2. Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
The Cowboys’ defense has ceded yards this season, and points at times (28 or more twice, 17 or less twice). But they have been opportunistic, with a league-high eight interceptions led by five from cornerback Trevon Diggs. Over their last three games, they’ve registered nine sacks.
In Week 5 the Cowboys will face a bad Giants’ offensive line in front of quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones has not been the turnover machine he was in his first two seasons, but he did take multiple sacks in each of the first three games before the Saints failed to sack him in Week 4.
Sunday’s game has a chance to be a shootout. But that also means Jones is in line to throw a bunch and based purely on more opportunities a few sacks and a turnover or two is in the offing.
1. Las Vegas Raiders vs. Chicago Bears
In terms of points allowed, the Raiders’ defense has been good and bad through four weeks. But more broadly the unit has been greatly improved under Gus Bradley’s guidance in his first season as the coordinator. Week 5 brings a good matchup at home.
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields looked better in his second NFL start in Week 4, with the important caveat of playing the Lions. He is now the starting quarterback moving forward, which is good news for the team’s offense.
But the Bears will be without top running back David Montgomery for the next 4-5 weeks, and Fields has an 18.8 percent sack rate (however skewed by nine sacks in Week 3). In short, it’s not a dangerous matchup for the Raiders’ defense in Week 5.
Bonus Week 5 D/ST Sleeper: Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers