One of our pickers was able to rebound from a rough Week 4, while the other continued his losing ways. Our fearless pick leader, Brandon Reid, earned a 9-6 week increasing his season-long lead over Dan Schalk who only managed to win six out of the 15 games. Here is the updated standings…

Standings after Week 5

Brandon Reid: 46-31-1

Dan Schalk: 40-37-1

Giants at Patriots (TNF)

Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. I would take the Patriots one hundred times out of one hundred–add in the Giants will be missing their top RBs, WR and TE to go along with a rookie quarterback. Yikes.

Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. I like the new energy from the Giants since Daniel Jones has taken over. Maybe QB isn’t something they’ll have to worry about in the next couple of years. But injuries are. They just cannot stay healthy, particularly on offense. The Pats are 17-point favorites in the Thursday Night matchup.

Panthers at Buccaneers

Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Bucs. Christian McCaffrey can take the Panthers only so far before others need to step up. It won’t happen this weekend.

Brandon Reid: Tampa Bay Bucs. I hate London games. There, I had to speak for the majority, I’m sure. I don’t have confidence in Kyle Allen to go out and put up 450 yards on this horrid Bucs secondary. And don’t expect McCaffrey to lead the charge on the ground because ironically the Bucs are one of the best run stuffing defenses. The Bucs have already won this matchup a couple of weeks ago. Carolina is favored by 2. I don’t see it. But it’s across the pond, so it’s hard to predict what happens over there while the rest of us are sleeping.

Redskins at Dolphins

Dan Schalk: Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins can’t go 0-16 and this is their chance to get a W.

Brandon Reid: Washington Redskins. I want to pick Miami here, but I just don’t know where their points will come from. Not sure I can remember a matchup recently with two teams that are a combined 0-9. If I had to break this pillow fight down, I think the Redskins ground game should control this game, and be enough to win. Geeesh.

Saints at Jaguars

Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. Leonard Fournette is about to show Who Dat, who he really is.

Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. Are the Saints serious right now? They are rolling off quality wins with Teddy Bridgewater. But the truth is Jacksonville is better statically in almost every major phase of the game. I have a feeling the Jags will keep this one low scoring and grit out the win.

Bengals at Ravens

Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. Lamar Jackson is coming back down to earth, but this Bengals team reminds me of the Bengals teams of the 1990’s–they had decent playmakers but just were not good enough in all three phases of the game to win consistently–or at all.

Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. I really thought the Bengals would be a little better team this year. I don’t know if AJ Green gives them their juice and they’re missing that or what, but it’s not working. I don’t expect it to start working this week in Baltimore. This is a double digit spread so I gotta roll with the Ravens.

Seahawks at Browns

Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. Talk about over-hyped. This Cleveland team is not good and despite the talent on the roster, Freddie Kitchens looks lost and outcoached every week.

Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. I can’t believe this game is a push right now. As bad as Cleveland is playing, and their secondary is banged up. This could be a classic trap game for Seattle, but I doubt it. They are rolling, and they’re the better team.

Eagles at Vikings

Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings offense learned how to pass the football last weekend–I expect that to continue again this week against a Philly team that has not looked like a legitimate Super Bowl contender all season.

Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings are undefeated at home, but more importantly, all of their wins this year have been against bad teams. They are wildly inconsistent right now and can’t string together two wins in-a-row. I like the way the Eagles are flying right now. Stuffing the run, and bend but don’t break with the secondary. Dalvin Cook MAY be the best offensive player in this game, but the Vikings should be pretty easy to get ready for. The Vikings have the 3-point home spread, but I’m not buying it. I think the Eagles are rounding into form, and a lot sooner than they did last year.

Texans at Chiefs

Dan Schalk: Kansas City Chiefs. Last week was an anomaly.

Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. See previous weeks. Ain’t nothing changed.

Falcons at Cardinals

Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. Damn, the Falcons defense is garbage–but I’m still compelled to pick them because I can’t envision the Cardinals winning back-to-back games this season.

Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. I really don’t think there is a winner in this game, but someone has to officially win it. I’m going with Atlanta based solely on having more offensive weapons. As of now, David Johnson is questionable. If the Falcons have to turn it into a shootout this week, I say go for it and get a win. Neither one of these teams are very good, but I would think it would be refreshing for Atlanta just to get out of the AFC South for a while. It hasn’t treated them well.

49ers at Rams

Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Rams. Overall, I like the 49ers but they aren’t going to stay undefeated too much longer–and I’m not sure just how ‘good’ they are.

Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Rams. This is a Pick’em game. I like the total package from the 49ers this year. I truly believe this is what they were supposed to be doing last year, so I’m happy for the patient 49ers faithful. But I still think that the Rams SHOULD be the better team. Their defense needs to be playing pissed right now. Giving up 55 to Tampa Bay was ridiculous. And I still think their play calling has been too conservative. If the plan is to keep Gurley fresh and healthy for a late season run, I can understand that. But don’t unnecessarily play yourself out of seeding. Time to whip some ass and get a quality win.

Titans at Broncos

Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. Might as well pick whoever Brandon is picking against in terms of the Tennessee versus ______, matchup.

Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. This is getting ridiculous. I am 0-5 this year picking the Titans games. I hear from a lot of Titans fans saying, “well you suck, I’m better than you”. Yeah, you’re 2-3 because you’re picking the Titans every week. That’s easy. But I think I finally have it. I’m going against the spread for the first time all year when it comes to the Titans. It’s 2.5 for the Broncos. The main thing is if there is one team that is struggling on offense to score points more than the Titans, it’s the Broncos. But what concerns me is they’ve played in some dog fights against some better defenses than the Titans already this year. Two point losses against the Bears and Jags. They were also somewhat respectable in Lambeau. No idea what to expect. The over/under is 39.5. You would think it would be a low scoring affair, in that thin air, and anybody’s game in the 4th quarter. This is the week. Buck the trend. #TitanUp

Cowboys at Jets

Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. The Jets are a bad team, so the Cowboys will win and Dak will look like a legit QB. If the Jets were a good team that would not be the outcome.

Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. I think the Cowboys just fell back down to earth a bit, and they miss Tyron Smith when he isn’t on that front line. But it all gets corrected this week. The line is 7 for Dallas. Take it and run with it all day. Cowboys win by multiple touchdowns.

Steelers at Chargers (SNF)

Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Chargers. Pittsburgh is fighting for a Top 5 draft pick next season, they don’t want to ruin it by pulling this upset.

Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Chargers. Get back to business, play with passion, and run Gordon. Chargers win.

Lions at Packers (MNF)

Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. The Packers defense is the reason they are winning games this season, not the offense. How long will this continue? At least one more week…

Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. The Lions just give up too many yards, particularly passing yards. They can’t win a shootout against Green Bay, with the Packers improved defense. This will be an NFC North sweep for the Pack this year.

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