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WEEK 5: ELITE TEAM PICKS OF THE WEEK


October 06, 2016

Week 5 is upon us! With every passing week, the season is getting more and more exciting. With 14 more enticing battles there is a lot to look forward to in Week 5 of the NFL season.

Arizona Cardinals (1-3) at San Francisco 49ers (1-3)

The Thursday night game between the struggling Cardinals and the unlucky 49ers. Arizona’s offense does not look anything like it has in the past, and San Fran cannot generate enough points themselves. It will be interesting to see what gives here, but mark me down for a Cards win on the road.

Arizona Cardinals 17 San Francisco 49ers 13

New England Patriots (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-4)

The Patriots get Tom Brady back just in time to absolutely slaughter the Cleveland Browns. After an embarrassing home shutout, the Pats will ring up 30+ in Brady’s return.

New England Patriots 37 Cleveland Browns 20

Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) at Detroit Lions (1-3)

The Eagles got a bye last week and they return to face a Lions team that scraped by an iffy, at best, Bears team, but showed that their offense can explode during their Week 3 loss to Green Bay. The Eagles seem to be clicking on all cylinders, but I predict a Detroit upset at Ford Field.

Detroit Lions 22 Philadelphia Eagles 20

Chicago Bears (1-3) at Indianapolis Colts (1-3)

Jordan Howard turned it on last week, and even if he didn’t find the end zone, the running back sure seems to be doing well in Langford’s absence. The Colts almost came back to win in London last week but lost in a heartbreaker. Lucas Oil Stadium will bring the Colts a bounce back win.

Indianapolis Colts 24 Chicago Bears 23

Tennessee Titans (1-3) at Miami Dolphins (1-3)

DeMarco Murray is performing as well as any halfback in the league but it isn’t translating to W’s for the Titans. Miami got smacked by Cincy last Thursday. This game is really a tossup for me. I’ll go with the Titans winning with the ground game.

Tennessee Titans 30 Miami Dolphins 26

Washington Redskins (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

The Redskins outdueled Cleveland last week behind two scores from tight end Jordan Reed. The Ravens finally lost as Carr dominated them through the air and the offense was able to squeak out a victory. This one should be interesting as Washington’s offense seems to be clicking. I say it will come down to defense and Baltimore’s will shine brighter.

Baltimore Ravens 24 Washington Redskins 20

Houston Texans (3-1) at Minnesota Vikings (4-0)

The Texans keep accumulating W’s and the Vikings defense looks like its #1 in the league. As much as I hate to type this, Minnesota will win this one and more until their defensive conundrum is solved by opposing offenses.

Minnesota Vikings 19 Houston Texans 10

New York Jets (1-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

The Jets got outplayed at home last week versus Seattle and the Steelers crushed the Chiefs on SNF. With key offensive players hurt for New York, I think a similar offensive beat down may occur again in favor of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers 34 New York Jets 13

Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at Denver Broncos (4-0)

WOW am I excited for this one. One of the most explosive offenses takes on a Denver team that relies very heavily on their all-star secondary and shut down defense. In Mile High, I think the Broncos defense wins this battle of the strengths.

Denver Broncos 21 Atlanta Falcons 17

Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1)

The Dallas Cowboys have quietly performed very well this season while the Bengals year has already experienced roller coaster results. The Bengals get back to consistent success here and record back to back wins for the first time this season.

Cincinnati Bengals 23 Dallas Cowboys 21

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Los Angeles Rams (3-1)

The Rams showed some significant improvement on defense versus Arizona while the Bills shut out a Bill Belicheck coached Pats team at Gillette Stadium for the first in over 20 years. Pretty impressive feats for both squads. Ready for some smash mouth football?

Buffalo Bills 10 Los Angeles Rams 6

San Diego Chargers (1-3) at Oakland Raiders (3-1)

Both teams ran up their scores but couldn’t seem to limit their opponents last week in their close games. With Latavius Murray’s status in doubt this week, I think the Chargers have a shot on the road.

San Diego Chargers 27 Oakland Raiders 21

New York Giants (2-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-1)

The Packers were off last week while the Giants were the latest team to fall short versus Minnesota. The Packers have a four game losing streak when playing New York at home however I see that coming to an end this week as Rodgers and Co. dominate from the get go.

Green Bay Packers 45 New York Giants 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (1-3)

The Panthers dominant defense has been nowhere to be seen these first few weeks while the Buccaneers have been as up and down as they come. In this one, I see a composed Can Newton taking advantage of a week Buccaneers secondary.

Carolina Panthers 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21