Chargers' FC Weekly Picks: Week 5

Cameron WardContributor IIIOctober 4, 2011

DENVER - JANUARY 02:  General view of the stadium as the Denver Broncos face the San Diego Chargers at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 33-28.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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From Week 4 and on, I will be making predictions for every games and provide a key reason why each team will win.

Other FCs, please feel free to converse with me and we can get all our picks up on here.

Here they are:

Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo BillsPhiladelphia

Key Reason: The Bills do not have the speed to keep up with the Eagles. They have a horrible secondary that has been torched by everyone that plays them. High scoring shootout won by the Eagles in the fourth.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts: Chiefs

Key Reason:  The Chiefs have not beat the Colts since 2004. Since then they have played four times. In those meetings, the Chiefs are 0-3 and have not recorded more than 10 points. BUT, the Colts do not have Manning, Castanzo, Diem, and Nevis. The Chiefs will get a win that has been a long time coming.

Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota

Key Reason: Upset alert*** Minnesota will get in the win column this week over the Cardinals at home. The Cardinals pass defense and run defense has been average at best. Look for A.P. to put his team on his back and carry them to their first win of the 2011 season.

Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants: Giants




Key Reason: The Seahawks have shown some life on offense since the return of Sidney Rice, but it won't be enough to handle the much more talented Giants in New York. Eli Manning has been on fire with eight TD passes and only one interception in the past three games.

Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Steelers

Key Reason: I can't remember the last time the Steelers were last place in their division. Assuming I will have to go back through decades of stats, I will save myself the trouble and say it's been a long time. Someone feel free to burst my bubble.  Pittsburgh, though, is still only one game out of first and will look to dominate the hot-start Titans at home.

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers: Saints

Key Reason: I would love to see an upset win by Cam Newton in Carolina, but i just don't see it happening. Drew Brees is playing at too high a level to lose to the injury-plagued Panthers. Saints win by 10.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars: Bengals

Key Reason: The Bengals are better than most expected on defense and the Jaguars offense is pathetic without David Garrard. It doesn't look good for the Jaguars this year. The Bengals proved a lot by beating the Bills this last weekend.


Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans: Texans


Key Reason: The Texans have taken the "elite team" tag that Peyton Manning lost after he had those multiple neck surgeries. The Raiders are legit, but Mario Williams and that defense are going to be too much for Jason Campbell to handle.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers: 49ers

Key Reason: The 49ers are fresh off a huge confidence booster win over the Eagles. They will be getting the Buccaneers on a short week on the West Coast. Close game, but Patrick Willis and his underrated defense will stuff a questionable Buccaneers offense.

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos: Chargers

Key Reason: More on why this game will be a cake walk in my articles later this week. The Broncos looked pathetic against the Green Bay Packers. Yes, that was in Green Bay, but, it wasn't even a close game.

New York Jets @ New England Patriots: Patriots

Key Reason: The Jets defense has been burned by offenses much worse than the Patriots. Yes, the Jets beat them in the playoffs last year, but the Patriots also destroyed them in the preseason. Tom Brady and Wes Welker are just too good right now.


Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons: Falcons

Key Reason: Upset alert***This will be Matt Ryan's staple win of the season. Despite his early season woes, the Falcons have remained close in all their games. If Ryan can put it together, the Falcons will win this prime-time home game.

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions: Bears

Key Reason: The Lions have not played on Monday Night since 1996, where they lost to the San Diego Chargers. Yes, this team has big-time talent and looks to be heading to the playoffs, but they still lack inexperience and will falter under the Monday Night Football pressure. The Bears are not the type of team to gift them a fourth quarter win. 

This is my first week doing public picks so I am looking for any and all feedback. Is spread or non-spread preferred? More key points?

***Picks are subject to change as the week progresses (Injuries, new developments, etc.)