NFL Week 5 Picks: Breaking Down the Biggest Potential Blowouts

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after carrying the ball into the endzone for a touchdown during the game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Week 5 of the 2013 NFL regular season is upon us, and the focus has shifted to which matchups will produce the biggest potential blowouts.

Each of the following games will feature serious mismatches on the field and will result in a lopsided final score.

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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


Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Denver Broncos travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys, and this matchup will result in one of the biggest lopsided losses of the week. After Denver beat Philadelphia 52-20 and Dallas lost to San Diego 30-21, this looks be a long day for Cowboys fans.

Dallas comes into the matchup against future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, and the Cowboys have the 27th-ranked pass defense in the NFL (allowing 304.5 yards per game). The Broncos boast the best pass offense in the league, amassing an average of 363.8 yards per game, and the team will exploit the Cowboys secondary all day.

While Dallas has the offensive weapons like QB Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant to keep the score close, the Denver defensive unit has not let up more than 27 points this season and has allowed under 23 points each of the last three weeks.

The Cowboys possess serious talent on both sides of the ball, but the team will be thoroughly outclassed by the Broncos Sunday.

Predicted Final Score: Denver 41, Dallas 21


Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans

The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the surprise undefeated franchises left in the NFL at 4-0, and the early-season dominance will continue as the team travels to Tennessee to square off against the Titans.

Tennessee deserves an immense amount of credit for starting the season 3-1 and playing well in each matchup thus far, but the Chiefs will decimate the Titans with quarterback Jake Locker out with a hip injury.

The well-rounded offense Tennessee built will now be easy competition for Kansas City’s second-ranked pass defense. Add in the fact that the Chiefs haven’t allowed more than 16 points all season, and the Titans don’t stand a chance Sunday.

While Tennessee has been strong defensively (10th against the pass and 11th against the run), the unit will be pushed to its limit by the West Coast offensive scheme of Andy Reid, the smart decision-making of QB Alex Smith and the elusive running of halfback Jamaal Charles.

Predicted Final Score: Kansas City 37, Tennessee 16


Sep 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (55) waits to be introduced before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St Louis Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL right now. This week's team lucky enough to play them will be the St. Louis Rams.

The Jaguars defense is dead last against the run because of teams getting early leads and rushing the ball all day, but the real futility is on the offensive side of the ball. With the 30th-ranked pass offense and 31st-ranked rushing attack, Jacksonville has scored just 31 points in four games.

St. Louis hasn’t been impressive this season either, but the team is littered with potential stars waiting to break out. With ample opportunities to shine Sunday, the Rams and their 32nd–ranked running game will be given the chance to find a groove and build momentum.

Jacksonville has 0-16 potential this season.

Predicted Final Score: St. Louis 34, Jacksonville 9