NFL Picks Week 5: Most Shocking Results from Sunday's Contests

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012

Oct 7, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates the victory against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeated Green Bay 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
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If you picked the Indianapolis Colts to upset the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, you won't be invited back to any of your pick 'em leagues next season.

I'm not being mean; you're obviously an NFL-picking prophet.

For the most part, Week 5 went as expected. However, a few contests raised some eyebrows around the league. No team is perfect, and a few made that very obvious on Sunday.

Let's take a look at three surprising outcomes from Sunday's NFL action.


Baltimore Ravens 9, Kansas City Chiefs 6

The Baltimore Ravens moved to 4-1 on the season, but who saw this game going like this? Arrowhead Stadium is a tough venue, and the Ravens struggle on the road, but the Chiefs have struggled mightily this season.

If it wasn't for four Chiefs turnovers, they may have pulled the upset in this one. Jamaal Charles ran for 140 of their 214 rushing yards, putting his team in position to take control of the game.

Joe Flacco didn't do his squad any favors, and neither did Cam Cameron. By Cameron's logic, running back Ray Rice only deserves 17 touches in a close game, despite being the squad's best player on either side of the ball.

Flacco completed 13 of his 27 pass attempts for 187 yards and a pick, and hardly made the case for being "elite."

Baltimore lives to fight another day, but this was way too close for comfort. 


Indianapolis Colts 30, Green Bay Packers 27

Welcome to the NFL, Andrew Luck. The Colts' win over the Packers not only shocked the world, but it also gave one of the league's budding stars a signature game to hang his hat on.

Luck completed 31 of 55 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns. He did have one pick, but that setback is negated by his game-winning touchdown to Reggie Wayne with 35 seconds left.

The Packers, if you haven't noticed, aren't the same as they were last year. Aaron Rodgers seems frustrated, the defense is iffy at best, and they aren't winning games.

Indianapolis still has a long way to go, but this was Sunday's most exciting game. Watching Luck earn his stripes against Rodgers was intriguing and extremely surprising.


Miami Dolphins 17, Cincinnati Bengals 13

This wasn't as surprising, but it was to a degree. The Bengals offense was playing well before being stifled by the Dolphins defense on Sunday.

Miami isn't playing bad football, at least not as bad as some expected coming into the season.

Ryan Tannehill has proven to be competent, turning in a 17-of-26, 223-yard performance on Sunday. He's not driving the ball down the field, but he's keeping the offense on the field and allowing the defense to rest.

The Dolphins intercepted Andy Dalton twice, shut down the Bengals ground game and made sure this game stayed ugly. Keeping Cincinnati's dynamic passing attack down isn't easy, but they were spectacular outside of A.J. Green's late-game touchdown snag.

Miami is now 2-3, and maybe you saw this one coming, but it's not the outcome that most would have expected on paper.