The slate for Week 5 of the NFL matchup isn’t littered with rivalries or teams with a lot of bad blood lining the schedule.
Finding intrigue during this portion of the NFL schedule will largely be based on where your loyalties lie. Also, any surprise teams that start the season hot could create potential intrigue that may not be apparent to anyone trying to figure things out during the preseason. Here’s a look at what NFL Week 5 matchups may have to offer.
NFL Games of the Week
Thursday, Oct. 6
Sunday, Oct. 9
Monday, Oct. 10
Here’s a look at some interesting facts about NFL Week 5 matchups.
AFC South pillow fight
The Houston Texans were stuck in an awkward spot last season as it awaited the ongoing legal issues of quarterback Deshaun Watson to be sorted out. All of the issues Houston had led to them finishing the season with a 4-13 record. But the Texans, who will have first-year coach Lovie Smith this season, were able to make life miserable for the team formerly coached by Urban Meyer, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Two of Houston’s four wins came over a team it will face in this NFL Week 5 matchup. The Texans have won eight straight games against Jacksonville and lead the all-time series 17-13.
Other important matchups
- Dallas and the Los Angeles Rams will meet in a battle of two teams that made the NFC playoffs last season. The Cowboys return quarterback Dak Prescot and will be eager to score a win over the defending Super Bowl champions. With the game in a national timeslot, the Rams won’t want to leave a poor impression either.
- The Baltimore Ravens’ defense will be eager for another shot at the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. The Ravens, who had collected five straight wins over the Bengals, were torched by Cincinnati in the team’s two meetings last season. Cincinnati scored 82 points, 41 in each game, en route to the AFC North title.
- Minnesota will want to keep Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields contained. The Vikings, who swept the Bears last season, will be well under way in their transition to first-year coach Kevin O’Connell. This is NFL Week 5 matchup that will become more clear as both teams start playing where this should be headed.
- Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan left their teams to play for the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, respectively. Both will look forward to having the Thursday night stage to show their former franchises what they are missing. This game will also play a key role in the AFC playoff picture.