NFL Week 5 picks
Once again, the Giants are in need of a win to try and write the ship. They get to return home and play an Eagles team that can’t stop anyone right now. This is the perfect team for the Giants to get to play right now as they try to finally get in the winning column. Expect Eli Manning to get Big Blue a win and start to turn this season around, despite injuries to the offensive line.
GIANTS BY 3
Saints (4-0) @ Bears (3-1)
The Saints have been one of the best teams in the NFL so far this season on both sides of the football. They are scoring at will and their revamped defense under Rob Ryan has been very impressive. The Bears suffered their first loss last week against the Lions as they were plagued by turnovers. They return home to face a Saints team that seems due for a loss. Look for the Bears to win a shootout in Chicago Sunday and hand the Saints their first loss.
BEARS BY 3
Patriots (4-0) @ Bengals (2-2)
Nobody believed in the Patriots until last week when they took down the Falcons in Atlanta. Sunday, they will have Danny Amendola back on the field, which makes the Patriots offense very dangerous. They will be without Stevan Ridley and in what could be a rainy game in Cincinnati, it should favor the Bengals. After an embarrassing loss to the Browns, the Bengals should come out firing and hand the Patriots their first loss.
BENGALS BY 3
Lions (3-1) @ Packers (1-2)
The Packers are coming off a bye and are well rested as the 3-1 Lions come to Lambeau Field. Despite the 1-2 start, the Packers are a much better team than their early record indicates. The Lions are coming off an impressive win against the Bears, but winning at Lambeau is very difficult. It will be a heck of an NFC North battle, but Aaron Rodgers will lead Green Bay to a last minute win.
PACKERS BY 3
Chiefs (4-0) @ Titans (3-1)
The difference in this game will be quarterback play in Tennessee. It’s impossible to pick backup Ryan Fitzpatrick to beat Alex Smith, who has been terrific so far in the Chiefs 4-0 start. The Titans have been a big surprise so far in their 3-1 start, but the Chiefs are playing at another level defensively and should remain undefeated Sunday.
CHIEFS BY 7
Seahawks (4-0) @ Colts (3-1)
This might very well be the game of the week as the 4-0 Seahawks head to Indianapolis to take on the 3-1 Colts. Seattle escaped Houston with a win last week thanks to a second half comeback, but they are due for a loss. The Colts blew out the Jaguars after blowing out the 49ers the week prior. Everything is clicking for the Colts right now and Trent Richardson has a couple of weeks under this new offense under his belt. This game will come down to the final play, which will be an Adam Vinatieri game-winning field goal.
COLTS BY 3
Jaguars (0-4) @ Rams (1-3)
This game doesn’t even deserve a preview. Rams win in an ugly game.
RAMS BY 10
Ravens (2-2) @ Dolphins (3-1)
The Dolphins finally were placed in the losing column Monday when the Saints beat them down in New Orleans. The Ravens also looked awful last week as Joe Flacco threw five interceptions against a bad Bills defense. Flacco will get his revenge in South Beach this week. The Dolphins had a nice start to the season, but they will start to come back down to earth. The defending champs win a close one in Miami.
RAVENS BY 3
Panthers (1-2) @ Cardinals (2-2)
The Panthers are coming off a bye and the Cardinals are coming off a comeback win over the Bucs. Too many people were high on the Panthers coming into the season and once again they have been a disappointment early in the season. Carson Palmer will outdo Cam Newton in Arizona and that Arizona secondary will cause problems. Expect Patrick Peterson to get a late pick on Newton to win the game for the Cardinals.
CARDINALS BY 3
Broncos (4-0) @ Cowboys (2-2)
Peyton Manning. I rest my case.
BRONCOS BY 10
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Texans (2-2) @ 49ers (2-2)
The Texans have been a major disappointment in their 2-2 start and could easily be 0-4 right now. Matt Schaub threw an embarrassing pick six last Sunday to Richard Sherman that tied the game up and the Texans would lose in overtime. Schaub has been awful so far this season, making too many bad throws that are getting intercepted. The 49ers seem to be back in a groove and the Texans have not looked good. Expect Colin Kaepernick and company to dominate Sunday night in San Francisco.
49ERS BY 7
Chargers (2-2) @ Raiders (1-3)
Yes, you ready that correctly. It’s an 11:35PM start in Oakland due to the Athletics playoff game last night. Expect a sloppy game between the Chargers and Raiders late into the night on the east coast. Phillip Rivers is on pace to have the best season of his career and the Chargers have been scoring at will. That won’t change at the Coliseum in Oakland Sunday night.
CHARGERS BY 10
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Jets (2-2) @ Falcons (1-3)
The Jets defense will keep this game interesting, but Gang Green has too many injuries on offense. They have no legit playmakers with Santonio Holmes out Monday night and the Falcons are in dire need of a victory with their 1-3 start. The Georgia Dome will be loud and Geno Smith has made too many mistakes, especially on the road. The Falcons will edge out the Jets to pick up a much-needed victory.
FALCONS BY 7