NFL Week 5: Bears, Bengals try to play spoiler at home
As we head into Week 5 of the NFL season, which teams will stay on top and which will continue to fall?
The end of the first quarter of the NFL season marks the first point where the truly good teams begin to separate themselves from the pretenders.Skip to next paragraph
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Teams like the Houston Texans (2-2), Atlanta Falcons (1-3), and Baltimore Ravens (2-2) are looking to win this weekend to avoid going too far in the hole, while cream-of-the-crop teams like the Denver Broncos (4-0) and Seattle Seahawks (4-0) look to stay perfect on the road against division leaders Dallas Cowboys (2-2) and Indianapolis Colts (3-1). While those match-ups will surely fascinate, here are your must-see games for Week 5 of the NFL season.
The Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals, both preseason playoff hopefuls, host the undefeated New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots respectively, while the Detroit Lions travel to Lambeau Field to take on a Green Bay Packers team desperate for a win.
Following a marquee win against the Atlanta Falcons, the Patriots’ (4-0) difficult schedule continues as they travel to Paul Brown Stadium to face the hungry Bengals (2-2). The Bengals are coming off a shocking loss at Cleveland where their offense was held in check for the entire game, only managing 6 points. Andy Dalton will hope to reestablish his passing attack by looking early and often to star wide-out A.J. Green, with whom he has an excellent rapport.
The match-up to watch will be Green versus the Patriots’ standout cornerback Aqib Talib. Talib impressed last week against the Falcons, making the game-saving play to deny a touchdown pass to Roddy White.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took notice of this clutch play, as he told WEEI Radio, “He’s stepped up in every game and played well, played the ball well and played against good receivers. He’s tackled well. He’s done a good job for us.”
Tom Brady will continue to build an understanding with his new wide receivers as he eagerly awaits the return of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola. The Bengals strong run defense will look to stop Patriots rushers in early downs and get Brady into obvious passing situations. The goal will be to spread the ball around the field and keep the Patriots in manageable down and distances. If the Patriots can keep the Bengals guessing, they will survive without key defensive tackle Vince Wilfork in their second tough road test, to keep their unbeaten streak alive.