Week 5 NFL Picks: Picking Winners for All of Sunday's Action

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to throw a pass during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Week 5 of the NFL slate brings about plenty of questions. 

Are the Kansas City Chiefs for real? Can the Green Bay Packers pick up a crucial win against the Detroit Lions? Will Peyton Manning keep treating rest of the NFL like he's playing Eli in Madden? Will the Pittsburgh Steelers find a way to lose during their bye week?

With a quarter of the season in the books, we still can't be sure that we know what any one team is capable of. Week 5 should give us a greater sense of who the contenders and pretenders are as the season wears on. 


Games to Watch

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

The New Orleans Saints are among the hottest teams in the league right now, as evidenced by their 4-0 record. The only question left for them is how they do when they take on a quality team on the road.

After slipping by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-14 on the road, their ability to play away from the comforts of Louisiana is definitely in question. And it's a question that will be answered when the Saints travel to Soldier Field Sunday to take on the 3-1 Bears.

Under Marc Trestman, Chicago has evolved into one of the top scoring teams in the league at 31.8 points per game. Going against Drew Brees and the Saints' explosive offense, this should be one of the most entertaining games of the week. 


Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

It's not very often that you can say a season is on the line in Week 5, but the Green Bay Packers are in that very situation right now. 

After starting off 1-2, it's safe to say that the Packers are in a bad situation. Throw in the hot starts of the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions at 3-1 apiece, and Aaron Rodgers and Co. already face a sizable deficit in the division. 

With the bye week to recuperate and assess where adjustments need to be made, the Packers face a must-win situation against the Lions. Lose and they fall three games behind to the team that just beat them on their home field; win and they are just one game back with a win over a division rival. 

The Bears remain a contender, but the winner of this game should emerge as the favorite in a competitive NFC North. 


Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Much like the Saints, everyone wants to know how well this Seattle Seahawks team can travel. Pete Carroll's squad has taken care of business at home (29-3 win over San Francisco, 45-17 win over Jacksonville), but it has struggled to separate from teams on the road (12-7 win at Carolina, 23-20 OT win at Houston). 

Heading to Indianapolis will be the toughest test yet. The Colts are averaging 150 yards on the ground per game, have the seventh-ranked pass defense in the league and have won their last two games by a combined score of 64-10. 

The Seahawks are undoubtedly one of the best teams in football, but this is a game that stands out as a massive opportunity for Andrew Luck and the Colts to make a statement. Either the Seahawks will show why they are a Super Bowl favorite or the Colts will once again show they are for real.