Jeff’s Week 5 NFL Picks
Well, with failing to finish my picks last week due to work and other commitments, I am determined to get at least more games under my belt this week. Again, not using point spreads at all here, just a straight win or loss prediction.
Home team in CAPS
Cardinals over RAMS
Okay, I can’t get a Rams prediction wrong two weeks in a row, right?… Right? Anyways, in this week’s Thursday night game, I see the Cards taking this one based on their talented, if not overachieving defense. Kevin Kolb is doing just enough to not lose games, and with the way the defense has indeed been playing, I can see that being enough to overtake the Rams in a close game.
BENGALS over Dolphins
This one should be pretty easy for the Andy Dalton lead Bengals. Their offense will be able to pull this one from the Dolphins, who despite not terrible numbers from their defense, can’t seem to find ways to win games. Oh yeah, that’s because they went with Ryan Tannehill with their QB this year. As long as he keeps turning the ball over, the Dolphins will be struggling all year. But on the plus side, Blaine Gabbert was doing the exact same thing last year, and just look at his improvement this year.
Packers over COLTS
The Pack Attack should be too much for a young Colts team that is going to continue it’s growing pains this year. Despite close games this year, the Packers offense will be too much for this defense to contain. As we all know, the Packers should also be 3-1 instead of 2-2 this year. Long story short, Packers finally dominate a team this year and win by 2 scores.
Ravens over CHIEFS
An easy pick this week. The Ravens might be the second best team in the AFC this year going against one of the worst teams in the league. Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and comapny will destroy the Chiefs to the tune of two touchdowns.
GIANTS over Browns
Eli Manning is having another elite season as the Giants signal caller. The Giants are a better team than their record indicates, and came within an offensive pass interference call last week of winning that game. Look for them to get going against the Browns. Even the Giants banged up secondary will be able to contain this pathetic Browns offense. The Giants pass rush will also look to take over and be in Brandon Weeden’s face all game long.
STEELERS over Eagles
The Steelers used the bye week to get healthy in a big way. After coming out of the gates slow this year, the Steelers get Rashard Mendenhall, Troy Polamalu and James Harrison back from injury. In Harrison’s case, it’ll be his first action of the year. With both Polamalu and Harrison back in the lineup, the Eagles will need to come out of the gates strong, or else they may end up not being able to get the lead at all in this game. However, the Eagles defense has been formidible this year as well. If this game was in Philly, I might go with the Eagles. Steelers win by a field goal.
Falcons over REDSKINS
Matty Ice will continue his MVP quality season against a banged up Redskins team. Without Orakpo and Kerrigan I don’t see the Skins being able to get enough pressure on Ryan. He will have all day to find his weapons downfield. And if the pass rush does pick up, the Falcons won’t be afraid to turn to Michael Turner out of the backfield. Falcons win by a touchdown.
Seahawks overr PANTHERS
I have a hard time believing that the Panthers can win a game until they show that they have a running game past Cam Newton. Newton leads the team in rushing yards with 167 on the year. Russel Wilson needs to step up as well. The Seahawks have the worst passing attack in the league. However, Marshawn Lynch is looking like a stud this year, and will carry the Seahawks past the Panthers by six points.
Bears over JAGUARS
I don’t see the Bears falling behind at any point in this game. Their defense is too
old good this year to let the Jaguars get anything started in the air or on the ground. All this means that Jay Cutler won’t have anytime to mope or get cranky, so he should have a good day as well. Bears win by nine.
VIKINGS over Titans
The Minnesota Vikings will continue to shine in their surprising season this year by taking advantage of playing a not so good Titans team at home. On paper, these two teams are actually very similar, so this one might be close. This is assuming that Chris Johnson can prove to us that he isn’t washed up and can actually be a productive back, forget about 2,000 yards anymore. Just show us a sign that you’re still alive. I think that being opposite Adrian Peterson might bring out his competitive side and he has a good game. However it won’t be enough against the ball controlling Vikings. Vikings win by a touchdown.
PATRIOTS over Broncos
This one I went back and forth on. In the end I decided that Tom Brady will be good enough to get the Patriots the victory. I’m expeting a rather high scoring game between these two. I could easily see this game going the other way if Peyton Manning shows up for it and continues to improve in his first game against his old rival Brady. However right now I see the Pats winning by seven.
49ERS over Bills
I would say that the Niners are back after the beatdown they gave the Jets last week. The defense will be able to contain Ryan Fitzpatrick and the high flying Bills offense. The main issue for the Bills is their defense. They are giving up 400 yards and 33 points a game. We all saw that this Niners squad can put up those type of numbers against a much better Jets defense last week. This one isn’t close, Niners by at least 14.
CHARGERS over Saints
Speaking of bad defenses, the Saints will try not to embarass themselves when Philip Rivers and company come to town. This Saints defense is bad enough that Ryan Matthews may even have a good game. Drew Brees will need everything in his bag of tricks to help his team stay close with the Chargers. He almost pulled out a win against the Packers last week. Unfortunatly for him though, he won’t be playing against the Packers defense. Chargers will win by ten.
Texans over JETS
The Texans have the most complete team in the league. The Jets? Not so much. The Jets will have trouble scoring for the second straight week, and will do their best to not get shut out two weeks in a row. Matt Shaub and company will march up and down the field. Look for Andre Johnson to be moved around the field enough that Antonio Cromartie will have an easier time remembering his kids names than finding Johnson on the field. Texans win in a blowout.
Ha! For all you naysayers out there that don’t exist, I got it done! And in time for the Thursday night game. We’ll see how we do this week.