With the first 4 weeks of the 2016 NFL season now in the books, we are starting to get a clearer idea of which teams are going to be the cream of the crop this year. There are a couple of surprise packages in there, but we can probably expect some of those teams to fall away as the season progresses. It may still be early in the week, but it never hurts to look ahead to what’s coming this Sunday to see if we can pick out a few winners to add to our online betting tickets. There are a few games that jump right off the page, so let’s take a look at what they are, and where my money will be going this weekend.
Here’s A Closer Look At The 2016 NFL Winning Predictions For Week 5
New England Patriots (-10) over the Cleveland Browns
At this stage in his career, Tom Brady really has nothing else left to prove, but try telling him that. Brady will be coming back after serving a controversial 4-game suspension, and he is going to be absolutely stewing. The New England Patriots are still sure to be a little embarrassed after getting humbled 16-0 by the Bills in Week 4, and with Brady leading the way, this thing could get out of control very early on. I think the Patriots cover quite comfortably here.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) over the New York Jets
A few people were down on the Steelers after a lackluster performance against the Eagles in Week 3, but they bounced back in a big way on Sunday, destroying the Chiefs 43-14. The Steelers offense is about as potent as it gets, and the addition of Le’Veon Bell after his 3-game suspension took their offensive attack to a whole new level. I like the Steelers to come out on Sunday and lay a bit of a beating on the Jets.
Arizona Cardinals (-3) over the San Francisco 49ers
Both of these teams are off to a 1-3 start, but that was something we expected from the 49ers. The start by the Cardinals is a real surprise, as this team is too good to be playing this poorly. Arizona Cardinals let the game slip away from them in Week 4 against the LA Rams, but I just don’t see them having another poor outing this weekend. The 49ers are about as mediocre as advertised, and have a defense that is definitely there for the taking. Look for the Cardinals to bounce back this weekend.
Carolina Panthers over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is the Monday night game for Week 5, and since I don’t have the spread for this one just yet, let’s instead just take the Panthers to win straight up. Carolina are off to a surprising 1-3 start, with a loss to the Falcons in Week 4 putting them behind the 8-ball in the NFC South. The good news is that the Falcons area about to enter a brutal few weeks with their schedule, and that should allow Carolina to chip away at the lead. They get things rolling on Monday night with a win over the Buccaneers.