NFL Picks Week 5: Last-Second Winners for All of Sunday's Matchups

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15:  Alex Smith #11 hands off to Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs in an attempt to run down the clock at the end of the game against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter on September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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Week 5 of the 2013 NFL regular season is upon us, and the focus has shifted to Sunday’s matchups and picking the winners for each game.

With just a few hours until kickoff, here are the predictions for every matchup on the schedule Sunday.

All stats via NFL.com and ESPN.

 

Week 5 NFL Schedule and Predicted Winners
DateMatchupPredicted WinnerTime (ET)Watch
Sunday, Oct. 6New Orleans at ChicagoNew Orleans Saints1 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Oct. 6New England at CincinnatiNew England Patriots1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Detroit at Green BayGreen Bay Packers1 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Oct. 6Kansas City at TennesseeKansas City Chiefs1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Seattle at IndianapolisSeattle Seahawks1 p.m.FOX
Sunday, Oct. 6Jacksonville at St. LouisSt. Louis Rams1 p.m..CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Baltimore at MiamiMiami Dolphins1 p.m.CBS
Sunday, Oct. 6Philadelphia at NY GiantsPhiladelphia Eagles1 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 FranciscoHouston Texans8:30 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

 

Biggest Blowout: Kansas City Chiefs over Tennessee Titans

The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season thus far, but with a very favorable matchup in Week 5, the team is expected to remain undefeated in glorious fashion against the Tennessee Titans.

While Kansas City has the advantage offensively and defensively against the Titans, the hip injury for Tennessee’s star quarterback Jake Locker will give the Chiefs the opportunity to attack the injured team.

Led by back Jamaal Charles and the league's 13th-ranked rush offense, the Chiefs will use the West Coast offense to keep the Titans offensive unit on the sidelines and wear the defense down over four quarters.

Kansas City will prove to the NFL that it is a playoff-contending team with a lop-sided victory over Tennessee Sunday.

Predicted Final Score: Kansas City 37, Tennessee 16

 

Biggest Upset: Houston Texans over San Francisco 49ers

In what should be the most exciting matchup of the weekend, the San Francisco 49ers have been put on upset alert at home in Week 5 against the Houston Texans.

The 49ers are coming off a decisive win over the St. Louis Rams, but the Texans will be a much stiffer test. With San Francisco already losing to Indianapolis and Seattle, the door is open for Houston to steal the show Sunday.

The Texans should have beaten the Seahawks last week, but constant turnovers from quarterback Matt Schaub this season have doomed the team. Houston will be conscientiously trying to protect that ball, and that should be enough to stun San Fran in its home stadium.

Expect a nail-biter between these two evenly matched teams.

Predicted Final Score: Houston 30, San Francisco 27

 

Biggest Fantasy Star: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos have been unstoppable to start the season, and most of the credit for the perfect start goes to the unbelievable play of veteran quarterback Peyton Manning.

Denver is ranked first in the NFL with 363.8 yards passing per game, and the Week 5 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys is ideal for Manning and the entire Broncos air attack.

Dallas is ranked 30th in the league against the pass; that's not good.

With the Cowboys' biggest weakness being Denver's biggest strength, fantasy owners should expect a monster statistical day that should easily include three to four touchdowns and at least 350 yards for Manning. Start the QB and all Broncos receivers.

Predicted Final Stat Line: 30 completions for 400 yards and four touchdowns