October 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles fans tailgating before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Pittenger

Predicting The Entire NFL Season: Week 5 (Eagles v. Rams)

My Week 4 way-too-early predictions drew some reactions.

Austin New wrote, “You must hate the Chiefs..?”

No, Austin, I really don’t. The Chiefs, like my Philadelphia Eagles, have a tortured fan base and a coach who was the best the Eagles had ever seen in Andy Reid. But, the Chiefs had a lot of breaks last year and things tend to even out. They may find themselves in the hunt by the time this is done (I have no idea how these predictions will unfold), but they’re not going to be chasing a first-round bye.

And Cutler2Marshall312 accused me of drug use and not ever watching any Green Bay-Chicago games, etc., after picking the Packers to defeat his Bears. I give you credit for the handle, but not much credit for your Bears. I was at the Philly-Chicago game last year. The Bears showed no heart. I haven’t seen anything to lead me believe that will change.

Now, let’s take a look at where we’re at after four weeks.

AFC EASTWinsLosses
New England Patriots40
Buffalo Bills31
New York Jets13
Miami Dolphins13
Baltimore Ravens40
Cincinnati Bengals21
Cleveland Browns12
Pittsburgh Steelers13
Houston Texans31
Indianapolis Colts31
Tennessee Titans04
Jacksonville Jaguars04
AFC WESTWinsLosses
Denver Broncos21
Oakland Raiders22
Kansas City Chiefs13
San Diego Chargers13
NFC EASTWinsLosses
New York Giants31
Philadelphia Eagles22
Dallas Cowboys22
Washington Redskins22
Green Bay Packers22
Detroit Lions22
Chicago Bears13
Minnesota Vikings04
Carolina Panthers31
New Orleans Saints31
Atlanta Falcons22
Tampa Bay Buccaneers13
NFC WESTWinsLosses
Seattle Seahawks30
San Francisco 49ers31
St. Louis Rams21
Arizona Cardinals21

A few things that jump out:

- New England, Baltimore and Seattle are the only unbeatens remaining.

- Tennessee, Jacksonville and Minnesota are winless.

- The Philadelphia Eagles are stuck in quite a pack in the NFC East.

This week only the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders have bye weeks. On to the picks…

Vikings @ Packers: At some point, I have to pick the Vikings to win a football game. I just don’t see it happening yet. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson can’t do it all. Green Bay 24, Minnesota 21

Bears @ Panthers: Carolina will start coming back to earth this week. I don’t see the Bears doing too much this season, but this is a game they will win on the road. Chicago 26, Carolina 19

Browns @ Titans: A winless team finally catches a break. Sorry, Cleveland. Tennessee 21, Cleveland 20

Falcons @ Giants: If this game is on the road, give me Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan over New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. But at home, coming off a loss, I think the Giants will be too much. New York Giants 32, Atlanta 27

Buccaneers @ Saints: This is one of those division games that will make no sense. The Saints should win. On paper, they win 10 out of 10 times. But somehow, some way….Tampa Bay 25, New Orleans 20

Texans @ Cowboys: I have the Houston Texans at 3-1 and I really don’t understand how we got here. And now I’m going to have them at 4-1 and I still won’t understand. Houston 34, Dallas 31

Bills @ Lions: They stumbled last week. They won’t this week. Buffalo 29, Detroit 23

Ravens @ Colts: And another unbeaten team falls. Indianapolis 20, Baltimore 18

Steelers @ Jaguars: One day, Jacksonville will be good. Not yet. Pittsburgh 30, Jacksonville 21

Cardinals @ Broncos: Let’s add these things together – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gets a rematch with Seattle on the road, he gets a bye in the fourth week of the season, and coming off the bye he gets another team coming off a bye. Someone doesn’t like Peyton very much. Arizona 27, Denver 26

Chiefs @ 49ers: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gets a win in his return to San Francisco, setting off a fun week of debate over whether the 49ers made the right decision. Kansas City 20, San Francisco 16

Jets @ Chargers: These teams are evenly matched at most spots, with the exception of quarterback, where San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers gives them an edge. Plus, they’re at home. San Diego 23, New York Jets 13

Bengals @ Patriots: And another unbeaten bites the dust. Cincinnati 31, New England 24

Seahawks @ Redskins: This is going to be an ugly game for Washington Redskins wide receiver Desean Jackson. Seattle 27, Washington 3

As for the Birds…

Rams @ Eagles: The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-2 after four weeks, but they’ve played solid football. Now, they’re going to begin making their move. It’s going to be tough considering the Rams are coming off a bye week and the Eagles are coming off a game on the West Coast, but head coach Chip Kelly and the boys will get it done. This might be a breakout game for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Philadelphia 36, St. Louis 33

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  • Cutler2Marshall312

    Mr Jay Hinsicker…Yes the Eagles ran through the Bears last season but even I could have ran for a 100 yds against a depleted interior line and linebacker core..Everybody knows to beat a team you have to make a them one dimensional which they did to the Bears by scoring easily on that defense but have you forgotten that the Bears have punished your Eagles 4 of the last 5 seasons shall I repeat that 4 out of 5 so yes even a garbage can gets a steak every once in a while…and GB beating us 30 to 14 in Soilder Field, yeah somebody must have been on something they barely got away this season just past weren’t for a last second busted coverage play at the end of the game..

  • Ben Mitchell

    Bucs win? Really? Based on what? Magic? The unstoppable might of McCown?

  • ronnieblowhard

    You sound like a Dallas fan. They love to live in the past and talk about the glory years and to them it’s still the 90′s. People need to get over it. The NFL changes each and every year and a run of past success doesn’t mean a run of future success. The core of that entire defensive unit has changed and for the first time in forever the offense is the better unit. The Bears defense forever changed when Urlacher retired and L. Smith was fired. They got rid of Peppers and added Allen. Is that a step forward or a step back? Cutler will get hurt again and that team will stumble. If he’s proven anything since he was traded from Denver it’s that he’s injury prone. Dunno. I will say you will be in the thick of it in that division, but I think the Eagles are approaching a different level right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have the #2 offense this year and are somewhere in the middle of the pack in defense. They are still a good year or two away in converting that 4-3 to a 3-4. Which is a much bigger undertaking than people are admitting. There are still too many question marks in their secondary, they need an ILB and another true 3-4 OLB behind Smith to backup Barwin and Cole.

  • Cutler2Marshall312

    First that’s just blasphemous to say I sound like a Dallas fan never have never will..Far as Urlacher & Pepp it’s better to let a aging superstar go when he has a little left in the tank vs when he has nothing left in the tank, those moves had to be made for the better of the team…Peppers was just horrible and was not worth 18 mil a year not even close.. Our offense made strides unheard of going from last in passing in the league to second in scoring points..The bears played with 6 of there defensive starters injured (6) that’s over 50% of your staring defense out of the game..But I’m not going to make excuses for the bears b/c this is a next man up City..yes the eagles have a nice offense but just as Cutler health plays a big role, so does J Maclin/McCoy/Copper which 2 out of those 3 are concussion Prone and to go with the concussions Maclin is coming off a injury so we’ll see how the Eagles do this year if something unexpected happens plus there’s a healthy dude by the name of RG3 in the NFC East who has a better roster than the eagles with D Jackson on the outside so believe me the Eagles will have there work cut out for them #BearByBirth

  • Wynahm Reddy

    Like he said bro, it will make no sense. The saints should win, but they just don’t. Thats why the NFL is so awesome.