Fire and Ice: Week Five NFL Predictions


Jake Elliott and Grayson Heflin

This week headlines with Tom Brady’s return to football as the Patriots square off with the Browns. What an ideal matchup to return to, playing the Browns who have been generous to quarterbacks giving up an average of over 250 yards to quarterbacks each week this season. With other big time games this week such as Houston vs Minnesota and Atlanta vs Denver, this week should be mostly nail biters and exciting games.

Last week:

Jake: 6-9

Grayson: 9-6



Jake: 30-33

Grayson: 31-32


Cardinals @ 49ers

Jake:  The Cards will be without Carson Palmer, which would be an issue if they weren’t playing the 49ers.  Luckily for them they are playing the 49ers, who are led by Blaine Gabbert, who may be the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. This should be an easy one for Arizona. ARI: 40 SF:10

Grayson: The Cardinals will be rolling on Thursday with backup quarterback Drew Stanton and that could be a good thing. Palmer has been reckless with the ball and the Cardinals have turned the ball over 10 times in the last two games. Look for the Cardinals to run the ball a lot in Palmer’s absence. Carlos Hyde will provide some offense for the 49ers, but ultimately they will fall to 1-4 as the Cardinals bounce back to 2-3. ARZ:28 SF:17


Patriots @ Browns

Jake:  This game will actually be aired on Saturday Night Live, due to the fact that that the bye-week Browns are taking on the  Tom Brady-led Patriots. If the Browns manage to put a single point on the board i’ll be incredibly surprised. NE:70 CLE:0

Grayson: This one is a no brainer, Tom Brady is back and the Browns defense is atrocious. The only hope the Browns have to win this game lies in the hands of Isaiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor. Even though the Patriots were shut out last week by the Bills, head coach Bill Belichick is great at bouncing back, and with Gronk and Brady together again they should lead New England to 4-1. Not much to say about this one, considering it could be a blowout win. NE:38 CLE:27


Eagles @ Lions

Jake: “Jake, you never pick the Eagles.”  I hear this statement every week when I refuse to pick the Eagles. That trend will continue this week, I don’t think the Eagles are as good as everyone  seems to think. I expect Matt Stafford to bounce to back and torch the Eagles secondary. DET:31 PHI:24

Grayson: The Eagles have looked scary-good and have been great about not turning the ball over. Carson Wentz had an extra week to prepare for a sub par defense and will be ready. Ryan Mathews also had extra time to heal up and get over his nagging ankle injury. The Lions will have to lean on Marvin Jones and their passing game if they have any hopes of winning this one. PHI:31 DET:24


Bears @ Colts

Jake:  The Brian Hoyer-led Bears played very well against the Lions, and the Colts enter boasting one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Neither team plays any variation of defense. Look for a shootout that the Colts will win on the fact that they have more playmakers. IND:40 CHI:35

Grayson: Brian Hoyer has looked pretty good in Jay Cutler’s absence and may even keep the starting job once Cutler is healthy. With Kevin White and Jeremy Langford out for an undetermined amount of time, Eddie Royal and Alshon Jeffery will have to step up and carry the Chicago offense. Andrew Luck lost a heartbreaker in London last week and will try to bounce back, this time playing in the states. Expect a huge game from T.Y. Hilton. IND:37 CHI:29


Titans @ Dolphins

Jake: This game might break the record for least amount of viewers in NFL history. The Dolphins are a sorry excuse of a team currently, and I honestly sometimes forget the Titans are an NFL team. Demarco Murray has been great for the Titans; I expect them to ride him to a W. TEN:13 MIA:7

Grayson: This game was not even confirmed if it would be played at Miami due to the incoming hurricane; needless to say, things will be slippery and both teams may favor the run game just to be safe. The Titans have a better running back in Demarco Murray and should win this game. TEN:26 MIA:19


Redskins @ Ravens

Jake:  The Redskins have two straight and are feeling themselves. Things get a little tougher with a match up with The Ravens who have played pretty well and sit at 3-1. I don’t think Washington is that good, and I expect them to lose in Baltimore. BAL:27 WAS:17

Grayson: The Redskins are starting to roll and have picked up two wins in a row, and the Ravens were exposed last week to an Oakland team with a mediocre defense. Look for the Redskins receivers to take advantage of the Ravens secondary. As long as Kirk Cousins can take care of the ball and capitalize in the red zone, Joe Flacco and the Ravens won’t have enough on offense to keep up. WSH: 30 BAL:19


Texans @ Vikings

Jake:  Currently,the Vikings are arguably the best team in the NFL. The Texans have not been overwhelmingly good this year, yet find themselves at 3-1.  So far Brock Osweiler has been a disappointment. DeAndre Hopkins has struggled along with his quarterback. Lamar Miller has been a workhorse carrying this offense, meanwhile the Vikings defense has been an absolute no fly zone. Vikings win. MIN:20 HOU:10

Grayson: The Vikings offense continues to look calm and controlled and their defense looks better each week. The Vikings are careful on offense and take care of the ball. I like what the Texans have going so far and have played well on defense despite the loss of J.J. Watt, but this Vikings defense will prove just too much for Lamar Miller and DeAndre Hopkins. MIN:27 HOU:23


Jets @ Steelers

Jake: Le’Veon Bell: ‘nuff said. Bell is the best running back in the NFL, and we saw how important he is to his team last week as the Steelers went from zeros to heroes. Big Ben looked back in command of his offense, meanwhile Antonio Brown got in the box twice. With Bell back, the Steelers are back to being dominate. On the Jets side, there isn’t much good currently, Ryan Fitzpatrick has somehow managed to throw nine (not a typo) NINE, interceptions in two games. The Steelers should win this one easily. PIT:41 NYJ:17

Grayson: The Steelers looked phenomenal last week with Le’Veon Bell back from suspension. Look for that to continue this week against the struggling Jets. The Jets will be playing without  injured receiver Eric Decker, and will have to lean on Matt Forte and the hope that Ryan Fitzpatrick can limit his turnovers. PIT:37 NYJ:20


Falcons @ Broncos

Jake:  The Broncos are the best team in the NFL. Period. They will have rookie Paxton Lynch lining up under center on Sunday. Lynch looked good when thrust into action, last week. Led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones,the Falcons, on the other hand, have looked fantastic lately. The Broncos defense is no joke, and I expect them to stifle the Falcons offense as they advance to 5-0. DEN:21 ATL:17

Grayson: Two of the hottest teams in the league right now, this will be a great game. The Broncos stifling defense matched up against Matty ice and Julio Jones. This one’s close, but the difference will be the Denver offense and if Paxton Lynch can play well against the Atlanta defense. Denver has the edge in this one, they have a fantastic defense and a good enough offense to improve to 5-0. Look for Atlanta to make things close, however, and hard on the rookie quarterback’s first career start. DEN:35 ATL:31


Bengals @ Cowboys

Jake: Dear every Cowboys fan, the Cowboys are not that good! Seriously. They have feasted on bottom-dweller teams. This week they face a real team, in the Bengals led by A.J. Green and Andy Dalton followed up by a strong defensive unit. Dak Prescott will struggle, and the Bengals will win easily. CIN:38 DAL:19

Grayson: The Cowboys offense has been enough to win them games, but that will end this week. The Bengals absolutely dismantled the Dolphins last week and look for A.J. Green to have another huge week. The combined backfield of Hill and Bernard will prove too much for the Cowboys unless Dak Prescott has a perfectly flawless game. CIN:30 DAL:20


Bills @ Rams

Jake: Who would have thought the Rams would be 3-1 at this point in the season, with Todd Gurley averaging 3.4 yards per carry, and Jared Goff on the bench? Not me that’s for sure. They have been led by a great defense. The Bills, meanwhile, had a sluggish start, but have caught fire while being led by Shady McCoy. I think the Bills are an all-around a better team, and they will show it as they top the Rams in a close one. BUF:27 LA:23

Grayson: The Bills have looked great since they fired their offensive coordinator and LeSean McCoy has been running hard and making a difference in games. Tyrod Taylor has looked great and their defense was firing off all cylinders and shut down the Patriots offense completely. Look to see if Todd Gurley can finally get back on track. If the Rams are disciplined on defense and can spread the ball around on offense while limiting turnovers they have a chance. If not, then it will be an easy win for Buffalo. BUF:31 LA:27


Chargers @ Raiders

Jake: The Raiders defense has been awful. Who would have thought after all the money they spent on it? On the other hand, their offense has been enough to win them games. The Chargers haven’t been very good. This was expected. I don’t see the Chargers having enough firepower to hang with the Raiders. OAK:35 SD:21

Grayson: The Raiders have a good passing assault and now that Jason Verrett is done for the season, Oakland will have a chance to take this one. Philip Rivers will have to get his playmakers, Travis Benjamin and Melvin Gordon, the ball if they want to keep up with the Raiders and the Chargers defense will need to step up if they are to win. OAK:35 SD:27


Giants @ Packers

Jake: This should be a good one with two fairly matched teams. The Giants offense has lacked the explosiveness that many thought they would have, while it’s been their defense that’s been carrying them. The Packers have been up to their usual tricks with Jordy Nelson returning after a torn ACL. If the Giants are going to have a chance in this one, it’s going to ride on Odell Beckham Jr. As we all know, he has had trouble keeping his cool this year. We also know that when he is on his game, there is not a single player in the NFL that can hang with him. It’s a primetime game, look for OBJ to show out as the Giants win a shoot out. NYG:41 GB:38

Grayson: The Packers are coming off of a bye week and get to play on Sunday night football, what an ideal scenario. Green Bay has had ample time to prepare for a shaky-looking Giants squad who has dropped two games straight. ELi Manning needs to re-gather himself and get on the same page with his receivers so that he can limit their turnovers on offense. If Odell Beckham Jr. can keep his cool and perform like we all know he can, the Giants will have a chance, but Aaron Rodgers  having an extra week to prepare for this game should help him take care of business at home. GB:31 NYG:24


Buccaneers @ Panthers

Jake: This game lost all of its viewers when it announced Cam Newton wouldn’t be playing.  I sure won’t be watching. The Bucs enter being one of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL. I think they will have enough to squeak by the Panthers, in a fairly boring game. TB:20 CAR:13

Grayson: Without Cam Newton playing, the Panthers only have Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen left on offense as consistent playmakers that can change the game. The Panthers won’t have a strong running game to lean on with Fozzy Whittaker filling in for injured Jonathan Stewart and Tampa Bay still is healthy for the most part, minus Doug Martin. Jamies Winston and Mike Evans will lead the Bucs to a victory and the Panthers will fall to a shocking 1-4. TB:22 CAR: 17