NFL Week 5 Predictions 2013
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks continue their winning ways as they both went 4-0 as the NFL completed the first quarter of the season. The Broncos led coast to coast and eclipsed the 50 point mark with an easy win over the Eagles. The Seahawks, down 20-3, came back in dramatic fashion to shock the Houston Texans in overtime. The Seahawks are back on the road again this week to take on the Indianapolis Colts. The Broncos travel to Dallas to take on the 2-2 Cowboys.
A special treat is in store for you NFL diehards this Sunday. The Chargers and Raiders game will take place at 11:30PM Sunday night because the Oakland A’s playoff game takes place Saturday, and it takes about 24 hours to convert from baseball to football. So diehards this sets up a quadruple header on Sunday. Starting up at 1PM Eastern and concluding around 2:30AM Monday morning. Over 13 hours of NFL bliss. Enjoy.
Still Undefeated at 4-0
New Orleans Saints
Kansas City Chiefs
New England Patriots
Need a W at 0-4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bye)
Pittsburgh Steelers (Bye)
Sunday 1 PM
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (PK)
Matchup:The Chicago Bears got off to bad start last week against Detroit and never recovered as they suffered first defeat of the season. Quarterback Jay Cutler was sloppy against the Lions with four turnovers. The New Orleans Saints remained undefeated handling the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins their first loss Monday night. The Saints historically are pedestrian when leaving the dome and playing on grass. Drew Brees is 0-4 at Soldier Field. The Saints have covered 11 of 12 regular season games under Payton.
Steve’s Pick: Bears 31 – Saints 24
Dan’s Pick: Saints 24 – Bears 21
Matt’s Picks: Saints 28 – Bears 17
New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals (-2)
Matchup:The undefeated Patriots play their second consecutive road game as they come into Cincinnati. Tom Brady has led the Patriots to the 4-0 start with a bunch of unknown receivers and backs. The Bengals fell at Cleveland last week after the big comeback win at home against the Packers. This should be a tight one.
Steve’s Pick: Bengals 31 – Patriots 27
Dan’s Pick: Bengals 34 – Patriots 31
Matt’s Picks: Patriots 29 – Bengals 14
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-7)
Matchup:The Lions meet the Packers at Lambeau Field where they have lost 22 straight. The Packers are off the bye at 1-2. Green Bay is 8-0 ATS after the bye. Another example of a dome team playing poorly on grass as the Lions are 2-8 ATS their last 10 on grass.
Steve’s Pick: Packers 37 – Lions 23
Dan’s Pick: Packers 28 – Lions 24
Matt’s Picks: Lions 30 – Packers 27
Seattle Seahawks (-3) at Indianapolis Colts
Matchup:The Seahawks are off that stunning comeback overtime win in Houston last week. The schedule maker was not kind to Seattle as they traveled to Houston last week, and now another 1800 miles to Indianapolis and the 1:00PM start. The Colts took care of business last week against the Jaguars after the big win in San Francisco. The Colts defense is stingy. They have not allowed a TD in over seven quarters.
Steve’s Pick: Colts 27 – Seahawks 13
Dan’s Pick: Colts 27 – Seahawks 24
Matt’s Picks: Colts 21 – Seahawks 17
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (-3)
Matchup:The 2-2 Ravens came up short last week in Buffalo and now travel to Miami. As their record indicates, the Super Bowl Champions have been average in the early going. They catch Miami on short week off the Monday night loss to the Saints. Teams going into the bye have struggled of late going 7-19 ATS as the Dolphins take the week off. Should be a warm one in south Florida with temperatures in the mid-80’s.
Steve’s Pick: Ravens 23 – Dolphins 20
Dan’s Pick: Ravens 24 – Dolphins 23
Matt’s Picks: Ravens 17 – Dolphins 10
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants (-2)
Matchup:Who cares? Really, minus the first half of the first game for the Eagles these teams have been a disaster. Andy Reid is giggling somewhere in Missouri. The Eagles offense has showed some spark at times, but their defense has been Swiss cheese. The Giants aren’t just 0-4, but they’ve been blown out in the three of those games. A stagnant offense, a weak defense, and shaky special teams play have all contributed to the disappointing start. Definitely not the best game on the board Sunday.
Steve’s Pick: Giants 31 – Eagles 30
Dan’s Pick: Giants 34 – Eagles 28
Matt’s Picks: Giants 24 – Eagles 20
Kansas City (-3) at Tennessee Titans
Matchup:The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Hard to believe as the Chiefs went 2-14 last year. New head coach Andy Reid looks nothing short of a genius. Quarterback Alex Smith, pushed to the side of the road by the 49ers, has done enough good things for KC to be 4-0. The defense has played tough, and everything is looking rosy in Kansas City. The Titans have actually been solid as well this year. They are 3-1, and should have beat Houston. So why are they underdog at home against KC? Well, they lost they’re starting quarterback (Jake Locker) last week. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard) gets the start. Ryan played well at times when he was with Buffalo, so the dropoff shouldn’t be too severe for the Titans. This one should be close.
Steve’s Pick: Titans 23 – Chiefs 20
Dan’s Pick: Chiefs 28 – Titans 21
Matt’s Picks: Chiefs 27 – Titans 20
Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams (-12)
Matchup:The Jaguars are really bad. They were totally non-competitive against the Colts last weekend. They have no quarterback, no receivers, and a porous defense. The St. Louis Rams, after a win in the opener, have not fared well themselves. Blaine Gabbert is not an NFL quarterback. That’s a problem for Jacksonville when he’s starting for them. The Rams have been disappointing themselves four games into the season. After winning a tight one in the opener against the Cardinals, they’ve been dreadful. They’ve lost the last two by 20+ and yet are double digits favorites in this contest. Jacksonville is really bad though.
Steve’s Pick: Rams 16 – Jaguars 10
Dan’s Pick: Rams 20 – Jaguars 10
Matt’s Picks: Rams 31 – Jaguars 17
Sunday 4:05 PM
Carolina Panthers (-2) at Arizona Cardinals
Matchup:The Carolina Panthers come into this one off a bye and route of the Giants. While they dominated the Giants, let’s keep in mind the Giants are still looking for their first win. The Arizona Cardinals stuck around in the game last week against Tampa Bay, and came away with the win. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals are quietly 2-2. Look for a tight one.
Steve’s Pick: Cardinals 27 – Panthers 23
Dan’s Pick: Cardinals 21 – Panthers 20
Matt’s Picks: Cardinals 23 – Panthers 20
Sunday 4:25 PM
Denver Broncos (-7) @ Dallas Cowboys
Matchup:The offense juggernaut that is the Denver Broncos makes their way to Big D. The Broncos have not been tested, dominating their opponents and winning by an average of 22 points. The Broncos have now won 15 straight regular season games. The Cowboys actually lead the NFC East at 2-2. The Cowboys need to establish the running game in order to have any chance. They do not want to get into a shootout with the Broncos. Enjoy the fireworks.
Steve’s Pick: Broncos 44 – Cowboys 33
Dan’s Pick: Broncos 38 – Cowboys 33
Matt’s Picks: Broncos 34 – Cowboys 20
Sunday 8:30 PM
Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5)
Matchup:The Texans are off a terrible loss where they blew a big lead to the Seahawks and lost in overtime. Quarterback Matt Shaub threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown late in the contest. The criticism from the Houston faithful led Shaub to shutdown his Twitter account. Playing on the road maybe the best thing for the Houston Texans right now. The 49ers last played 10 days ago, easily defeating the St. Louis Rams 35-11. The 49ers have been routed twice this year, so the Texans have more than a chance Sunday night.
Steve’s Pick: Texans 27 – 49ers 23
Dan’s Pick: 49ers 24 – Texans 21
Matt’s Picks: Texans 23 – 49ers 20
Sunday 11:35 PM
San Diego Chargers (-4) at Oakland Raiders
Matchup:NFL late night, as these two AFC West teams battle in Oakland. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Cowboys last week to even their record at 2-2. The Chargers could easily be 4-0, with their two losses coming late after leading most of the game. The Raiders lost a tough one at home last week against the Redskins. They jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on going down 24-14. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor returns after missing last week with an injury.
Steve’s Pick: Chargers 24 – Raiders 21
Dan’s Pick: Chargers 27 – Raiders 24
Matt’s Picks: Chargers 27 – Raiders 13
Monday 8:40 PM
NY Jets at Atlanta Falcons (-9)
Matchup:The Falcons have now lost two in the row. They’ve struggled without RB Stephen Jackson in the lineup, and he’ll be a game time decision on Monday. The New York Jets have started 2-2 and are led by a formidable defense. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has shown ability at times, but needs to be more consistent if he is to lead the Jets to the playoffs.
Steve’s Pick: Falcons 23 – Jets 17
Dan’s Pick: Falcons 34 – Jets 10
Matt’s Picks: Falcons 30 – Jets 20
ATS Season Results
Dan 25-31-3 (Don’t quit your day job)
Matt 19-22-3 (Rough week, falls below .500)
Steve 18-38-3 (Checking for a pulse)
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