NFL Week 5 Primetime Preview

My fantasy teams are looking pretty good this year.  One team is going to be 3-1-1, the other 3-2.  Anyways let’s go to the Sunday Night game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants.

5:30 PM PT NBC GB -7.0

Giants

(2-2, 1-1 away)

2-2

Packers

(2-1, 1-0 Home)

How New York Wins:  Odell Beckham Jr. needs to find a way into the end zone.  He has no receiving touchdowns on the year, and is on pace for his lowest yardage total in three seasons.  Quarterback Eli Manning has been doing his part, it’s time for his supporting cast to start pulling their weight as well.

How Green Bay Wins:  There’s a reason Lambeau Field is such a great home-field advantage.  Also there’s a reason why it’s great having Aaron Rodgers as a Demi-God among quarterbacks.  Don’t overthink this.  Just throw the ball, and balance it with Eddie Lacy.  Lacy surprisingly only has 43 carries on the year, so expect for him to get the ball more to make the Packers offensive attack more balanced.

The Bottom Line:  The Giants have yet to show me anything besides that win over Dak Prescott and the Cowboys in Week 1.  Even then that’s kind of fluky.  Green Bay has always been consistent, I’m going with them.

5:30 PM PT ESPN CAR -5.5

Buccaneers

(1-3, 1-1 away)

1-3

Panthers

(1-3, 1-1 Home)

How Tampa Bay Wins:  Doug Martin needs to get going.  Also the good Jameis Winston needs to show up in this one.  There have been a lot of consistency problems for Tampa Bay since that Week 1 win over the Falcons.  There will be a lot of people questioning why that team let go of Lovie Smith if the Bucs lose another one.

How Carolina Wins:  Don’t commit mistakes.  This team has a lot of talent, they just need to relax and not commit turnovers.  Cam Newton has his work cut out for him especially because leading rusher Jonathan Stewart may be out again for another game.  Hand the ball off to Fozzy Whittaker, and go to who’s open.  A team effort should win this one.

The Bottom Line:  If I were to make a title for this game, it would be the “Monday Night Panic”.  This is a must-win for both teams.  Both are consistently inconsistent, but I’ll need to go with the Panthers in this one.  They have a much better defense than Tampa’s, and I don’t think Cam Newton is going to let his team lose three in a row tomorrow night.

I am 44-31 so far this year.  Not bad, as well as 12-8 in college football picks.  Let’s do better next week.  Enjoy your work week, stay safe and sane.

 

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