WEEK 5 NFL Picks

October 06, 2016 | Dennis Koulatsos

The record will reflect that I went 5-10 last week with my picks.  Ugh and double ugh but it’s been a wacky start to the season – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Season total is 32-28 so I need a big week to rebound. Here goes nothing (winning teams in bold):

Cardinals at 49ers – Drew Stanton vs. Blaine Gabbert.  What an underwhelming matchup to say the least. I’ll take Frisco’s defense in this lackluster Thursday night game.

Patriots at Browns – We will witness the return of Tom Terrific from suspension as the NFL gifts him a sacrificial lamb in the form of the Cleveland Browns, who are once again living up to the Factory of Sadness moniker.

Eagles at Lions – We’ll see how Carson Wentz and company fare on the road and in a dome against the toothless tigers known as the Lions, where d-coord Teryl Austin will devise a scheme to stop them.

Bears at Colts – A matchup with two hapless teams seemingly going nowhere. Coaches Chuck Pagano and John Fox may be unemployed way before the season ends.

Titans at Dolphins – This is a game where it should be very easy to get a ticket to, and not because of Hurricane Matt. I’ll take the Titans because the Phins stink more.

Texan at Vikings – Minnesota’s for real, particularly their fearsome defense. Sam Bradford seems to have settled in and finally found a home. This team could be Super Bowl bound, which is amazing given that they’re missing Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater.

Jets at Steelers – Pitt is firing on all cylinders and the NY is not. Two teams heading in opposite directions. This one could be over by halftime. And perhaps the Jets front office knew what it was doing by not giving Ryan Fitzpatrick more than a one year contract.

Falcons at Broncos – This is where the buck comes to an abrupt stop for Matty “Melting Ice” Ryan and his Dirty Birds.  The Broncos’ pass rush is second to none and that will be the difference.

Bengals at Cowboys – Dak Prescott is playing with the poise of a veteran, and Zeke Elliott is a very dynamic game breaking back. I like the Pokes at home this week.

Bills at Rams – LA is one of the goofiest teams in the league and if the right one shows up this Sunday it could make for a long day for the visiting Bills.

Chargers at Raiders – Philip Rivers gives the Chargers a chance to win any game he starts, but it’s tough to pick against the men in black at home.  QB David Carr is coming of age and maturing right before our eyes.

Giants at Packers – The New York Football Giants are unraveling at the seams and Lambeau Field is not a good place for them to be in this Sunday Night matchup. Go Pack go!

Buccaneers at Panthers – The Bucs were supposed to be one of the up and coming teams this year but haven’t lived up to expectations. The Panthers defense was lights out a year ago but not so much this season. We’ll take Cam over Jameis at home.

Redskins at Ravens – Baltimore’s defense has been pretty stout and on the flip side of the ball the Ravens may have figured out how to move the ball on the ground in the second half of the Raiders game.