Week Five Predictions

dt_common_streams_StreamServerLast week was a tough one to predict for me as I was under .500 both straight up and against the spread. Fortunately, there is still a lot of season left to recover from a tough week. While week four had a whopping six teams on bye, only the teams who played in London have this Sunday off. That means us fans have 14 games to watch. There are some very interesting matchups and as always, it should be an exciting weekend of football.

Last week: 5-8, Season: 35-26

Last week against the spread: 6-7. Season: 26-35

Game of the weak: Browns vs Titans: With so many interesting games, a Brian Hoyer/Jake Locker showdown was an easy choice here. After a very impressive week one road win against the Chiefs, the Titans have really struggled their past few games. The Browns have been in every game up to this point. That includes two heartbreaking loses to divisional rivals as time expired. A win here would be huge for their confidence going forward. Browns 20 Titans (-2.5) 16

Game of the week: Bengals vs Patriots: Despite only playing three games, you could argue the Bengals have been the league’s best team up to this point. They play stout defense, have strong lines on both sides of the ball and can mix the run and pass on offense. Now comes their real test. Even after their embarrassing loss on Monday night football, the Patriots with their pedigree are still one of the teams to beat in the AFC. Too many times over the years we’ve seen contenders go into New England only for Tom Brady to enter “eff you mode” and throw for 350 yards and four touchdowns.

I’m not in the group that is counting the Patriots out after the first four weeks. The AFC East is still too weak and Bill Belichick is arguably the best coach at making adjustments in the league. Despite that, the Patriots offensive line prevents me from taking them here. It seems as if Belichick is trying to see how little talent he can win with around Brady and a young offensive line and a mostly unproven cast of receivers is evidence of that. For the record if I had to rank my picks in how confident I was in them, this game would be the lowest. Bengals 26 Patriots (+1.5) 24

Bears 24 Panthers (-2.5) 20

Steelers 31 Jaguars (+6.5) 24

Bills 17 Lions (-7.5) 24

Rams 24 Eagles (-7.5) 30

Falcons 23 Giants (-4.5) 31

Buccaneers 21 Saints (-10.5) 34

Texans 20 Cowboys (-6.5) 27

Ravens 21 Colts (-3.5) 24

Cardinals 20 Broncos (-7.5) 31

Chiefs 21 49ers (-6.5) 26

Jets 17 Chargers (-6.5) 28

Seahawks 34 Redskins (+7.5) 20





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