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NFL Picks Week 5: Final predictions for Sunday and Monday games

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys gestures for a first down in the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys gestures for a first down in the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Week 5 of the regular season brings some interesting matchups and could present some nice upsets. Here are NFL picks for every game being played on Sunday and Monday.

Week 4 taught us something very special about making NFL picks and it’s that any one player can do down at any given time. The injury bug hit the NFL hard last week seeing stars such as Derek Carr, Julio Jones, Davante Adams, and Dalvin Cook go down with injuries. It always happens and this season is no different. Now in week

Now in Week 5, some teams are going to have to adjust to not having a star in the lineup and others will have a chance to recoup with the byes starting this week as well. For some teams, these byes have come at the perfect time. Week 5 presents some “must wins” for a few teams if they want to have a chance at being in it come late December.

Below are my final predictions for every game being played on Sunday and Monday. These lines are courtesy of our partner site, Sports Book Review.

San Fransisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts (-1.5) 1:00 pm 10/8

This tiny spread is there for a reason because both of these teams are not very good. Jacoby Brissett hasn’t played bad since taken over in Week 2 and there is still promise on the horizon for the Colts with Andrew Luck back at practice earlier in the week. The 49ers season probably isn’t going anywhere and will most likely be remembered in 2017 season for that epic Thursday night game against the Rams a few weeks back. Not much going on here. I like Indy because I think they are the better team and some hope can still be had.

Pick Indianapolis (-1.5)

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Los Angeles Chargers vs. New York Giants (-3) 1:00 pm 10/8

Come on Giants! I have been waiting for you to get out of this funk for a while now. Your defense has studs all over it and somehow you can’t stop anyone! I don’t get it.

This a “must win” for both teams here. Both are 0-4 and desperately in need of a win to still have a pulse. I have said it before and that is I do not trust Philip Rivers and the Chargers. I like New York here based on the sheer fact that they should be one of the best instead of the worst team in the NFL. Times will be changing.

Pick New York (-3)

Tennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins (+3) 1:00 pm 10/8

Well, last week the Titans did not show up in Houston getting dropped by the Texans. This week they play arguably one of the worst teams so far in the NFL. Jay Cutler has yet to be able to find a rhythm with his receivers and Jay Ajayi hasn’t become the running back we all saw last year. The Titans offense is much better than the Dolphins defense so it makes this pretty clear cut and dry. Take the Titans.

Pick Tennessee (-3)

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5) 1:00 pm 10/8

The Jags are coming off an overtime loss to the Jets and the Steelers are coming off a defensive dominating win against division rival Baltimore. The addition of Joe Haden to the Pittsburgh secondary has been one of the best moves this offseason. The Steelers defense has been playing at an elite level so far. The Jags defense has not been too shabby either. I think this game will be closer than what most people think but I still like the Steelers even with Antonio Brown being covered by Jalen Ramsey all day.

Pick Pittsburgh (-7.5)

Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals (-3) 1:00 pm 10/8

Well, don’t look now but the Bills are in first place in the AFC East. At 3-1 they travel to Cincinnati to face a struggling Bengals team that is coming off a win in Cleveland last week. The Bills, on the other hand, are coming off a stunner in Atlanta winning 23-17 against the reigning NFC champs. They are cooking something up right now. The Bills have covered the spread in every game this season and I see that trend continuing because I see them winning outright and moving to 4-1.

Pick Buffalo (+3)

Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5) 1:00pm 10/8

The Cardinals are 2-2 with both wins against the 49ers and Colts. The Eagles, on the other hand, are 3-1 with division wins against Washington and the Giants. Things are looking up in Philly. Carson Wentz looks like a No. 2 pick and has that offense firing on all cylinders. 6.5 is a lot here but I am going to take it anyway because I believe the Eagles are a much better team and that fact that they are playing at home gives me all the confidence I need.

Pick Philadelphia (-6.5)

New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns (Even) 1:00 pm 10/8

The Browns are an absolute dumpster fire. The fact that this spread is even is shocking. I know the Jets are “the Jets” but they are 2-2 and have surprised not only myself but the entire league. The Jets are clearly not the worst team in the league as most “experts” expected. That title belongs to Cleveland yet again. Congrats! Not much to be said here but the Jets secondary has played good and will shine against rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Pick New York (Even)

Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions (-2.5) 1:00 pm 10/8

Cam Newton lit it up in New England last week. He looked like his former MVP self. It was also against the last ranked pass defense in the league. Cam may have looked good but that is what Matthew Stafford has looked like all year. The Lions like the Panthers are 3-1 and need to keep winning if they want to keep pace in the competitive NFC North. This is a tough one here but I like Detroit at home with the points.

Pick Detroit (-2.5)

Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders (-2.5) 4:05 pm 10/8

EJ Manuel looks like he will be taking over at the helm for the injured Derek Carr. A big blow to the Raiders here but it seems that Carr will only miss one game. He is listed as questionable. Manuel would be a blow to the offense hence the low spread here. If Manuel starts I like the chances of the Ravens because they can exploit certain aspects of his game and make him one dimensional. Joe Flacco has not had a great season but they have the tools to be able to steal one here.

Pick Baltimore (+2.5)

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  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams (-1.5) 4:05 pm 10/8

    Did you even think you would see the Rams favorites against the Seahawks even again? Are we now living in the era of Goff and Gurley?

    The Rams have been on fire and are clicking as a team under rookie head coach Sean Mcvay. I mean, the Rams went into Jerry world last week and beat the Cowboys. Very impressive.

    Seattle, on the other hand, is coming off a 46 point outburst against the Colts on Sunday Night Football. Seattle’s defense is not the Cowboys and they will prove that. I’ll take the “upset” here.

    Pick Seattle (+1.5)

    Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) 4:25 pm 10/8

    A banged-up Packers squad heads to Dallas to play the Cowboys coming off a loss at home to the aforementioned Rams. Aaron Rodgers has been playing like the all-time great he is along with his partner in crime Jordy Nelson. There are some questions on offense for the Pack this week and it surrounds Adams who took a serious hit to the head last Thursday and running back Ty Montgomery who is dealing with a rib issue. Next man up for the Packers as Geronimo Allison and Aaron Jones will need to step up as they did last week both scoring touchdowns. The boys are sitting at 2-2 and need a win to keep pace with the Eagles in the NFC East race. Zeke and Dak have played fine and Demarcus Lawrence is a force on defense. I like Dallas here, I can’t see them loosing back to back games at home.

    Pick Dallas  (-2.5)

    Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans (+1) 8:30 pm 10/8

    The Chiefs are 4-0 and continue to roll. The Texans just put up 57 on the Titans last week in an impressive showing. A very intriguing Sunday Night Football matchup here. This one point spread means this will be a close one throughout. Houston really impressed me last week behind rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and they have a lot of good pieces to compliment him. The Chiefs however just have explosive players everywhere. I like the experience of the Chiefs defense to startle Watson and bring him back to Earth.

    Pick Kansas City (-1)

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    Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears (+2.5) 8:30 pm 10/9

    It’s a shame what happened to rookie running back Dalvin Cook, tearing his ACL and losing him for the entire season. Now the Vikings turn to veteran Latavius Murray and pass catcher Jerick McKinnon to try to fill the void left by Cook. With Sam Bradford beginning to practice, the Case Keenum era looks to be coming to an end and what better way to end perhaps his last game of the year than with a win. The Bears have been tough at home almost beating Atlanta in Week 1 and beating Pittsburgh in Week 3. No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football relieving Mike Glennon. Shocking it too this long to make this move based on how bad Glennon was. This is a tough one for the rookie, especially playing against a good defense like Minnesota has. I like the Vikings here. Are you ready?

    Pick Minnesota (-2.5)

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