NFL PREDICTIONS: WEEK 5
September 26, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
WEEK 5 NFL PREDICTIONS
LAST WEEK: 9-7
Last week was a very tough week as you can tell by my 9-7 record. Hopefully we can rebound in week four. Here are this week’s picks:
San Francisco (1-2) at St. Louis (1-2), Thursday, 8:25 p.m.
LINE: 49ers by 3
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is 5-1-1 in his past seven starts against NFC West opponents, but the 49ers are a better football team than their record indicates and they will rebound from consecutive losses to beat the Rams.
PREDICTION: 49ers 24 Rams 17
Baltimore (2-1) at Buffalo (1-2), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Ravens by 3 1/2
The Ravens looked like Super Bowl Champs last week in dismantling Houston. EJ Manuel has completed 45- of-66 passes (68.2 percent) for 446 yards with three TDs for the Bills, but it won’t be enough agains the Ravens.
PREDICTION: Ravens 27, Bills 10
Cincinnati (2-1) at Cleveland (1-2), Sunday. 1 p.m.
LINE: Bengals by 4 1/2
Both won big games last week but Cincinnati’s was more impressive in beating Green Bay after turning the ball over four times in the first half. The Bengals are one of only three teams in NFL history to win a game after allowing 30 unanswered points. The Browns recorded their first victory of the season with a 31-27 come-from-behind win at Minnesota.
Still feel the Bengals are a much better football team.
PREDICTION: Bengals 30. Browns 14
Chicago (3-0) at Detroit (2-1), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Lions by 2 1/2
Chicago's defense forced five turnovers and scored twice in a 40-23 win at Pittsburgh in Week 3. The Lions finally ended a 21-game losing streak at Washington (27-20) last weekend. It was Detroit's first road victory over the Redskins since Oct. 13, 1935. Not totally sold on the Bears yet…take the Lions in a close one
PREDICTION: Lions 27, Bears 26
Seattle (3-0) at Houston (2-1), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Seahawks by 3
THE SKINNY: Seattle has been the most dominant team in football. The Seahawks have won eight regular-season games in a row outscoring the opposition 279 to 87 in those encounters, an average final score of 34.9 to 10.9. Houston looked awful against Baltimore last week. Seattle shows they can win on the road.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 24 Texans 21
Indianapolis (2-1) at Jacksonville (0-3), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Colts by 8
Indy is coming off a huge win in San Francisco. Andrew Luck is now 13-6 as the starter with the Colts. It appears Blaine is back at QB for the Jags. It won’t matter.
PREDICTION: Colts 30 , Jags 7
New York Giants (0-3) at Kansas City (3-0), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Chiefs by 4 1/2
At 3-0, the Chiefs have already surpassed their win total from the 2012 season (2-14). The Giants, on the other hand, are coming off their worst drubbing in the Tom Coughlin era, a 38-0 shutout loss to Carolina. Tom Coughlin is on the verge of being fired. KC wins at home.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 21, Giants 17
Pittsburgh (0-3) at Minnesota (0-3), NFL International Series at London's Wembley Stadium, Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Steelers by 1
Hey, let’s send two 0-3 teams to London. That way we don’t have to watch some bad football. Take Minnesota.
PREDICTION: Minnesota 24, Steelers 21
Arizona (1-2) at Tampa Bay (0-3), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Bucs by 3
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has decided to bench veteran quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. Arizona is hurting defensively, losing three linebackers to injury over the past week. Take the Cards since TB is searching for answers.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 17, Bucs 14
New York Jets (2-1) at Tennessee (2-1), Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
LINE: Titans by 3 1/2
Jets rookie QB Geno Smith passed for a career-high 331 yards with two TDs in a win over the Bills in Week 3. Jake Locker and the Titans beat the Chargers for the first time in 21 years last week. Can Geno give the Jets more magic this week? Have to take the Titans at home.
PREDICTION: Titans 23, Jets 14
Philadelphia (1-2) at Denver (3-0), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Broncos by 10 1/2
The Broncos have won 14 consecutive regular-season games dating back to 2012. Denver star QB Peyton Manning already has 12 TD passes this season. Philadelphia has a shaky pass defense.
PREDICTION: Broncos 40, Eagles 24
Washington (0-3) at Oakland (1-2), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Redskins by 3
Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion late in Monday night's 37-21 loss to the Broncos. Pryor had career highs in passing yards (281) and passer rating (112.4) before going down. Washington QB Robert Griffin III is still trying to find his way. If Pryor is out, take the Redskins.
PREDICTION: Redskins 17, Raiders 14
Dallas (2-1) at San Diego (1-2), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Cowboys by 2
The Chargers are averaging 26 points per game. The Cowboys may have RB DeMarco Murray, who ran for 175 yards and a TD in a win over the Rams in Week 3. Dallas is 11-0 when Murray runs it 18 times or more in a game. Give it to Murray and the Cowboys.
PREDICTION: Cowboys 27, Chargers 24
New England (3-0) at Atlanta (1-2), Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
LINE: Falcons by 1 1/2
New England's Tom Brady (139-39, .781 winning percentage) and Atlanta's Matt Ryan (57-24, .704) know how to win.
The Pats are 3-0 after a 23-3 win over Tampa Bay. The Falcons will be in desperation mode after a last-second defeat in Miami (27-23) in Week 3. Atlanta is tough at home.
PREDICTION: Falcons 23, Patriots 17
Miami (3-0) at New Orleans (3-0), Monday, 8:40 p.m.
LINE: Saints by 6 1/2
Two undefeated teams battle Monday night. Drew Brees and the Saints beat Arizona last week, while Miami defeated Atlanta in Week 3 with a come-from-behind, 27-23 victory. Brees has won eight consecutive starts on Monday Night and has a 120.6 passer rating in those contests, completing 194-of-273 passes (71.1 percent) for 2,467 yards (308.4 per game) with 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Take the Saints.
PREDICTION: Saints 37, Dolphins 20