2014 Week 5 NFL Picks October 4, 2014  |  Neil Parker



The Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts both covered in Week 4.

This week has a number of tricky lines. Thankfully, I won’t have to worry about a survivor pick until Week 6 after taking the Green Bay Packers Thursday night.


Onto the 2014 Week 5 NFL Picks.

Again, I like the New York Giants this week. I expect Rashad Jennings to run wild, however four points feels like a lot to give Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Although Atlanta got stomped by the Minnesota Vikings last week, I try not to let past opponents and performance influence selections. The Falcons have a history of bouncing back.

The Carolina Panthers are a favorite, albeit at home, after giving up 75 points in their past two games. A scary thought, especially with a high-powered offense in town. It is difficult to back either team. However, there is something worth considering – SPOILER ALERT.

Do you take the points and back the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? What about the Houston Texans?

I really like the Jacksonville Jaguars to win, let alone cover. Add the Cleveland Browns to my leans, too.


2014 Week 5 NFL Picks


Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers (O 45.5)

These two teams have multiple injuries and have been giving up points in bunches. Cam Newton is capable of shredding the Bears’ secondary, which remember, is ravished with injuries.

Jay Cutler should rebound. Matt Forte will have a nice day, too. The Bears will need to score to keep pace and they should with relative ease. Ultimately, one team will post 30 points, if not both.

Back the over and hope for a nice fantasy day for all involved.


Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos (-7.5)

Both teams are coming off their bye week. The Cardinals have been impressive, but the Broncos are their measuring stick, and Arizona doesn’t stack up. Arizona relies on the blitz to create pressure and Peyton Manning has a nice success rate detecting blitzes. Furthermore, Manning and the Broncos have had the aforementioned additional week to prepare.

Denver is going to score, they always do, so the onus will be on Drew Stanton to keep pace. He won’t. Denver is talented, rested and most importantly, healthy on defense. On offense, there are too many weapons for an overachieving defense to account for, especially a defense without a pass rush.

Expect a near-flawless showing from the Broncos in Week 5.


New York Jets at San Diego Chargers (-6.5)

These two teams are trending in opposite directions. However, there is something they share, an inability to shutdown the passing attack. Another difference, only one team has a quarterback and receiving corps strong enough to capitalize. Phillip Rivers has been an elite quarterback this season and is garnering MVP consideration, for good reason.

Geno Smith has seven turnovers through four games, and the Jets are traveling across the country. San Diego doesn’t present a difficult matchup defensively for the Jets, but can they score enough to keep pace? Chris Ivory has been impressive, Jace Amaro broke out last week, but Eric Decker looks unlikely for Sunday. Who is going to win this game for New York?

Rivers and the Lightning Bolts are going to score. The Jets are a mess and a long way from home. Get shocked.


Who are your top 2014 Week 5 NFL Picks?

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