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Week 5 NFL Picks

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Cincinnati at Balitmore Two three and one teams will play for the right to lead the NFC North through the month of October today.  It’s the Bengals though who have been doing it with defense, and the Ravens have been doing it with offense, relatively speaking.  If things hold steady, I like the Bengals to get a big road win, although this game is basically a toss up, and the Ravens are the team with more upside.

Cleveland at Buffalo With the way the Bills have been playing, it would be hard not to think the Browns will get their first win today.

Washington at Carolina One of the worst teams in football to date has been the Carolina Panthers.  It’s been embarassing to watch this team fall all over itself in the past two weeks.  The Redskins have not been quite as bad, but you’d have to think that if the Panthers can correct just a few things after the bye, they’re a good bet to win.

Pittsburgh at Detroit Daunte Culpepper is under center for the Lions today which makes them a much better team overall.  But the Steelers offense will not struggle with the likes of the Lions and Culpepper has no chance to keep up the pace.

Dallas at Kansas City The Chiefs sit at 0-4 right now, and the turnaround is not coming just yet.  Not this week, at least.  The Cowboys know how critical it is to get to 3-2 in the NFC East, and against the Chiefs, they’ll be able to take care of business.

Oakland at NY Giants It would be easy to predict that the Raiders will show a sign of life, but that the Giants will still win the game.  I’m predicting you’ll see no such thing from the Raiders.

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia You already know that Tampa Bay is winless on the year, but have you heard that the Andy Reid’s Eagles have never lost a game coming off of a bye week?  Take the Eagles.

Minnesota at St. Louis Another matchup between a winless team and an undefeated team?  St. Louis will not break their winless streak in this one, and they will not break Minnesota‘s bid at an undefeated season.

Atlanta at San Francisco This one pits two teams who are probably a bit overrated, but certainly among the best teams in their respective divisions to this point, against each other.  The 49ers have earned their 3-1 start, but they are just the kind of team that the Falcons have preyed on the last two seasons.

Houston at Arizona I still don’t buy the Texans, but I hardly think that a bye week is going to fix what has been ailing the Cardinals.  The Texans offense has been playing as good as it ever has, and with the Cards sputtering, I’ll give the nod to the Texans.

New England at Denver We’ll let the legend of Josh McDaniels grow for one more week before we get to chip away at his legacy.  Denver is in store for another late season collapse, but the Broncos will beat the Patriots at home today.

Jacksonville at Seattle Seattle’s offensive line has been perhaps the most disappointing unit in the NFL to date.  Their secondary is a close second.  This situation isn’t as bad as last year with the receivers actually being both healthy and productive, but the Jacksonville Jaguars need not to set the world on fire in order to move to 3-2 after today.

Indianapolis at Tennessee This is an easy pick.  I don’t know what 0-4 Tennessee Titan team I can expect to see, but I know that no matter what version of them shows up this week, the Colts will beat the living daylights out of them.

NY Jets at Miami A grind-em-out ball control offense vs. a true rookie quarterback?  Throw out those records, and give me the Miami Dolphins at home.

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