Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week Five

Cincinnati at Baltimore

The Bengals have won a couple games late, including an OT clunker last week vs the Browns. The Ravens will be frothing at the mouth after a loss to the Pats with some odd calls from the ref. I have a feeling the Ravens will take out their anger and walk away with a 4-1 mark after this one.

Baltimore 24 Cincinnati 10

Minnesota at St.Louis

The only concern here for the Vikings is a hangover after Monday night, but they are undefeated, and will have more than enough in the run game and on defense to beat the awful Rams, who are lucky to score 10 points a game right now with Kyle Boller under center.

Minnesota 27 St.Louis 7

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia

Donovan McNabb is back for the Eagles, but really they won’t need him here, as the Eagles are way better than the terrible Bucs, who are going again with Josh Johnson at QB. Look for plenty of heat from the Eagles D, and for the Eagles to with rather ease dispatch the Buccaneers.

Philadelphia 31 Tampa Bay 13

Washington at Carolina

A “battle” of two teams that are not very good right now. The Skins had to rally to beat the Bucs last week, while the Panthers had a week off to search for more answers for their issues. Washington does not impress me at all, nor does Carolina, but someone here has to win, and I think the Panthers will get their run game on track.

Carolina 20 Washington 16

Pittsburgh at Detroit

With or without Matthew Stafford, the Lions were going to have some major issues with the champs 3-4 defense which made life long for the Chargers last week. Look for Pittsburgh to feed Rashard Mendenhall a lot, and for Big Ben to have a big day. A cakewalk for the Steelers, who looked like the team that won the Super Bowl last week vs SD.

Pittsburgh 34 Detroit 17

Oakland at New York Giants

Ugh. The Raiders traveling three time zones with no offense and going against a good team? This is going to be very ugly, and I can’t see Oakland being able to put up more than 10 points here, while the Giants are looking great with the leagues surprise player this year in WR Steve Smith.

New York 27 Oakland 3

Dallas at Kansas City

The Cowboys ran into a buzzsaw last week vs the Broncos, but the Chiefs won’t put up as much of a fight, and this will be a week where Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense looks like world beaters against a bad Chiefs D. KC’s franchise QB Matt Cassel has yet to look like anything but, and this week he’ll have visions of DeMarcus Ware and company bearing down on him.

Dallas 23 Kansas City 10

Cleveland at Buffalo

Two bad teams go at here at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Browns looked better against the Bengals, and the last win they had in the regular season (10 games) was vs the Bills last year on Monday night. The Bills looked awful vs the Dolphins, and I think the Browns will land their first win of the 09 season here.

Cleveland 17 Buffalo 14

Atlanta at San Francisco

Could be the game of the day out in SF, these two teams match up well. The Falcons have yet to get Michael Turner going, and Matt Ryan could find problems throwing against a much improved 49e’rs D. The Niners will go again with Glenn Coffee at RB as Frank Gore is out. Shaun Hill’s play is the key here, and so far, he looks like a guy that can lead the Niners to the playoffs.

San Francisco 20 Atlanta 17

Houston at Arizona

The Texans continue to be a roller coaster team, beating a bad Raiders team a week ago. Now they travel to play a rested Cards team, who will try to throw against a Texans secondary that looks like they will struggle vs the Cards. Look for Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald to torch the Texans, and the Cards to finally get on track – for at least one week.

Arizona 30 Houston 17

Jacksonville at Seattle

David Garrard actually has the Jags looking like a force in the AFC the past two weeks, as they laid waste to the Titans last week at home. The Hawks will get QB Matt Hasselbeck back, and they play well at home, but they still have issues on offense as they can’t run, and I think the Jags will win their third straight with a big road win here.

Jacksonville 23 Seattle 17

New England at Denver

Wow, the Broncos are 4-0, and last week they finally proved they could beat a decent team with a win over the Cowboys. Now they take on one of the AFC’s best, and they are once again out to prove themselves. Let’s see if Tom Brady and the Pats can keep it up, but I think the Broncos are playing with a ton of confidence, and they will find a way at home to get the job done.

Denver 21 New England 17

Tennessee at Indianapolis

The Colts look great in going 4-0, and all the sudden they take on a desperate Titans team that can’t see to do anything right. Look for the Colts to take advantage of a Titans D that hasn’t stopped anyone this season, and the Colts will put the nail in the coffin of the Titans, who will drop to an unreal 0-5 after being 13-3 last season.

Indianapolis 34 Tennessee 14

Monday Night:

New York Jets at Miami

The Fins finally lived up to the billing last week, taking apart a bad Bills team at home. The test will be much tougher this week, as the Jets D will put up a much bigger fight. Chad Henne is going to have to make some plays here, and the Dolphins run game has to step up. The Jets are looking to rebound after losing to the Saints, and I think under the lights in Miami, they will have some problems as the Dolphins win for the second time this year.

Miami 17 New York 14

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2 Responses to “Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week Five”

  1. alyssa says:

    I think pittsburg is gonna have to play extra hard this year,

    everyone is gonna be gunning for them.

    Even the bears beat them so they need to step it up a little.

  2. I hope you are right about the Browns pick. It sure would be nice to win for a change. Came close last week but couldn’t finish it off.