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NFL Week 5 Picks: Faltering Teams That Will Get Back to Winning Ways

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the game at Georgia Dome on September 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

Week 5 of the 2013 NFL regular season is approaching fast, and the talk has shifted to which faltering teams experts are picking to revert back to their winning ways.

The landscape of the league has shifted through the first four weeks, and it is imperative to all of the following teams that each starts the second quarter of the season with a hard-fought victory.

All stats via NFL.com and ESPN.

 

Full Week 5 NFL Schedule and Predicted Winners
DateMatchupPredicted WinnerTime (ET)Watch
Thursday, Oct. 3Buffalo at ClevelandCleveland Browns8:25 p.m.NFL
Sunday, Oct. 6New Orleans at ChicagoNew Orleans Saints1:00 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Oct. 6New England at CincinnatiNew England Patriots1:00 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Detroit at Green BayGreen Bay Packers1:00 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Oct. 6Kansas City at TennesseeKansas City Chiefs1:00 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Seattle at IndianapolisSeattle Seahawks1:00 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Oct. 6Jacksonville at St. LouisSt. Louis Rams1:00 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Baltimore at MiamiMiami Dolphins1:00 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Philadelphia at NY GiantsPhiladelphia Eagles1:00 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Oct. 6Carolina at ArizonaArizona Cardinals4:05 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Oct. 6Denver at DallasDenver Broncos4:25 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Houston at San FranciscoSan Francisco 49ers8:30 p.m.NBC
Sunday, Oct. 6San Diego at OaklandSan Diego Chargers11:35 p.m.NFL
Monday, Oct. 7NY Jets at AtlantaAtlanta Falcons8:30 p.m.ESPN

 

Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) hands the ball off to running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) during  the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons were handed a devastating 30-23 loss at the hands of the New England Patriots Sunday night, but will have a chance to build some momentum as the team squares off against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.

New York’s defense is very impressive, but the team lacks consistency on offense. Led by quarterback Matt Ryan, elite wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones and the league’s fourth-best pass attack, Atlanta must regain the explosive form that saw the team go 13-3 last season and beat the Jets' tough defensive unit.

The Falcons have already matched that loss total in just four games (1-3), but all hope is not lost.

If Atlanta can beat New York Monday and head into the Week 6 bye with some momentum, the second half of the season could yield positive results as the talented team gets healthy and focused.

Predicted Final Score: Atlanta 34, New York 14

 

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 22:  Mike McCarthy the head coach of the Green Bay Packers talks with Aaron Rodgers #12 during the NFL game against Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty
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Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers are coming off a Week 4 bye, and the team must win against the Detroit Lions in order to keep the postseason aspirations alive moving forward. At 1-2 with two key losses to the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals, this Week 5 divisional matchup is a must-win game.

Detroit is typically an easy victory for such an explosive offense like Green Bay's (ranked third passing and ninth rushing), but the Lions’ dominant win over the Chicago Bears in Week 4 proves that this NFC North battle will be far from easy for the Packers.

Led by a defensive unit that must be stingier against Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Detroit’s fifth-ranked pass offense, QB Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s balanced offense will make enough of an impact to earn the victory.

Predicted Final Score: Green Bay 31, Detroit 21

 

Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly talks with quarterback Michael Vick (7) during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have started the season 1-3 and are coming off a horrible 52-20 loss to the Denver Broncos. With a Week 5 matchup against the 0-4 New York Giants, this is a must-win matchup for the Eagles.

Philadelphia and New York are involved in one of the greatest rivalries in the sport, and while neither of these teams will be considered elite, each will bring every ounce of talent and focus it has in order to avoid a loss to the division foe.

New York has only scored seven points over the last two weeks, but the lackluster defensive unit for the Eagles (31st against the pass and 26th against the run) will turn this lackluster meeting into a high-scoring on-field war.

QB Michael Vick and Philadelphia’s offense (11th and first in the league in the passing and rushing attack respectively) will play well, though, and get the team back on the right track.

Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 30, New York 27

 

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