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NFL Game Previews: Week 5

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Easy Like Sunday Morning is a quick hit post that looks at the games to be played later in the day where I give you a little insight on each matchup and what I’m watching for. It’s a light hearted way to blend comedy with America’s true, favorite pastime. So crack you a cold one, fire up the computer and let me guide your way to the day’s games ahead. Six days a week you may dread, but today I give you football knowledge that’s easy like Sunday morning.

I’ll also give my pick for each game with my “comfort level”. Usually when I give people my picks, they ask me how comfortable should they be with them and I always reply with a real life situation. For instance, if I was to say “riding in a car with Kenny Britt and the cops pull us over,” then I’m not too confident in the pick. But if I tell you that I’m “lying in the hammock with one sock on, wearing boxers and a pair of Blu Blockers,” then it’s a safe bet.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) @ Buffalo Bills (3-1)

Philly doesn’t have an identity on defense. The injuries across the defensive line will allow teams to pick apart the back 7. Fred Jackson should have a big day against the Eagles. Mike Vick will need to get LeSean McCoy involved even more this week. When McCoy is a focal point the Eagles are unstoppable on the offensive side of the ball. Philly is desperate and the Bills still feel slighted for being underdogs.

  • Pick: (Upset) Bills
  • Comfort Level: Signing your kids up for a Pro Quarterback camp, only to find out that the two instructors are Ryan Leaf & JaMarcus Russell.

New Orleans Saints (3-1) @ Carolina Panthers (1-3)

Cam Newton has felt pretty secure standing behind his offensive line this year. With that time he’s been able to dissect defenses far greater than this one from New Orleans. Expect Carolina to score at will versus the Saints but remember that New Orleans has a veteran signal caller that doesn’t mind winning shoot outs and knows how to win. The Panthers don’t have anyone to cover Jimmy Graham or spy Darren Sproles.

  • Pick: Saints
  • Comfort Level: Being Nolan Nawarki and having to evaluate NFL football talent by judging a players’ “fake smile”.

Oakland Raiders (2-2) @ Houston Texans (3-1)

The legendary Al Davis passed away yesterday. He meant so much to the foundation of the NFL and almost everyone in it. Most of the media and opposing fan bases will be pulling for the Raiders to “Just Win, Baby”. Everyone on the Oakland team is there due to Al Davis seeing value in them. It’ll be an emotional game for the visitors. I say visitors, because that’s the key to this game. If this was in Oakland, I wouldn’t give the Texans a chance on a day like today. People react to death in sports differently. I believe the Raiders will come out charged up but over 60 minutes, the emotions will drain them and Houston will pull out a close one, because of home field advantage. The day will be led by Arian Foster & Darren McFadden. They’ll combine for 300 yards of offense.

  • Pick: Texans
  • Comfort Level: Being the one that wrote an Al Davis “bash” article a week ago and have it publish the morning that news of his death was released.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-4)

While Curtis Painter is an improvement over Kerry Collins, the Colts still don’t have a running game to speak off and haven’t stopped anyone on defense. The Chiefs don’t fair much better but Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe seem to have spurts of chemistry. They got on a run last year and showed flashes last week. There’s no reason to believe that Indy can stop the hot spell.

  • Pick: (Upset) Chiefs
  • Comfort Level: Having my job depend on making KC vs Indy sound entertaining.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)

Jacksonville isn’t mentioned as one of the most feared stadiums to visit. The Bengals have been in each of their games. Their two losses have been by 2 points and 5 points. That’s how close they are to being 4-0. The same can’t be said for the Jaguars, who have loss by an average of more than two touchdowns. The only life that Jacksonville has shown this year has been Maurice Jones-Drew. He faces a top 10 rush defense and his rookie quarterback faces a top 5 pass defense. Each week Andy Dalton improves with fellow rookie wideout, AJ Green and they have Cedric Benson to rely on.

  • Pick: (Upset) Bengals
  • Comfort Level: Being a huge bottle of HGH that just happens to be sitting around Laron Landry or Clay Matthews and my life wish is to be taken all in one day.

Arizona Cardinals (1-3) @ Minnesota Vikings (0-4)

Adrian Peterson will be able to move the chains and keep this a ball game. The Vikings will need their pass rush to bother Kevin Kolb or their secondary will be abused by Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals are much better with Beanie Wells playing the way he did in week 4. The young secondary of Arizona have given up yards but I like the matchups with the Vikings’ receivers.

  • Pick: (Upset) Cardinals
  • Comfort Level: Being Carson Palmer and Mike Brown says that the only way he trades you is if you watch the Andre Smith running the 40 yard dash video for one hour straight.

Seattle Seahawks (1-3) @ New York Giants (3-1)

You can’t get carried away with Seattle changing the game plan for Tarvaris Jackson vs Atlanta last week. They are still one of the worst offenses in the NFL and a middle of the road defense statistically. Sidney Rice could have his way with New York’s secondary but I doubt it happens, due to Jackson being under pressure all day from Jason Pierre-Paul and gang. Eli Manning will link up with Hakeem Nicks as usual but watch out for DJ Ware if he gets some reps with a banged up Brandon Jacobs resting.

  • Pick: Giants
  • Comfort Level: Telling your wife how Jerry Rice was your role model growing up and then a commercial comes on in front of you both, where Jerry Rice is trying to sell his new Dog Football video game!
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    NFL Game Previews Week 5: Easy Like Sunday Morning

    Jayson Braddock

    Easy Like Sunday Morning is a quick hit post that looks at the games to be played later in the day where I give you a little insight on each matchup and what I’m watching for. It’s a light hearted way to blend comedy with America’s true, favorite pastime. So crack you a cold one, fire up the computer and let me guide your way to the day’s games ahead. Six days a week you may dread, but today I give you football knowledge that’s easy like Sunday morning.

    I’ll also give my pick for each game with my “comfort level”. Usually when I give people my picks, they ask me how comfortable should they be with them and I always reply with a real life situation. For instance, if I was to say “riding in a car with Kenny Britt and the cops pull us over,” then I’m not too confident in the pick. But if I tell you that I’m “lying in the hammock with one sock on, wearing boxers and a pair of Blu Blockers,” then it’s a safe bet.

  • NFL RedZone Report Week 5

Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) @ Buffalo Bills (3-1)

Philly doesn’t have an identity on defense. The injuries across the defensive line will allow teams to pick apart the back 7. Fred Jackson should have a big day against the Eagles. Mike Vick will need to get LeSean McCoy involved even more this week. When McCoy is a focal point the Eagles are unstoppable on the offensive side of the ball. Philly is desperate and the Bills still feel slighted for being underdogs.

  • Pick: (Upset) Bills
  • Comfort Level: Signing your kids up for a Pro Quarterback camp, only to find out that the two instructors are Ryan Leaf & JaMarcus Russell.

New Orleans Saints (3-1) @ Carolina Panthers (1-3)

Cam Newton has felt pretty secure standing behind his offensive line this year. With that time he’s been able to dissect defenses far greater than this one from New Orleans. Expect Carolina to score at will versus the Saints but remember that New Orleans has a veteran signal caller that doesn’t mind winning shoot outs and knows how to win. The Panthers don’t have anyone to cover Jimmy Graham or spy Darren Sproles.

  • Pick: Saints
  • Comfort Level: Being Nolan Nawarki and having to evaluate NFL football talent by judging a players’ “fake smile”.

Oakland Raiders (2-2) @ Houston Texans (3-1)

The legendary Al Davis passed away yesterday. He meant so much to the foundation of the NFL and almost everyone in it. Most of the media and opposing fan bases will be pulling for the Raiders to “Just Win, Baby”. Everyone on the Oakland team is there due to Al Davis seeing value in them. It’ll be an emotional game for the visitors. I say visitors, because that’s the key to this game. If this was in Oakland, I wouldn’t give the Texans a chance on a day like today. People react to death in sports differently. I believe the Raiders will come out charged up but over 60 minutes, the emotions will drain them and Houston will pull out a close one, because of home field advantage. The day will be led by Arian Foster & Darren McFadden. They’ll combine for 300 yards of offense.

  • Pick: Texans
  • Comfort Level: Being the one that wrote an Al Davis “bash” article a week ago and have it publish the morning that news of his death was released.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-4)

While Curtis Painter is an improvement over Kerry Collins, the Colts still don’t have a running game to speak off and haven’t stopped anyone on defense. The Chiefs don’t fair much better but Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe seem to have spurts of chemistry. They got on a run last year and showed flashes last week. There’s no reason to believe that Indy can stop the hot spell.

  • Pick: (Upset) Chiefs
  • Comfort Level: Having my job depend on making KC vs Indy sound entertaining.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)

Jacksonville isn’t mentioned as one of the most feared stadiums to visit. The Bengals have been in each of their games. Their two losses have been by 2 points and 5 points. That’s how close they are to being 4-0. The same can’t be said for the Jaguars, who have loss by an average of more than two touchdowns. The only life that Jacksonville has shown this year has been Maurice Jones-Drew. He faces a top 10 rush defense and his rookie quarterback faces a top 5 pass defense. Each week Andy Dalton improves with fellow rookie wideout, AJ Green and they have Cedric Benson to rely on.

  • Pick: (Upset) Bengals
  • Comfort Level: Being a huge bottle of HGH that just happens to be sitting around Laron Landry or Clay Matthews and my life wish is to be taken all in one day.

Arizona Cardinals (1-3) @ Minnesota Vikings (0-4)

Adrian Peterson will be able to move the chains and keep this a ball game. The Vikings will need their pass rush to bother Kevin Kolb or their secondary will be abused by Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals are much better with Beanie Wells playing the way he did in week 4. The young secondary of Arizona have given up yards but I like the matchups with the Vikings’ receivers.

  • Pick: (Upset) Cardinals
  • Comfort Level: Being Carson Palmer and Mike Brown says that the only way he trades you is if you watch the Andre Smith running the 40 yard dash video for one hour straight.

Seattle Seahawks (1-3) @ New York Giants (3-1)

You can’t get carried away with Seattle changing the game plan for Tarvaris Jackson vs Atlanta last week. They are still one of the worst offenses in the NFL and a middle of the road defense statistically. Sidney Rice could have his way with New York’s secondary but I doubt it happens, due to Jackson being under pressure all day from Jason Pierre-Paul and gang. Eli Manning will link up with Hakeem Nicks as usual but watch out for DJ Ware if he gets some reps with a banged up Brandon Jacobs resting.

  • Pick: Giants
  • Comfort Level: Telling your wife how Jerry Rice was your role model growing up and then a commercial comes on in front of you both, where Jerry Rice is trying to sell his new Dog Football video game!

Tennessee Titans (2-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)

The Titans have outplayed the Steelers this year. But this game will be played in Pittsburgh and Tennessee has struggled running the ball in their first year under the new zone blocking scheme. Matt Hasselbeck has led the Titans to victory with a top 10 passing attack but he faces the #1 ranked pass defense this week, without Kenny Britt. The Steelers are banged up but they’re a veteran team that knows how to win rough, close games. Isaac Redman is fresh and will fight for every tough yard against this stout Titans’ defense.

  • Pick: Steelers
  • Comfort Level: Being sexually assaulted by Big Ben and having to tell your girlfriends that it was while he was injured and only a backup quarterback.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-1)

A trip out west to face a physical defense usually ends in a trip back east with a loss. LeGarrette Blount will struggle to run the ball and I would be surprised to see him get 60 yards rushing vs the 49ers. This will be an ugly game but Josh Freeman will make the throws when he needs to and score just enough points. His offensive line will need to keep him healthy vs this violent front 7 of San Francisco. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Josh Johnson on a couple special packages against his former coach.

  • Pick: (Upset) Bucs
  • Comfort Level: Listening to Brett Favre in a few years talk about how he’s not surprised Aaron Rodgers sent [email protected]& pics but how he thought he had the “talent” to do it sooner.

San Diego Chargers (3-1) @ Denver Broncos (1-3)

The Chargers have taken a lot of criticism about how sloppy they have played this season. They do this every year but they’re actually still winning this season. Denver’s defense can’t stop the Chargers offense. They’ll also struggle to move the ball vs this defense as well. Sooner or later this Chargers team will hit their stride. It could be this week.

  • Pick: Chargers
  • Comfort Level: Playing in a division where my opponents think Kyle Orton, Matt Cassel, & Jason Campbell are quality starters.

New York Jets (2-2) @ New England Patriots (3-1)

The Jets haven’t won a road game in two tries this year. Their challenge doesn’t get any easier this week, when they travel to Foxboro. This New York defense hasn’t shut down anyone but divisional games can be funny. I expect Darrelle Revis to slow down Wes Welker but if Aaron Hernandez plays, the Jets won’t have an answer for both Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. If Hernandez doesn’t play, I believe the Jets could pull off the upset. But that’s only if one of the tight ends start… I think both will be in action in a game of this magnitude. Finally, as I said in the preseason, watch out for Stevan Ridley when Bill Belichick figures out how good he is…he’s figured it out now.

  • Pick: Patriots
  • Comfort Level: Finding out that Rex Ryan’s foot fetish & Bill Belichick’s love for video taping came together for one awkward night long ago.

Green Bay Packers (4-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (2-2)

No one is discussing it but Atlanta has played three of their first four games on the road. They’ve added a few young pieces to this offense and didn’t have much time to work on chemistry during the shorten offseason. It’s hard to build chemistry like that and while traveling 3 out of 4 weeks. They’re starting to click a little more now and getting Julio Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers more involved. Both will cause problems for the 31st ranked pass defense of Green Bay. Atlanta has more to play for and Green Bay is ripe for the upset.

  • Pick: (UPSET) Falcons
  • Comfort Level: Having a severe case of bronchitis and only having Johnny Jolly to rely on to pick up your cough syrup and bring it back to you untouched.

Chicago Bears (2-2) @ Detroit Lions (4-0)

Two of the strongest arms in the NFL, Jay Cutler vs Matt Stafford. Whoever gets the most protection from their line wins! Well not so much, one of these golden arms throws to a guy named Megatron, who has a record of 4 straight games with 2 receiving touchdowns in each. Also, the Lions should have their first round pick, Nick Fairley for the first time this year. Chicago will need to give Cutler time and pressure Stafford to be able to go into the Motor City and come out victorious. I doubt it happens due to the fact that the aforementioned Megatron has a score to settle with the team that beat him due to the controversial touchdown catch that was ruled incomplete and cost his team the game.

  • Pick: Lions
  • Comfort Level: Playing poker against Jay Cutler and having to read his face to decide whether to go all-in.

 

Bye Week Teams

Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
Washington Redskins (3-1)
Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Cleveland Browns (2-2)
St. Louis Rams (0-4)
Miami Dolphins (0-4)

Jayson Braddock is an NFL Scout / NFL Writer & On-Air Personality. Jayson is also a football insider for the Dylan Gwinn show on 790 AM in Houston, TX - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or sports790.com. You can also catch Jayson on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew every Thursday at 10:30am ET. You may email Jayson directly @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JaysonBraddock