In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to the upcoming draft.
Surprising Results from Week 4
This week went pretty much as expected, but there were still some results that were unexpected based on my personal preseason expectations. These three scores stood out to me during the fourth week of the season:
Tennessee Titans 26 – Philadelphia Eagles 23
The defending Super Bowl champions have had some troubles early on the season, but are still only 2-2 and have Carson Wentz back into the fold after recovering from his major knee injury. The Titans continue to look like the class of an AFC South that nobody seems to want to win thus far so early in the season. The Eagles will most likely figure it out, especially since their division seems to be doing the same thing, and there should be some championship hangover expected as the club becomes the team that everybody wants to knock off each week.
Chicago Bears 48 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
I previewed this as my Week 4 Game of the Week, but even I didn’t think it was going to end like this.Mitch Trubisky had six touchdown passes, while former quarterback of the moment Ryan Fitzpatrick was unceremoniously benched at halftime. With Tampa Bay on a bye this week, I fully expect the team to be handed over to Jameis Winston again when the team resumes play in Week 6, so the early season magic is probably over for the Bucs. The Bears, on the other hand, seem unbeatable behind a dominant defense and are only two wins away from matching their win total from last season.
Oakland Raiders 45 – Cleveland Browns 42
I seem to be mentioning the Cleveland Browns every week, and that will probably be ending pretty soon. But for a few minutes on Sunday, it seemed that the Browns were one their way to the second tie on the season. The Browns have impressed this season, actually looking like a real football team for various stretches in games, and seem to have finally found their quarterback in Baker Mayfield. But until the replace Hue Jackson as coach, they may be relegated to a team that scores a bunch of points, gives up a bunch of points, and can’t close out games that they should be winning.
Week 5 Game of the Week
In a game featuring one of the two remaining undefeated teams (the LA Rams are the other), the Jacksonville Jaguars face off against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs needed a comeback victory against the Broncos last Monday to keep that perfect record intact, and the Jacksonville defense will face a tough challenge against the Kansas City offense. I have the Chiefs coming out on top in this one, behind the strength of the multi-faceted Patrick Mahomes.
Other notable games this week: Dolphins at Bengals in a matchup of surprise 3-1 teams, a must-win game for both teams for the Falcons at the Steelers, and the aforementioned Rams in Seattle trying to avoid losing to the depleted Seahawks. The ugly game of the week looks to be the Cardinals at the 49ers.
Week 5 Bye Teams
To make sure you get your fantasy lineups adjusted as necessary, the following teams are on byes this week:
Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Until next time…
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