Let the good times roll!
Friday I gave you my college picks against the spread and came out winning 4-of-5. So lets see if we can ride the wave with my top three NFL picks for week five.
My picks are in the bold font
All spreads came from CBSSports.com as of Saturday night (10/5)
Jacksonville @ St. Louis (STL -11.5)
If there's any week where the lowly Jaguars (0-4) have a shot to win, it's against the Rams (1-3). Now they don't need to take home a "W," but they very well could in week five. St. Louis' defense ranks 25th in the NFL, one spot worse than Jacksonville. Plus, the Rams are 30th against the run. That bodes well for pro bowl running back Maurice Jones Drew. The Jags also get wide receiver Justin Blackmon back this week (suspended through week 4). With the Oklahoma State product opposite Cecil Shorts, I actually see Jacksonville's offense putting pressure on the Rams. Meanwhile St. Louis' offense is a mess, posting just 18 points the last two weeks. Take the points. Jaguars top the Rams 24-20.
Houston @ San Francisco (SF -6.5)
Another road-dog with my second pick. I'll let you in on a secret. Vegas thrives on overreaction. Last week the Texans (2-2) blew a three-score lead in the second half, and lost in overtime to the Seahawks. That's all the public can remember. The fact of the matter is Houston had Seattle (known as the best team in football) on the ropes for 3+ quarters. I actually have the 49ers (2-2) winning here, but 6.5 points is too big of a spread against a quality opponent. Take the points, as San Francisco wins a tight one 30-28.
Seattle @ Indianapolis (IND +3.5)
We wrap things up in Indianapolis for what should be a defensive battle. Before week three I could see myself taking the Seahawks (4-0), but the Colts' defense impressed me against the 49ers (27-7 win in SF). That performance made Indy (3-1) a Super Bowl contender. I think Seattle is the better team, but 3.5 points are too much in this match up. Keep an eye on that Seahawks "D." It's not nearly as good on the road. Take the points, as Seattle edges Indianapolis 24-23.