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[2020] Smackems' Predictorama Week 5

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Christian Skaggs and the Panthers on fire.  

 

Week 4 is in the books and the Predictorama saw a little bit of improvement from a miserable week 3 performance.  Denver showed flashes of a great offense, Chicago and Minnesota threw it nearly 100 times, and the Jaguars’ kicker joins the large group of Jacksonville touchdown tossers.

 

Week 5’s Smackems’ Game of the Week pits the quarterback sackin’ Seattle Seahawks against suddenly less mobile Nick Hall and the Oakland Raiders.  How will the offense change for the Raiders?  Once again, the winner will be bolded in white.

 

Let’s pick some games!

 

Dallas Cowboys (4-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) - Dallas comes in sporting one of the best defenses in the league to go along with their stellar rushing game.  The Eagles had a bye week and hopefully they spent that time working on a way to better protect star Allan Taylor.  Philly’s offense struggled early on in the season, but it was their defense that really let them down against the Cards.  The Eagles will show improvement after the bye; however, Dallas is so good on both sides of the ball it won’t be enough.

 

Houston Texans (2-2) at Miami Dolphins (4-0) - For four weeks now, I've picked the Miami Dolphins to take advantage of an inferior opponent. The tally is now up to five. The Dolphins are still firing on all cylinders, coming off a 31-13 victory over the Chargers. Brian Brown had his best game of the season, throwing for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Marcus Barry racked up a 157 total yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns. The defense continued its dominant play, forcing 3 turnovers and smothering the Charger offense all afternoon. Meanwhile, the Houston Texans were trampled by the Broncos on Sunday. Leshoure looked more like a rookie and Pacheco went another week without a touchdown. The Texans even found a way to make a struggling Broncos offense look great. The Texans are going to need to make some serious changes if they want a shot at taking down the Dolphins. Otherwise, the Dolphins will be taking this one with relative ease. This will be just another win for the Dolphins, who will lean on strong play from Brown and a suffocating defense. Courtesy of Jumanji

 

Denver Broncos (3-1) at New England Patriots (1-3) - I love Denver and knew in my gut that I shouldn’t have picked against them.  The struggling Bronco offense broke out in a big way against the Texans, racking up 38 points, with 4 TDs coming through the air.  In one of the more bizarre games, the Patriots survived a monster game from Chad Dess and 2 pick sixes from the Bills defense to get their first victory of the year.  New England is probably a little better than their record indicates since all of their losses have been relatively close.  The Broncos are on another level though, and I think they go into Foxboro and get the job done.  

 

Tennessee Titans (2-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) - The Bengals and the Titans have both lost two in a row, bringing their records to an identical 2-2 mark.  Cincy’s defensive struggles coincided with the loss of linebacker Nick Upshaw; they were going to face an uphill battle on defense already this season and this loss magnifies their deficiencies.  Tennessee has really struggled on offense the past few weeks. Those issues start with the erratic play of Alexander Williams.  Williams only threw for 141 yards against the Jags, and 101 of those yards went to Kevin Williams. Kevin is a great pass catcher, but the Titans need Xander to be able to get the rest of the team involved if they want to compete.  The Bengals’ offense has yet to really start firing on all cylinders, but they do enough here to get the victory at home.  

 

Baltimore Ravens (1-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4) - Baltimore saw an uptick in their offensive efficiency in a victory over the Browns during week 4.  They were able to control the pace, limit their turnovers, and really give their defense a chance to dominate the game.  In their first few games, the offense was so atrocious that the defense had little chance to be successful.  Meanwhile, Tampa put up a stinker against the Cowboys. They were unable to accomplish anything on the offensive end.  Dallas broke them down over the course of the game, and Tampa isn’t playing well enough on either side of the ball to compensate.  The silver lining for Tampa in this game is that the Ravens aren’t an explosive offense.  That gives Tampa hope. However, the lack of running game makes the game plan easy for Baltimore.  The Ravens will get their second straight victory here.     

 

Indianapolis Colts (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) - The Colts are coming off their bye, which came at the perfect time.  They are in desperate need of a win before they fall in too deep of a hole in the AFC playoff race.  Enter Pittsburgh, who is guaranteed to not make this an easy task for the Colts in this matchup.  Chester Henson had his best game of the year against the Bengals and should help to propel the Steelers in their future games.  Indy has struggled to get their running game going and get pressure on opposing quarterbacks.  Aaron Shea is playing great football, but without the ability to change the pace of the game or make the opposing QB feel pressure, it’s going to be hard to win.  Pittsburgh is playing good football right now and they are at home; that’s all they need to get the victory here.   

 

Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-4) - The only issue I have seen with the Rams thus far is their inability to consistently protect their quarterback.  Outside of that, they have played great football all season, even with the absence of Darrell Murphy for the first few games.  Unfortunately for Kansas City, they don’t have the pass rushers to take advantage of the apparent Rams’ weakness.  The Chiefs played their best game of the year against the Jets, but their brutal schedule continues with another game against a team playing at a high level.  The Chiefs will put up a fight, but the Rams should take this one.  

 

Carolina Panthers (4-0) at Chicago Bears (1-3) - Chicago has started to make some headway on figuring out their offensive issues.  They are starting to see a little more production out of Honeycutt and Brooksheer.  Unfortunately their defense just gave up 38 points to Minnesota, who has a nice offense...but they aren’t the Carolina Panthers.  Skaggs has led an all out assault on opposing defenses and that’s probably not going to change here.  Chicago should score points, but Carolina will win this game with ease.  

 

Detroit Lions (3-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-0) - Detroit went down swinging against the Panthers in a potential NFC playoff match-up.  They held the high-flying Panthers to 17 offensive points, which is a pretty big accomplishment.  The Jaguars bring a completely different set of challenges with their trick-plays attack; so far early in the season their opposition hasn’t figured out  a way to slow them down.  Detroit runs with a machine-like efficiency and has the necessary pieces to be the first team to slow down the Jacksonville attack.  Soluna has the Jags as my favorites in the AFC South, but Detroit should get the road win here.  

 

New Orleans Saints (0-4) at Atlanta Falcons (3-1) - The Saints recently made a trade to acquire another ILB to alleviate some of their issues on the defensive end of the ball.  The question for this game is do they need to make a scheme change to take advantage of their defensive additions?  Unfortunately for them Atlanta brings the perfect defense to slow down their passing attack, so a defensive change is really going to make this a hard game.  Atlanta is starting to build some momentum on offense, coming off a really efficient victory over the Giants.  The Falcons win games when Jefferson plays well, and with the Saints already weak defense in flux, he should have no issue having a good day here.

 

Green Bay Packers (4-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-3) - Minnesota has gone all in on the shootout approach so far this season.  Unfortunately for them, Green Bay brings one of the league’s best offenses to town with a plethora of weapons that can wreck even the best defense.  Minnesota doesn’t possess the best defense, so expect a huge game from Jason Johnson and crew in a high-scoring, yet comfortable, victory for the Pack attack.  

 

Arizona Cardinals (1-2-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-0) - In surprising fashion, the Cardinals and Redskins game finished in a tie.  Ted is getting the most possible out of this Arizona squad scoring a victory over the Eagles before their tie with Washington.  This week offers a major step-up in competition as they travel to wherever San Francisco plays now to take on the defending champion 49ers.  Lester has been clutch so far this season helping the team start off 3-0 before their bye in week 4.  Realistically he probably isn’t going to have to pull out more clutch magic this week as the 9ers should win this one with ease.  

 

*Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (2-1) - Now that Nick Hall is going to look like Tim Duncan out there (miss you Timmy) the Seahawks have to be chomping at the bit to unleash their vaunted pass rush after the suddenly less mobile star.  This will add some restriction to the offensive playbook that Alien has to work with, he’s going to figure it out but Seattle is not an ideal team to face immediately.  Seattle lost a close one on the road to the Rams where they were able to get a crazy 7 total sacks.  The Seahawks' offense has been a little hot and cold so far this year, but their defense should harass Hall enough to get the victory here.  

 

Buffalo Bills (1-3) at Washington Redskins (0-3-1)  - Washington tied with Arizona and Buffalo lost a game in which they had 2 pick sixes and Chad Dess nearly ran for 200 yards.  Those are things you don’t expect to see everyday, however; Buffalo has shown a glimmer of offensive hope early in the season.  The Redskins have struggled all year trying to get points on the board.  The injury to Fields didn’t help the situation, but there’s enough talent on the offensive side of the ball to not have these issues.  Buffalo should be able to run the ball and they should be able to get after the quarterback.  Bills get their second victory here.  

 

Week 4 record – 8-4 (Left the tie out)
Overall record – 38-19
Jumanji’s Week 4 record – 1-0
Jumanji’s Overall record – 4-0

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