By: Ryan Wooley
I mentioned last week how it took three weeks to get a solid record for my weekly picks and I seem to have picked up where I left off in week four, posting an 8-5 record last week to bring my total to 42-30!
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Week Five Picks: (Minus Thursday’s game between the Titans and Steelers)
Raiders @ Falcons: Atlanta is 5-0 for the first time in team history and returning home to play host to the struggling Oakland Raiders. Seems like a recipe for a sixth win. Give me Atlanta.
Browns vs. Bengals: I said last week that the Browns would pick up their first victory against the Giants and seemed to be well on their way until they elected to turn the ball over and turn a 10 point lead into a seven point deficit. Because of that, Cleveland will have to wait a few more weeks before they have another chance because the Bengals are coming off a tough loss to the Dolphins. Give me Cinci.
Rams @ Dolphins: Are the Rams a better team than they appeared when they lost to the Lions in the opening week of the season? You bet they are and they will continue to show it against Miami. Rams win, and Steven Jackson FINALLY reaches 100 yards rushing!
Jets vs. Colts: This is exactly why the Jets should not have signed Tim Tebow. Your franchise quarterback is struggling and you have half your fan base turning against you (more than normal in New York) wanting Tebow to show his magic and try to save the season—which is causing more of a distraction. The Colts meanwhile are playing great football and seem to have a young Peyton Manning on their hands after Luck engineered another comeback against the Packers. I think with this game being in the Meadowlands, New York has the edge, but it’s a very small one. Jets win.
Chiefs @ Bucs: It seems that Kansas City has got the hint that Jamaal Charles should be involved in the offense more after running him 31 times against Baltimore, but Matt Cassel went down with an injury and the Bucs are coming off the bye week well rested. I see Tampa taking this one by a field goal.
Ravens vs. Cowboys: Baltimore is coming off a lackluster victory over the Chiefs after scoring just nine points while Dallas is coming off a bye week with aspirations of turning their season around. I don’t think Baltimore will struggle as much against this Dallas defense that has been terrible all season long. Ravens win.
Bills @ Cardinals: Well, you can’t win them all but who saw Arizona falling to St. Louis last week? The Bills meanwhile were steamrolled by the 49ers and I think this one will end up being a shoot out and it’s the Cardinals responding well and taking the game.
Seahawks vs. Patriots: Maybe I’m disrespecting the Seahawks here, but I truly don’t believe in them or believe they’re a good team. New England rolls in the game.
Giants @ 49ers: Both teams are coming off big victories, both teams rank among the best in the NFC and both met in the NFC Championship game last year with the Giants moving on and winning the Super Bowl. This time around, the 49ers win.
Redskins vs. Vikings: If there has been a surprise team this year, it certainly has been the Vikings. They have played well on both sides of the ball and not to mention on Special Teams. The Redskins meanwhile started hot but have fizzled the last few weeks and RG3 if coming off a concussion. I say Minnesota moves to 5-1.
Packers @ Texans: Houston remains one of the undefeated teams in the NFL and the clear favorite to head to the Super Bowl, while the Packers have been floundering around and sit in third within the NFC North. I say this is the week Green Bay makes a statement and they hand the Texans their first loss of the year.
Chargers vs. Broncos: I said last week that Peyton would lead the Broncos to a game winning field goal over the Patriots and he may have done it if not for a late turnover that proved costly. The Chargers meanwhile lost to the winless Saints in the Superdome on a record-breaking night by Drew Brees and are looking to rebound. I think this game will be a high scoring affair and Manning will get Denver to the 3-3 mark after a 33-30 victory.
Lions @ Eagles: As many of you know I am both a Lions and an Eagles fan—so this is what I call “The Wooley Bowl”. If I had to rank my fandom for both teams however, my allegiance is with Detroit so of course I’m pulling for the Lions. Even though I’m pulling for them though, I don’t see them winning and the Eagles send Detroit back home with a pitiful 1-4 record.