NFL Picks Week 5: Road Teams That Will Roll to Big Victories

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 1, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13:  Running back Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs against the defense of nose tackle B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter at Lambeau Field on September 13, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Winning on the road in the NFL is the most difficult thing to do. 

For whatever reason, even the best teams in the NFL often struggle when they get away from their comfy confines and opposing fans start heckling them.

Nonetheless, plenty of squads will have no problem winning on the road in Week 5. 


Houston Texans

The hottest team in the NFL meets the coldest in the NFL.

Oh, the humanity.

The Texans (4-0) have looked nearly unstoppable over the first month of the season, combining a ferocious defense with game-managing offense that can do a lot more game managing if necessary.

Meanwhile, if you want to know how the New York Jets (2-2) have been doing, just read the previous paragraph and imagine the exact opposite of everything. The offense is bad, the defense (without Darrelle Revis) is bad, everything is bad.


Baltimore Ravens

It might be a mistake putting Baltimore on this list following Thursday's night's debacle of a win, but I'm banking on the fact that in addition to having a long week of rest, it will treat that game as a wake-up call.

They can't take anyone lightly. Not the Cleveland Browns at home, and especially not the Kansas City Chiefs on the road. 

The Chiefs have problems, but Jamaal Charles is more than capable of lighting up this suddenly not-so-elite defense and there are playmakers on defense.

Nonetheless, the Ravens are clearly the better team and as long as they play up to their ability, they'll roll to a win with ease. Last week's game will get them playing to their ability. 


Chicago Bears

I don't trust Jay Cutler, and even more so, I don't trust the Chicago Bears' offensive line. But finally, I really, really don't trust Blaine Gabbert and the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Still though, Matt Forte will be closer to 100 percent by then and the Bears defense will be able to shut down Gabbert, Maurice Jones-Drew and company.

This won't be a pretty football game, but the Bears have the necessary pieces and the Jags are still a year or two away from being a truly competitive football team. Chicago wins big in a low-scoring game.