It’s time for my 2010 NFL Week 5 predictions and picks. The first game on the 2010 NFL schedule features 3-0 Kansas City at Indianapolis. Can the Colts rebound from a tough loss at Jacksonville? Are the Chiefs actually legit this year? We’ll find out at least some answers when the two collide at noon on Sunday.
The Colts won’t be thrilled with the prospects of losing back to back games. So far, Indy has looked very mediocre on the road. The Colts will be playing at home at Lucas Oil Stadium this coming Sunday in the week 5 schedule. That will make all the difference in the world. The Chiefs return to reality as Indy blasts Kansas City 31-13.
My 2010 NFL week 5 predictions and picks move on with Jacksonville at Buffalo. Can the Bills finally notch a victory? Or is Buffalo going to be at the bottom of the pack for the rest of the season? I believe Buffalo will be game at home. In fact, I think the Bills get their first big win of the season by knocking off Jacksonville 16-13.
What’s next on the 2010 NFL week 5 schedule? How about a match up between Tampa Bay and Cincinnati? My predictions and picks have the Bengals rebounding from their loss at Cleveland with a 23-13 win over visiting Tampa Bay.
Atlanta travels to Cleveland also during the week 5 schedule. This game has upset written all over it. The only problem is that the Falcons just had a close scare against San Francisco and Atlanta is well aware of what Cleveland can do after they handled Cincy this past week. I think Matt Ryan puts together his best road game of his young career and the Falcons roll 27-16.
St. Louis also travels to Detroit. Here is an interesting game that probably wouldn’t have been interesting if you asked NFL analysts about it before the season started. The Lions have lost every game but they’ve played good enough to win. The Rams have won back to back games and look much improved. I think Detroit’s defense will be the story of this one. A young Sam Bradford struggles against a defensive line that can wreak havoc.
The Lions win 27-17.
Denver travels to Baltimore also during the 2010 NFL Week 5 schedule. Can the Broncos pull out another nice road win after winning in Nashville against the Titans? Baltimore is fresh off a huge win at Pittsburgh. This game could be down to the wire if both teams play well. I believe Denver is in for a let down on the road. The Broncos will play a much tougher defense when they suit up against the Ravens. Kyle Orton will struggle to have time to throw. My predictions and picks have Baltimore winning 23-10.
Also on tap for week 5, Chicago travels to Carolina. The Bears may or may not have Jay Cutler. Without Cutler(concussion), the Bears will have little chance to win on the road in such a hostile environment. With Cutler, the Bears could pull off a road win. I believe the Cutler factor makes it very hard to make any predictions or picks on this game. So I have two scores for this game. If Cutler plays, the Bears win 23-17. If Cutler doesn’t play, Carolina will notch a 21-13 victory.
Green Bay is also at Washington during week 5. This could be the game of the week in terms of importance. The Packers barely squeezed by Detroit while the Redskins fought hard in a road win at Philadelphia. My 2010 NFL week 5 predestines and picks have the Packers winning a road game 34-31. It could be the offensive shootout of the year.
The Giants travel to Houston. The Texans just aren’t friendly at home this season. The Giants may have turned the season around with a win over Chicago. I don’t think the Giants can sustain that momentum on the road in Houston. The Texans have way too much offense. I doubt the Giants will be able to sack Matt Schaub 9 times in the first half considering Arian Foster will run wild if they do. My predictions and picks have the Texans rolling to a 27-14 victory.
New Orleans is at Arizona in what appears to be a breather. There just haven’t been too many gimmes this year in the NFL. Arizona is fresh off a pounding last week-but I think the Cardinals will prove much more worthy at home. Still, the Saints should win in the end 27-16.
Tennessee travels to Dallas in what could be a huge game for both teams. The Titans have lost a couple at home this season so they desperately need some road wins. Dallas has looked better of late but still needs to notch wins like these at home to secure a playoff berth on down the road. I think the Titans offense will struggle against a very good Dallas defense. Chris Johnson will have little if any room to run. The Cowboys will win this one 23-13.
San Diego is at Oakland in what will be a must win game for the Chargers. Can the Bolts win a big road game–even against the lowly Raiders? I believe San Diego will emerge with a 31-17 win over the Raiders.
Philadelphia travels to San Francisco in another game where the quarterback might mean everything. If Michael Vick plays, I look for the Eagles to win on the road 31-20. If Vick doesn’t suit up, I think the 49’ers will finally notch a 23-14 win.
My 2010 NFL week 5 predictions and picks conclude with Minnesota at New York. Brett Favre faces his former team on the road. The Jets have been rolling of late. Why stop now? I look for the Jets to win this contest 24-17.
That’s it for my 2010 NFL week 5 predictions and picks. We’ll do it again next week!