MC's Week Five NFL Picks

Matt CullenAnalyst IOctober 11, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 04:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after the final play against the Dallas Cowboys during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Marshall caught the game winning 51 yard touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys with 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

I did not get a chance to write my Week Four picks on Bleacher Report last week. You will just have to trust me when I say that I went 14-0. You don't believe me? OK, 13-1...No it was 11-3 actually and you can't bully me into saying any less. I incorrectly picked the Ravens, Cowboys, and Titans to win in their Week Four match-ups.

But I'm not here to talk about the past...Aside from the numerous times I will reference to prior match-ups during the rest of this article. Now for Week Five!


Browns (0-4) at Bills (1-3)

It was a curious decision for the Cleveland Browns to bench Brady Quinn because of a difficulty to throw an accurate deep ball and then trade away their deep threat in the passing game, Braylon Edwards. Regardless, the Browns appear to be a better team with Derek Anderson starting again and the Bills are going south fast. Controversial perhaps but I say Cleveland wins big.

Browns wins 27-10.


Cowboys (2-2) at Chiefs (0-4)

At some point the Dallas Cowboys will have to do more than beat winless teams, for this week the unit should be fine even without Felix Jones for another week as well as Roy Williams now.

Cowboys win 34-17.


Vikings (4-0) at Rams (0-4)

The Rams take this one by a lot...Just kidding.

Vikings win 31-10.


Raiders (1-3) at Giants (4-0)

Not to worry folks, the competitive games are coming soon. What I will be watching for is if the abysmal Oakland Raiders offense can equal the 86 total yards on offense that the Buccaneers put up on the Giants in Week Three.

Giants win 28-3


Buccaneers (0-4) at Eagles (2-1)

Nope, this is not one of them. Speaking of abysmal offenses, the previously mentioned Buccaneers will have to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacked by Donovan McNabb back in the lineup. Any believers? Anyone? Anyone at all?

Eagles win 35-10.


Steelers (2-2) at Lions (1-3)

Good news for the Lions is that rookie QB Matthew Stafford looked the most comfortable he has looked all season last week against the Chicago Bears...Bad news is it looks like his injured right knee will keep him out of action against the Steelers.

I'm not sure exactly what to expect from Daunte Culpepper (Assuming he starts) in his first start of the season against a good Pittsburgh defense though clearly not as good without Troy Polamalu. Regardless I look for another strong game from Rashard Mendenhall and the Steelers offense as they take their first road game of the season.

Steelers win 24-14.


Redskins (2-1) at Panthers (0-3)

I'm not sure you could have handpicked easier opponents for the Washington Redskins the last three weeks and they barely went 2-1. Tough call here but I think the Panthers will come out strong after the bye week and get their first win of the season.

Panthers win 24-20.


Bengals (3-1) at Ravens (3-1)

One of the most intriguing games of the week, I'm looking for the Ravens to bounce back after a tough loss to New England last week headed by Joe Flacco who early on looks like he has become one of the best QBs in the league.

Ravens win 24-20.


Falcons (2-1) at 49ers (3-1)

When in doubt, I'm going to go with Mike Singletary and the 49ers at home. He's done a great job getting the most out of his personnel and especially for improving this defense.

49ers win 20-14.


Jaguars (2-2) at Seahawks (1-3)

After Kurt Warner's historic performance in Jacksonville in Week Two, the Jaguars have quietly bounced back and beaten two division rivals and are very close to having a 3-0 record within the division. That said, Matt Hasselbeck is back in the lineup for the Seahawks and I look for him to lead the Seahawks to a win with an assist from the 12th man. Heck maybe we will even see an awkward hug between Jim Mora and kicker Olindo Mare.

Seahawks win 24-20.


Texans (2-2) at Cardinals (1-2)

We could be looking at an offensive explosion here, my gut feeling is that the Cardinals having had plenty of time to think about the Colts embarrassing them two weeks ago and deliver the final punch at home.

Cardinals win 35-31.


Patriots (3-1) at Broncos (4-0)

If you're not convinced that the Denver Broncos defense is for real after last weeks performance against the Cowboys, then you're just not paying attention. That being said, I'm giving the edge in this one to the teacher over the pupil.

Patriots win 20-17.


Colts (4-0) at Titans (0-4)

After laying an egg last week against division rival Jacksonville Jaguars, I now pronounce the 0-4 Tennessee Titans dead. Expect Peyton Manning to continue to build his case for a 4th MVP in this one.

Colts win 31-17.


Jets (3-1) at Dolphins (1-3)

Do not expect Braylon Edwards to be much of a factor in his New York debut but Mark Sanchez should bounce back after some costly turnovers against the Saints to win this game. Chad Henne, meet the New York Jets defense.

Jets win 24-6.


Last Week: 11-3

Overall: 43-19