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NFL Week 5 Picks: Top Teams on Upset Alert on Sunday

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks walks offsides the field in the first half against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

While there is never an easy game in the NFL, some of the top teams across the league could be in more trouble than usual in Week 5.

All five of the league's remaining undefeated squads are on the road this week, most of them against tough opponents. The New England Patriots are not even favored in their game against the 2-2 Cincinnati Bengals, according to Vegas Insider.

Although the Patriots are not technically on upset alert since they are favored by most sporting books, there are a few other teams that will struggle despite high expectations. Each of these top squads will be in danger of suffering a rare loss on Sunday.

 

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts

The biggest issue for the Seahawks coming into the year was the inability to win on the road. After going 3-5 last season, the team has proven to be better with two wins over tough teams.

However, the offense has struggled away from CenturyLink Field, only scoring a single touchdown in each game. Against the Houston Texans, the defense bailed out the offense with a late interception returned for a touchdown.

That might not be enough against a Colts offense that has been performing well as of late. While new running back Trent Richardson has not been spectacular, his presence opens things up down field for Andrew Luck.

Indianapolis also proved the ability to shut down a mobile quarterback when it beat the San Francisco 49ers. If this squad can do it again, it will come away with a big win.

 

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

The Saints' bandwagon got a little more crowded after their dominating performance against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. The 4-0 squad definitely looks a lot better this year than it did a year ago without Sean Payton.

Still, it is important to note that three of the wins were at home, where the Saints have seen a great deal of success over the years. In the one road game, the team barely escaped with a 16-14 win over the now 0-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, the Bears have been quite impressive this season, despite last week's loss to the Detroit Lions. The offensive line has held up for the most part, and it is giving Jay Cutler a chance to go through progressions and find multiple receivers down the field.

Chicago will need to force turnovers like usual to move to 4-1 on the year.

 

Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his touchdown run in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 5, 2013 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pen
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While Miami got off to a good start to the year, the team was brought down to earth against the Saints. Ryan Tannehill was under pressure the whole game and it led to a number of poor passes.

Baltimore is also good at getting to the quarterback, totaling 13 sacks in four games. The Dolphins offensive line will be unable to handle the constant rushing, and Tannehill could once again be mistake-prone in this game.

On the other side of the ball, the Ravens have hopefully learned the lesson that they cannot throw the ball every play and be successful. In the loss to the Buffalo Bills, Joe Flacco had 50 pass attempts while the running backs combined for only nine carries.

Head coach John Harbaugh stated that Ray Rice needs to get more involved in the offense, and that will lead to a lot of success against the Dolphins.

 

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