Bing Predicts: NFL Week 5

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It seems that no one told the Carolina Panthers that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were heavily favored in Week 4. So after a lackluster personal start in the first three games (two touchdowns, four interceptions), Cam Newton came up big for the Panthers, leading them to a 33-30 upset win. The Patriots fell to 2-2. What’s the NFL world coming to?

Don’t blame Brady. It’s the miscommunication on the Patriots’ defense that is a big issue for the defending Super Bowl champions. Coach Bill Belichick has some work to do.

It was a Sunday of upsets. The heavily favored, high-flying Atlanta Falcons were taken down by the Buffalo Bills, 23-17. And in Dallas, the Rams (yes, the Rams) topped the Cowboys 35-30 on their home turf.

So what’s on tap for Week 5?

Can the Patriots get back on the winning track at Tampa Bay on Thursday night? Despite two losses, they are favored. The Pittsburgh Steelers are also the heavy favorites over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Has someone told the Jags they don’t have a chance? Probably not.

The Detroit Lions are favored for the first time this season when they play the Panthers. Can Newton pull another upset? Admittedly, this would be on a much smaller scale. The red-hot Lions, playing before a loud-and-proud Ford Field crowd, should be a handful.

Bing’s NFL predictions use team and player statistics and web activity to build a statistical model that takes into account historical data and real-time information (like injuries, suspensions, and lineup changes). Finally, social sentiment adds a unique wisdom-of-the-crowd factor to the model. Learn more about Bing Predicts.

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