NFL Picks Week 5: Breaking Down the Lines for Each Game
It's that time of the week again! Week 4 of NFL football wrapped up last night with the Patriots dominating the Dolphins in New England's first road win of the season, and we're on to Week 5.
This week promises some great matchups with very few convincing favorites. Some teams will be going through changes this week, and this Sunday will make for another exciting weekend in the NFL.
So which teams will add yet another win to their records?
And which underdogs will pull off the upsets?
Read on to find out!
Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills
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Line: Jags at -1
Take the Points: I think the Bills have a shot at getting their first win of the season when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5.
The Bills have the burden of being in such a strong division, and they haven’t exactly had the easiest opponents so far this season. Even though the Jags will be coming off a big win over the Colts, I’m going with the Buffalo Bills on this one.
Final Score: Jaguars 17, Bills 24
Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens
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Line: Ravens at -7
Give the Points: I’m really liking the Broncos this season (especially with the way Kyle Orton has been playing), but it is really hard for me to pick against the Ravens at home.
Joe Flacco is visibly becoming more comfortable at the quarterback position, and he proved last week against the Steelers that he can perform in the clutch. I’ll give the Ravens the points this game.
Final Score: Broncos 14, Ravens 28
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts
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Line: Colts at -8.5
Give the Points: I know you Chiefs fans hate me by now, and this pick will not help my case. But I simply cannot bring myself to pick the Chiefs over the Colts.
Indy has had a sort of Jekyll and Hyde season, and we’re not exactly sure which Colts squad will show up on Sunday. But I think they’ll beat the Chiefs. With the points.
Final Score: Chiefs 21, Colts 31
St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions
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Line: Lions at -3
Give the Points: I am so excited to see the Detroit Lions get their first win this season when they host the Rams. The Lions have lost in close games all season, and they have held their own with the rest of their strong division.
I expect the Lions to show us why we were talking about them so much in the offseason.
Final Score: Rams 20, Lions 27
Atlanta Falcons at Cleveland Browns
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Line: Falcons at -3
Take the Points: That’s right, Browns fans. You’re not dreaming. I’m picking your team two weeks in a row.
The Falcons are coming off a close win over the winless 49ers, but the Browns were much more impressive in their victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Matt Ryan looks a little out of his element when he goes on the road, and I expect Atlanta to have trouble against the tough defense and rush offense of all the teams in the AFC North.
Final Score: Falcons 21, Browns 24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals
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Line: Bengals at -6.5
Give the Points: Even though the Bucs started their season strong and the Bengals had a tough loss to the Cleveland Browns, I think the AFC North is the strongest division in the NFL (and it’s not just because I’m a Steelers fan).
Terrell Owens had a great game with 10 receptions for 222 yards in Week 4 against the Browns, and if Carson Palmer can step it up a bit accuracy wise, this shouldn’t be much of a contest.
Final Score: Buccaneers 10, Bengals 24
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers
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Line: Bears at -3
Give the Points: The Bears started the season with an unlikely undefeated record, pulling out wins any way that they could, but they eventually fell to the New York Giants. The Panthers…
Well, they’re the Panthers.
Don’t get me wrong here. A near-win over the New Orleans Saints is pretty impressive (or at least it would have been had every other one of New Orleans’ opponents not already accomplished this feat), but I think the Bears will find a way to win this one.
Final Score: Bears 27, Panthers 21
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
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Line: Packers at -2.5
Take the Points: What can I say? I’m liking the Redskins this year. They’ve had a slow start, but I think this team has what it takes to fight to the top of the NFC East.
The Packers are coming off a close win over the Lions, and I think this will be another close game. But I’ll take the points and the Redskins at home.
Final Score: Packers 24, Redskins 27
New York Giants at Houston Texans
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Give the Points: The Texans are the better team. Period. They are second in the league in total offense and first in rushing offense.
The Giants, on the other hand, have trouble defending against the run, and even with a win over the Bears, they won’t leave Houston with the W.
Final Score: Giants 21, Texans 31
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals
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Line: Saints at -7
Take the Points: As soon as the Saints beat somebody by at least a touchdown, I’ll be happy to give them the points against a weak opponent.
But their biggest win was over Minnesota in Week 1 by five points.
The Saints will get the win, but it will be closer than this.
Final Score: Saints 24, Cardinals 20
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
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Line: Chargers at -6
Give the Points: The Chargers are first in the league in total offense, and the Raiders will need a miracle to end the season with a winning record.
That being said, when the Raiders host the Chargers, anything could happen. The Bolts will cover, but this won’t be a blowout.
Final Score: Chargers 27, Raiders 17
Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys
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Line: Cowboys at -6.5
Take the Points: The Boys are coming off a big win and a bye, but I’m not quite convinced that Dallas is the Super Bowl contender that everyone thought they were in the preseason.
And I’m getting really sick of people underestimating the Tennessee Titans. They have yet to be blown out, and both of their losses came from some very tough opponents (It is OKAY to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers!).
Final Score: Titans 31, Cowboys 27
Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers
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Line: 49ers at -3.5
Give the Points: If the Eagles were starting Michael Vick, I might have a different opinion on this game, but he’s out for at least this week. And Kevin Kolb hasn’t proved that he can be a legitimate threat on the Eagles’ offense.
The Niners aren’t looking so hot this season, but I still think that they are a great football team. I expect them to get their first win of the season at home in Week 5.
Final Score: Eagles 17, 49ers 27
Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets
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Line: Jets at -4
Give the Points: Two words:
That’s right, Jets fans. Your most explosive offensive threat has yet to play a game, and he will make his debut during Week 5’s edition of Monday Night Football.
I don’t exactly know what’s going on with the Vikings this season, and I don’t expect this to even be a contest.
Final Score: Vikings 13, Jets 24