NFL Picks Week 5: Where Did ESPN Experts Get It Wrong or Right?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IOctober 7, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets walks with the ball after a play against the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Leading up to Week 5 of the NFL season, let's take a look at how ESPN and their 10 experts picked the games this weekend:


Unanimous picks (10/10):

New York Giants over Seattle Seahawks: Long trip to the East Coast spells trouble for the 1-3 Seahawks. 

Houston Texans over Oakland Raiders: Surprised to see an unanimous pick of the Texans, especially without Andre Johnson. The Raiders have the kind of dominant running game to put pressure on Houston's defense. 

New England Patriots over New York Jets: Nothing's a given in this rivalry, even with the struggles of the Jets on both sides of the ball. The Patriots have their own defensive problems, and the Jets aren't scared to go to Foxborough and win.


Overwhelming favorites:

Philadelphia Eagles (9/10) over Buffalo Bills: Michael Vick and the Eagles need a win more than any team in the NFL. The Bills are tough to beat at home, however. 

Indianapolis Colts (8/10) over Kansas City Chiefs: No team in this game has a decided advantage, but the Chiefs at least showed they can win a game last weekend.  

Minnesota Vikings (9/10) over Arizona Cardinals: The Vikings appear ready to get their first win of 2011, but nine of 10? Thought this game should have been in the toss ups.   

Pittsburgh Steelers (8/10) over Tennessee Titans: ESPN obviously thinks that we'll see a different Steelers team in Week 5. With all the injuries, that's a tall task. Surprising more didn't pick the 3-1 Titans, who look like a playoff contender with Matt Hasselbeck.  


New Orleans Saints (9/10) over Carolina Panthers: The real surprise is that the Saints aren't in the top group. Adam Schefter was the lone expert to pick Carolina. 

Cincinnati Bengals (8/10) over Jacksonville Jaguars: In a battle of two rookie quarterbacks and improving defenses, the Bengals get the nod on the road.

San Diego Chargers (9/10) over Denver Broncos: Like the Saints-Panthers, I was surprised that this game wasn't unanimous. Chris Mortensen picked the Broncos at home. 

Green Bay Packers (9/10) over Atlanta Falcons: Two of the heavy hitters in the NFC face off on Sunday night, but only Mortensen thinks that the Falcons will get revenge on the Packers in Atlanta.

Detroit Lions (8/10) over Chicago Bears: The Lions will be a favorite in their first Monday night game at home since 2001.



San Francisco 49ers (6/10) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers: In an NFL season where we've seen so much parity and incredible comebacks and upsets, 49ers-Bucs is the only game that is considered a toss-up to the ESPN experts.