It’s hard to believe that it is already the fifth week of the NFL season. The team’s identities are starting to be formed and we’re getting a better idea of who will be good. If you want to know who will cover the spread, check out these free NFL picks. Here is a preview of what you can expect in Week 5 of the NFL season.
Minnesota vs. St. Louis (Minnesota -9.5). This is one of the most lopsided games of the weekend as the tough Vikings take on the laughable Rams. The Rams are without several players including Marc Bulger because of injury. They will really have to play well to be competitive in this game. Brett Favre looked like he was 10 years younger on Monday night and the Vikings are on a roll.
Dallas vs. Kansas City (Dallas -8.5). The Chiefs come into this one 0-4 and have looked ugly most of the year. They’ve played solid at times, but are yet to put a whole game together. If they can get the home crowd at Arrowhead into it this week, it could be a tough outing for Tony Romo and the Cowboys. Romo is usually good for a couple of mistakes per game and the Chiefs will hope to take advantage of them.
Washington vs. Carolina (Carolina -3.5). The Redskins have looked pretty bad so far this season and barely managed to beat the Bucs. With that being said, the Panthers haven’t exactly set the world on fire yet either. Jake Delhomme has been downright awful through the first three games. If he can pull it together, the Panthers are the more talented team in this one.
Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia (Philadelphia -14.5). This is one of the biggest spreads of the week. The Philadelphia Eagles are much more talented and better coached than the Bucs. If the Eagles show up to play, this spread is not big enough the way it is. However, that is why they play the games. McNabb is back and whether or not he is healthy enough to be effective remains to be seen.
Cleveland vs. Buffalo (Buffalo -6). This could be the worst game of the week as two teams that are not very good face off. The Bills are in better shape than the Browns, but not by much. T.O. is yet to do anything this year and the defense has not looked good either. The Browns just shipped off receiver Braylon Edwards, so we don’t know how that will affect their offense.
Cincinnati vs. Baltimore (Baltimore -8.5). This should be a pretty good divisional matchup to watch. The Bengals have looked solid through the first few games. The Ravens are considered one of the best teams in the league, however, they are coming off of a loss to the Patriots. This one will come down to whether or not Carson Palmer can move the ball against the stingy Ravens defense.
Pittsburgh vs. Detroit (+10.5). The Steelers rebounded nicely in a win over the Chargers last week. Now they face the Detroit Lions who may be without quarterback Matt Stafford. If Stafford plays the Lions will have a shot to compete. The Steelers have looked anything but unbeatable this year.
Atlanta vs. San Francisco (San Francisco -2.5). The Niners have looked good in the early part of the season. They come into the game at 3-1 against a pretty tough Falcons team. The Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez connection has looked tough early on and it remains to be seen whether the Niners can stop it.
New England vs. Denver (New England -3.5). New England is coming off a strong win against the Ravens. While Denver is undefeated, they are by far the most overrated team in the league. The Patriots are the better team, but anything can happen in Denver.
Houston vs. Arizona (Arizona -5.5). The Cardinals are coming off of a bye week and are well rested. Both teams have a great aerial attack and questionable defenses. Therefore, this could be a high scoring shootout in the desert. The Cardinals offense has looked a little shaky thus far and they’re hoping Kurt Warner can get the team going again.
Indianapolis vs. Tennessee (Indianapolis -3.5). If you were to only compare records coming into this game, you would say the Colts would win the game easily. They come in at 4-0 while the Titans come in at 0-4. However, this is a close spread because these two teams are both good. They always play a close game and this should be no exception.
New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins (New York -1.5). The Jets looked like world beaters until the Saints brought them back down to Earth last week. Now they go into Miami to play a Dolphins team that just embarrassed the Bills last week. The Miami ground game got it going and the defense shut down the Bills. This should be a pretty evenly matched game between two tough teams in the same division.
New York Giants vs. Oakland (New York -15.5). The Giants come into this game looking like a very solid, well-coached team. The Raiders come into this game looking like a dysfunctional team that might have their head coach in jail soon. The Raiders are a mess with a joke at quarterback. This is one of the most lopsided games of the week.
Seattle vs. Jacksonville (Seattle -1). The Seahawks are actually favorites in this game despite looking pretty pedestrian so far. The Jaguars appear to be getting things going with the emergence of Mike Sims-Walker. If the Jaguars can keep their aerial attack going while Maurice Jones-Drew runs the ball, they will be a tough out.
When you’re looking for expert NFL picks, the games this week should be interesting, so pay attention once the ball is kicked off on Sunday and you can make some good money with your NFL half-time wagers.
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