Jason Ross’ NFL Week 5 Picks & Predictions
Four weeks into the NFL season and we have seen some great action so far.
We are down to one team that is still undefeated. The Arizona Cardinals stand alone as the NFL’s only team without a loss. A couple of teams finally got their first win. As for this weekend I can guarantee that we will get some more great drama.
So here are the picks.
Lock of the week (4-0, last week Buffalo was the pick)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Miami Dolphins. Tampa didn’t look great in the emotional Sunday night game against New England but now that they have crossed that game off the list they should thrive against the struggling Dolphins.
Upset of the week (1-3, first win with the Colts last week)
Cleveland Browns in a mini upset over the Los Angeles Chargers. I love this game. Two good teams playing head to head in a fun AFC battle. Chargers have had two emotional weeks in a row, and I think it catches up to them this week. Cleveland in a close call.
Games That I Feel Good About
Titans over the Jaguars. This might be more about Jacksonville than it is about Tennessee. The Titans haven’t clicked yet but Jacksonville is still going through a mess with their head coach Urban Meyer. Titans get right and Jags stay winless.
Cowboys over the Giants. Dallas and more specifically Dak Prescott has really impressed me. Division games can be tricky but Dak will continue to put this team on his back. The Cowboys put up big numbers on the Panthers defense and will do more of the same Sunday.
Patriots over the Texans. I probably shouldn’t feel this good about a one win team but the Patriots compete each week. For the Texans, it is a personnel issue. Look for New England to get their second win of the year.
Packers over the Bengals. For the second consecutive week the Packers take on the AFC North. Last week the Packers carved up Pittsburgh and Rodgers should do more of the same this week against the Bengals. Take the Pack.
Games That Can Go Either Way (A lot on the list this week)
Rams over the Seahawks. Los Angeles got humbled last week but should bounce back Thursday in a tough place to play. Seattle got off to an awful start against San Francisco but the 49ers let them off the hook. The Rams won’t.
Falcons over the Jets. I have been burned multiple times by the Falcons this season and though I was impressed by the Jets last week, I am going with the Dirty Birds in this one.
Vikings over the Lions. Minnesota has just a little bit more to offer in this matchup over Detroit. Lions play hard but can’t seem to win. This week will be a repeat of that. Vikings in a close one.
Broncos over the Steelers. Denver needs Teddy Bridgewater and he may not go this week. The team that is in disarray right now is Pittsburgh. Their strong defense hasn’t been enough to help them win. Broncos prevail in a low scoring game.
Saints over the Washington Football Team. Anyone know which Saints team will show up this week? They are a mystery but when the good version appears they are a sound team. I will take my chances on that happening and the Saints prevailing.
Panthers over the Eagles. Carolina’s strong defense and adequate offense will prove to be too much for Philadelphia. Panthers get back in the win column this week
Raiders over the Bears. Las Vegas has to start better. They have been able to dig out of holes but why do that to yourself. Chicago going with Justin Fields is the long term play but in the short term there will be bumps. Expect a bumpy road for him and the Bears in Vegas on Sunday.
49ers over Cardinals. This one is a pure hunch. All things are pointing towards Arizona and there are better teams than them and they have already lost. The Cardinals lose for the first time and the 49ers get a quality road win. Just a hunch.
Bills over the Chiefs. Buffalo has been waiting for this chance to get another crack at KC. The Bills are playing so well and they go into KC and get a landmark regular season win.
Ravens over the Colts. Baltimore has found it’s way and will rely on the ground game, good special teams play and keep the Colts down. Baltimore in a close one.