Ron Glover’s @TSFSports Week 5 NFL Predictions: The Detroit Lions are prepared to make a move in the NFC North
The addition of Reggie Bush has improved the Detroit Lions by leaps and bounds.
Last week, the Detroit Lions (3-1) handled the Chicago Bears (3-1) and their vaunted defense with a great combination of passing and running the ball. Reggie Bush (173 total yards) was a huge reason the Lions posted 27 points in an explosive second quarter. Detroit was able to hold off their division rival for a 40-32 victory.
This week, the Lions take on the struggling Green Bay Packers (1-3) — who welcome running backs Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin back to the lineup. Does this group of hungry Lions have enough to end a 22-year road losing streak against the Packers?
Byes: Buccaneers, Steelers, Vikings and Washington
Browns 37 – Bills 24 - The Browns third victory in succession came with a heavy price as starting quarterback Brian Hoyer was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. The Buffalo Bills also lost their quarterback E.J. Manuel when he took a helmet to his right knee. Brandon Weeden stepped in for Hoyer, going 13-24 for 197 yards and a touchdown. Cleveland scored via their offense, defense and special teams.
Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00 pm:
New England Patriots (4-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) - Tom Brady’s young bunch of receivers are coming together as Danny Amendola returns to the Patriots lineup. Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis faces his old mates for the first time.
Patriots 23 – Bengals 17
Detroit Lions (3-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-3) - Green Bay’s chances die dramatically if they’re unable to run against this physical Lions defense. The Lions will be without Calvin Johnson today. Reggie Bush vs. Clay Matthews is one of today’s better match ups.
Packers 26 – Lions 21
Seattle Seahawks (4-0) at Indianapolis Colts (3-1) - First meeting ever for two second year quarterbacks who led their teams to the playoffs as rookies. The Colts need more from Trent Richardson now as Ahmad Bradshaw faces season-ending neck surgery. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch is due for a breakout game.
Seahawks 28 – Colts 24
Baltimore Ravens (2-2) at Miami Dolphins (3-1) - The no-name Dolphins defense will be eagerly awaiting the NFL’s newest big name in Joe Flacco. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce will be in high demand. Time for Miami’s tandem of Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace to get things going.
New Orleans Saints (4-0) at Chicago Bears (3-1) - The Bears are facing the lethal Drew Brees a week after being taken apart by the Lions. Misfortune has found Jay Cutler once again.
Bears 27 – Saints 20
Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) at NY Giants (0-4) - If you’re familiar with this rivalry you already know records mean absolutely nothing here.
Giants 27 – Eagles 18
Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) at Tennessee Titans (3-1) - The Kansas City Chiefs continue to roll, but not without a fight from the Titans.
Chiefs 31 – Titans 23
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) at St. Louis Rams (1-3) - The Rams get some much-needed confidence in a home game against the NFL’s doormat.
Rams 27 – Jaguars 13
Games beginning at 4:05 or later:
Carolina Panthers (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (2-2) - Cam Newton’s performance today will not be as electrifying as his NFL debut against the Cardinals, but he will get the “W” against the NFL’s best young secondary.
Panthers 23 – Cardinals 10
Denver Broncos (4-0) at Dallas Cowboys (2-2) - This game may be just what the Cowboys need.
Cowboys 24 – Broncos 20
Houston Texans (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2) - The Niners offense is back on track. Bad news for the visiting Texans.
Niners 26 – Texans 17
San Diego Chargers (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (1-3) - I’m not buying any of this rejuvenated Phillip Rivers talk just yet. Terrelle Pryor starts for Oakland tonight.
Chargers 23 – Raiders 21
Monday October 7, 2013 8:40 pm:
Atlanta Falcons (1-3) at NY Jets (2-2) - Steven Jackson is probably out for this game. The Jets defense has to get to Matt Ryan — who might drop back 35-45 times in this one.
Falcons 30 – Jets 21
Last Week: 8-7
2013 Season: 28-19