Week 5 NFL Picks
After a 9-5 Week 4, my overall record stands at 35-23. This week I went with a lot of road teams to pull out wins, seven to be exact, as it proves how volatile the NFL schedule can be week-in and week-out. If you want games against the spread check out Tayrance’s weekly column here.
Bills 23 at Titans 14
The Bills defense will be too much for the young Marcus Mariota as Rex Ryan and Co. will have a gameplan designed to confuse the young signal caller. I do not expect much offense from either side, and would not be surprised if either team’s defense scores at some point in the game.
Browns 17 at Ravens 21
The Ravens saved their season last week with the OT victory over the Steelers, and now they face another divisional foe. The Browns come to town after narrowly losing to the Chargers the week before. With Steve Smith Sr. out for Baltimore, Joe Flacco is severely lacking weapons on the outside and the offense will rely on the ground game for most of their production. Luckily for them, the Browns are terrible in run defense and should be ableto pull out a second consecutive victory.
Seahawks 20 at Bengals 9
I still believe in the Seahawk’s defense being one of the dominant forces in the NFL today, hence why I left Andy Dalton out of my Top 20 this week in my fantasy rankings. Despite the backlash from readers and our very own Brandon Reid, I stand by my rankings and believe Seattle will win this game with their defense. If the Bengals score, it will be on the ground, not through the air.
Bears 17 at Chiefs 28
Two mediocre teams face off this week and I believe the deciding factor will be solely the fact that the Chiefs play at home in one of the most difficult environments. Turnover-prone Jay Cutler will do what he does best, and the Chiefs offense should take advantage by moving up and down the field with relative ease.
Rams 21 at Packers 17
Sports talk radio was blowing up this week about the possibility of the Packers going undefeated in the regular season, a feat that has only been accomplished twice in the NFL. This in my mind will not happen, and it starts this week against a Rams team that seems to play up and down to their competition. The Rams defense will figure Aaron Rodgers out just enough to pull out the road victory in Lambeau.
Jaguars 21 at Buccaneers 14
The battle of two Florida teams who are not the most talented, calls for an ugly game. I like the Jaguars to pull out the win with a strong performance by Blake Bortles. Hence why I have him in my Top 10 this week. The Bucs offensive and defensive lines are struggling mightily and if they lose the battle up front, the game will already be decided. The Jags bounce-back from a crushing loss to the Colts last week.
Redskins 14 at Falcons 34
Can the Falcons stay undefeated? Can Kirk Cousins continue his surprisingly solid play? I believe the swarming Falcons defense will suffocate Cousins causing him to turn the ball over, something he has not done much of in 2015. Matt Ryan and Co. will continue their early season dominance with another convincing victory.
Saints 28 at Eagles 39
The Saints got out of the winless column last week with an OT victory over the Cowboys and heading to an underperforming Philadelphia team could help keep their winning ways. So far, the Sam Bradford/Demarco Murray experiment has not paid off for Chip Kelly, but this is the week we will see glimpses as the Saints defense is one of the worst in football. Eagles win in a high scoring affair.
Cardinals 24 at Lions 13
The Lions are the only winless team left in the NFL and coming off a rough Monday night missed call by the refs, they could be in for a long day on Sunday facing one of the leagues best teams. The Cardinals, who are coming off of a loss of their own will look to regain their winning ways. With Andre Ellington expected to return, he only adds another weapon to Carson Palmer and this Arizona offense. The Lions will have to wait one more week to get in the win column.
Patriots 34 at Cowboys 17
If the Cowboys were healthy with Tony and Dez, I would say Dallas would have a chance to take down the undefeated Patriots. But they don’t have those guys, and to make it worse for Cowboys fans, Brandon Weeden will again be under center. End of story.
Broncos 28 at Raiders 24
The Raiders are no longer the Raiders of old, making this matchup mean something for the first time in a long time. The young Raiders can present challenges to the Broncos offense and defense, but will the experience of Denver be the difference? For now, I believe it will, but not for long.
49ers 10 at Giants 24
The 49ers do not look like a very good football lately, if you don’t believe me, watch them this Sunday night on National TV. The GIants will continue their win streak at home as Manning-Beckham will hit for at least two scores.
Steelers 28 at Chargers 33
Mike Vick back on Monday night, a stage he has dominated in his past. Will it be the same against a Chargers defense that was picked apart by Josh McCown last week? I do expect points to be scored in this contest, but the home team will prevail as the suspect Steelers defense is exposed by Philip Rivers.
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