By Bryan Jeon
Last week: 7-7
Week 4 Recap: Bunch of upsets. (What is this, college football?) Pittsburgh loses its first game. Bears and Chargers continue their misery. And McNabb gets dropped a dozen times after going on a tear the week before.
Week 5 Picks:
Tennessee (2-1) over Atlanta (1-3)
Jacksonville (2-1) over Kansas City (2-2)
Arizona (2-2) over St. Louis (0-4) – Matt Leinart isn’t happy splitting time with Kurt Warner, but the Cards handed Pittsburgh its first loss of the season last week by continuing the use of the two-quarterback system. Expect a solid showing against a banged up Rams team that has been outscored 59-10 in its last two games.
New England (4-0) over Cleveland (2-2) – The Browns might just have a feared offense now after the first month of the season, averaging nearly 35 points a game in its last three games. Today however, they won’t come close to that total against the Patriots, who are just too dominant on both sides of the ball to make this match up a close one.
New Orleans (0-3) over Carolina (2-2) – I say the much-needed bye week and playing in the Superdome will help the Saints regroup for their first win of the season.
NY Giants (2-2) over NY Jets (1-3) – The Giants ‘D’ has buckled down the last few weeks but will need Eli Manning to pick up his slack to help prevent making this one close.
Seattle (3-1) over Pittsburgh (3-1) – My Upset of the Week Special: The Seahawks come into Pittsburgh and hand the Steelers back-to-back losses. Ben Roethlisberger finally came down to earth last week, throwing multiple picks for the first time this season. (He did this in 8 games last year.) Analysts say that Pittsburgh needs to put pressure on Hasselbeck, but I say Seattle needs to force turnovers off Big Ben and the Hines Ward-less offense to pull this one off.
Detroit (3-1) over Washington (2-1) – I think the Lions’ high-powered offense will prove to be too much against the Redskins, who will miss Santana Moss in this game.
Houston (2-2) 0ver Miami (0-4)
Indianapolis (4-0) over Tampa Bay (3-1) – Jeff Garcia will do his best to make this a close game, but the Colts will stay undefeated for another week.
San Diego (1-3) over Denver (2-2) – LT had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season last week, but now Philip Rivers will need to throw his first interception-free game against a tough Denver secondary. (The Chargers were 7-0 last season when Tomlinson rushed for 100 yards and Rivers didn’t throw any interceptions.) Jay Cutler will be missing his favorite target in Javon Walker, who will be out for a second straight game because of his knee.
Baltimore (2-2) over San Francisco (2-2) – Baltimore should rebound from a poor showing against Cleveland to give Trent Dilfer plenty of pressure at the helm.
Chicago (1-3) over Green Bay (4-0) – I have the first of the four undefeated teams falling this week in a mini-upset at Lambeau Field. A hurting Bears ‘D’ will have studied enough tape to shut down Brett Favre’s short-game passing attack, as the Packers offensive game plan is going to catch up to them sooner or later, with no running game to fear.
Dallas (4-0) over Buffalo (1-3) – The Patriots and Cowboys are playing their tune-up games for their Week 6 showdown of two 5-0 teams (to be played in Dallas). Cal running back Marshawn Lynch will play in his first MNF game but will have to wait another week for his first 100-yard rushing game of his brief career.