Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Jim Sez OUR NFL WEEK 5 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS & FORECASTS GETS YOU A HALF-DOZEN KEY SUNDAY TILTS INCLUDING PATS-BENGALS, LIONS-PACKERS AND THE LATE, LATE NIGHT GAME BETWEEN THE CHARGERS AT THE RAIDERS
By Jim Hurley
Are you ready for a whole, entire day of Football?
Good, ‘cause the way things shape up on this first Sunday in October, there’s wall-to-wall NFL Week 5 action from 1 p.m. Eastern time probably right up until 3 a.m. (or so) ET and so make sure you’re stocked up with lots of chilly beverages and a few snacks too!
The fact that the San Diego Chargers game at the Oakland Raiders had to be moved back from a 4:25 p.m. ET start to an 11:35 p.m. ET kickoff – thanks to the MLB Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland A’s – means it’s possible you can eyeball four consecutive NFL games here.
Hey, you can always sleep on Monday, right?
We’ll get to a half-dozen key NFL Game 5 showdowns in just a moment but first this important reminder:
My handicappers and bloggers have everything all scoped out and you can get you all the NFL Week 5 Side & Totals winners when you check with us here at Jim Hurley’s Network on game-day morning either here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155 – and we’ll have all the NCAA Football and MLB Playoffs every day there’s action too!
Now, let’s rock-n-roll with all a batch of NFL Week 5 Sunday Previews/Forecasts:
BALTIMORE (2-2) at MIAMI (3-1) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
So, which quarterback is gonna stay on his feet more here and then deliver the goods?
In last Sunday’s 23-20 loss in Buffalo, there was Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player Joe Flacco getting sacked four times while also airing a career-worst five interceptions, while one night later Miami QB Ryan Tannehill was sacked four times in the 38-17 loss in Miami – just thought you’d like to know Tannehill (who also lost a critical fumble on a run in that MNF game) has been sacked a league-high 18 times this year. Yikes!
Tell us right now that Ravens’ OLB Terrell Suggs and friends are gonna be spending lots of time in the Dolphins’ backfield here, and we’ll tell you who’s gonna get the “W”. The fact of the matter is we won’t be surprised if this one comes down to a kick at the gun – call it a likely make-or-miss win for one of these AFC contenders with either Baltimore PK Justin Tucker (7-of-9 made FGs) or Miami PK Caleb Sturgis (7-of-7 FGs) front-and-center late.
NEW ENGLAND (4-0) at CINCINNATI (2-2) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Quickie quiz: When was the last time a New England Patriots team started off a season 5-0?
You got it … the 2007 season a/k/a The Almost Perfect Season when the Pats went 16-0, won playoff games against Jacksonville and San Diego and then failed to deliver the 19-0 year with that crushing 17-14 Super Bowl loss to the NY Giants.
Now, the Pats are shooting for their first win in October following a perfect September but no DT Vince Wilfolk (season-ending Achilles injury), and keep in mind this New England offense is still very much a work-in-progress though WRs Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson have been targeted some 63 times already by QB Tom Brady (1,014 yards passing with 7 TDs and 2 INTs).
Here’s a spread stat on the host Cincy Bengals:
Since the 2006 season Cincinnati’s a dreary 3-10 versus the vig whenever playing AFC East opponents.
SEATTLE (4-0) at INDIANAPOLIS (3-1) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Don’t look now but the Seattle Seahawks have learned to win the close ones along with the usual blowouts.
In fact, last week’s come-from-way-behind 23-20 overtime win in Houston featured yet another defensive TD – the 58-yard “pick six” by CB Richard Sherman – and that’s atop our what-to-watch list here:
If Seattle can score on “D” against Colts’ slinger Andrew Luck (915 yards passing with 5 TDs and 2 INTs), then the Seahawks will be enjoying their first 5-0 start in franchise history.
One key for the host Colts who’ve outscored their last two opponents (that’s San Francisco and Jacksonville) by a combined score of 64-10 … get RB Trent Richardson cranked up as he rushed for just 60 yards on 20 totes last week in that 37-3 win at Jacksonville.
Note the Seahawks are the only NFL team with a perfect 4-0 spread mark this season – here’s how they’ve done it (note home teams are in CAPS below):
|Week 1||Seattle||- 3||CAROLINA||W 12-7|
|Week 2||SEATTLE||- 3||San Francisco||W 29-3|
|Week 3||SEATTLE||- 20||Jacksonville||W 45-17|
|Week 4||Seattle||- 1||HOUSTON||W 23-20 (OT)|
DETROIT (3-1) at GREEN BAY (1-2) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Here’s the real skinny:
The GB Packers have not won a football game since Sept. 15th when they topped Washington 38-20 as a turnover-filled loss in Cincinnati and last week’s bye ensued and plenty of folks in the cheese state are grumbling that this team is underachieving … already.
One key here is how much protection Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers (8 TDs and 3 INTs) gets as he’s already been sacked 10 times in three games and the leaky O-line now must deal with Lions bad boy DL Ndamukong Suh and rookie Ezekiel Ansah who sport 4 ½ sacks between ‘em.
CAROLINA (1-2) at ARIZONA (2-2) – 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox
There’s only two NFL Week 5 games slotted for the 4 p.m. ET hour now that San Diego-Oakland was moved back (and we already brought you the Denver at Dallas preview in an earlier Jim Sez), so let’s ask the $64,000 question here in the desert:
Has the Cardinals’ offense received its wake-up call?
In the past two weeks, the Redbirds have scored just two offensive touchdowns – a three-yard scoring run by RB Alonso Smith in a 31-7 loss in New Orleans in Week 3 and a 13-yard scoring strike from QB Carson Palmer to icon WR Larry Fitzgerald with just 3:06 remaining in last week’s 13-10 comeback win in Tampa Bay.
Palmer’s only thrown four TDs in four games – along with six picks – and it appears this offense always needs some time to heat up its engine … wait too long here and Carolina’s do-it-all QB Cam Newton (577 yards passing and 98 yards rushing this season) could make the point moot.
SAN DIEGO (2-2) at OAKLAND (1-3) – 11:35 p.m. ET, NFL Network/CBS
Now wouldn’t it be a real proverbial kick-in-the-pants if long-time Oakland Raiders field-goal specialist Sebastian Janikowski had to try and win this under-the-lights game with a kick from the “infield dirt”?
You might recall that earlier this season (guess it was sometime in early September, to be precise) it was at least alleged that Janikowski said he hoped the A’s got eliminated in their playoff chase so that he wouldn’t have to be attempting any kicks off the dirt infield at the Oakland Coliseum.
Now after two baseball games in just over 24 hours at this ancient stadium, here’s the Chargers and Raiders having to play on a “baseball field” and you do wonder if field conditions will come into play here.
One last note on Chargers vs. Raiders:
Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor is back under center after missing last week’s 24-14 home loss to Washington with a concussion. Pryor – who has thrown for 624 yards passing and run for another 198 yards this season – probably will spend more time in the pocket than usual but he’ll look deep when he can for WR Denarius Moore (15 catches and 2 TDs).
NOTE: Catch all our NFL Week 5 re-caps plus the Monday Night Football Preview – that’s the New York Jets at the Atlanta Falcons – in the next edition of Jim Sez!