2013 Week 5 NFL Picks
October 5, 2013 | Neil Parker
Where has the first quarter of the Fantasy Football season gone?
Last Week we had ups and downs as a team, but our 2013 Week 5 NFL Picks are all set.
As always Jon Collins and Adam Cook are back with their weekly contributions, but this week Justin Bonnema has taken care of all your Survivor Pick needs. I think Jason Willan is swimming with dolphins this week or something, but he’ll be back next week.
2013 Week 5 NFL Picks
Neil’s Three and Out
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
The Packers needed their Bye Week, especially after their backfield got banged up and they lost a wild road game to the Bengals. Their opposition, the Detroit “Rock City” Lions, are cruising, rolling along in shootout after shootout and fresh off an impressive outing against the Bears last week.
With all that being said, Lambeau may look more like the OK Corral than the Frozen Tundra and whoever scores last might take the victory Sunday. This will be a true test for the Detroit Lions, who haven’t been able to stop anyone this season and have relied on out scoring their opponent each week.
The Packers are rested and should return a number of play-makers on both side of the football, they also have that Aaron Rodgers guy. The Lions might not be able to win, but with a spread that is greater than a touchdown, they should cover.
Green Bay is in near must-win territory, they’ll win, but not by 2 scores.
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals
The Panthers are also off their Bye Week and head to the dessert to face the Cards who won on the road in Tampa Bay last week. It wasn’t a convincing win though, which is concerning considering the Buccaneers sent out a rookie Quarterback.
The Panthers strength is their front 7 on defense, which should dominate the line of scrimmage against a weak Cards’ Offensive Line. Although, their start wasn’t impressive, the Black Cats bounced back in a must win game against the Giants and should move to .500 Sunday.
The Cardinals run game will be non-existent and Carson Palmer will be under pressure the entire game. The Cards do boast a respectable defense, but Cam Newton and the Panthers should be able to score enough to easily cover the spread.
Cam and the Black Cats by more than a Field Goal.
Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams
The Rams should win. They’ve been embarrassed in 2 straight and are the better team. The pick here though, is the Jaguars and the points. Jacksonville will show up for a game at some point and keep one within a score.
Everything will go right at some point for the Jaguars and they’ll keep competitive in a game and there is no better chance than tomorrow. Justin Blackmon is back and Maurice Jones-Drew is overdue for a scamper score.
The Rams haven’t been able to stop the run and Sam Bradford has looked lost of late after a good start. Furthermore, the Rams can’t seem to get their running game going making things even tougher. Teams rarely go 5 weeks in a row without covering a spread.
Take those points and hope Jacksonville shows up, I’m not ruling out an upset either.
Adam’s ‘Real’ ‘Fake’ Football Predictions – LTU Style
Lock of the Week : Atlanta Falcons over the New York Jets
I just see no way the Falcons fall to 1-4 on Monday Night Football at home. The Jets defense is good enough to keep them in the game in the 1st half, but eventually the Jets offense will fall behind. Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes are expected to miss the game, which hurts an already mediocre offense. Have confidence my friends in taking Atlanta in all of your survival pools. Falcons 27, Jets 13
Toss Up of the Week: New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles
There are a lot of really good games this week so why not go with a game where the teams are a combined 1-7. Both teams are underachieving and both teams are in must win scenarios. Justin Tuck and Antrell Rolle have publicly defended Tom Coughlin this week and I am looking for them to back their talk up. On a Fantasy Football note here: David Wilson will break out this week! I’m expecting Victor Cruz to do a few salsa dances as well. Giants 31, Eagles 28.
Upset of the Week: Indianapolis Colts over the Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks squeaked by the Texans on the road last week, but it will be tough for lady luck to go their way two weeks in a row. A 2nd consecutive road trip away from the west coast is tough for any team to overcome and grab two victories. I expect it to be electric in the dome this Sunday. In Chuck I trust. Colts 24, Seahawks 20
Jon’s Set the Spread
We could have our fun picking on Jacksonville, as Vegas seems to be, from every week here on out in this space, but that wouldn’t be much fun… so, with the Jags/Rams game off the table this week’s contest of record features Kansas City on the road.
The Chiefs are a much stronger home team, traditionally, and that has to be taken into account when setting the spread… but knowing that the Chiefs draw a Titans team running Ryan Fitzpatrick out there for the first time and that they’ve done a great job (2nd fewest passing YPG allowed) against starting caliber QBs this year, it’s tough not to like the Chiefs D to carry them to victory in this one.
The Chiefs are allowing just 10.25 PPG and Tennessee shouldn’t be projected to put up many more than that given the great job Andy Reid’s squad has done in getting off the field on 3rd down, allowing just conversions on just 22.22% of attempts. Expect a low scoring affair that ends with KC on top, by 3 or more.