Week 5 in the NFL is here and it is time for some bold predictions.
The parity in the league this year makes for plenty of fun matchups and must-watch games.
Also, offenses around the NFL are looking stronger than ever, with high-scoring games each week.
Some matchups in Week 5 even present the possibility of results we have not seen all year.
Without further ado, here are three bold predictions for Week 5.
The Bills Win By 30+ Points
The Buffalo Bills will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and this one has a chance to get ugly.
Entering the games as 14-point favorites, the Bills are the biggest favorites in any NFL game this season.
Also, for a proud franchise like the Steelers, this is the first time they have ever been this big of underdogs.
Pittsburgh is a 14-point underdog in Buffalo. Pittsburgh is the only team since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger to never be at least a 14-point underdog, via @MackNova. Pittsburgh’s largest underdog role since the merger is +13.5 against Dallas in Super Bowl XXX, when it lost by 10.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 5, 2022
Sadly for Pittsburgh, they are underdogs for a reason.
The Bills seem like one of the best teams in football and the Steelers are playing like one of the worst.
Not to mention, Pittsburgh will be starting rookie QB, Kenny Pickett, as he makes his first career start.
There could not be a tougher place to play for the rookie.
The Steelers are throwing him into the fire and hoping he can provide a spark.
But, based on what we saw last week from Pickett, his chances of success this week are rather slim.
Also, the Steelers no longer have an elite defense.
Since they lost T.J. Watt to an injury in Week 1, the defense has struggled to get pressure on opposing QBs.
Everything is seemingly pulling against the Steelers as they head into this game.
It would not be surprising to see this game over by halftime.
The Steelers will have better days ahead with Pickett, but Week 5 will not be one of them.
Tom Brady Throws 5 Touchdown Passes
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 2-2 after losing to the Chiefs 41-31 last Sunday night.
Now, after suffering back-to-back losses, Tom Brady will be more focused than ever heading into Week 5.
The Bucs will host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and this Atlanta defense will be in for a long day.
Brady has owned the Falcons throughout his career and that will be no different this week.
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 7, 2022
Tampa Bay will have all their weapons at the disposal of number 12 and he will utilize them all.
We have seen Brady-led teams coming off a few bad weeks just come out and hammer a team.
That poor team just happens to be the Falcons in Week 5.
For his career, Brady has thrown 26 touchdowns to three interceptions in nine regular season games against Atlanta.
He also averages more passing yards per game (319.4) against the Falcons than any team in the league.
Everything is set up as a get-right game for the Bucs, and Brady will be at the forefront of it all.
Justin Fields Will Out-Throw Kirk Cousins
This may be the boldest one yet.
Not only do the Chicago Bears not throw the ball, but when they do Fields struggles to complete passes.
Yet, in Week 5, Fields will have more passing yards than his counterpart.
Justin Fields takes a deep shot to Darnell Mooney! #DaBears
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2022
Cousins is averaging 257.8 passing yards per game to Fields’ 117.8.
So how can Fields pull off this feat?
Well, it starts with the fact that the Bears are bad and will be losing this game at some point.
Meaning Fields will have to throw to get the team back into the game.
He should see a season-high in attempts in this game and as long as he can improve his completion percentage, the yards will follow.
Also, if you look at the Bears’ run defense, it is awful.
The worst in the league, allowing 183.3 rushing yards per game.
They can be dominated on the ground so the Vikings mine as well give Dalvin Cook a heavy workload on Sunday.
If that is the case the Vikings will not have to throw the ball more than 20-25 to still win.
This is a long shot but we have seen crazier things happen in the NFL.