The SportsMan Weekly NFL Picks (Week 5)

Jimmy Graham

12-3 last week!! That’s what the SportsMan is talking about! Yes, I referred to myself in the third person. When you win 80% of your picks in a given week you can do that. The bounce back week 4 has brought my overall season record to a nice 41-22. My .650 win percentage would put me on top in both the NFC East and AFC North. I’m on track for home field right now. My father used to tell me “son, anyone can do something once. Do it twice in a row and I’ll start taking notice.” Well here goes my shot at duplicating last weeks success…

New Orleans over Chicago
The Saints are clicking on all cylinders right now. Jimmy Graham is easily the best tight end in the league right now. With Graham, Colston and Sproles at his disposal Drew Brees can beat you in a plethora of ways. The Bears defense will keep them in the game but the offense can’t keep up

New England over Cincinnati
The Patriots showed last week that they aren’t a fluke undefeated team. No Vince Wilfork will allow the Bengals to run the ball but let’s not forget, this is a team that managed only two field goals last week. Tom Brady spreads the ball and pulls out a road win in a low scoring affair

Green Bay over Detroit
Expect Fourth Of July type fireworks in this one. Reggie Bush loves being in this offense more than Matthew McConaughey loves being shirtless. Aaron Rodgers is muy caliente after a bye week. Both teams crack the 30 point mark in this one but The Pack hit a late field goal to pull it out

Kansas City over Tennessee
Who had the Chiefs going to 5-0 before the season started. Remember, lies make baby Jesus cry, so stop doing it!! No Jake Locker is too much to overcome for the Titans. Kansas City looks nothing like the team that earned the first pick in last years draft. A big day from Jamal Charles (not really a bold prediction) is too much for Tennessee to overcome

Indianapolis over Seattle
The Colts hand Seattle their first loss of the season. The Seahawks barely escaped last week on the road. They aren’t so lucky here. Trent Richardson will find holes just like Arian Foster did last week. It will be close but the Colts use home field and Andrew Luck gets the better of his young quarterback counterpart, Russell Wilson

St. Louis over Jacksonville
I’d rather take my wife to see a Channing Tatum Rom-Com than watch this disaster. This game should only be watched with the crew from “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ so it would be enjoyable. Sam Bradford needs to be benched, he’s that bad. Jacksonville is holding rallies for Tim Tebow. The National Guard should be dispersed to this American tragedy of a game. That being said, one team has to win and I’m taking the Rams. Why you ask? Process of elimination, they’re the lesser of two evils

Miami over Baltimore
I know Miami looked overmatched last week but they played the Saints in New Orleans. The majority of teams in the league would be overmatched. I still like the Dolphins right now. Ryan Tannehill looks very good. The Ravens couldn’t get out of their own way last week with five Joe Flacco interceptions. Give me the ‘Fins at home over the defending champs

Carolina over Arizona
The Panthers get my nod here because they’re coming off the bye. The extra rest will allow Cam Newton to put on a show. Expect three scores today from Cam. The Cardinals defense isn’t ready for the duel threat quarterback. Larry Fitzgerald will have a rough day as the lack of run game for the Cardinals will allow Panther defenders to zone in on him

Denver over Dallas
Peyton Manning is so good he could beat a young Rocky Marciano in a boxing fight right now. He’s got more options on offense than Batman has on his utility belt. Tony Romo just doesn’t have the receivers to keep up with the Broncos high octane offense. Manning puts up another four touchdowns in this one and is immediately given the season MVP award with eleven weeks still left in the year

New York Giants over Philadelphia
My Giants look as bad a Kathy Bates nude scene. That being said they have to win a game sooner or later, right? This week they’re at home against a division rival so I’m betting the get win number one here. Chip Kelly’s “revolutionary offense” has not lived up to they hype this season. Neither team looks particularly in synch right now but I’m taking the G-Men with home field advantage

San Francisco over Houston
The 49ers get the extra rest this week and the Texans are still reeling from the heart-breaking OT loss last week. San Francisco is at home and Colin Kaepernick will put on a show for the national audience. the window is closing for Schaubb, Johnson and Foster. The window is wide open for Kaep, Boldin and Gore. Two teams going in different directions. Give me the 49ers at home

San Diego over Oakland
I distinctly remember some saying Philip Rivers would have a monster game last week (“Rivers has a fantasy field day with 300+ yards passing and 2 touchdowns). Oh wait, that was me!!! Yea baby!! Rivers actually had 401 yards and 3 touchdowns. Well expect another big week for him against the terrible Raiders. Terrell Pryor will be back so that definitely makes this an interesting game from an offensive standpoint. This game won’t start until 11:35 est so if you can actually stay awake you should be rewarded. I’ll take Eddie Royal for two scores and the Chargers for the win

Atlanta over New York Jets
The Jets are playing better than people expected but they aren’t ready for the Falcons yet. Tony Gonzalez found the fountain of middle-age last week and that doesn’t bode well for Gang Green. Santonio Homles is out this week and Geno Smith can’t afford to loose anymore weapons. Bilal Powell isn’t putting fear into any run defense. Give me Matt Ryan and his receivers for two scores and Jason Snelling with a TD for Atlanta at home

Joe Namath guarantee of the week–> 4-0 on my guarantees!!! I can’t be stopped!! This week doesn’t have any real lopsided contests. I’m taking Kansas City. Yes, I said the Chiefs. They don’t turn the ball over and they get Ryan Fitzpatrick. I like those scenarios.

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