Week 5 NFL picks: An AFC North showdown and the place’s the “D” in Detroit?
Around the NFC
No ‘D’ in Detroit. Raise your hand for those who had the Detroit Football Lions main the NFL in whole offense (436.8 yards per sport) and scoring (35 per sport) by way of the primary 4 weeks of the season. Yeah, me neither. You in all probability wouldn’t guess it by trying on the standings, both, contemplating Dan Cambpell’s group is 1-3. That’s as a result of the Lions’ protection has been putrid. Like, 444.8 yards and 35.3 factors per sport dangerous. Both worst within the NFL. They’re thrilling no less than! No surprise Mac Jones pushed laborious to return from harm to play for the Patriots this week.
Scary Gary. Green Bay has received three straight after a Week 1 dud, simply because it did final 12 months. This time round, it’s driving a deep and gifted protection. Perhaps no one in Joe Barry’s group is enjoying in addition to exterior linebacker Rashan Gary, who has 5 sacks in 4 video games and has recorded no less than one every week. The 2019 first-round decide from Michigan is shortly changing into one of the vital feared edge gamers within the NFL and earlier than lengthy may also be one of many highest-paid.
Rush vs. the Rams. Cooper Rush seems to take the following step in his MVP marketing campaign when he leads the Dallas Cowboys into SoFi Stadium this weekend. Alright, perhaps not, however Rush has led Dallas to 3 straight wins in Dak Prescott’s absence. If he wins this one, think about what Jerry Jones will say. If the Cowboys are 4-1, plans for the statue is perhaps in place by the point their Sunday evening tilt in opposition to the Eagles arrives.
Around the AFC
In the 40s. Weather’s beginning to cool off within the Rockies, however the offense is simply heating up in Kansas City. Five NFL groups have put 40 factors on the board in a sport this season, however solely the Chiefs have executed it twice. Patrick Mahomes is off to a dynamic begin as soon as once more and there’s nothing to recommend at this level that his group isn’t the one to beat within the AFC West. Against a struggling Raiders secondary? Look out.
Cheetah code. What Mahomes is doing this 12 months is made all of the extra spectacular by the truth that he’s sans Tyreek Hill. The Dolphins broad receiver is off to a torrid begin in South Florida, rolling up 477 yards already by way of 4 video games. He’s bought outings of 190 and 160 yards in opposition to Baltimore and Cincinnati, respectively, and leads the NFL regardless of having simply two catches for 33 in opposition to Buffalo. He’ll make life so much simpler for Teddy Bridgewater, who steps in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa.
So lengthy, Blake. Speaking of Florida soccer luminaries, quarterback Blake Bortles is driving off into the sundown. He introduced his retirement on a podcast this week. Bortles, in fact, quarterbacked the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC title sport in 2017 below the route of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. That was Bortels’ profession pinnacle — effectively, perhaps the $26.5 million assured he bought on an extension after that season — narrowly edging out the 2020 season which he spent between Denver’s lively roster, the observe squad and the COVID listing.
Game of the Week
Cincinnati at Baltimore
The Bengals have leveled their report after an 0-2 begin. The Ravens blew an enormous lead in opposition to Buffalo final week, however are actually harmful and enter this Sunday evening matchup as a three-point favourite. This is about as compelling a showdown of 2-2 groups as you would hope for. Both groups are going to have at hand out mega-extensions to their quarterbacks after this season, however for now, they’ll simply attempt to get to 3-2 and get a leg up within the AFC North.
Ravens 27, Bengals 24
Lock of the Week
Pittsburgh at Buffalo
Yeah, yeah, it’s the straightforward method out. But look, it’s not day-after-day a 14-point betting line reveals up within the NFL. That’s what followers are handled to this week alongside the shores of Lake Erie. Kenny Pickett is making his first profession begin for the Steelers. Buffalo…has the NFL’s No. 1 move protection and Josh Allen.
Bills 34, Steelers 10
Upset of the Week
Seattle at New Orleans
The Saints enter as five-point favorites over the Seahawks. Maybe the oddsmakers don’t understand that Pete Carroll has been letting Geno Smith prepare dinner within the Pacific Northwest. Or, perhaps they simply don’t belief the recipe. Neither group feels notably robust, however New Orleans needed to journey again from London and get again into a piece week whereas coping with accidents to quarterback Jameis Winston and working again Alvin Kamara, amongst others.
Seahawks 21, Saints 20
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