NFL Games of the Week – Week 5: Packers-Giants in London, Ravens-Bengals, Eagles-Cardinals, and more

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Our picks for Game of the Week in Week 4 were full of excitement, close finishes, and comebacks.

Sloppy Mid-Atlantic saw the Eagles score 29 unanswered points against the Jaguars and the Bills stage a 20 point comeback against the Ravens. A third-string rookie quarterback pushed one of the greatest to ever do it to overtime – and almost beat him. The Rams stumbled to 2-2 following a loss to a division rival. Finally, the Chiefs exacted Super Bowl revenge against the Bucs in Tampa. 

This week, we see if Pittsburgh sticks with its quarterback heir apparent, the Eagles face a tougher test in the desert, the Rams look to get back on track, and an AFC North battle could lead to a new leader in that division.

It all leads to our Game of the Week when the Packers travel to London for the first time to play a Giants team surpassing all expectations. 

Welcome to Week 5 of the NFL season. Here are Dailymail.com’s picks for games to keep an eye on…

This Deebo Samuel (19) touchdown run left Rams fans angry and looking for answers Monday

This Deebo Samuel (19) touchdown run left Rams fans angry and looking for answers Monday

Game 1: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3) @ Buffalo Bills (3-1) 

  • Sunday @ 1:00 ET (CBS) / Highmark Field, Orchard Park, NY

It was an impressive heel turn from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin when he put in his rookie quarterback against the Jets on Sunday. 

Before the season started, Tomlin and his coaching staff said Pickett wouldn’t be starting in his rookie year – suggesting he may not play at all as the backup to starter Mitch Trubisky.

It’s hard to truly know what was more to blame for the offense’s inefficiency: Trubisky’s failure to dynamically produce offense or offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s poor play design and decision making. Either way, Trubisky was pulled against the Jets and Pickett was put into his first NFL game.

How did the former Pitt Panther do in a familiar setting? Well… it was… bad – at least on paper, which may have been expected of a rookie QB thrust into a game his team needed him to win. 

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett

Buffalo Bills place kicker Tyler Bass

Pittsburgh put in rookie Kenny Pickett (L) in his first game, which ended in a loss to the Jets. Meanwhile, Bills K Tyler Bass won the game for his team – completing a 17 point comeback

Pickett completed ten passes for 120 yards throwing three interceptions in the process in Pittsburgh’s 24-20 loss to the Jets. He also ran for two touchdowns, so that’s a plus enough for Pickett to be named the starter going into this weekend’s game against a powerhouse Bills team. Talk about a trial by fire.

Buffalo didn’t have the cleanest game last week either – needing a 17-point comeback to win their third game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens. Josh Allen threw for the least yards (213) he’s had all season, but led the team in rushing with 70 yards and a touchdown.

With the addition of more injuries to the Steelers defense, expect a Buffalo win easily. But tune in to watch if Tomlin sticks with Pickett for this game. Reports say Tomlin wouldn’t commit to the rookie going to Orchard Park as the starter, so it might be worth seeing if he does.

All eyes will be on Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to see if he will stick with Pickett as starter

All eyes will be on Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to see if he will stick with Pickett as starter

Game 2: Dallas Cowboys (3-1) @ Los Angeles Rams (2-2)

  • Sunday at 4:25 ET (FOX) / SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA

We’re officially on Dak Watch as this was the earliest possible day the quarterback could return from a thumb injury he sustained in Week 1.

After initial fears made it seem that he would be out until late October or November, the Cowboys could be set to rush QB Prescott back to starting for them with this week’s game against the Rams. 

Team owner Jerry Jones says Prescott’s grip isn’t good enough as of Wednesday to get a start, but he left the door open to the possibility of him returning. Head coach Mike McCarthy said he wants Prescott to have a week of practice under his belt before coming back to the team.

It’s not like the Cowboys are suffering without him as of now. Cooper Rush has won three starts in a row, throwing for 223 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Commanders.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp

Two Coopers: Rush (left) and Kupp (right) have been key factors in their respective offenses

They’re definitely going in a better direction than their upcoming opponent, who struggled against the 49ers on Monday night.

The LA Rams look nothing like they did last season. They’ve been one-dimensional, throwing the ball almost exclusively to Cooper Kupp, while leaving fantasy owners of RBs Darrell Henderson Jr. and Cam Akers screaming at the clouds.

In the fourth quarter, the Rams may as well be non-existent.  They’ve been outscored 44-3 in the final 15 minutes of play, with their only points coming at the 12:13 mark of their Week 2 win over the Falcons. Atlanta scored 17 points that quarter to pull within a score, but didn’t have nearly enough time to make a comeback.

Head coach Sean McVay needs to pull his team together to get things back on track against Dallas at home. Otherwise, they could be in for one of the toughest Super Bowl-hangovers we’ve seen in a while. 

Eyes in Dallas will keep watching injured starting quarterback Dak Prescott ahead of Sunday

Eyes in Dallas will keep watching injured starting quarterback Dak Prescott ahead of Sunday

Game 3: Philadelphia Eagles (4-0) @ Arizona Cardinals (2-2)

  • Sunday at 4:25 ET (FOX) / State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ

The Philadelphia Eagles are the only remaining undefeated team in the league, but they’ll face a stern challenge in the desert this Sunday. The matchup also features two former Oklahoma Sooner quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts and Kyler Murray.

Philly might be the most complete team in the league and it’s thanks to their balance on both sides of the ball. Combined, the Eagles have the second most yards per game of offense in the league. Jalen Hurts has been getting a lot of the credit in this Philly team, and he deserves it. He’s currently fifth in the league in passing yards. 

A lot of those have made their way to A.J. Brown, currently third in receiving yards. Teammate DeVonta Smith is in the top-20 in receiving yards as well. On the ground, RB Miles Sanders is third in the league in rushing yards. 

On defense, the Eagles lead the NFL in both sacks and turnover margin. A lot of that is thanks to their win over Jacksonville last week, where they sacked Trevor Lawrence four times and grabbed an eye watering five turnovers (four fumbles, one interception).

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray

In a battle of former Oklahoma Sooner QBs, Jalen Hurts (L) and Kyler Murray (R) face off

The Cardinals are also top-five in turnover margin, but they’re not nearly as good in other areas like Philly. They’re better when it comes to rushing yards given up, but they’re outside the top-ten in total yards and passing yards like the Eagles are.

While Arizona isn’t better on offense, they’ve still put together some great performances. Kyler Murray is nine passing yards short of 1,000 on the season and has tossed more passing TDs than Hurts has. Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown is top-ten in receiving yards and has more receiving TDs than A.J. Brown and Smith.

On paper, Philadelphia should win this – and they go into this game favored by -5. Arizona should prove to be a tough opponent for them and are desperate for their first home win of the season.

A banner day from the Philly defense saw them go top of the league in turnover differential

A banner day from the Philly defense saw them go top of the league in turnover differential

Game 4: Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) @ Baltimore Ravens (2-2)

  • Sunday @ 8:20 ET (NBC) / M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

The AFC North may be its closest in years with three teams currently sitting at 2-2 to start the first four games of the season.

Of those four teams, the Baltimore Ravens have looked like the best team in the division. They’ve lost two games – but trailed a combined 14 seconds in both of them. One was a wild defensive collapse against the Dolphins – letting Miami score 35 points in the second half. The other was a less-wild, but still disappointing defensive collapse to the Bills, letting up 13 points in the second half while scoring none themselves.

Across four games, Baltimore has been outscored 47-67 in the second half – indicative of a team that can’t score to close out games and can’t shut teams down under pressure. It’s important to note their two wins came against the Jets and Patriots – teams struggling in their divisions. 

Having played the entirety of the AFC East, the Ravens now play in their own division against a Bengals team that hasn’t played since last Thursday.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson

A fierce rivalry between two of the best in the AFC North will be played in primetime Sunday

Cincinnati was able to beat the Dolphins and improve their record to 2-2 after two one-score losses to the Steelers and Cowboys to start their campaign. 

QB Joe Burrow is top-ten in both passing yards and passing touchdowns and has a decent spread among targets. Fellow LSU Tiger Ja’Marr Chase isn’t his most preferred target by yards this year, but he’s almost eclipsed 300 yards this season. That being said, Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd all have over 200 yards catching and two touchdowns. 

As for the defensive side of the ball the Bengals only have a +1 turnover margin, but they’re fourth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game. They’ll need to tap into that aspect of their game to hope to contain Lamar Jackson. He has 316 rushing yards already this season and uses it surgically to keep defenses constantly on their toes.

With the Browns facing a tough Chargers team, it’s very likely the winner of this game takes the lead in the AFC North. Considering how close the division is now, it could mean everything come January as the playoff race closes. 

Baltimore suffered a collapse against the Bills - can they show their fortitude against Cincy?

Baltimore suffered a collapse against the Bills – can they show their fortitude against Cincy?

Game of the Week: New York Giants (3-1) v. Green Bay Packers (3-1)

  • Sunday @ 9:30am ET (NFL Network) / Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK 

Time to get up early for our Game of the Week as one of the oldest NFL teams takes a hop across the pond to play in London for the first time.

It was a scary win for fans of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. After Patriots backup Brian Hoyer went down with an injury, rookie Bailey Zappe got his first game in the league under his belt. He almost won it.

Green Bay needed to come back from three separate deficits just to force overtime. In the extra period, Mason Crosby kicked a game winner as time expired to give the Packers their third victory of the season.

Aaron Rodgers called the way they won ‘unsustainable’ and said they need to do better in the future. He threw a costly pick-six as time was winding down in the second quarter to give New England the lead at the half. Outside of that mistake, he threw for 251 yards – with 116 of those going to Allen Lazard – and two touchdowns. 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley

It may not be a full-English affair, but Giants-Packers should be enough to fill your plate

The New York Giants are not a great team – but they’ve done a very good job when it comes to close, scrappy games. All four of their games were one-score affairs that ended on a missed field goal, a Panthers punt, an interception, and a poor Bears second quarter.

New York’s defense hasn’t been great at stopping teams. They may be top-10 in preventing passing yards, but they’re one of the worst teams at stopping the run. Considering the Packers’ two best players right now are RBs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, that’s cause for concern. 

One sign of hope for the Giants is in the backfield and Saquon Barkley. After years of fighting injuries, Barkley has really started to look like the man the Giants drafted second overall a few years ago. The Giants lead the league in rushing yards per game and Barkley is the top rusher in the league.

Head coach Brian Daboll deserves a lot of credit for raising up a Giants team with no expectations to one of its best starts in the last decade. If he can keep it going, New York may have found head coaches that truly stick for both teams. The true test of whether or not the Giants are for real comes this Sunday. 

Giants head coach Brian Daboll has done well dealing with injuries and an unimpressive team

Giants head coach Brian Daboll has done well dealing with injuries and an unimpressive team

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