NFL Week 5 preview: Packers, Cowboys look to bounce back from 1st losses
Even with both teams losing last week — the Packers’ defense showed little, and the Cowboys’ offense showed even less — this is a juicy matchup. It almost always seems to be.
The Packers have won seven of the past eight in this series, with Dallas’ victory coming during a franchise-record 11-game winning streak when QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott were rookies in 2016. And the Packers are 3-0 at AT&T Stadium, including a Super Bowl victory against Pittsburgh.
Green Bay could be missing WR Davante Adams, who had a career-high 180 yards receiving against the Eagles but left early with a turf toe injury.
Here’s a look at the schedule for Week 5.
Packers (3-1) at Cowboys (3-1)
4:25 p.m., Fox
Opening line — Cowboys by 5
Series record — Packers lead 19-17
Last meeting — Packers 35, Cowboys 31, Oct. 8, 2017
Notes: Packers have won seven of past eight in series, with Dallas victory coming during franchise-record 11-game winning streak when QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott were rookies in 2016. … Packers 3-0 at AT&T Stadium. … Both teams are in top seven in NFL in scoring defense (Cowboys second at 11.3 points per game, Packers seventh at 17.3). … Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is 6-2 against Cowboys with 2,172 yards, 15 TDs, two INTs and 103.5 passer rating. … RB Aaron Jones had 125 yards rushing, TD in previous Dallas meeting, seeks fourth straight week with rushing TD. … WR Davante Adams had career-high 180 yards receiving against Eagles but didn’t practice at start of week because of toe injury that sidelined him during Philadelphia game.
Jets (0-3) at Eagles (2-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Opening line — Eagles by 14
Series record — Eagles lead 10-0
Last meeting — Eagles beat Jets 24-17, Sept. 27, 2015
Notes: Eagles 10-0 all-time vs. Jets. … Jets coming off bye-week break. … QB situation was uncertain as of midweek with Sam Darnold returning to practice for first time since being diagnosed with mononucleosis, but hadn’t yet been cleared for contact. If Darnold can’t go, Luke Falk would make second straight start. Falk was 12 of 22 for 98 yards in NFL starting debut vs. Patriots in Week 3. … Offense struggling mightily, coinciding with having started different QBs in each of first three games with Darnold going Week 1 vs. Buffalo, Trevor Siemian in Week 2 vs. Cleveland and Falk at New England. Defense has outscored offense 15-11 so far. Jets have gotten just 36 first downs, compared to 60 by opponents. Just 9 of 43 (20.9 percent) on third downs.
Vikings (2-2) at Giants (2-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Opening line — Vikings by 5.5
Series record — Vikings lead 16-12
Last meeting — Vikings beat Giants 24-10, Oct. 3, 2016
Notes: Vikings have lost five straight outdoor road games. Last win was at MetLife Stadium, 37-17 decision over Jets Oct. 21. … RB Dalvin Cook second in NFL with 410 yards rushing despite only 35 against Bears. Only player in league with rushing TD in first four games this season. … QB Kirk Cousins sacked six times last week, matching career most. Leads league with six fumbles (two lost). … WR Stefon Diggs had 107 yards receiving last week, 11th career 100-yard game. … TE Kyle Rudolph has TD catches in last two vs. Giants. … DE Danielle Hunter has three sacks in past four games. … LB Eric Kendricks had 12 tackles against Bears. … S Harrison Smith has 14 tackles and 35-yard interception return TD in last two against New York.
Falcons (1-3) at Texans (2-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Opening line — Texans by 4.5
Series record — Tied 2-2
Last meeting — Falcons beat Texans 48-21, Oct. 4, 2015
Notes: Falcons have lost six straight and 12 of past 13 games to AFC opponents. … Fifth-year Atlanta coach Dan Quinn is 6-13, including Super Bowl loss, against AFC. … Bill O’Brien, in sixth year with Houston, is 8-14 vs. NFC. … Falcons 18-18 since start of 2017. Texans are 17-19 over same span. … Atlanta is minus-5 in turnover differential. Houston is plus-2. … Falcons QB Matt Ryan ranks second in league in yards passing and in completions for a first down with 65. … Atlanta WR Julio Jones last week surpassed 11,000 career yards receiving, becoming fastest to reach that mark in league history in 115 games. Calvin Johnson, previous record holder, got there in 127. … Atlanta RB Devonta Freeman is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry on 47 attempts.
Patriots (4-0) at Redskins (0-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Opening line — Patriots by 13.5
Series record — Redskins lead 6-4
Last meeting — Patriots beat Redskins 27-10, Nov. 8, 2015
Notes: Patriots have won past three matchups. … New England’s defense has been league’s best so far this season, including leading NFL with 10 INTs. … Patriots are tied with Bears for league lead with plus-six turnover margin. … Patriots defense has had at least five sacks in past three games. Can set franchise record with fourth straight five-sack game against depleted Redskins offensive line missing left tackle Trent Williams, a holdout, and dealing with injuries to others. … Patriots joined 2012 Chicago Bears as only teams since 2000 with 15 or more sacks (18) and 10 or more INTs (10) through four games.
Colts (2-2) at Chiefs (4-0)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Opening line — Chiefs by 10
Series record — Colts lead 16-10
Last meeting — Chiefs beat Colts 31-13, Jan. 12
Notes: Colts have lost two straight in series. … Chiefs’ win over Indianapolis in January was their first home playoff win since Jan. 8, 1994. … Chiefs seeking to start 5-0 for third consecutive season. They have done it five times in franchise history. … Five teams have allowed fewer sacks this season than Indianapolis (six). … Colts have converted 49 percent of third downs, fifth-best in league, and all five fourth-down attempts. … Jacoby Brissett is tied for league lead with 10 TD passes through first four games, most by an Indianapolis QB to start season since Andrew Luck in 2014. … DE Justin Houston will make first trip to Kansas City as visitor after spending first eight NFL seasons with Chiefs. Needs three tackles for loss to reach 100.
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Jaguars (2-2) at Panthers (2-2)
Opening line — Panthers by 3
Series record — Series tied 3-3
Last meeting — Panthers beat Jaguars 20-9 on Sept. 14, 2015
Notes: Both teams have won back-to-back games after starting 0-2. … Jaguars rank 28th in NFL on third-down conversions (29.1%). … QB Gardner Minshew has highest QB rating (106.9) of any rookie through first four games in Super Bowl era. … Minshew has NFL-best QB rating (123.9) in red zone, completing 8 of 11 passes for 57 yards with five TDs and no interceptions. … Jaguars ran for 269 yards last week vs. Denver, second-most in franchise history. … RB Leonard Fournette had career-high 225 yards rushing last week and leads AFC in rushing. … WR DJ Chark has TD catch in three of last four games. Chark has four receptions of 30-plus yards.
Broncos (0-4) at Chargers (2-2)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m., CBS
Opening line — Chargers by 6.5
Series record — Broncos lead 66-52-1
Last meeting — Chargers beat Broncos 23-9, Dec. 30, 2018
Notes: Vic Fangio first of Broncos’ 17 head coaches to start 0-4. … Broncos’ eight-game skid is league’s longest active losing streak. … Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, who played for Broncos for four seasons (1993, 1997-99), is 2-2 vs. Denver. Lynn is one of five coaches on Chargers staff who played for Denver. … Los Angeles 19-6 in games played after September over past two seasons. … Broncos’ last road win Dec. 2 at Cincinnati (24-10). … QB Joe Flacco coming off ninth career 300-yard, 3-TD game. … Flacco 0-4 for first time in 12-year career. … WR Emmanuel Sanders had 19th career 100-yard game last week.
Buccaneers (2-2) at Saints (3-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Opening line — Saints by 6.5
Series record — Saints leads 33-21
Last meeting — Saints beat Buccaneers 28-14, Dec. 9, 2018
Notes: Teams split meetings last season with road team winning each. … Buccaneers have won two of last three meetings. … Buccaneers coming off scoring team single-game record 55 points on road vs. defending NFC champion Rams. … QB Jameis Winston threw for 385 yards, four touchdowns, but also had INT returned for TD for third time this season. … Winston has passed for at least 375 yards and three TDs in two straight. … Bucs WRs Chris Godwin and Mike Evans each have four TD receptions, tied for first in NFL.
Bills (3-1) at Titans (2-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Opening line — Titans by 1.5
Series record — Titans lead 28-18
Last meeting — Bills beat Titans 13-12, Oct. 7, 2018
Notes: Bills have won 2 straight vs. Titans by point each. … Winners of first two road games, Bills can match franchise’s longest streak to start season since 1993 with another road win. … Bills QB Josh Allen in concussion protocol. Allen threw for 153 yards and ran for TD last week. Allen has rushing TD in four of past five games and leads all QBs with eight TDs rushing since entering NFL in 2018. … Bills backup QB Matt Barkley threw for 127 yards last week coming off bench. Barkley threw for 316 yards and career-high three TDs against Titans on Nov. 27, 2016, with Chicago.
Cardinals (0-3-1) at Bengals (0-4)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Opening line — Bengals by 3½
Series record — Bengals lead 6-5
Last meeting — Cardinals beat Bengals 34-31, Nov. 22, 2015
Notes: First-year head coaches Kliff Kingsbury and Zac Taylor still looking for first wins in October. … Cardinals opened with 27-27 tie vs Lions but dropped games against Ravens, Panthers and Seahawks to remain winless. Bengals are 0-4 under Taylor, 11th time in franchise history they’ve dropped first four. 0-4 for first time since 2008 under Marvin Lewis. … Home team has won 10 of 11 in series, with Cardinals’ 35-27 win at Paul Brown Stadium in 2007 only exception. … Five of past six meetings decided by eight points or fewer. … Cardinals have given up league-high 20 sacks, followed by Bengals with 19.
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Bears (3-1) at Raiders (2-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox
Opening line — Bears by 5
Series record — Tied 7-7
Last meeting — Bears beat Raiders 22-20, Oct. 4, 2015
Notes: Bears won only previous regular-season game in London, 24-18 vs Tampa Bay in 2011. … Khalil Mack has 17 sacks, 10 forced fumbles since trade from Oakland to Chicago before last season, compared to 18 sacks, eight forced fumbles for entire Raiders team. … Only New England (27) has allowed fewer points than Chicago (45). Monsters of the Midway have not given up more than 15 this season and have allowed 17 or fewer in nine straight games counting playoff loss to Philadelphia at Soldier Field.
Browns (2-2) at 49ers (3-0)
Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
Opening line — 49ers by 3.5
Series record — Browns lead 19-9
Last meeting — Browns beat 49ers 24-10, Dec. 13, 2015
Notes: Browns won four of five in series. … Matchup between NFL’s two worst franchises from 2015-18. Browns 11-52-1 in that span; 49ers 17-47. … Browns playing third prime-time game already this season. They’re 1-1 so far — win over Jets, loss to Rams. … For first time in team history Browns had 300-yard passer, 150-yard receiver and 150-yard rusher in same game last week vs. Ravens. … Browns QB Baker Mayfield was more decisive against Rams, released ball quicker and was accurate (20 of 30 for 342 yards). … Mayfield has thrown TD pass in first 17 starts, second to Hall of Famer Kurt Warner’s 23-game streak. … RB Nick Chubb had career-best three TDs, 165 yards last week. Broke off 88-year score on sweep in which he was clocked at 21.95 mph. … WR Jarvis Landry had 8 catches for career-high 167 yards before suffering concussion.
• Off this week are Miami (0-4) and Detroit (2-2).