A quarter of the season has finished and we have some teams that have surprised us. No one thought the Atlanta Falcons would be undefeated at this juncture of the season. And to the surprise of everyone, the Falcons defense looks more solid than they have in a few years. On the flipside, there are some teams that have not reached the expectations that were set forth for them. The Eagles and the Lions come to mind when you think of teams missing the mark. Both these teams have combined for only one win as they try to figure everything out. And just like teams are trying to find themselves and figure things out, so are some players. Week Five could be the week teams and players figure it out. With that being said, let’s jump into the General Proclamations for Week Five.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matthew Hasselbeck will throw for at least three touchdowns versus the Texans. He was solid in his last start for Andrew Luck and should be better this time around with who he is facing. The Texans have not exactly been great this season defensively and they could be a site for sore eyes Thursday night.
- Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson has been in a funk this season. But what better game to break out of it then to face your former team. Johnson will account for at least 100 yards receiving and will score one touchdown versus the Texans. He will be very hype for this game.
- Texans running back Arian Foster will rush for 100 yards versus the Colts. Indianapolis has shown that they can be run on and Foster will sure get to have his chances.
Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs
- Alex Smith has had a rough go of it the last couple of weeks. But the Bears are like sunshine on a cloudy day for him. Expect him to throw for at least two touchdown passes (one to a wide receiver) and he will even get to 250 yards passing.
- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not want to be overlooked in this one and will try to make some things happen. But unfortunately, he will make things happen for the Kansas City Chiefs. Cutler will throw at least two interceptions against a Chiefs secondary that has been struggling. This game ought to make them feel better.
- Justin Houston has been a monster for the Chiefs rushing the passer. This week, he goes on the prowl versus the Bears. And unfortunately for Jay Cutler, he will have a successful hunt of him Sunday, getting 2 sacks of the veteran quarterback.
Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals
- The Bengals have been solid defensively and the Seahawks offensive line has been subpar. That combination will lead to the Bengals getting at least four sacks. Russell Wilson will help the line avoid more than four sacks, but he cannot make all the Bengals miss.
- Seattle is iffy on Marshawn Lynch playing. So with that being said, quarterback Russell Wilson will be the leading rusher along with leading them in passing this weekend. He is a talented young man at quarterback and his skill is undeniable. And his playmaking is Fran Tarkenton-esque.
- Cincinnati running back Jeremy Hill got in the end zone last weekend and this weekend will be no different. The only difference is he will add 100 yards to that total. The second-year running back runs hard and is tough to tackle, which will prove a challenge to the Seahawks.
Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons
- The Atlanta Falcons offensive line has been better than advertised this year. With that being said, this will be the game that they give up at least two sacks. The Redskins have been solid defensively and the Falcons offensive line is due for a game where they show chinks in the armor.
- Redskins running back Alfred Morris is fan favorite, but he will not be a favorite this game for his team. He will not reach 50 yards rushing this game. The Falcons have been solid defensively and will continue to bring the pain to the Redskins offense.
- The Falcons offense will score over 30 points again. With the solid running game they now have and the weapons in the passing game, the Falcons may blow the roof off the Georgia Dome with the offensive display they will put on.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- TJ Yeldon had a 100 yard game last week on the ground. He has been solid in his performance and will continue to do so versus Tampa Bay. The Bucs are not great defensively and he can expose them.
- Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston has had his ups and downs. And this game will be an illustration of that. He will throw at least one interception in this game. But he will also throw for at least two touchdowns. With the length he has at wide receiver and tight end, there will be a play made at some point.
- This game will have a lot of penalties. The Bucs don’t play the prettiest brand of football and neither do the Jaguars. Both will battle hard, but there will be at least 10 penalties per team in this one.
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
- New Orleans running back CJ Spiller got it going last week for the first time all season. And in this game, he will pick up where he left off. Spiller will get at least 100 all-purpose yards in this game and will add a touchdown to top all that.
- Philadelphia caught fire for a second last week versus the Redskins. This week they will capture a little bit of that fire against the Saints. Sam Bradford will throw at least one long bomb for a touchdown in this game.
- Both sides will not have a 100-yard rusher in this game. The Eagles have struggled to create lanes for any of their backs this season and the Saints just seem to never leave one back in there enough to get close to 100 yards. The running game will be ugly folks.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
- The Cleveland Browns refuse to go with Johnny Manziel at quarterback. And in this game, they will continue to deny him playing time. Josh McCown will throw for two touchdowns and one interception as the Browns starter. And his interception will more than likely be a costly one.
- The Baltimore Ravens have been getting their running game going and this week they keep that momentum going. Running back Justin Forsett will run for at least 100 yards and will score one touchdown as well.
- The Baltimore receivers will more than likely be down Steve Smith this weekend. Look for receiver Sam Aiken to step up and make a few plays, including a long gain of over 30 yards.
St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers
- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his offensive squad were not as sharp as they usually are last weekend. Well, this weekend it will not get any better. He will get sacked at least 4 times this week and he will also get intercepted at least once against the Rams physical defense.
- The St. Louis Rams found a running game last week versus the Arizona Cardinals. And this week, they will find it again. Running back Todd Gurley will rush for 100 yards again but will score a touchdown this time.
- Green Bay’s defense may get gashed in the running game, but they will make some plays when Nick Foles throws the ball for the Rams. Look for Foles to throw at least two interceptions and one of them will go back for a touchdown for the Packers.
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
- Buffalo’s offense looked pretty bad last weekend versus the New York Giants. Well, this week they look good against the Titans. Expect quarterback Tyrod Taylor to lead this offense to at least 25 points while they get all the kinks worked out from last weekend.
- Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has been solid but he is due for a bad game. And unfortunately for him, the Bills are that bad game. The rookie from Oregon is facing a Buffalo defense that is not very happy with how they played last weekend and they will be looking to take that out on Mariota and the Tennessee offense. Look for Mariota to throw at least two interceptions.
- Speaking of Buffalo’s defense, they are due for a good game. And this game will be it. Look for them to get back to their sacking ways, getting at least three sacks while giving the Titans offensive line fits.
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions
- The Lions will not have a 300 yards of offense. The Cardinals are probably not very happy with how they played last weekend versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Look for them to get back to their dominant ways this weekend by stifling an inept offense that is struggling as it is.
- Arizona running back Chris Johnson was looked at as damaged goods after he was released by the New York Jets. Well, he was picked up by the Cardinals after thoughts of retiring and has revived his career. Look for him to continue looking solid running the football as he gets 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
- The Detroit Lions played well Monday night defensively. But this week, they get back to reality. The Cardinals will get it going again offensively and Larry Fitzgerald will catch a long pass over Lions cornerback Darius Slay.
New England Patriots at Dallas Cowboys
- The Dallas Cowboys get defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain back this week. And with that, both will have a positive impact. Hardy will have at least one sack in his first game back and McClain will have at least 10 tackles.
- The Patriots have been on a mission since the season began. And this game will send another statement to everyone. The Patriots will register at least 38 points against Dallas in the house that Jerry built.
- Brandon Weeden will have to pass for the Cowboys to win. And when he does, Bill Belichick will go to work. Look for Weeden to throw at least three interceptions and prove to us all that he may not be the guy to step in for Tony Romo.
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
- The Denver Broncos have not had anyone step in and take over the running game. This week, that all changes. Running back Ronnie Hillman will take over the position and get at least 100 yards versus the Raiders this weekend.
- Oakland wide receiver Amari Cooper has been special this season. But in this game, he will come back down to earth. He will have only two catches in this game and will not go over 60 yards receiving.
- Peyton Manning will have two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Last weekend he had two interceptions and that was uncharacteristic of him.
San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
- San Francisco has had a rough few weeks offensively. This week they get off the schnide a little bit. Look for the 49ers to score at least 20 points versus the Giants in New York.
- Eli Manning has had some good games against the 49ers and he also has had a clunker like he did last season. Look for him to get it going in this game a little with at least two touchdown passes, with one going to Odell Beckham Jr.
- The Giants and the 49ers have been erratic rushing the passer. In this game, both team will get at least three sacks. The pressure will be on for both quarterbacks to find their pressure outlet quickly.
Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers
- Steelers quarterback Michael Vick was not as sharp as he needed to be last week filling in for Ben Roethlisberger versus the Baltimore Ravens. This week, look for his best friend to get going: the running game. Running back Le’Veon Bell will get at least 100 yards and one touchdown.
- San Diego gets tight end Antonio Gates back this weekend. And he will waste no time making it happen on the field. Look for him to score a touchdown and also have about five catches as Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers will be looking his way.
- Pittsburgh will go for two at least once in this game. Looking at the matchup and thinking on who their coach is, he will give it at least a try. And it will probably upset some Steelers fans when he tries that two-point play and misses it.
Week Five is upon us and there will definitely be some exciting games going on. But there will be also be some exciting plays. It will be fun to see what happens.