NFL Picks Week 5: New Orleans Saints and 3 Teams Guaranteed To Win This Week

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIIOctober 5, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 02:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints passes during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 2, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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In the NFL, Week 5 is the first time any team gets a week off, but 26 teams in the league will still be fighting it out on Sunday and Monday.

The first four weeks have given us a preview of what the new NFL hierarchy looks like, but there's still quite a few questions to be answered.

Are the Detroit Lions as good as their 4-0 record implies?

Can the Colts win even a single game without Peyton Manning?

Are the Philadelphia Eagles still getting used to each other or did they tear up a good thing with all the moves they made?

These are just a few of the endless list of questions brought upon by the first 64 games of the NFL season. With all of these questions, fans are looking for something to rely on, something they can say without doubt.

Here are three games you can pick the winner without having to second guess yourself.

New Orleans Saints over Carolina Panthers:

Cam Newton has the Panthers talking future. However, right now he’s just an exciting quarterback with the ability to put up gigantic fantasy numbers. If you’re looking for a QB to start in Week 5, Cam Newton would be a great choice.

However, any coach would take Drew Brees over Newton in a heartbeat. Also, Brees has a far superior supporting cast around him and three wins to prove it.

The Panthers will pick up a few wins this season, but a triumph over the Saints isn’t in the cards.

Prediction: Saints 38, Panthers 20

New York Giants over Seattle Seahawks:

Even after Seattle played an inspired game to upset the Saints in the playoffs last season, I was still convinced they were one of the worst teams in football.

The Seahawks have the worst offense in the league, so the Giants defense should easily be able to contain them. If they could stop Michael Vick from doing damage, the Giants can absolutely crush Tarvaris Jackson.

Expect the Seahawks defense to keep them in the game for the first half, but falter in the second stanza against the running game of the Giants.

Prediction: Giants 31, Seahawks 9


Houston Texans over Oakland Raiders:

Consider me very impressed with the progress the Raiders have made in the past couple years, but the Texans' strides have been even bigger.

The Texans have finally pieced together a stifling defense to go along with a dynamic offense. A win over the Pittsburgh Steelers while only scoring 17 points proves my point. The injury of Andre Johnson could be a problem for the Texans, but Owen Daniels and Jacoby Jones will step in nicely.

Darren McFadden will turn in another great performance, proving he’s the best back in football so far this year, but the Texans will collect another home win.

Prediction: Texans 24, Raiders 17