NFL Pick’em: Week 5 NFL Picks
Welcome to our weekly NFL Pick’em. The hosts of the My Fantasy Podcast (Dan, Brandon and Orlando) pick every game straight up and crown one champion of all champions at the end of the season.
After a second week in a row of dreadful picks, the guys promise to rebound in Week 5. We did not have one picker last week get above .500…again.
Standings after Week 4
Dan Schalk: 34-29
Brandon Reid: 36-27
Orlando Torres: 33-30
As you know, we have one “celebrity picker” each week and they will battle it out for supremacy and bragging rights. Our Week 4 celebrity picker, Dillon Davis-Tirado has claimed the top spot with an 8-8 week.
Celebrity Picker Standings
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Week 4): 8-8
Casey Birch (Week 3): 6-10
Our “celebrity picker” for Week 5 is sports and entertainment writer Patrick Rahall….
Week 5 NFL Picks
49ers at Colts
Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. Dude, I really have no idea. Both teams are bad and I will not be watching.
Brandon Reid: San Francisco 49ers-.My prediction that the Colts are one of the worst teams in football has taken a hit, thanks to the Browns and 49ers. But the Colts lone win was against Cleveland. I just feel like the 49ers have more juice right now. They have lost their last 3 games by a total of 8 points, and have played all quality opponents so far
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. Through three quarters Indianapolis kept it close with Seattle, and San Francisco had a defensive showdown with Arizona. I’m expecting some what of a high scoring game here, and although it can go either way I’m taking the home team.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Indianapolis Colts. Ugh. This is the resistible force versus the movable object. Neither of these teams is very good, but one of them has to win, I guess. I’ll go with Indy on this one. They’re at home, Brissette isn’t terrible, and I’m not convinced Brian Hoyer can string together two decent games in a row.
Jets at Browns
Dan Schalk: Cleveland Browns. See above post for my thought process on this game.
Brandon Reid: Cleveland Browns. This will be my 3rd week picking the Browns. If not this week, then never again. The Browns are favored by 1.
Orlando Torres: Cleveland Browns. While the Jets are finally getting their running game back, Myles Garrett might be back for the Browns at home so I’m calling it now, Garrett feeds off the crowd and records four sacks at home.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): New York Jets. The Jets aren’t very good, but they’re better than the Browns. Duke Johnson will help keep this one close, but the Jets escape with a win.
Jaguars at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jags are a middle of the pack team, but the Steelers are a great team at home . I’ll take Big Ben to out-duel Blake Bortles.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. If Pittsburgh gets up early, this will get out of hand. The Jags don’t have the firepower to slug it out with Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh can have a so/so day on Sunday and still win fairly easily.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. Two of the league’s top featured workhorses go head-to-head in this game, and both teams have excellent defenses. However I don’t believe Jacksonville can cover all of Pittsburgh’s weapons through four quarters.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Pittsburgh Steelers. Which Jaguars team will show up? Will it be the one that thoroughly dominated the Ravens in London? Or will it be the classic Blake Bortles- led Jaguars team? Either way, they will get trounced in Pittsburgh by a far-superior Steelers team.
Chargers at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. I picked both teams to win last week, but both remain winless–something’s gotta give right? The Giants played hard against the Bucs last week so I’ll go with them at home.
Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Chargers. I’m picking the Chargers because they have the better running attack. These two teams are at the very bottom of the league in rushing. The Giants are averaging an ugly 59 ypg, while the Chargers aren’t much better at 67 ypg. I trust Rivers to gunsling just fine with Eli, the difference should be on the ground.
Orlando Torres: New York Giants. Battle of the 0-4 teams takes place at noon CT. I don’t know what the hell is going on with both teams because they both have tons of offensive fire power. The Chargers will yet again lean on Rivers, but the Giants get their first win here. Also expect a high scoring game, because nothing is more dangerous than a quarterback with nothing to lose.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Los Angeles Chargers. Another matchup with teams that do whatever they can do to throw the game away. Given the histrionics of Philip Rivers in every game lately, I’m tempted to take the Giants in this one since they’re at home. But…the Giants are absolutely terrible. Chargers win.
Bills at Bengals
Dan Schalk: Cincinnati Bengals. Despite their record, the Bills are not a playoff team. They are the luckiest 3-1 team I have ever seen. If Von Miller didn’t get called for the worst penalty I have ever seen in my life, they could have lost to the Broncos in Week 3 and last week they beat a Falcons team without Julio Jones, Mohamad Sanu and Vic Beasley. Cincinnati wins by double-digits.
Brandon Reid: Cincinnati Bengals. I’m going to believe these two team’s records are more of an anomaly, than the norm. The Bengals are eventually going to have to have a breakout game offensively. The Bills defense has been good this year, but not necessarily against the pass. I’ll go with the home team favored by 3.
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. What world are we living in where the Bills lead the AFC East? The Bengals have been a train wreck, but are still a pretty damn good team, and the Bills are playing smart which makes this a great game to watch, but I think the Bengals may have finally found their rhythm and they win their second game at home.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has been looking good both offensively and defensively (when it was really needed) and Cincinnati has looked very much like Cincinnati. Buffalo takes this one easily.
Panthers at Lions
Dan Schalk: Detroit Lions. This could be the toughest game to predict this weekend. The Lions are playing defense and Matthew Stafford is playing smart. That’s a recipe for success.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. Now this will be a good game. I’m not sure Cam Newton has been able to concentrate on football this week. Other than that, this is a pretty even matchup, so I’ll go with the home team.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. The Lions defense is for real, and Cam Newton is in a different world currently after ripping a female reporter, but I’m a big believer in the saying “winning cures all” so I’m picking the Panthers again to silence the crowd and another good team on the road.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Detroit Lions. Detroit is legit. Carolina, despite coming off an upset over the Patriots, is not a good team. Cam Newton is not fully healthy, and as Cam goes, so goes the Panthers’ offense.
Titans at Dolphins
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. If Mariota plays, Tennessee wins. If Matt Cassel or Brandon Weeden step foot on that field…ouch. I’m obviously hoping he plays.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. Will the real Tennessee Titans please stand up. Mariota or not, the Titans D must start playing with fire. If Jay Cutler and the Dolphins carve them up, then I will seriously have to reconsider my AFC South prediction. The Dolphins can’t score. Also, there is a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday in Miami.
Orlando Torres: Miami Dolphins. Even if Mariota was playing and seeing Jay Cutler be Jay Cutler, the Dolphins have been through a lot and have traveled thousands of miles since Irma hit Florida. And for their first home game I expect this Dolphins team to bounce back and be ready after the slaughtering in London.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Tennessee Titans. Tennessee is a legit team as well. They’re offensively balanced, defense tends to do what they need to do in order to win. Miami has Jay Cutler. Tennessee wins going away.
Cardinals at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. The Cardinals are not very good without David Johnson and Carson Palmer looks 57 instead of 37. I’ll take my No.1 QB in the 2016 NFL Draft Carson Wentz.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. The Cardinals are the worst running team in the league without David Johnson. They are way too one-dimensional now. Philly is tied for 3rd in the league in rushing. This is an easy call.
Orlando Torres: Philadelphia Eagles. How much longer can Palmer hold up? The Cardinals can’t run the ball for their lives, and Palmer is throwing the ball a minimum 45 times a game. Even if this game is close, the Eagles defense is the key here for another Eagles victory.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Philadelphia Eagles. I like Philly in this one, because they’ve at least been consistent. As far as Arizona goes, I have no idea what version of this team will show up. The offense should be better than it is, but I don’t see them getting out of their slump in Philadelphia.
Ravens at Raiders
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. Not sure why, but I keep picking the Ravens to win despite having an anemic offense. Joe Flacco looks like Mark Sanchez and their running game is non-existent. All of that said, give me the Ravens to win.
Brandon Reid: Oakland Raiders. I’m worried about Baltimore’s offense. They seem to be stuck in the mud without a run game. That ain’t good. Oakland should be able to get to Flacco enough to swing this game.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. The Ravens are horrible. Remember when the Ravens defense struck fear in their opponents? Well those days are over, and with Joe Flacco and the offense out of sync I’m gonna say E.J. Manuel gets his first win and quite some time.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Oakland Raiders. If Derek Carr was playing, I’d take the Raiders in a landslide. With EJ Manuel guiding the offense… I’m not so sure. The Ravens have been up and down all year, and if there is a cure for a terrible offense, it’s facing a terrible defense. Still, I think the Raiders have a lot to prove right now, and they’re at home. I like the Raiders in a close one.
Seahawks at Rams
Dan Schalk: LA Rams. I am on the record saying the Seahawks aren’t a playoff team–well, this will be the test because it is the Rams who are in 1st place of the NFC West.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. I like what the Rams are doing. They have the more efficient offense at this point. But I still think they are playing above themselves and I trust Pete Carroll to knock them back down to reality. Don’t let the Seattle offense get going. Good luck Jared Goff.
Orlando Torres: LA Rams. The Seahawks are another team who haven’t been the same we’ve seen in recent years. Seattle is the better overall team, but the Rams always play their division foe tough. For that reason Sean McVay carries on his momentum and moves to 4-1
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): LA Rams. This is going to be a really good test for the Rams offense. Jared Goff is definitely vastly improved in his second year, and the Seattle defense is still struggling to figure out what they’re doing, and with the injuries they’ve suffered, I’m going with the Rams in this one. Greg Zuerlein will be the difference.
Packers at Cowboys
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys defense is beginning to get their secondary back, specifically Chidobe Awuzie who locked down the Giants WR’s Week 1. He’s missed each game since, but if he is on the field he can man up with the best of them. The Dallas defense will do just enough to help secure the victory at home.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. This is easy…I trust Aaron Rodgers more than Dak Prescott. Green Bay’s run defense is middle of the road. If they can play inspired in Big D, the Pack should be fine. Plus, I know I can get a game right here on the homer Cowboy fans, Dan Schalk and Orlando Torres. #PickemChamp!
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. The Packers have been dropping like flies headed into week 5, and it’s hard to predict who’s going to score each week outside of Jordy Nelson. Montgomery and Adams may sit out this game, and the Cowboys are coming off a meltdown in which they should’ve contained the Rams. It seems biased, but after all the negativity the Cowboys faced all week I think they come out and top the Pack in a high scoring affair.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Dallas Cowboys. The Green Bay pass rush is starting to look pretty good, but watching Dak throwing on the run last week, throwing across his body, he looks like the real deal. I like Dallas by a touchdown, despite Green Bay’s offensive firepower.
Chiefs at Texans
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. I like the momentum the Texans have right now, and at home on Sunday night I think they pull off the upset against the ‘undefeated’ Chiefs.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. It’s going to be a little different this week playing the Chiefs, instead of the Titans defense. I don’t think this will be a blowout either way. But I do see the more experienced team winning the game. K.C. is favored by 1.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. I could see the Texans winning this game for several reasons. They remind me of the Cowboys of last season with Watson stepping up and leading the way, but if I learned anything it’s that Alex Smith will step out of his comfort zone when he has to, and the defense will also give Watson a harder day then what he’s had lately.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Kansas City Chiefs. Alex Smith is making a case for MVP consideration in the first quarter of the season. The offense is something special Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill piling up just tons of yardage. I do like Deshaun Watson, but I think he’s going to come down to Earth a little bit after facing the Chiefs’ defense. Kansas City wins, but by less than a touchdown.
Vikings at Bears
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. Arguably the best defense in the NFL versus a rookie QB—not difficult.
Brandon Reid: Chicago Bears. I’m going with the rookie to shock the world and win his first ever start in the NFL on Monday Night Football. Chicago’s D is not horrible against the pass, and their run D has been Top 5 in the league against really good competition. The Bears will again finally have to something to be proud about. His name is Mitchell Trubisky.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. Sam Bradford may actually suit up for this game, but even if he doesn’t Case Keenan has proven that he can lead this offense. Mitch Trubisky is making his triumphant start as a pro, but against a top five defense under the bright lights it’s hard to pick against this talented Vikings team.
Patrick Rahall (Celebrity Picker): Minnesota Vikings. This is a tough choice. Mitchell Trubisky is making his debut against a pretty solid Vikings defense, but at the same time, we’re not sure who will be playing quarterback for the Vikings. We do know who won’t be the featured running back with the devastating injury to Dalvin Cook. The Vikings will also be getting Michael Floyd back from suspension. Gotta go with Minnesota in a low-scoring affair that will feature some defensive/special teams touchdowns.
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