NFL Picks Week 5: Teams Guaranteed to Keep Winning

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NFL Picks Week 5: Teams Guaranteed to Keep Winning
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Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season has several interesting matchups and very few are guaranteed.  But there are a few teams that can presumably mark down a "W" on their schedules.   

 

Broncos vs. Cowboys

All five undefeated teams play this week, and the dominating Denver Broncos are guaranteed to stay that way.

37-year-old Peyton Manning is playing out of his mind, starting the season with 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions in four games, putting him on pace for 64 touchdowns this season.

As always, the Dallas Cowboys have lots of talent, but they always seem to find a way to lose.  Last week, America’s Team gave up 20 unanswered points to the San Diego Chargers, losing 30-21.  

Despite being on the road at Cowboy Stadium, the Broncos will continue their undefeated season led by the unstoppable Peyton Manning.

 

Chiefs vs. Titans

Last week, Tennessee Titan quarterback Jake Locker had three touchdowns in the first half alone in a 38-13 win over the New York JetsHe's had a solid start this season with six touchdowns and zero interceptions.  However, as reported by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Locker will likely be out for four to six more weeks.  

The loss of much-improved Locker is not totally detrimental to the Titans, but it definitely hurts them going into Week 5 against the Chiefs.

The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs are coming off of a blowout win over the New York Giants, winning 31-7.  Their defense is seventh overall with 306.3 yards per game, and they have 18 sacks and 12 interceptions.  The Chiefs’ strong defense will be able to hold the Locker-less Titans.    

 

Rams vs. Jaguars

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The St. Louis Rams are lucky they’re playing the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.  The Rams are a hefty 11.5-point favorite against the homely Jaguars, according to Oddshark.com.  On top of playing the worst team in the league, the Rams are playing at home and coming off 10 days of rest.

Neither team has had a stellar season thus far (to say the least), but Sam Bradford and the Rams actually have a decent passing game (18th in the league) and will have to do a whole lot wrong to lose to the Jaguars. 

 

Panthers vs. Cardinals

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In both of their last games, the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals faced winless teams.  Both teams came out on top, but in very different ways.

The Arizona Cardinals barely won against the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Cardinals scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 10-to-0 deficit.

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On the other hand, Cam Newton and the Panthers dominated a winless New York Giants 38-0 in Week 3, the most lopsided victory in Panthers franchise history, according to Taylor Bechtold of the Washington Post.  Coming off of this blowout victory and a bye that will give them a chance to rest their runners’ legs, the Panthers are set up for a big win against the Cardinals. 

A win on the road would build momentum for a Panthers win streak, especially since their next four games are against teams without winning records (Vikings, Rams, Bucs and Hawks).

Nothing in sports is ever guaranteed, because there is always that slim chance that Chris Webber will call an illegal timeout or Doug Flutie will complete a 48-yard Hail Mary pass, but for Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season, these teams are pretty convincing.

 

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