will be a close call. We are backing the Chiefs to continue with their 100% record
3:00am Denver Broncos at New York Jets
The Jets don’t look good coming into this game, and the Broncos aren’t shining either. Both have recorded 3 and 2 straight losses, respectively, this is a game of who returns to winning ways and recover their season. The Broncos will be looking to QB, Case Keenum, for inspiration as he leads his team offense board. I will go with the Broncos on this one.
3:00am Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Falcons offense will need to do better if they are to get a win from their game the Steelers. The Steelers will be eager to bounce back against the Falcons and I will back them to do so here.
3:00am New York Giants at Carolina Panthers
The Giants offense has been disappointing and they will need their WR OBJ and the offensive line to be at their best against the Panthers. The Panthers will see tight end Greg Olsen misses out the game, but they should see off the Giants as their offensive struggle could continue against the Giants.
6:05am Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
The Raiders resurgent win led by a fiery performance from Marshawn Lynch helped secure their first win of the season. The Chargers also bounced back from defeat with a win of their own last round. Defensive tackle Corey Liuget return from suspension is a relief for the Chargers who have only managed eight sacks in his absence. I will back the Chargers to get another win at the expense of the Raiders.
6:25am Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
The matchup between the Vikings and the Eagles is a game on everyone’s lips, in what is a rematch of the last seasons Championship game. Both teams have had a stuttering start to the season, but I will expect the Eagles to win this one.
6:25am Arizona Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers welcome another of the league whipping boys the Cardinals to their home stadium, this could be the game that sees the 49ers snap their losing streak. I don’t see a chance for the NFL’s only winless team to win this one, I will back the 49ers to get back to winning ways.
6:25am Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
The Rams are a team in form together with the Chiefs, they are the only teams with a perfect record so far this season. The Impressive resurgence of the Seahawks continue last time out, it is two wins on the bounce now for them. Can they spring an upset? It is unlikely thou, the Seahawks are in need of help at the defensive end against the Rams after defensive ends Frank Clark missed his second in a row rehearse Thursday with a sickness. The Rams are the favorite in this one.
10:20am Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans
The Texans won last time out against the Colts in what is their first win of the season, their unimpressive start to the season is not surprising given they lost four preseason games. A pointer to what is to come during the season and we are seeing nothing different. The Cowboys will be optimistic about their chances here given the Texans unimpressive defense. The Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott NFL’s leading rusher will fancy his chances against the Texans. The Cowboys should see off the Texans on this one.
10:15am Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints
The Saints are on a hot streak, three straight wins after losing their opening game of the season. Drew Brees will be looking to make history as he is just 201 yards away from setting the NFL record for passing yards. The Redskins will be looking to avoid another loss after bouncing back with a win last time out. Washington Redskins Swearinger has urged his teammates to prevent Drew Brees from setting the “passing yardage record” against them. I will back the Saints to knock over the Redskins. However, will Drew Brees set his record or will the Redskins delay his moment?