As always, home team in CAPS.
Pittsburgh 5 1/2 TENNESSEE
The Steelers are coming off of a nice win, but they will be without some defensive starters. It might not matter. The Titans have been bad, after some projected them as a playoff contender. Not anymore. Even short some defenders I will take the Steelers here.
MIAMI 3 1/2 St. Louis
The Dolphins are slowly becoming a team that nobody really wants to play. They won't make it to the postseason, but they will be pests. The Rams are actually pretty decent, and Jeff Fisher has done a nice job turning that team around. I think the Rams are better right now, plus they had a few extra days off. I can't see the Dolphins winning two in a row. I'll take the Rams.
BALTIMORE 3 1/2 Dallas
The Ravens escaped last week, and so did Dallas. The Cowboys, of course, didn't play anybody which explains their result. They will need the extra rest. Tony Romo has struggled this year, so I find it difficult to believe he will do anything against the Ravens. I can't trust him or the Cowboys at anytime. That includes this week.
PHILADELPHIA 5 1/2 Detroit
I am hearing some cries for Andy Reid to bench Michael Vick, but I don't know if it will happen. The Eagles are lucky to be 3-2 the way he has been playing. I have no idea what is going on in Detroit. This team was expected to compete for the NFC North crown and they have really struggled. They are coming off of a bye week, but I have a sense that the Eagles will turn it around this week. Even if it is short lived.
Cincinnati 1 CLEVELAND
Just when everyone starts thinking the Bengals are for real, they lose to Miami. They will be in the "for real" category again after this week. The Browns are not a good team, but they are trying and really have been playing pretty hard. The Bengals should, though, be able to bounce back. I'll take them here.
NEW YORK JETS 3 Indianapolis
The Jets have a lot of problems right now, on both sides of the ball. Their injuries don't help, but that just becomes an excuse at some point. The Colts had a big upset last week, and they actually haven't been too bad. Andrew Luck looks like the real deal.So real, in fact, that I think the Colts are going to win again.
ATLANTA 9 Oakland
The Falcons are still undefeated, though I have trouble understanding why Matt Ryan is called "Matty Ice". Beats me. The Raiders were off last week but they are the same old Raiders. Nothing has changed there. I don't see too many problems for the Falcons, who should stay undefeated.
New England 3 1/2 SEATTLE
New England had a nice win last week, and so did the Seahawks. For some reason, and I really don't know why, but I think this is going to be a struggle for the Patriots this week. Just one of those feelings I guess. I like the Patriots to win but somehow I think the Seahawks keep it pretty close.
ARIZONA 4 1/2 Buffalo
The Cardinals finally lost so may be they can relax a little bit. The Bills have totally exploded. They got smoked last week, and this week might not be any better. I don't see a total blow out, because the Cardinals offense isn't that good. But I do see a fairly comfortable Arizona win.
WASHINGTON 2 1/2 Minnesota
I am not sure how the Redskins are favored here, but they are. It must be the home field. Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion last week, so that doesn't help. The Vikings have been a total surprise. I don't know how long it is going to last, but I am fairly certain it will last at least one more week.
HOUSTON 5 Green Bay
The Texans keep rolling along, but truth be told they really haven't played anybody that good yet. And they likely lost Brian Cushing for an extended period of time. This could be Houston's first major test. The Packers have been disappointing, and they will likely turn it on at some point. I think Houston is very, very good despite their early opponents. I think they will be able to hold off the Packers here. This could be the week that people realize that the Texans are in fact for real.
SAN DIEGO 1 Denver
The Chargers, of course, have fallen apart, and the Broncos are pretty decent despite losing last week. Peyton Manning is still a very good quarterback, and Norv Turner for San Diego is still a lousy Head Coach. I think the Chargers skid will continue. I"ll take the Broncos here.
Game of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO 5 New York Giants
This should be a great game as the 49ers looked fantastic last week, as did the Giants after they got off to a slow start. This could be an NFC Championship preview. Right now it is hard to bet against Eli Manning, so I won't. However, I don't think he will be good enough to win. But he will be good enough to keep it close.
Stinker of the Week
TAMPA BAY 3 1/2 Kansas City
The Buccaneers are coming off of a bye week, and they needed it. The Chiefs have been dreadful, and shame on some of their fans for booing Matt Cassell's injury. They should be ashamed of themselves. They should be ashamed of this team, because they can't seem to do anything right. I'll take Tampa here.
Record For Week Five: 6-8 ( 4-10 without the spread )
Record Through Week Five: 31-43-3 ( 40-37 without the spread )
Game of Week Record: 2-3
Stinker of Week Record: 1-4
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