Week 5 byes: Oakland Raiders + Miami Dolphins
Week 5 in the NFL season looks like it will be a good one, with a number of marquee games that fans will be able to look forward too. Don't put too much stock in the quality of teams that kick Week 5 off because it is not at all indicative of the other teams that will be on display come the weekend.
On Sunday, fans will be treated to early afternoon matchups between Chicago and New Orleans, Philadelphia and the New York Giants, and Green Bay vs. Detroit... and that's just the NFC slate.
The highlight of Week 5 late afternoon games will likely be the Denver / Dallas matchup as most will not be too interested in San Diego-Oakland, nor Arizona-Carolina which are in competing time slots.
The NFL schedule did a good job bringing the week to a close with some good, and/or intriguing matchups for SNF + MNF - more details follow:
Thursday Night Football - Week 5
It's not exactly the sexiest looking game on the schedule when the Bills visit the Browns for the fifth consecutive week of Thursday Night Football in October.
It should be interesting to see if Buffalo's first round draft pick E.J. Manuel will be the starter for the team at this point. And then on the other side for the Cleveland Browns, we have a team that has been struggling for what seems like forever to make the postseason. Cleveland is still trying to find their quarterback situation, but they have had a strong running game behind Trent Richardson.
This actually has the potential to be a very intriguing matchup when the time comes for it to be played (8:25pm ET, Thursday, October 3rd).
Sunday Night Football - Week 5
The San Francisco 49ers come into the 2014 season as one of the top favorites to win the Super Bowl. And if history is any indicator about how this team has progressed, they will. The first year under Jim Harbaugh it was a berth in the NFC Championship, the second was a berth in the Super Bowl. The third should be a Super Bowl win right? Well, only time will tell.
On Sunday Night Football in Week 5, the 49ers host the Houston Texans, another team predicted to be a Super Bowl contender in 2013. This should be a great primetime matchup for NFL fans to watch which will feature a pair of solid defenses, and plenty of offensive weapons like Arian Foster, Vernon Davis, Colin Kaepernick & Andre Johnson all on display... either making or breaking your fantasy football matchup in Week 5.
Monday Night Football - Week 5
The Atlanta Falcons will host their second-straight prime time game against the AFC East, when they host the New York Jets in the Georgia Dome. Week 4 saw the Falcons play host to the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, just 8 days earlier. This time, the AFC East / NFC South matchup gets the mainstage on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 5 NFL action.
The Falcons are one of the best home teams in the NFL but may be reeling after dealing with Tom Brady the previous week. Luckily for them, this will be one of the easier AFC East teams they will play in 2013 as the Jets are turmoil heading into training camp.
New York drafted Geno Smith out of West Virginia, and let Tim Tebow go. Depending on how things go in training camp, and the first four games of the season, Week 5 could potentially be the debut performance of the young, explosive QB the Jets have high hopes for.