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Bing Predicts NFL Week 5

  • Bing Predicts NFL Week 5

    A Week 4 slate, bookended by the best two teams in football moving to 4-0, also included three overtime games and four additional last-minute finishes. It's a quarter of the way through what has been one of the most entertaining seasons of football to date—at least if you’re a fan of offense.  

    NFL Research confirmed that all of the following passing records have been broken through the first four weeks: completions, completion percentage, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Surprise contenders, like the Chicago Bears and the Cincinnati Bengals, sit atop their respective divisions, while a handful of preseason favorites are fighting to salvage their seasons after turbulent starts.

    Here are a few matchups that highlight Week 5:

    —Jaguars @ Chiefs: Will Patrick Mahomes II remain magical against the league’s top defense?

    —Falcons @ Steelers: Both teams desperately need this win after tough home losses last week.  

    —Ravens @ Browns: It’s weird, but the Browns are fun to watch, and the Ravens—led by veteran QB Joe Flacco—have been one of the best teams through four weeks.

    —Rams @ Seahawks: Are the Rams the best team in the NFL? The numbers say so. They’ll try to stay undefeated against a Seahawks team on a two-game winning streak.

    —Vikings @ Eagles: A rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game. Minnesota will be seeking revenge and its second victory of the season.

    Guiding you through every game is Bing Predicts, which leverages search, social, and historical statistics to forecast the week’s winners and losers. Read on for Week 5 predictions.

    ALSO: See how Bing predicted the entire season here.

  • Indianapolis Colts (1-3-0) @ New England Patriots (2-2-0)

    Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots

    Game time: Thursday, Oct. 4, 8:20 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: New England Patriots lead series 51-29-0

    After agreeing to contract terms this past off-season to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels eventually opted to stay in New England, leaving the Colts in total disarray. Indianapolis will have its shot at revenge this Thursday night when the team travels to Foxborough.

    The Colts, after being spurned by McDaniels, hired Frank Reich away from Philadelphia, but Reich’s decision making has been called into question this week after a failed fourth down attempt in overtime gave the ball to the Houston Texans in Colts’ territory. The Texans would go on to kick a game-winning field goal.

    The first-year head coach stood behind his decision, saying he’d make the move “10 times out of 10.”

    Indianapolis is in danger of falling to 1-4. The Patriots are back on track after a 38-7 blowout victory over the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately for Indianapolis, no one beats Tom Brady on a short week. Brady is 6-0 when both he and his opponent play with limited rest. To make matters worse, Colts’ QB Andrew Luck is 0-5 against New England, and Patriots’ receiver Julian Edelman will be back after his four-game suspension.

  • Bing Predicts: New England Patriots

    Bing Predicts Winner: New England Patriots (80% chance)

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  • New York Giants (1-3-0) @ Carolina Panthers (2-1-0)

    New York Giants @ Carolina Panthers

    Game time: Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Carolina Panthers lead series 6-4-0

    After a much-needed Week 4 bye, the Panthers welcome the New York Giants Sunday. Carolina made headlines last week after signing Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid, who famously had the NFLPA file a grievance against the NFL on his behalf, alleging collusion that previously denied him a job.

    The move, which the Panthers regard as purely a “football decision,” helps fill a void in the secondary—the team placed Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve after he suffered his second concussion in a month.  

    The Giants lost 33-18 to the surging Saints, and now could be staring at a 1-4 start to the season. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was held to just 60 yards on seven receptions Sunday and hasn’t had the production the Giants hoped for after the $95 million contract he received in the off-season.

    The Panthers are favored at home and have won their last three games coming off of bye weeks.

  • Bing Predicts: Carolina Panthers

    Bing Predicts Winner: Carolina Panthers (70% chance)

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  • Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (4-0-0)

    Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs

    Game time: Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars lead series 6-5-0

    The magic of Patrick Mahomes II lives on. While he didn’t produce the gaudy numbers fans have grown accustomed to on Monday night in a 27-23 victory over the Broncos, he did engineer a heroic game-winning drive to erase a 10-point fourth quarter deficit.

    The league’s young record-setting quarterback will face his toughest challenge of the season when the #1 defense in the NFL (Jacksonville) visits K.C. The Jags used a dominant defensive performance last week to topple the New York Jets 31-12, but it was quarterback Blake Bortles who stole the show. He threw for two touchdowns and a career-high 388 yards. Unfortunately for Jacksonville, they’ll be without running back Leonard Fournette who was officially ruled out with a hamstring injury.

    An effective Bortles spells big trouble for a Chiefs’ team that ranks last in yards surrendered this season (451.8 yards-per-game). The Chiefs have a slew of offensive weapons: All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey can’t cover them all. This has game-of-the-week written all over it.

  • Bing Predicts: Kansas City Chiefs

    Bing Predicts Winner: Kansas City Chiefs (67% chance)

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  • Tennessee Titans (3-1-0) @ Buffalo Bills (1-3-0)

    Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills

    Game time: Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Tennessee Titans lead series 28-17-0

    The Tennessee Titans are one of the NFL’s surprise teams through the first four weeks. Last Sunday’s back-and-forth overtime thriller—a game the Titans won 26-23 over defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles—has us wondering if Tennessee is for real. Marcus Mariota, who continues to recover from an elbow injury, played his best game of the season, going 30-of-43 for 344 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 46 yards on the ground.

    Titans wide receiver Corey Davis had a breakout game with nine receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown.  

    After a shocking blowout victory over the Vikings in Week 3, the Bills followed up their first victory of the season with a 22-0 loss to the Packers. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen was sacked seven times, threw two interceptions, and lost a fumble in the dismal performance.

    The Bills lost wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a head injury and safety Micah Hyde to a groin injury, whereas the Titans will likely miss two key members of their defense in safety Kenny Vaccaro and linebacker, and the team’s leading tackler Wesley Woodyard. Vaccaro has already been ruled out, while Woodyard remains questionable for their visit to Buffalo.

  • Bing Predicts: Tennessee Titans

    Bing Predicts Winner: Tennessee Titans (66% chance)

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  • Miami Dolphins (3-1-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-0)

    Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals

    Game time: Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Miami Dolphins lead series 16-6-0

    A battle between two teams atop their respective AFC divisions will be a good indication if either are legitimate contenders this season. The Cincinnati Bengals came away with a thrilling 37-36 victory over the Falcons last week after Andy Dalton found A.J. Green for a last-second touchdown pass. Dalton finished with an impressive 337 yards and three touchdowns, but the Bengals lost one of their best targets in Tyler Eifert, who suffered a broken ankle and will miss the rest of the season.

    It appears there will be no changing of the guard in the AFC East—Miami may have shown its true identity after a 38-7 loss to the Patriots. The Dolphins, who were undefeated entering the contest, could not muster any offense (172 total yards). A meaningless fourth quarter touchdown catch by Frank Gore was Miami’s only score of the day.

    Cincinnati will look for another big offensive output and to exploit a Dolphins’ team that currently ranks #26 in total defense. These squads may possess identical records, but they appear to be trending in different directions.


     

  • Bing Predicts: Cincinnati Bengals

    Bing Predicts Winner: Cincinnati Bengals (63% chance)

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