MFST’s Week 5 NFL Picks
Brandon continues to pull away from Dan and Orlando, but with three-quarters of the season still in play, anything can happen.
Brandon Reid: 40-22-2
Dan Schalk: 33-29-2
Orlando Torres: 33-29-2
Week 5 NFL Picks
Broncos at Jets
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. More growing pains for Sam Darnold.
Brandon Reid: Denver Broncos. I’m torn here. I don’t think the Broncos are very good at all this year. If it wasn’t for Von Miller, I think they would be a 5-to-6 win team. That being said, Von Miller will be the best player on the field in this matchup. Plus, the Jets are not very good offensively to begin with. The Jets could win this game in a low scoring battle, but I’m picking the Broncos.
Orlando Torres: New York Jets. The Broncos are the better here, but the Jets are bound to bounce back at home. I also think Keenum has a few hiccups here, to hand the game away on the road.
Packers at Lions
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. I saw the Lions lose to a bad Cowboys team (sadly) Sunday. Now, facing a real quarterback in A-Rodg, hobbled or not, this will be a Green Bay victory.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. The Packers have a lot of bodies that are ailing, including Aaron Rodgers. I don’t like the way Rodgers is getting hit this year. I think the Lions hit hard in this Black & Blue division game and run away with it.
Orlando Torres: Detroit Lions. Lions fans are already roaring (no pun intended) that Matt Patricia doesn’t know what he’s doing, or that the former Patriot is in for failure. Both teams have had their ups and downs to begin the season, but Detroit needs this win more at the moment.
Giants at Panthers
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. I actually think the Giants will win this game, but I have thought that three out of four times this season—it hasn’t worked out well for me, so screw you G-Men.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. The Giants can’t score. Players have dropped like flies all around Eli Manning for the last couple of years. They should have never fired Tom Coughlin, now they are paying for it. This has to be the most inept offense, based on talent, in the league. Cleveland will win more games than the Giants this year.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. The Giants are horrible. Panthers win.
Titans at Bills
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. This has trap game written all over it. You don’t think Tennessee is looking ahead to Baltimore at home next weekend? The Bills are that bad where I don’t think the Titans will crumble completely–but we are looking at an ugly, unwatchable, 15-9 field goal game.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. I don’t believe the Titans are a 4-1 team, but until the Buffalo Bills show who they are, I can’t pick them. The Bills defense is too soft, especially against the pass, for me to predict Tennessee struggling. I do think this will be a close game however. The Titans have won all three of their games by a field goal. They won’t punch you in the mouth and knock you out.
Orlando Torres: Buffalo Bills. The Titans have looked pretty good recently, but this has trap game written all over it.
Falcons at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. Pittsburgh isn’t a good football team. Atlanta is despite their record.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are better than their record. Maybe since they are on the road this week they pull it out. The last couple of weeks has to have been a learning experience for them and an opportunity to correct some things in practice. I just haven’t seen a fire from Pittsburgh yet this year and until I do, I’m not taking them very seriously.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. This game should feature a lot of points. Both defenses are horrible and, both teams are also in desperate need of win.
Ravens at Browns
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. The Raiders defense and the Ravens defense are worlds apart. Baker Mayfield will find that out Sunday.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens just look sharp this year. Six different guys have double-digit catches, and six different guys have caught touchdowns. The Ravens have a stingy defense and the Browns do not. This could very well be a game that the Browns steal at home, but I’m not betting on it.
Orlando Torres: Baltimore Ravens. The Browns are a fun team to watch, especially with Baker they can move the ball. Closing the game out will be the story here again.
Dolphins at Bengals
Dan Schalk: Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins got hit hard last week and I don’t see them recovering in time to face a very underrated Bengals team.
Brandon Reid: Cincinnati Bengals. I never bought into Miami being a playoff team this year. They are not good running the ball, and the defense does just enough to keep them in games. The Bengals shouldn’t have any trouble scoring enough points, especially with Joe Mixon back, to beat the Fins. And more bad news for the Fins, there is another player back for the Bengals…Vontaze Burfict!
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. Miami has had a brutal schedule on the road and while I do expect Tannehill to bounce back here, Cincinnati will be too much for the Dolphins.
Jaguars at Chiefs
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. Patrick Mahomes began to come down to earth against the Broncos on Monday. He’s going to get roughed up in this one as Blake Bortles outduels him offensively. Laughing at that? Look at Bortles numbers without Fournette in the lineup…they are All-Pro worthy.
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Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. This will be the game not having a top-tier defense will catch up to the Chiefs. I think they are the best offense in football by a wide margin, but the Chiefs defense has fallen further and further over the last three years. If both teams stay healthy, this will most likely be the AFC title game preview.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. I honestly don’t know how you stop Mahomes. This is an intriguing game, and I think the Chiefs are in for dog fight this week, with the big, bad Jags coming to town.
Raiders at Chargers
Dan Schalk: LA Chargers. The Raiders got lucky last weekend—they won’t have that same luck this week.
Brandon Reid: LA Chargers. Philip Rivers might have his biggest day all year on Sunday.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. You see what happens when you trade away Khalil Mack? You end up in shootouts with the Browns, and almost lose. The Raiders will be in another shootout, and I think they’ll get another win.
Vikings at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. Normally, I would pick the Vikings in this game with their stellar defense. But their defense has been stinkier than my dog Romo’s poop—so I’ll take the Eagles.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. This could have been a NFC title game preview. Now, who knows. Maybe it still will be. The Vikings defense has not been good. But neither has the Eagles. I have to believe that the Eagles offense is real close to snapping back into place now that Wentz and Jeffery are back and getting acclimated to NFL game speed again.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. Philly is the obvious pick here. They’re at home, and Wentz is getting better. However, Minnesota will eventually get right pretty soon, and what a better way than defeating the champs.
Rams at Seahawks
Dan Schalk: LA Rams. Could Jared Goff be better than Russell Wilson?
Brandon Reid: LA Rams. Seattle can’t keep up with the Rams offense and their weak defense just got a little weaker without Earl Thomas.
Orlando Torres: LA Rams. No matter how loud the crowd is, the Rams are going to blow out the Seahawks at home, causing fans to throw the middle finger towards the Seattle sideline.
Cardinals at 49ers
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals will have the better QB, RB, WR combo on the field on Sunday–they also have a better defense. End of story.
Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers. I was surprised by how well the Niners hung with the Chargers last week with Beathard. And the Cardinals won’t go winless this year, or maybe they will. Their offense is putrid. I have never used the word putrid to describe an NFL team but the Cardinals deserve it. They haven’t scored more than 17 points all year and are averaging 9 points per game. Sorry DJ owners, not many TD’s for ya this year.
Orlando Torres: Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers almost knocked off the Chargers last week. They’ve looked pretty good without Garoppolo, but David Johnson is getting the ball rolling, and Josh Rosen will be able to do just enough to get the Cards their first victory of the season.
Cowboys at Texans
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. I have zero confidence in the Cowboys passing attack–but their defense will be Top 8 at the end of the season and if the stick to the running game, they should beat a very overrated Texans squad.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. I have learned over the years that when Sean Lee is doubtful, so are the Cowboys chances of winning. The Cowboys passing game under Dak is non-existent and if not for a miracle play to Zeke last week, they would have lost again. That was more of a one-off. Watson is starting to get it rolling again and I think the Texans make more big plays, and win at home, on Sunday night.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. We’ve got a Texas sized showdown this Sunday folks. Houston can be scary offensively, but Dallas needs to do what they’ve been doing best. And that’s playing tough defense, and feeding Zeke 20+ times a game.
Redskins at Saints
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. This will be a shootout and boy am I glad I have a lot of Saints scattered throughout my fantasy rosters.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. Do not underestimate the importance of Mark Ingram being back! Saints at home.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. Washington is coming fresh off a bye, but the Saints got some fresh legs themselves with Mark Ingram returning to action. I think the Saints barely survive a scare from Washington.