Here are the four NFL Week 5 games that you absolutely must watch and why.
Rams at Seahawks: Thursday Night Football 10.3 8:20 PM
It seems like only yesterday the Rams looked unbeatable on offense. Now…Not so much. Todd Gurley is on a pitch count and the Seahawks just keep finding ways to win.
What to watch for: Actually, what to listen for. The twelfth man might be the MVP in Seattle on Thursday night. The Rams depend on communication between Sean McVay and Jared Goff to dissect opposing defenses. If the crowd gets loud and limits their ability to use the headsets effectively, it’s going to be interesting.
Jaguars at Panthers: Sunday 10.6 1pm ET.
Neither of these teams has the starting quarterback they expected to. That might be why this matchup is so intriguing.
What to watch for: The Jags expected to contend with Nick Foles under center. The Panthers were hoping Cam Newton could return to his 2015 form. Now, both are sidelined and their replacements are tearing it up. Kyle Allen is proving to be an exciting replacement for Carolina, completing almost 72% of his passes and keeping Carolina alive in the NFC South, while Gardner Minshew is bringing sexy back to Jacksonville with his moustache and three straight wins. I’ll be tuning in to see which of these young guns looks like he’s trying to keep the job he inherited.
Packers at Cowboys, Sunday 10.6 4:25 pm ET.
Both teams are 3-1. Both are also flawed. The Pack fell to the resurgent Eagles last week, while the Cowboys got toppled by the Drew-Brees-less Saints. Both are looking to keep control in their division.
What to watch for: The injury report. I already think that this game tilts toward the Cowboys. They’re at home at Jerry World and they can run the ball against a porous Packer front that struggles to contain the run, allowing 142-plus yards per game, the sixth-worstin the league. But if Davante Adams isn’t back from the toe injury that has kept him out of practice all week, it might be a blowout.
Browns at 49ers, Monday Night Football10.7 8:15 pm ET.
Plenty of people had this one circled before the season even started. Perhaps it would be a clash of two unbeatens who are destined to meet again in the Super Bowl. Well, it was clearly too early for all that talk, but the Niners are 3-0…
What to watch for: This game is a reality check for the Niners, who haven’t played a playoff caliber team yet. That 3-0 means nothing if they can’t win a 50/50 game like this one at home in Santa Clara. I expect the Browns to give the Niners as much as they can handlein a game where Jimmy G has an off night but still comes away with the win.
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