NFL WEEK 5 PICKS AND PREVIEW
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS vs CAROLINA PANTHERS
Cam Newton is by far the rookie of the year so far and due to his play, all 3 of Carolina's losses are by 7 or less. However, one of the best offenses in the league are on their way, the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is back in mid season form and the Saints are putting up points. New Orleans(3-1) might be in for another shootout against Carolina(1-3). I predict a circus show in Carolina, but Drew comes out on top
New Orleans 42 Carolina 35
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
The Chiefs(1-3) managed their first win last week at home against the Vikings and the Colts dropped to 0-4 Monday night. Curtis Painter played well enough to keep the Colts in the game. I believe the Colts defense will do just enough to give Painter and the offense chances to win the game at home. They keep improving week after week and the Colts are at home. After 4 straight losses, the Colts will win their first game of the season.
Indianapolis 21 Kansas City 20
ARIZONA CARDINALS VS MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Minnesota head coach Leslie Fraser came out an announced that he has no plans of taking quarterback Donovan McNabb out. They are now 0-4 and looking for their first win. As for Arizona(1-3), they are coming off a game that they should have won. Boththese teams struggle in the second half andthey are an even match up. I have to go with the Vikings. Arizona hasn't showed me anything and the Vikes finally give Adrian Peterson the rock.
Minnesota 24 Arizona 17
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS. BUFFALO BILLS
The Eagles(1-3) have now lost 3 straight games in the 4th quarter. The Bills(3-1) have been a 4th quarter team for the most part. I have picked the Eagles in all of these games. However I won't on this one. The Panic button has already been pushed in Philly. The Bills didn't over look the Bengals, but they gave up in the 2nd half. The Bills learned that last week and it won't happen again.
Buffalo 23 Philadelphia 18
OAKLAND RAIDERS vs. HOUSTON TEXANS
The Texans(3-1) are playing great overall football. The Oakland Raiders(2-2) will be looking to their running game in this one but it won't matter. You can't beat the pass with the run, at least not in this one. The Texans defense is stout and should control the bleeding if McFadden gets loose. The offense has improved from last seaon and Arian Foster is back, but Andre Johnson will not be playing Sunday. I love McFadden, but Just to much power for the Raiders.
Houston 31 Oakland 21
CINCINNATTI BENGALS VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
The Bengals(2-2) are coming off a big win at home against the Bills and the Jaguars lost 23-10 to the Saints and dropped to 1-2. Both teams have played inconsistent at this point, but I believe Cincy has the advantage. The Bengals have the #1 defense right now and I believe they will hold that up. Andy Dalton hasn't been the best, but a win is a win. The Jags lost me when they let go of their starting quarterback.
Bengals 23 Jaguars 16
TENNESSEE TITANS VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS
The Titans have now won 3 straight and improves to 3-1 on the season and the Steelers lost at Houston 17-10 to drop to 2-2 on the young season. The Steelers have big issues on the offensive line and Ben Roesthlisberger will be in a walking boot. James Harrison will be out for a few weeks. I like the Titans.Their defense has played great, They are only giving up 14 points per game which is first in the N.F.L. It will be a close game.
Titans 21 Steelers 18
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS NEW YORK GIANTS
The Seahawks are now 1-3 after their loss 2 point loss to Atlanta 30-28. After a 28-14 loss to the Redskins, the Giants have pulled off 3 straight wins and it seems as if Eli Manning is playing like his former self. Despite the injuries, the defense hasn't been all that bad. They rank 18th in total defense. Seattle's defense is ranked 13thin total defense. The inconsistency is what gets me when we debate Seattle's offense. I have to go with the Giants.
New York 27 Seattle 17
TAMPA BAY BUCS VS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
This will be a good game on the coast. The Bucs are 3-1 after a 24-17 win on Monday and the 49ers(3-1) managed to comeback in Philaedlphia for a 24-23 win. The 49ers will be tired from traveling and spending a few weeks out east. The Bucs have won 3 games in a roll now and I believe they will hold the 49ers in check. This should be a physical game and it should be a close one. I like the Bucs on the road.
Tampa Bay 27 San Francisco 19
NEW YORK JETS VS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The Jets dropped to 2-2 on the season after a loss in Baltimore. The offense was terrible andit better be much better come Sunday. The Pats are coming off a 31-19 win over the Oakland Raiders and they travel back home to play the Jets. These two teams usually have close games andit probably will on Sunday. They are well balanced teams, but I have to go with Tom Brady andthe Pats. Baltimore destroyed the Jets in all aspects of the game despite what the stats were. New England in a close one.
New England 31 New York 27
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS VS DENVER BRONCOS
The Denver Broncos(1-3) are coming off a 49-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers. As for San Diego, they handled the Miami Dolphins 26-12 to move to 3-1 on the season. Denver's defense is bad. We saw that last week against the Packers. San Diego has the ability to put points up in bulk. The Chargers are 6th in total defense and they will handle the Broncos fairly easily. You will hear Tebow chants by halftime.
San Diego 41 Denver 21
GREEN BAY PACKERS VS ATLANTA FALCONS
It is a rematch of last years playoff game on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers has led his Packers to a 4-0 start so far and Matt Ryan and the Falcons are 2-2 after a win against Seattle. Atlanta hasn't been themselves this season and the Packers have looked far above any other team in the N.F.L. Despite Matt Ryan's record in Atlanta, I believe that the Packerswill walk aways winners and move on to 5-0.
Green Bay 38 Atlanta 21
Chicago Bears VS Detroit Lions
Yes, Monday Night Football. It is the 2-2 Bears and the 4-0 Lions in Detroit. It has to be the game of the week. The Lions pulled out another win last week in Dallas and they are 4-0. The Bears coming 2-2, but they can compete against anyone. They thrive on competition. The Lions are led by Matthew Stafford and he has been outstanding. The Bears ran the ball last week and won. Both teams need to establish a run in this game. Whoever does may win this game. This will be worth watching. Bears in a upset!
Chicago 28 Lions 27
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