By Ryan Wooley.
It took four weeks for me to finally have a breakout week after being close the last three, but week 4 by far was my best in pick’em games after posting a 10-4 mark, bringing my total to 34-25.
Hopefully as you continue to move on in your weekly picks in either a survival pool or dollar games with your buddies, you made up some of the money you may have lost the last three weeks.
As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @WooleyMammoth85 and let me know if my picks have hurt or helped you and let me know how much money you’re up.
Week Five picks: (Minus Thursday game between the Rams and Cardinals)
Dolphins @ Bengals: Cincinnati continues to prove that they’re one of the up and coming young teams and that last season wasn’t a fluke while the Dolphins continue to struggle. I see no problem for the Bengals in this one.
Colts vs. Packers: It was a hard fought game with the Saints last week but the Packers still found a way to come out on top while the Colts had an extra week to prepare for Green Bay. Even with the extra time though, Indy doesn’t stand a chance against Green Bay’s offense. Packers win.
Ravens @ Chiefs: Baltimore continues to impress on a week to week bases with not only Ray Rice, but their up-tempo offense with Joe Flacco. The Chiefs meanwhile have come alive lately with Jamal Charles on the ground, but I see no reason why Baltimore shouldn’t roll in this game. Ravens win.
Giants vs. Browns: Is there anything worse than having the game in your hands only to choke it away by costing yourself yardage with a late penalty and then have your kicker miss two field goals because of it?I don’t think so and I honestly don’t think the Giants will respond well against Cleveland. I think the Browns get their first win of the season.
Eagles @ Steelers: Isn’t it scary that Philly is 3-1, yet haven’t played their best football? Sure, their game against the Giants on Sunday Night Football was the best they have played this season—but it still wasn’t the best they’re capable of playing. Pittsburgh meanwhile is coming off a bye week and always plays the Eagles tough. I think Pittsburgh takes the game as they pressure Vick into a few more turnovers.
Redskins vs. Falcons: Atlanta is by in large the hottest team in the NFL and yet nobody is really talking about them the same way they were the 49ers just two weeks ago. Well, that all changes after this one. Falcons move to 5-0 on the year.
Seahawks @ Panthers: Cam Newton did everything in his power to give Carolina a victory but Matt Ryan and the Falcons still found a way to pull it out. The Seahawks meanwhile fell to the Rams out in St. Louis in a defensive battle. I don’t see this one being that way. I think Carolina wins by at least two scores.
Jaguars vs. Bears: Are you surprised the Bears are 3-1? I’m not. They were a great team last year and maybe would have made the playoffs if not for injuries and after taking care of the Cowboys on Monday night, they should have no problem shutting down MJD and the Jags offense. Bears win.
Titans @ Vikings: Minnesota is definitely one of the surprise teams this season after jumping out to a 3-1 start while the Titans are floundering with Jack Locker at quarterback. Well starting this week Locker will be on the bench as he recovers from a separated shoulder and Matt Hasselbeck will get the nod. I don’t see Tennessee winning this week, but watch out for them in future weeks with Hasselbeck. Vikings win.
Patriots vs. Broncos: The rivalry renews between Peyton vs. Brady. They were always great games to watch when Manning was in Indy, unless you’re a Colts fan as Brady holds a 10-2 record against Peyton (including playoffs), but this will be different. Manning is out to prove he is back while Brady and company are coming off a big blowout of the Bills. It will be close, but Manning does it again—game winning drive. Broncos win.
Bills @ 49ers: Could I have been more wrong last week by picking against the 49ers against the Jets? What was I thinking!? Won’t make that mistake again. Niners in this one.
Saints vs. Chargers: Will the Saints finally win a game? Yes! Yes they will and it happens here against San Diego. Drew Brees will not only make history by throwing another touchdown to make it 48 consecutive games with a touchdown to break the record held by Johnny Unitas, but New Orleans moves to 1-4.
Texans @ Jets: After getting blown out by the 49ers last week the Jets have a lot to prove and may do it with Tim Tebow under center. The Texans meanwhile have answered the bell every week and I see this one being no different. Houston wins and remains undefeated.