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8th of October, 2021
The NFL’s Week 5 schedule for the 2021 season is chock-full of intriguing games, and we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know going into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters provide us with the most important aspects of each game, as well as a bold prediction for each matchup and, of course, final score predictions.
Additionally, for each game, ESPN Stats & Information offers a key statistic to know, and our Football Power Index (FPI) digs deeper with a matchup rating (on a scale of 1 to 100) and a game prediction. Kyle Soppe, an ESPN researcher, also offers fantasy football and betting advice. Everything you need to know to prepare for a jam-packed weekend of NFL football is right here in one place.
Let’s take a look at the whole Week 5 schedule, which includes the first international game of the season, a key Justin Herbert-Baker Mayfield battle, a difficult test for Kyler Murray against the Niners’ defense, and, of course, a fantastic Sunday night matchup between the Bills and Chiefs. It all comes to a head on Monday Night Football when the Colts take on the Ravens on ESPN. (Unless otherwise stated, all games are on Sunday.)
NYJ-ATL | MIA-TB | NO-WSH GB-CIN | DEN-PIT | PHI-CAR DET-MIN | NE-HOU | TEN-JAX CLE-LAC | CHI-LV | SF-ARI NYG-DAL | BUF-KC | IND-BAL NYG-DAL | BUF-KC | IND-BAL
LAR 26, SEA 17 on Thursday
9:30 a.m. ET | Matchup rating: 10.6 on NFL Network | Spread: ATL -2.5 (45)
What to look out for: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time two teams have played this late in the season without throwing an interception. Last week, Atlanta had many near-interceptions, and Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees said his defensive backs need to attack the ball more. With eight interceptions, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson leads the NFL, while Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has three, this may be the week when at least one of these teams gets a major turnover via the air. Michael Rothstein is a writer and producer.
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Rookie running back Michael Carter will have the Jets’ first 100-yard rushing day of the season, according to a bold prediction. The Jets will take a ball-control strategy to this game in the hopes of giving the defense a respite. Last week, the defense was on the field for 93 plays, the fourth-most in an NFL game since 2000. The unit had been gassed, and a journey across the Atlantic to London had done little to assist. Carter enters the fray, and he’ll have a big game. Cimini, Rich
Ryan’s average throw travels 5.9 air yards, which is the lowest in the NFL this season. On throws of at least 20 yards downfield, he is 2-of-8, and he will be without No. 1 receiver Calvin Ridley on Sunday.
Jets | Falcons Injuries
What to know in fantasy football: Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson has finished in the top 20 in each of the last three weeks, including a pair of top-five performances. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
In London games, the favorites are 17-11 against the spread (ATS). However, since the start of last season, Atlanta, the favorite in this game, has gone 1-5 straight up and ATS as a favorite. Continue reading to learn more.
Jets 24, Falcons 17 is Cimini’s prediction. Jets 24, Falcons 20 is Rothstein’s prediction. ATL, 56.8%, according to the FPI (by an average of 2.4 points)
Must-reads for the matchup: Mosley, a Jets linebacker, describes himself as a “tackling machine” with a “cheat code”… For personal reasons, Ridley will not go to London to play with the Jets… Jets’ security Maye is facing accusations stemming from a February DUI arrest… The Jets set a new record for sacks.
1 p.m. ET | CBS Matchup rating: 58.2 | TB -10 spread (48)
What to look out for: In an emotional victory over the Patriots last week, the Bucs’ pass rush finally got going. They can build on it against a Dolphins offensive line that has allowed 13 sacks this season, the fourth highest in the NFL, and therefore preserve a very susceptible secondary that may be missing all three starting cornerbacks and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. Jenna Laine is a writer who lives in New York City.
Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissett will give it everything on the field in probably his last start before Tua Tagovailoa returns. As a consequence of his more aggressive decision-making, he will throw two interceptions, but he will also reach the end zone three times on Sunday. — Louis-Jacques Marcel
With tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) absent, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was 2-of-8 for 29 yards and a 50% off-target rate against the Patriots when passing to tight ends. Outside of Gronkowski, he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass to a tight end since Week 10 of last season (Cameron Brate).
Dolphins | Buccaneers Injuries
What you should know about fantasy: Mike Gesicki, a Dolphins tight end, has 35.3 points in Brissett’s two games and 7.1 in Tagovailoa’s two starts this season. It’s Brissett’s job for at least another week, and the game script looks to be pass-heavy. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
1 p.m. ET | 53.3 CBS Matchup Rating | NO -2 Spread (43.5)
What to look out for: How will Washington’s defense tackle Alvin Kamara, the Saints’ running back? Washington’s linebackers have struggled recently, and they’ll go up against an offense that is eighth in the NFL with 132.8 running yards per game, paced by Alvin Kamara’s 209 yards in the last two games. New Orleans quarterback Jameis Winston is ranked 11th in yards per run allowed and 17th in rushing yards per game, so Washington will have to push him to defeat it. ‘John Keim’
After last week’s unexpected meltdown against the Giants, the Saints’ defense will make a statement. They’ll hold Washington to fewer than 50 running yards and force at least two interceptions, like they did in Weeks 1 and 3 against Green Bay and New England, respectively. Triplett, Mike
In each of his first three regular-season starts with Washington, quarterback Taylor Heinicke has thrown multiple touchdown passes. Kirk Cousins is the first quarterback in club history to throw multiple touchdown passes in four consecutive games over the previous 15 seasons (twice).
Saints | Washington | Injuries
What to know for fantasy: Terry McLaurin, a Washington receiver, established a career best with 27.7 points in Week 2 and then surpassed it with 30.3 points on Sunday at Atlanta. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
After hitting the under in six consecutive games, the over has now struck in back-to-back Washington games. Continue reading to learn more.
Saints 24, Washington 16 is Triplett’s prediction. Saints 21, Washington 17 (Keim’s choice). NO, 57.0 percent, according to the FPI (by an average of 2.5 points)
Must-read matchups: The Saints’ Superdome homecoming comes to an end with a fourth-quarter disaster… Tight end with the Washington Capitals Thomas is scheduled to be off for four weeks… Is Kamara’s new normal of 26 rushes and 0 targets? … Washington is carried by Heinicke’s wonderful moments.
1 p.m. ET | FOX Matchup rating: 52.1 | Spread: GB -3 | FOX Matchup rating: 52.1 (50.5)
What to look for: The Bengals are aiming for their first three-game winning streak since 2018, and they are up against their toughest challenge of the season so far. The Packers, on the other hand, are struggling with a number of significant ailments. Green Bay beat Pittsburgh in Week 4 despite missing seven starters. – Ben Little
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will toss a rare pick-six, according to a bold prediction. It has only happened three times in his career, one of which occurred in his most recent encounter with the Bengals. When the Packers play in Cincinnati, strange things tend to happen. There was the game in 2005 when a fan rushed onto the field and grabbed the ball from Brett Favre’s hands, halting a possible game-winning drive, and there was the Jonathan Franklin fumble in 2013 that the Bengals recovered for the game-winning score. This one won’t win the game for the Packers, but it will make it interesting. Demovsky, Rob
Green Bay receiver Davante Adams has 31 catches, which leads the NFL and is his career high through four games. He’s also had at least five receptions in 16 consecutive games, the longest run in the NFL and the longest by a Packer since Sterling Sharpe (18 straight from 1993-94).
Packers | Bengals Injuries
What you should know about fantasy: Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase was the only active player to have a 30-yard reception in each of his first four games. Stefon Diggs (2015) is the first athlete since 2013 to have five consecutive games with a touchdown reception at any time during his rookie season. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
1 p.m. ET | 49.2 FOX Matchup Rating | NL Spread (40)
What to look for: The edge rushers Von Miller (Broncos) and T.J. Watt (Steelers) will be pitted against the offensive lines in this game. In this game, the team that can put the most pressure on the quarterback and cause the most turnovers will win. The Steelers’ defense hasn’t lived up to its Week 1 performance against the Bills, but if they can slow down Denver running back Javonte Williams, this might be a get-right game against an undermanned Broncos’ offense. Brooke Pryor is an actress who plays Brooke Pryor.
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Despite the fact that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is trying to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible — he has three games this season with an average yards per attempt under 6 yards, and running back Najee Harris is the team’s leading receiver with just under 7 yards per catch — the Broncos will sack him at least five times. They should win their first road game in Pittsburgh since 2006 if they can regularly create pressure in between the sacks. Legwold, Jeff
The average target depth for Denver receiver Courtland Sutton this season is 17.4 yards downfield, which is second in the NFL behind Henry Ruggs III (17.5).
Broncos | Steelers Injuries
What you should know about Denver’s tight end in fantasy football Noah Fant has had three weeks when he has scored more than 12 fantasy points. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
Pittsburgh and Denver are two of just four NFL teams this season to go under the total in every game. Continue reading to learn more.
Broncos 23, Steelers 19 is Legwold’s prediction. Steelers 17, Broncos 14 is Pryor’s prediction. PIT, 50.6 percent, according to the FPI (by an average of 0.3 points)
Bridgewater tops a list of nine Broncos starters who have been injured so far… Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has hip discomfort, but says he has to get better… If Broncos quarterback Bridgewater loses time, Lock’s preparedness will be put to the test… Roethlisberger, according to Tomlin, is “definitely” the greatest quarterback for the Steelers’ offense.
1 p.m. ET | 45.3 FOX Matchup Rating | CAR -3 Spread (45.5)
What to look for: Carolina’s offensive line is banged up, with starting left tackle Cameron Erving (neck) out and left guard Pat Elflein remaining on injured reserve with a hamstring ailment. Erving may start either Trent Scott or freshman Brady Christensen, and coach Matt Rhule hasn’t ruled out shifting right tackle Taylor Moton to the left side. With Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) potentially returning, the offensive line’s performance against the NFL’s 31st-ranked run defense will be crucial. David Newton is an author.
Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold’s carriage will transform back into a pumpkin, according to a bold prediction. Darnold has had a Cinderella start to the season, with three games of 300-plus passing yards and multiple running touchdowns in each of the last two. His offensive line, though, was already weak before the injuries. Carolina is 30th in the league with a 44 percent pass block win rate, and Darnold has been sacked 11 times, which is tied for sixth most. After allowing over 850 yards in the previous two weeks, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox have been chastised, and both will enter the game with a chip on their shoulder. Darnold will be roughed up and will turn the ball over numerous times. Tim McManus, Ph.D.
Panthers receiver DJ Moore has 398 receiving yards this season, which is the third-most in club history through the first four games of the season.
1 p.m. ET | FOX Matchup rating: 39.5 | MIN -9.5 | FOX Matchup rating: 39.5 (39.5)
What to look for: Since joining the Vikings in 2018, quarterback Kirk Cousins has crushed the Lions, throwing 15 touchdowns and just one interception, and Minnesota is riding a seven-game win run against its divisional rival with an average margin of victory of 11.6 points per game. For the Lions, things aren’t going to get any easier this week. Against Minnesota’s strong pass rush, Detroit’s offensive line will be shorthanded (3.2 sacks per game, tied for third in the NFL). The Lions are also prepared to play without left tackle Penei Sewell after center Frank Ragnow (toe) was put on injured reserve this week (ankle). Courtney Cronin (Courtney Cronin)
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Amon-Ra St. Brown, the Lions’ rookie wide receiver, will catch at least five passes. Last week, he had a career-best performance against Chicago, catching a game-high six receptions for 70 yards. Expect quarterback Jared Goff to attempt to connect with the receivers more to maximize the offense’s potential, and St. Brown should get more targets after demonstrating his ability to create plays on the road. Eric Woodyard’s remark
In a Week 4 defeat to the Browns, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook recorded only 34 rushing yards, his fewest in a game since 2019. However, he set a career best with 206 yards in his previous encounter with the Lions (Week 9 last season) and has averaged 106.3 running yards per game in six career games versus Detroit, scoring six touchdowns on the ground.
Lions | Vikings Injuries
What to know in fantasy: Cousins has scored more than 20 fantasy points against the Lions in four of his last five games. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
Last season, the over was successful in five of Minnesota’s six divisional games, including both meetings with Detroit. Continue reading to learn more.
Vikings 28, Lions 23 is Woodyard’s prediction. Vikings 30, Lions 21 is Cronin’s prediction. MIN, 73.8 percent, according to the FPI (by an average of 8.8 points)
Matchup must-reads: Goff and the Lions strive not to ‘become numb’ in the face of defeat… Cook, the Vikings’ running back, has vowed to play through his ankle injury… Okwara, the Lions’ best pass-rusher, is out for the season… Why isn’t the Vikings’ rush defensive investment paying off?
1 p.m. ET | CBS Matchup rating: 22.4 | NE -9 spread (39.5)
What to look out for: Will the Texans’ ground game improve? Can Houston take advantage of the Patriots’ 28th-ranked DVOA against the run? So far, the club is 30th in rush DVOA, and it’s been a downward spiral since Mark Ingram II’s 85-yard touchdown run in Week 1. Sarah Barshop is a writer.
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The Patriots will rush for 200 yards as a team, led by running back Damien Harris, who will eclipse the 100-yard mark and score two touchdowns. The Texans allow the 28th-most rushing yards per game in the NFL, and the Patriots are eager to get their ground game back on track after gaining minus-1 yard on eight rushes in last Sunday’s defeat to the Buccaneers. — Reiss, Mike
Fact to be aware of: In a Week 4 shutout against the Bills, Houston QB Davis Mills had a 0.8 Total QBR, the fourth lowest in the last five seasons. With a defeat on Sunday, he’d join Case Keenum as the only Texans players to lose their first three career starts.
Patriots | Texans Injuries
What you should know for fantasy football: Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers has 42 targets this season, which is tied for sixth most in the NFL, and has two games with 15+ fantasy points in a row. Julian Edelman, who had three consecutive 15-point games from Week 12 to Week 14 in 2019, was the last Patriots receiver to do it. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
Coach Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots are 57-31 ATS after a straight-up defeat. Continue reading to learn more.
Patriots 23, Texans 17 is Reiss’ prediction. Patriots 17, Texans 7 is Barshop’s prediction. NE, 68.8%, according to the FPI (by an average of 6.8 points)
Must-reads for Sunday’s game: Why the Patriots traded Gilmore to Carolina… The Texans’ ’embarrassing’ defeat to the Bills was the team’s worst in club history… LB Collins is back with the Patriots for a third time.
1 p.m. ET | CBS Matchup rating: 21.0 | TEN -4.5 spread (49)
What to look out for: This game revolves on getting Derrick Henry going, as well as attempting to stop him. Henry has run for 185 yards and one score in the opening meeting between these two teams each year for the last three seasons. He has run for 612 yards and eight touchdowns in the rematch. That doesn’t rule out Henry exploding on Sunday, but the Jaguars’ defense is sixth in the NFL in yards per run allowed (3.7). Mike DiRocco’s remark
The Titans will not allow a sack against the Jaguars, according to a bold prediction. Despite the fact that Jacksonville has just five sacks this season, the Titans have allowed a league-high 17 sacks. Receivers not getting open, quarterback Ryan Tannehill holding on to the ball too long, and offensive linemen being beaten up in the front have all been blamed. Two factors may help address those problems: receiver A.J. Brown’s potential return and offensive coordinator Todd Downing’s decision to use more bunch formations to create separation and enable Tannehill to get rid of the ball faster. Turron Davenport (Turron Davenport)
The Jaguars have allowed 20 or more points in 22 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest run in NFL history. They are currently on a 19-game losing skid (tied for second-longest in NFL history).
4:05 p.m. ET | CBS Matchup rating: 71.1 | Los Angeles Athletic Club -2 (47)
What to look out for: With 11.0 sacks in the last two games, the Browns’ pass rush has been almost unstoppable. With six sacks, Myles Garrett leads the NFL. Garrett and the Browns, on the other hand, will go up against a strong Chargers front, which is headed by center Corey Linsley and rookie tackle Rashawn Slater. The issue is whether this front can keep Garrett and Co. away from Los Angeles quarterback Justin Herbert, who has been pressed on just 25.6 percent of his dropbacks this season, the fifth-lowest in the NFL. Shelley Smith says:
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This is a bold prediction: the two defenses combined for eight sacks in this game. In a defensive battle, the Chargers’ Joey Bosa and the Browns’ Garrett will lead the way with two each. The Browns have the best pass rush victory percentage in the NFL, while the Chargers are ninth. Jake Trotter’s remark
Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is averaging 5.7 yards per carry this season, which is tied for third in the NFL (min. 40 rushes). He’s had at least 100 scrimmage yards in three consecutive games, which ties him for the longest current stretch in the NFL with Derrick Henry.
Browns | Chargers Injuries
What to know for fantasy: Cleveland running back Kareem Hunt is generally regarded as the RB2, but he’s averaging more fantasy points (22.1) than Nick Chubb over the last two weeks (19.9). Check out the Week 5 rankings.
Cleveland has a 3-11 ATS record versus AFC opponents since the beginning of last season. Continue reading to learn more.
Chargers 20, Browns 18 is Trotter’s prediction. Chargers 24, Browns 14 is Smith’s prediction. LAC, 54.8 percent, according to the FPI (by an average of 1.7 points)
Must-reads for this matchup: Mayfield is playing with a partly torn labrum… Chargers’ veteran Cook has established himself as a major target for Herbert… The Browns need Baker to bounce back after a disappointing performance against the Vikings… Murray of the Chargers has a sad heart as a result of his brother’s death.
LV -5.5 | 4:05 p.m. ET | CBS Matchup rating: 35.9 (44)
What to look out for: The “homecoming” of Khalil Mack has come. What an uncomfortable situation. Mack never played for Jon Gruden in Las Vegas, forcing a trade with his 2018 holdout, and spent four years in Oakland, never playing in Vegas. The Raiders last met Mack in London in 2019, and they held him without a sack. Mack and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr are good friends who have long fought about who is the fastest. Carr, on the other hand, may not want to find out on Sunday, given his damaged offensive line. Gutierrez, Paul
The Raiders will sack Bears quarterback Justin Fields five times, according to my bold prediction. Fields, Chicago’s new permanent starting quarterback, is very mobile, but the Bears will be without top running back David Montgomery on Sunday, making them vulnerable to a one-dimensional attack. Fields was sacked nine times by the Browns only two weeks ago. The Bears’ offensive line has a reputation for struggling against great pass rushers, and the Raiders have a slew of them. Dickerson, Jeff
Carr has averaging 12.4 yards per third down attempt this season, which is the highest in the NFL.
4:25 p.m. ET | FOX Matchup rating: 68.7 | ARI -5 point spread (49.5)
What to look out for: Here’s what we know about Sunday: Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance — or both — will face the Cardinals. Each one has their own distinct strategy. Garoppolo is a pocket passer, while Lance is a dual-threat danger, something the Cardinals’ first-team defense sees every day in practice against Kyler Murray. Lance, at 21 years and 154 days old, would be the fourth-youngest quarterback to start his first game in the Super Bowl era if he starts. Josh Weinfuss (@JoshWeinfuss)
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Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins will have 14 or more receptions, according to a bold prediction. Even though veteran Josh Norman is expected to return, the 49ers are still weak at cornerback, and Hopkins had 22 catches in two games versus San Francisco last season. The Niners must now account for players like A.J. Green and Rondale Moore. This game may be closer than most anticipate, but Hopkins could be the deciding factor. Nick Wagoner is a writer.
The Cardinals have a chance to become the sixth team in NFL history to score 30 points in each of their first five games. Much of this may be attributed to quarterback Kyler Murray’s strong start. Off-target incompletions account for just 5.5 percent of his pocket passes. On 113 total attempts, that’s just 6 balls. He’s also threading the needle down the field. Murray has completed 17 of 24 throws when targeting vertical routes this season, according to ESPN route analysis powered by NFL Next Gen Stats, the greatest percentage in the league.
49ers | Cardinals Injuries
What to know for fantasy: The 49ers’ running backs piled up 98 fantasy points in two games against the Cardinals last season. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
Since the start of the 2019 season, San Francisco has gone 8-2 ATS as a road underdog, while Arizona has gone 2-6 ATS as a home favorite under coach Kliff Kingsbury. Continue reading to learn more.
Cardinals 30, 49ers, according to Wagoner. 27 Cardinals 41, 49ers, according to Weinfuss. 24 ARI, 62.8 percent, according to the FPI (by an average of 4.6 points)
Matchup must-reads: How the 49ers’ Samuel, the NFL’s top receiver, evolved into more than a gadget man… On his route to a 4-0 record, Murray favors the pass over the run… With 216 rushing yards against the Rams, the Cardinals offense discovered a new dimension.
4:25 p.m. ET | FOX Matchup rating: 52.6 | DAL -7 | FOX Matchup rating: 52.6 (52)
What to look out for: As good as the Cowboys’ defense has become, huge plays are still a problem. Through four games, they’ve allowed 21 plays of 20 yards or more. The Giants’ offense has 16 plays of at least 20 yards and is completely loaded. Dallas has given up five first downs on 3rd-and-10 or longer this season, so it must be wary of New York quarterback Daniel Jones’ ability to run and deliver the ball to receivers Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and John Ross III, as well as running back Saquon Barkley. Todd Archer is a writer.
Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys’ running back, will carry for 150 yards or more. Last week, Elliott ran for 143 yards against a strong Carolina defense, and now he faces a Giants team that has failed to stop the run this season. New York ranks 20th in the NFL in this category, allowing 122.8 yards per game on the ground, and they haven’t faced anything like Dallas’ offensive line. Jordan Raanan is a writer.
Jones leads all NFL quarterbacks this season with a 71 percent completion rate on throws that go 15 yards or more downfield.
NBC Matchup rating: 94.5 | Spread: KC -2.5 | 8:20 p.m. ET (56.5)
What to look out for: The Chiefs defended well against Buffalo QB Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense in both of their meetings last season, but this is a different Kansas City defense, one that has significant flaws in many areas. The Bills are going to put up a fight. Will the Chiefs be able to outscore them? In last week’s victory against the Eagles, Kansas City scored a touchdown on every drive but one, but Buffalo boasts the NFL’s top scoring defense, making the job much more difficult this week. Adam Teicher’s remark
The Bills will score at least 35 points against the Chiefs, according to my bold prediction. They’ve scored at least that many points in each of their past three games, and Kansas City should be no exception. The Chiefs’ defense has failed to contain opposing offenses, ranking 31st in points per game allowed (31.3). Allen’s start to the season has been erratic, but he’ll take advantage of the primetime chance. Alaina Getzenberg is a writer who lives in New York City.
Know this: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has the potential to become just the third player in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes in each of his first five games (Steve Young in 1998 and Tom Brady in 2007).
Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN Matchup rating: 59.4 | BAL -7 spread (46)
What to look out for: Against the Ravens’ pass rush, all eyes will be on Colts quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz was sacked six times the previous time he faced Baltimore (tied for the second-most in his career). The Ravens are coming off a five-sack performance in Denver, and Indianapolis will be without three-time All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson once again (sprained right ankle). Jamison Hensley (Jamison Hensley)
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Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson will throw for more over 300 yards, according to a bold prediction. The Colts, like many other teams, are concentrating on shutting down Baltimore’s rushing attack, which has surpassed 100 yards on the ground in 43 consecutive games. Jackson’s throwing ability is a “underrated” aspect of his game, according to Colts coach Frank Reich, who claimed Jackson’s passing ability is a “underrated” part of his game. Mike Wells’ remark
The Ravens are 11th in the league in first-down designed rush % this season, after leading the league in 2018-20.
Colts | Ravens Injuries
What to know for fantasy: The Ravens have won six primetime games since the start of the season. Jackson is averaging 34 fantasy points, 94.5 running yards, and more than a rushing touchdown per game in those games. Check out the Week 5 rankings.
This season, home teams are 4-0 against the spread on Monday Night Football. Continue reading to learn more.
Ravens 30, Colts 20 is Wells’ prediction. Ravens 30, Colts 10 is Hensley’s prediction. BAL, 67.2 percent, according to the FPI (by an average of 6.1 points)
Matchup must-reads: How Colts quarterback Carson Wentz made a positive stride forward… ‘It’s insane:’ The Ravens want to dispel the myth that Jackson can’t throw… The Ravens will report unpenalized hits on quarterback Lamar Jackson to the NFL.
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