NFL Week 5 Picks: Which Upsets Can You Bet On
In a young season that has turned plenty of heads, perhaps the biggest surprise is the Chiefs are the last unbeaten in football (3-0), while the NFC West favorites San Francisco can't even find a win (0-4).
Week 5 promises to show us some contenders and some pretenders, so keep your head on a swivel to keep up with Sunday's NFL action.
Kansas City @ Indianapolis (-7.5)
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The Kansas City Chiefs are the only unbeaten left in the NFL having beat the Chargers, Browns, and 49ers. This is the Chiefs first true test going on the road to face the 2-2 Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts are 7.5 point favorites over the Chiefs and most expect Kansas City to get destroyed. However, the Chiefs could turn heads this week with a win at Indy. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones lead a Kansas City rushing attack that is averaging 160 yards on the ground per game. They face a Colts defense that is 29th in the league in defending the run giving up nearly 150 yards per game.
The only area of concern for the Chiefs is they are 25th in passing yards allowed per game and they face one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in Peyton Manning. However, take the Chiefs in this one, they may surprise you.
Take the Chiefs to win or keep this within a Touchdown.
St. Louis @ Detroit (-3)
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The St. Louis Rams are one of the surprise teams this early NFL season, starting off 2-2 and in a tie for the division lead. The lowly Lions are once again off to an 0-4 start and with Quarterback Matthew Stafford out, they don't look to dominate any opponent.
Rookie Quarterback Sam Bradford has looked solid after Week 1 throwing for 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions over the next 3 games. The Lions defense is 26th in passing yards allowed so expect Bradford to have possibly his best game yet. I expect Steven Jackson to at least double his rushing touchdown total (1) against a Lions defense that has struggled to stop the run so far this season.
Sam Bradford has yet to win on the road, but every rookie quarterback not named Jamarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf has to grow up at some point, right?
Take the Rams over the Lions here.
New York Giants @ Houston (-3)
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The New York Football Giants will walk into Reliant Stadium this weekend a 3 point underdog. However, they could very well walk a way with a win. The 3-1 Texans have looked good thus far, but its only a matter of time before a week secondary catches up with them.
The Texans are dead last allowing 337 passing yards per game and they'll line up against a Giants team that is throwing for over 235 yards per outing. Eli Manning will pick apart his secondary much like big brother Peyton did in Week 1. The question is, will the Giants defense be able to slow down the number 1 rated rushing team in the league and still keep big play wide receiver Andre Johnson in check (if he plays)?
The Giants will march into Reliant very confident after taking down the previously unbeaten Chicago Bears, sacking Jay Cutler 9 times in the first half alone.
The Giants Will Establish Themselves as the NFC East Favorites by winning in Houston.
Philadelphia @ San Francisco (-3.5)
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The disappointing 49ers will be a 3.5 point favorite when Kevin Kolb and the Philadelphia Eagles come soaring into town. Mike Singletary seems to have been MIA as the 49ers have looked to be playing a glorified game of sandlot football.
Kevin Kolb is back at the helm after Mike Vick went down with a rib injury, and this game will ride on his shoulders. Andy Reid thought he could count on Kolb when the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb away to the Redskins, but that has yet to be seen. Kolb has looked shaky at best throwing 1 touchdown and 1 interception on his 45 pass attempts for the year.
Kolb will get back on track a little bit against an overwhelming 49ers D, but it won't be enough to get him the starting job which will fall back into Vick's lap when he is healthy.
Mike Singletary's seat will get hotter as the Eagles win this one.
Minnesota @ New York Jets (-4)
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The picture says it all, Randy Moss is back. Bill Belichick traded Moss at the perfect time as the Vikings are 4 point underdogs when they travel to New York. The Jets get there second helping of Moss this year, and I expect him to get off of Revis Island.
Brett Favre will get to clicking this week with a new toy to play with in Moss, and the Vikings will have their season back on track. Adrian Peterson has been his usual self abusing opposing defenses, just buying time until Favre and his receiving core play into midseason form.
Moss will stretch the Jets defense out to open the field up for not only Peterson but the rest of the Vikes receives, and that will be the difference. Gear up for a thrilling Monday night game, Moss's 2nd in as many weeks.
Brett Favre gets to clicking as Moss escapes Revis Island. Vikings Win.