Week 5 Picks: Predicting Every NFL Game Against the Spread

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Week 5 Picks: Predicting Every NFL Game Against the Spread
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A quarter of the season is in the books and things are becoming more interesting each week as we enter Week 5. The Ravens, Texans and Patriots have established themselves atop the AFC, while the Falcons and Cardinals are the only two teams in the NFC with flawless records.

Still, there are teams lying in the bushes in the NFC that may give Atlanta and Arizona a run for their money.

Arizona puts their undefeated record on the line tonight against St. Louis in a game that is much more intriguing than initially thought five weeks ago. The Cardinals have stolen San Francisco's blueprint from last year by winning with defense and a few big plays here and there.

It hasn't been pretty, but plenty of teams would take an ugly 4-0 record right about now.

The rest of the slate for Week 5 appears to be pretty ho-hum. A Pennsylvania battle between the Eagles and Steelers set to take place in Pittsburgh might be the game of the week. Philadelphia is 3-1 with all three wins coming by a combined four points. The Steelers, meanwhile, haven't been heard from since their loss to Oakland two weeks ago due to last week's bye.

Another thing to watch this week will be Drew Brees' attempt to break Johnny Unitas' long-standing record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Brees enters the bright lights of Sunday Night Football looking to extend his streak to 48 games when the Saints take on the Chargers.

There's also an interesting duel on tap between reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers and quarterback wunderkind Andrew Luck.

Another piece of noteworthy news is I managed to escape Week 4 above .500. Thanks to a couple sneaky covers, I went 8-7 last week. That brings the season record to a shameful 29-31-2. Hopefully, Week 5 gets me back in the black. As usual, the point spreads come courtesy of Danny Sheridan's odds section in USA Today.

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