Circumstances beyond my control prevented me from posting a Week 5 NFL picks piece before this past weekend, but that doesn't mean that I am not prepared to live with my selections. Truth be told, I didn't do all that bad this time around. Things started out well thanks to Cleveland, although I did pay the price for believing that the Giants could win a game.
Reviewing my 2013 Week 5 NFL picks: Browns over Bills
You can add Brandon Weeden replacing Brian Hoyer and helping the Browns earn a win over Buffalo to the long list of things I did not see coming. Weeden is going to get at least one more game to prove that he can command a NFL offense. We shall see.
Reviewing my 2013 Week 5 NFL picks: Giants over Eagles
In my defense, New York did look pretty good early on, and the Giants did manage to rally back. Then the fourth quarter came along. Big Blue is a complete train wreck, and the only reason they aren't the worst team in the NFL is because the Jaguars exist.
Reviewing my 2013 Week 5 NFL picks: Saints over Bears
I've been riding the Saints since the start of September, and I didn't stop this past week. Analysts and fans alike have been in love with San Francisco and Seattle since summer. Don't look now, but the Saints are the best team in the NFC.
Reviewing my 2013 Week 5 NFL picks: Patriots over Bengals
Tom Brady has to be sick and tired of playing in monsoon conditions this season. On the opposite end of the field were the Bengals, who lost to the Browns, probably should have lost to the Packers, and yet are 3-0 in Cincinnati in 2013. Their status as contenders changes with every week.
Reviewing my 2013 Week 5 NFL picks: Packers over Lions
This pick came before I learned that Calvin Johnson wouldn't be available for the Lions. That bit of information would have made the choice even easier. I have regularly said that Green Bay is the best team in the NFC North. Sunday didn't change my mind.
Reviewing my 2013 Week 5 NFL picks: Titans over Chiefs
You know how a change at quarterback can sometimes inject life into an offense? That's what I saw in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Whoops. A 57.7 QB rating isn't going to cut it, especially not against the best teams in the league.
Reviewing my 2013 Week 5 NFL picks: Colts over Seahawks
They may not yet be Denver, but the Colts are very, very good. They went to San Fran and beat one of the best teams in the league, and Indy has now notched a victory over Seattle. I believe Indianapolis to be better than both Kansas City and New England, and the Colts are on track to hosting at least one playoff game.
Reviewing my 2013 Week 5 NFL picks: Rams over Jaguars
Odds are that nobody will be picking Jacksonville to win any games anytime soon. I'll admit that I'm surprised that the Jags even had a lead. That they put up a real fight was a positive sign that they could be headed in the right direction. The Giants don't have that going for them.