NFL Gridiron Gab Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks For Week Five

Last Week 10-5
Season 35-26

Miami at Cincinnati – The Bengals will look to do what they have done the last three weeks, which is control the tempo on both the offense and defensive lines. Look for Miami to hang for a half, but the Bengals will wear them down and win by 10. Cincinnati 27 Miami 17

Cleveland at NY Giants – The Giants are coming off a tough loss to the Eagles, while the Browns have had 10 days to get ready for this game after a loss to the Ravens. Trent Richardson says he and the Browns can run on the Giants. That may be true, but Eli Manning and the Giants can throw, making the overall difference in this one. New York 30 Cleveland 17

Green Bay at Indianapolis – The Pack got on track last week with a win over the Saints, and now they travel to play Andrew Luck and the Colts on the road after they have a bye. The Colts will have Bruce Arians as their coach with Chuck Pagano out, but no matter who coaches, the Pack are going to win this game, getting to 3-2 on the year. Green Bay 26 Indianapolis 13

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh – While the Eagles are a solid foe for the Steelers, they are not as good as the 3-1 mark they boast, as they are 30th in the league in scoring, and all that points very much in favor of the Steelers. Look for the Black and Gold to lay an early knockout, and to make sure to finish this time around. Pittsburgh 24 Philadelphia 10

Atlanta at Washington – The Falcons escaped last week vs the Panthers, and now have to take on RG3 and the Redskins on the road. This has the makings of a good game, with it coming down to what team can make the bigger plays. Right now that’s Matt Ryan and the Falcons, who are riding high and doing everything right. Atlanta 23 Washington 17

Baltimore at Kansas City – The Ravens are rolling, and no matter how you break it down, it doesn’t appear the Chiefs have much of a shot in this one – and for good reason. Baltimore 24 Kansas City 7

Chicago at Jacksonville – The Jags have one win, and it was a lucky one at that. I can’t see the Bears tripping up after their solid win over the Cowboys on Monday night. It may take awhile, but they will end up having more than enough to top the Jags and MJD. Chicago 27 Jacksonville 14

Seattle at Carolina – An early must win for the Cats, who have yet to play up to their talent level with Cam Newton and company. The Hawks fell on the road last week vs the Rams, and there’s questions about the long term play of rookie QB Russell Wilson, and if he will stay in the lineup. Look for Newton and the Panthers to finally get on track. Carolina 17 Seattle 13

Buffalo at San Francisco – The Niners are dominating on defense right now, and I can’t see the Bills, who always seem to have issues going out west, having any luck with that Niners D that landed a shutout over the Jets on the road last week. Look for San Fran to lower the boom on Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills run game all day. San Francisco 24 Buffalo 6

Denver at New England – If there’s one thing that Bill Belichick gets up for, it’s to play Peyton Manning, as does Tom Brady. Look for a fun game between the two Hall of Famers, but for Brady to out sling Manning and for the Pats to send the Broncos to 2-3 on the season. New England 27 Denver 20

Tennessee at Minnesota – Matt Hasselbeck is at QB this week with Jake Locker out, and while he knows the Vikings well with his time with the Hawks, the Vikings are playing better than a lot expected. Look for Christian Ponder and the Vikings offense to put up points on a Titans D that has had major issues stopping anyone. Minnesota 29 Tennessee 17

San Diego at New Orleans – Sean Peyton and his old friends will be on hand to see Drew Brees break Johnny U’s record, and it could finally inspire the Saints to get going in the right direction. The Chargers are a tough play here on the road, and while the Saints haven’t played well all year, they finally do enough on offense to stop Philip Rivers and the Bolts. New Orleans 24 San Diego 21

Monday:

Houston at New York Jets – The Jets are in serious trouble, and look for this to be another serious setback for them at the hands of the Texans, who are riding high and will ground the Jets in big fashion. Houston 31 NY Jets 13


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