NFC Week 5 Matchups: Packers Face Surprising Giants in London

Injuries Could Slow New Orleans Saints in Matchup with Seattle Seahawks

Buccaneers Look to Rebound from Loss to AFC Power Kansas City

Many of the early games on Sunday in the NFC Week 5 Matchups have the potential to be over early with both the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers favored by 9.5 points and the Minnesota Vikings currently favored by 7.5 points.

The first game on Sunday is a perfect chance for the New York Giants to prove that they are in this for the long haul. The season-opening win over Tennessee opened some eyes, but beating Carolina and Chicago isn’t going to convince too many people that the Giants are a legitimate playoff contender in the NFC.

The Packers (+400) and Buccaneers (+500) are second and third in the NFL odds week 5 to win the NFC title after Week 5.

The Packers (+400) and Buccaneers (+500) are second and third in the NFL odds week 5 to win the NFC title after Week 5. Take a look at all of the NFL point spreads for week 5.

New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers

  • Date, Time (TV): Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET (NFL Network)
  • Line: Packers -9.5

A nice early start for a pair of 3-1 teams with the game being played in London as things get going in the NFC Week 5 Matchups.

Both teams are averaging less than 20 points per game and allowing more than 17 so there isn’t much separating them from being 2-2 or 1-3.

Aaron Rodgers has already been sacked nine times, but he is completing 69% of his passes. Rookie Romeo Doubs is the top receiver, but he is only averaging 9.7 yards on his 19 catches.

The Giants‘ defense will be tested by the Green Bay running back duo of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.
Saquon Barkley, the NFL’s leading rusher, is bouncing back in a major way with 463 yards and he is the third-leading receiver.

Quarterback Daniel Jones has been sacked 14 times and he faces a Green Bay defense with 11 sacks.

Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Date, Time (TV): Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
  • Line: Buccaneers -9.5

Cordarrelle Patterson’s injury isn’t going to help Atlanta’s chances of upsetting the NFC South favorites.
Patterson is the fourth-leading rusher so his absence is a big deal. Rookie receiver Drake London and second-year tight end Kyle Pitts were fairly quiet last week and they will look to rebound against Tampa. Be sure to stay tuned right here for an updated NFL injury report week 5.

Receiver Chris Godwin made his season debut in last week’s loss to Kansas City so that bodes well for the Buccaneers moving forward. The running game was stuck in neutral a week ago and that will need to change for the Buccaneers to compete for another Super Bowl title.

The Buccaneers defense wants to get back to being a dominant unit after a less than stellar effort the last time out. It will be a chance for Devin White, Vita Vea and company to shut down an Atlanta running game with the Falcons missed their top runner.

Receiver Julio Jones used to light up the Buccaneers secondary when he played for the Falcons. He is questionable with a knee injury. If he is cleared to play, he should be fired up to face his former team.

When looking at the NFL standings 2022, the Buccaneers have lost two games in a row and aren’t among the five NFC teams with winning records.

Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings

  • Date, Time (TV): Sunday, 1 p.m. (FOX)
  • Line: Vikings -7.5

One of the great rivalries in the NFL, the league is a better place when both teams are playoff contenders.

Chicago fans were hoping for as he has four interceptions and two TD passes while completing 50.7% of his passes

The Bears do own a win over San Francisco, but the jury is still out on the Bears. Running back Khalil Herbert has been outstanding, especially since David Montgomery has been sidelined. However, quarterback Justin Fields hasn’t made the strides that Chicago fans were hoping for as he has four interceptions and two TD passes while completing 50.7% of his passes.

Minnesota came into the season projected as the top competitor to Green Bay in the NFC North Division. The Vikings will probably go as far as the duo of receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook takes them.

Dalvin Tomlinson continues to make plays in his second season with the Vikings.

Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson hasn’t been tested often this season. That could change if he matches up with the dynamic Jefferson.

Seattle Seahawks vs New Orleans Saints

  • Date, Time (TV): Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
  • Line: Saints -5.5

Keep an eye on the status of New Orleans quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Alvin Kamara as they both missed last week’s game. This is the one game among the early NFC Week 5 Matchups that could see the line move the most based on the injury updates.

It could be a retribution tour if Winston and Seattle’s Geno Smith are the starting quarterbacks as both moved on from their original teams.

Chris Olave is emerging into a leading candidate for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Saints while Seattle’s DK Metcalf is thriving even after the departure of quarterback Russell Wilson.

There are 17 players with at least 250 rushing yards so far this season and only two of them have a better yards per carry mark than Rashaad Penny’s six yards per rushing attempt for the Seahawks.

Tennessee Titans vs Washington Commanders

  • Date, Time (TV): Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • Line: Titans -2.5

Tennessee and Washington rank 26th and 23rd in rushing defense and that could be good news for two teams with quarterbacks who aren’t exactly the ‘carry the team on their shoulders’ types.

Derrick Henry is just 11th in the NFL with 306 rushing yards and is averaging four yards per carry so he is not performing at the level he did in the early stages of the 2021 season.

Rookie Brian Robinson is getting closer to returning to the field. Antonio Gibson hasn’t exactly grabbed hold of the No. 1 running position without the injured Robinson available to play.

Quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Ryan Tannehill have 13 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

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