14 games. 14 shots at looking like a genius. 14 shots of looking like an idiot. Last week several folks called me out for my picks, calling me something along the lines of “uneducated moron who doesn’t understand the game.” Those weren’t the exact words but they were the exact meaning. And to all those people, I proved them wrong because yet again, I am either out picking or neck and neck with the “experts” in making picks. So Week 5, hit me with your best shot and let’s do this!
(Teams I’m picking will be italicized.)
Jaguars @ Bills – Earlier this week I said the Bills wouldn’t win a game all season. Given that statement it would be mighty foolish for me to not pick the Jaguars. The Jags made a statement last week against the Colts, proclaiming to the world that they aren’t dead yet. While I don’t believe they are really a good team they will take it to the hapless Bills this week. Fun tidbit, one of these teams (likely the Jaguars) will be in L.A. soon enough.
Broncos @ Ravens – The Ravens are my Super Bowl pick and I stuck with them last week. This week they are facing a significantly worse team than they did last and I fully expect them to obliterate the Broncos. This is going to be a great test for that Baltimore secondary however, as Kyle Orton is leading the league in passing yards (1,419). However, with no running game to worry about, I expect the Ravens to be very successful against the Denver passing attack this weekend. This will also be an excellent chance for Joe Flacco and company to build some momentum against a very poor defense.
Chiefs @ Colts – This should not be a tough game to pick. It shouldn’t. However, the Colts have looked incredibly mortal and the Chiefs have had two weeks to prepare for them. I’m gonna stick with the home team Colts, but I won’t be shocked if the Chiefs upset them. The Colts defense should be able to keep Matt Cassel and his weapons in check however, so I’ll stick with the Colts. I just can’t see Peyton Manning losing two weeks in a row. His head might explode if that happens and I’d hate to see that. That’d mean no more commercials.
Packers @ Redskins – I saw the Redskins first hand last week and what I saw was a team lucky to escape with the win. They will not be so lucky this weekend. The Packers barely beat the Lions last week but I see the Lions offense as being far better than the Redskins offense. The Redskins weak offensive line will be ripped to shreds by Ryan Matthews and the rest of the Packers defense, a unit that has something to prove. This weekend will not be pretty for the Redskins.
Rams @ Lions – Who would ever have thought that this would be an exciting game? The Rams are 2-2, coming off a two game winning streak. The Lions are 0-4 but have been so close in every game against opponents who are supposed to be vastly superior. I like the Lions to get their first win of the season against the Rams in what will be be an exciting game. This is such a bizarre year in the NFL and I’m loving it.
Bears @ Panthers – Here is my nomination for worst game of the week. The Bears will be starting Todd Collins in place of the injured Jay Cutler (concussion…gonna happen when you’re sacked 9 times) at QB. The Panthers still have rookie QB Jimmy Clausen at the helm and now he’s without his best weapon in WR Steve Smith (high ankle sprain). Both offenses are anemic but the Bears defense should be able to dominate a truly pitiful Panthers offense. John Fox’s seat will be getting even hotter after this game as his team falls to 0-5.
Buccaneers @ Bengals – The Bengals looked like a joke last week, except for T.O. The Buccaneers have had two weeks to prepare for them. But now the Bengals have something to prove….I dunno friends, this is a really tough pick. I’m going to go with the Bengals because when we last saw the Buccaneers their defense was getting embarrassed by the Steelers. The Bengals WRs should be able to carve up that secondary. But this is not a game I’d place money on.
Falcons @ Browns – The Browns beat up on the Bengals last week. The Falcons eked out a win over the 49ers. Again, it’s proving to be a very bizarre season. I’ve loved the resiliency I’ve seen from the Falcons this season and I think they’ll go into Cleveland and take care of business. The Browns will be feeling good about themselves after upsetting the Bengals and I think they come out overconfident and flat this weekend.
Giants @ Texans – The Giants defense came to life last week against the anemic Bears offense. They won’t have the same luck this weekend against the Texans. Plus, the Texans will be getting a Mr. Brian Cushing back, the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year. Something tells me he wants to catch up on lost time. As such, I think Eli and the rest of the Giants offense are in for a tough day. Andre Johnson should be back at WR for the Giants and I expect him and RB Arian Foster to make the Giants defense look silly.
Saints @ Cardinals – The Cardinals continue to look pathetic. Against good offenses they have let up 41 points twice. The Saints offense is good. The Saints offense will get the job done, easily. If there’s a game this week that I feel 100% certain about, it is this game. Here’s an fact to give you an idea of how bad the Cardinals are right now. Max Hall will become the fastest undrafted free agent to start a game at QB in NFL history this weekend. No undrafted free agent rookie QB has ever started a game by week 5. That’s what he’s doing this weekend and it sure isn’t because he’s looked like a stud.
Titans @ Cowboys – As much as I hate the Cowboys, they will win this weekend. Chris Johnson has looked nothing like how he looked like last season. He proclaims himself to be the best running back in the league but as of now he isn’t even the best in his division. This is a game I hope I get wrong but I think the Cowboys, after a week off, will roll the Titans.
Chargers @ Raiders – The Charges haven’t looked great this season but the Raiders have looked awful. The Chargers will go to Oakland, take care of business, and news will break later in the week that Jason Campbell is back to being the starting QB.
Vikings @ Jets – Prior to the Vikings acquiring Randy Moss this was an easy pick for me. Now, I’m not so sure. I really think Moss is going to help right the ship in Minnesota. However, the Jets are also getting back three key players this week. They’re getting back Calvin Pace, Darrelle Revis from injuries and WR Santonio Holmes is returning from suspension. That’s just too many weapons added to an already dominate team. Jets win a thriller of a game.
Last week: 9-5