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Top 5 Games for NFL's Week 5 Schedule

A couple of key divisional matchups headline an otherwise lackluster slate.

There's no way to sugarcoat it: The slate for Week 5 of the NFL season is a little rough overall. Eight of the 14 matchups don't feature a winning team, and even the top games don't carry as much weight as they have in weeks past.

Related: NFL Power Rankings for Week 5

But not every week can be full of huge stakes. And that leaves plenty of room for surprises with lowered expectations. Plus, It's easy to see how several games that just fell short of this week's top five could have major playoff implications.

Colts-Broncos on "Thursday Night Football" isn't the battle for playoff seeding we once hoped, and Jonathan Taylor and Javonte Williams are both hurt. But both teams are on the precipice of the postseason if their campaigns take a turn, starting on Sunday. And while it's unclear if the Falcons are legit after a 2-2 start against a weak schedule, facing the Buccaneers is a great measuring stick.

The Week 5 slate may not be that strong, but let's take a look at the best of what it can offer.

(Note: All games listed in ET)

Top 5 Games of Week 5

5. Chargers vs. Browns, Sunday at 1 p.m.

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While Los Angeles entered the season expecting to compete for a division title — if not more — Cleveland was just hoping to tread water until Deshaun Watson returned from his suspension related to more than two dozen sexual harassment allegations. Now, both teams find themselves at 2-2 and in the midst of a muddled AFC playoff picture. This season has been a roller-coaster ride for both teams, which gives this game real potential for some memorable madness.

4. Cowboys vs. Rams, Sunday at 3:25 p.m.

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Dak Prescott's health may bump this game higher up on the list, but the Cowboys have not looked bad with Cooper Rush at the helm. Regardless of who is under center, they'll have to be decisive because this game notably features two of the best pass rushers in the game in Aaron Donald and Micah Parsons. In a weak NFC, this is decisively a playoff-quality matchup.

3. Raiders vs. Chiefs, Monday at 8:15 p.m.

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With their win on Sunday, the Raiders finally got in the win column. Congratulations! Now you get a prime-time game against a team that's beaten you eight of the last nine times. Despite handling the Buccaneers this past Sunday night, though, the Chiefs are just a touchdown favorite (it's still early) since this game has the makings of a shootout.

2. Eagles vs. Cardinals, Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

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Philadelphia is the last remaining undefeated team, and this could be their biggest test for the next few months. Dual-threat Oklahoma quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Kyler Murray facing off adds a bit of familiarity to this matchup. Of course, the Cardinals will need to snap their seven-game home losing streak, or else head coach Kliff Kingsbury's seat could get quite toasty.

1. Bengals vs. Ravens, Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

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Although neither team leads the AFC North — that would be, surprisingly, the 2-2 Browns — the Bengals and Ravens remain the favorites to win the division. Gaining the tiebreaker on their rival here will be crucial, and fans will be treated to another Joe Burrow vs. Lamar Jackson game in the meantime.