Jason’s Top Five NFL Matchups: Week 5

By Jason Bryden

Assistant Sports Info Director

Kansas City-Indianapolis

It’s nobody’s surprise that one of the two teams in this game is the lone team left still undefeated, but to everybody’s surprise it is not the Indianapolis Colts.  That’s right, the Kansas City Chiefs are the league’s only unbeaten at 3-0. The Chiefs had a bye in Week 4, but come off of a 31-10 smoking of San Francisco in Week 3.  The Chiefs are one win away from tying their mark for wins from 2009 when they went 4-12.  The Colts fell 31-28 at Jacksonville, falling on a last second field goal, ending their six-game winning streak against the Jaguars.

Indianapolis leads the all-time series, 12-7, including 3-0 in the playoffs.  The Colts beat the Chiefs, 23-8, in the 2006 Wild Card Round en route to winning the Super Bowl.

Green Bay-Washington

The good news for the Packers?  They have won the last four against the Redskins.  The bad news for Green Bay?  The Packers are just 2-4 versus Donovan McNabb.  On Sunday, something will give at Fed Ex Field.

The Packers are 3-1 and held out the Detroit Lions on Sunday, 28-26, despite giving up ten 3rd down conversions in the game.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers did throw for three touchdowns in the win as Green Bay won its 19th straight over Detroit in the state of Wisconsin.  The Redskins evened their mark at 2-2 as McNabb returned to Philadelphia triumphantly with a 17-12 win over the Eagles.  McNabb threw for a touchdown and cornerback DeAngelo Hall picked off the Eagles’ Hail Mary pass on the final play.

Green Bay during the four-game winning streak has outscored Washington, 112-37, including a 17-14 win in the last meeting in 2007 in Green Bay.

New York Giants-Houston

Two teams with playoff aspirations will square off on Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston as the Giants and Texans meet for the third time overall.

The Giants defense was dominant in recording 10 sacks in a 17-3 win over Chicago on Sunday night.  New York’s defense held the Bears to just 110 yards and six first downs.  The Giants ran the ball for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the win.  Houston traveled to Oakland and scored a 31-24 win over the Raiders on Sunday.  The Texans welcome back 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, linebacker Brian Cushing, who was suspended for the first four games for a positive drug test.  Houston went 3-1 in his absence.

Both teams have won one game each, both at home.  Houston won in 2002, 16-14, and New York won in 2006, 14-10.


The one-time Battle of Texas is rekindled on Sunday as the Titans travel to Cowboys Stadium to take on the Cowboys.

Tennessee comes off of a tough 26-20 loss to Denver, blowing a 20-16 lead in the final two minutes.  A pass interference penalty and a fumble on the kickoff doomed the Titans late in the game.  Dallas comes off of a bye, but scored its first win of the year with a convincing 27-13 win at Houston.  Wide receiver Roy Williams caught two touchdown passes in the win.

Dallas leads the overall series 7-5 as both teams have won two games each since 1997.  From 1960-96, the Titans were known as the Houston Oilers and the Cowboys won five of the eight meetings.

Minnesota-New York Jets

Last year Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field in Green Bay where he played for 16 years.  On Monday night, Favre returns to the Jersey Swamps where he played the 2008 season as quarterback of the Jets.

Minnesota had the bye in Week 4, but won its last game in Week 3 by a 24-10 score over the Detroit Lions.  Running back Adrian Peterson ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard run (his career long) in the win.  The Jets won their third straight with a dominating 38-14 win over Buffalo on Sunday.  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 133 yards and two scores in the triumph.

The two teams are meeting for the ninth time with the Jets holding a 7-1 edge.  New York won the last six meetings, including most recently a 26-13 win in 2006 in Minnesota.

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