By Eric Jacinto, Matt Koontz and Mike B
It's week number five and we're back for another week of picks. This week we get a rematch of the NFC Championship game as the 1-2-1 Minnesota Vikings will look to get payback as they go to South Philly and play the defending champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are coming in with a overtime road loss last week to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
Week 5 Bye Week Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) and Chicago Bears (3-1)
Sunday, October 7, 2018:
(1pm ET Games)
Tennessee Titans, (3-1) @ Buffalo Bills. (1-3):
Won't be doing any analysis this week for the games don't have time to with UFC 229 and MLB Playoffs on. I will only put my Prediction.
Eric's Pick: Bills 20 - Titans 17, OT; (Upset Pick)
Alright the Titans are legit, and I am done doubting them. They have a great defense, one of the best. The Titans offense has had issues with injuries, but they keep on rolling like they aren’t missing a thing. The Bills on the other hand have a rookie QB so the ups and downs will continue. Their defense has shown some positives, but they need to remain off the field a bit more, so they aren’t so exhausted.
Final Score: Titans 27 - Bills 13; Matt K
Atlanta Falcons, (1-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers, (1-2-1):
Eric's Pick: Falcons 34 - Steelers 27
The Falcons defense is no longer existent with Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, and Ricardo Allen all being gone for the year has virtually ended their season. If they lose this game they slide to 1-4 and will be too far behind really to catch up in this division. The Steelers need to find a way to win this game because the Bengals and Ravens both could move to 4-1 with a win this weekend and they don’t want to fall behind that far. The issue is that the Steelers defense hasn’t been great this year and their offense has been lacking so far this year. This game will be an offensive showdown.
Final Score: Falcons 32 - Steelers 29; Matt K
Denver Broncos, (2-2) @ New York Jets, (1-3):
Eric's Pick: Jets 17 - Broncos 15
The Broncos are coming off back to back losses, but they looked good for 3 quarters of the game against the Chiefs. The play of Freeman and Lindsey was phenomenal last week and the emergence of Courtland Sutton is starting to become obvious, also needed for this team. The Jets are sliding since their impressive first week. They do need to show some life around Darnold and Robby Anderson getting involved would be a great start, but against Ronald Darby that will be hard for him to do so.
Final Score: Broncos 23 - Jets 17; Matt K
Jacksonville Jaguars, (3-1) @ Kansas City Chiefs, (4-0):
Eric's Pick: Jaguars 26 - Chiefs 23 OT
The Jaguars defense vs the Chiefs offense will be a great matchup this week. The Jaguars offense isn’t a joke though and the Chiefs terrible defense could cost them as their offense might struggle to scores against the Jaguars. Mahomes will have to try and solve the puzzle of this defense after solving the Broncos defense. Final Score: Chiefs 27 - Jaguars 24; Matt K
Green Bay Packers, (2-1-1) @ Detroit Lions, (1-3):
Eric's Pick: Lions 24 - Packers 22 (Upset Pick)
The Packers defense might have played the Bills last week but they looked to be a top level defense. If the defense is able to continue playing well the Packers could be a super bowl contending team. Rodgers knee has really prevented him from playing at the level we are used to, thankfully with Aaron Jones back they can run the ball a good bit more. The Lions on the other hand finally have a great run game meanwhile Matt Stafford has been slow to start this year which is costing the Lions valuable ground in the division.
Final Score: Packers 34 - Lions 25; Matt K
Baltimore Ravens, (3-1) @ Cleveland Browns, (1-2-1):
Eric's Pick: Browns 30 - Ravens 27 OT; (Upset Pick)
The Ravens offense is terrifying for the first time since Derek Mason and Steve McNair were on the roster. Buck Allen is the superior back on the roster and they kept the offense moving once Alex Collins got less time after fumbling. John Brown is the deep threat this team really needed too. Now the Browns as I have said have a future with Baker, but the future isn’t this season as Tyrod should be given the start as he is more secure with the ball. Baker turned the ball over 4 times last week against the terrible Raiders defense and will now have to play the best defense in the league.
Final Score: Ravens 31 - Browns 17; Matt K
New York Giants, (1-3) @ Carolina Panthers, (2-1):
Eric's Pick: Panthers 41 - Giants 24
The Giants are a team that is a couple years from contending. Eli isn’t consistent enough and their offensive line isn’t doing enough to open the space for Barkley to run so most of his success is now as a receiving back. He has the talent to be a dual threat but with this offensive line it doesn’t look good. The Giants defense has been great it’s a shame their front office forgot that offensive lines are important. The Panthers on the other hand have been extremely solid this year and they will be without Olsen this weekend but that hasn’t slowed them down much so far. I love what Cam is doing so far this year and their defense is way better than I thought they would be. I believe this game is simple for Carolina.
Final Score: Panthers 26 - Giants 13; Matt K
Miami Dolphins, (3-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals, (3-1):
Eric's Pick: Bengals 27 - Dolphins 17
The battle between the two 3-1 teams with completely different stories. Miami looked great and then got smothered by that Patriots who were struggling. That game made us all ask the simple question of which Dolphins team is the actual Dolphins team or is it an in-between? The Bengals on the other hand won an impressive game over the Falcons in Atlanta. I really enjoy the what the Bengals have this year. This week they are also getting Joe Mixon and Vontaze Burfict back which will be huge for them.
Final Score: Bengals 31 - Dolphins 20; Matt K
4:05/4:25PM ET Games:
4:05PM ET, Oakland Raiders, (1-3) @ Los Angeles Chargers, (2-2):
Eric's Pick: Chargers 44 - Raiders 17
The Raiders defense is going to continue getting shredded this season and give them no real hope at a good season under Gruden’s first tenure. They turned Baker over 4 times and still managed to let the Browns get 42 points, that is pathetic. The Chargers are coming in off a tough win against the Garrapolo-less 49ers. The offense isn’t the issue and will explode again this week. The defense is struggling even with a great team, its almost like Bosa is their defense which I admit he is incredible, but his heart and passion have to be questioned if he is truly only missing for a bone bruise. If its something more significant than I don’t doubt him but if it’s a bone bruise CMON MAN. Either way Rivers > Carr, Chargers WR’s > Raiders WR’s, Melvin > Lynch + Martin, Chargers D > Oakland D. This one is easy.
Final Score: Chargers 46 - Raiders 27; Matt K
4:25PM ET Games
Arizona Cardinals, (0-4) @ San Francisco 49ers, (1-3):
Eric's Pick: 49ers 15 - Cardinals 10
The Cardinals are a better team with Josh Rosen at the helm and this week is their best chance this season to pick up a win. I like what Rosen showed us last week more than what we saw from Baker, Darnold, or Josh Allen last week, regardless of the loss. The 49ers are going to struggle without an arm that can air it deep but Beathard is a good QB and will give them a pretty good shot to win any week with him at the helm. Breida has been a beast which helps the 49ers and their defense is decent enough to keep them in games. This game is hard to call really. Final Score: Cardinals 24 - 49ers 20; Matt K
Minnesota Vikings, (1-2-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles, (2-2):
Eric's Pick: Eagles 30 - Vikings 20
The Vikings defense has gone AWOL this yea. Did they think getting Cousins means you can take time off? I have no idea what is happening in Minnesota but have no doubts Mike Zimmer will fix that nonsense. The one issue I do worry will continue to plague the Vikings is Kirk Cousins fumbles as they have been way too often this year. The Eagles had a lot of missing pieces to start the year on offense and they are coming back. They might take some time to get there but these Eagles will be legit contenders in a couple weeks. This game is tough to call because both teams are better than they have played, and both could become that team we expect to see anytime soon.
Final Score: Vikings 16 - Eagles 13 (Upset Pick); Matt K
Los Angeles Rams, (4-0) @ Seattle Seahawks, (2-2):
Eric's Pick: Rams 38 - Seahawks 28
Well this one is simple. The Rams are the best team in the league and the Seahawks are far from. That’s all I need to say plus Russell Wilson struggles against the Rams.
Final Score: Rams 38 - Seahawks 17; Matt K
Sunday Night Football, 8:20PM ET
Dallas Cowboys, (2-2) @ Houston Texans, (1-3):
Eric's Pick: Texans 27 - Cowboys 16
The battle for Texas on Sunday night football. Thank god this game isn’t Joe Buck and Troy Aikman or we would hear about Zeke morning to night. This should be a great game the 2nd best back in the league right now in Zeke vs an explosive offense with a shiny new toy named Keke Coutee. This will be fun fans buckle up for a great Sunday night game. I believe the home team is the better team regardless of records because they at least have WR’s that can do something which will make the difference in this game.
Final Score: Texans 27 - Cowboys 23; Matt K
Monday Night Football, 8:15PM ET
Washington Redskins, (2-1) @ New Orleans Saints, (3-1):
Eric's Pick: Saints 38 - Redskins 31
The Redskins have been a nice surprise this season and are coming off a bye week. They have a great QB and a decent WR corps. Jordan Reed is definitely going to need to stay healthy for this offense to still be good. Their opponent the Saints have been so dangerous regardless of their horrendous defense. They can’t expect to go far if their defense doesn’t come around but for now their high-octane offense is fun as hell to watch. They are getting Mark Ingram back making the duo of Kamara and Ingram a terrifying thing to be unleashed onto the league this Sunday for a 2nd straight season. Enjoy another primetime shootout classic on Monday night as Bree’s goes for the most passing yards of all time.
Final Score: Saints 37 - Redskins 32