NFL picks: week 5

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins – Pick Jets

Are you ready for some football?  The Jets probably will be, but the Dolphins definitely are not.  The Jets hold the lead in the AFC East with a new philosophy on defense and a rookie quarterback on offense.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, their quarterback is done for the season and they are having trouble winning games. No way that changes on this Monday night game.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans – Pick Colts

The last time these two divisional rivals played was at the end of last season and with both teams playoff bound, they decided to rest the starters, resulting in a 23-0 Indy blow-out.

With the Titans struggling to start the season, don’t be surprised if it’s another victory for the Colts in this Sunday night match-up.

New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos – Pick Patriots

Who would have thought, after all the turmoil the Broncos went through in the offseason, they would turn out this good to start the season? Who would have thought they’d be winning games, not with rookie head coach Josh McDaniels’s spread offense, but with solid defensive play, allowing the least amount of points through the first three games of the season?

All said and done, I think the Pats are finally getting themselves into gear and back to their championship ways and will spoil McDaniels’ attempt at trying to beat his former team.

Houston Texans vs. Arizona Cardinals – Pick Cardinals

The Cardinals are coming off a bye week where they had two weeks to ponder their embarrassing loss at home at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts.  With some of the best wide receivers in the league playing in this game, expect a lot of passes.  But because the Cards’ have not one, but two great receivers— Boldin and Fitzgerald, they will win.

Atlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Pick Falcons

The Falcons are another team coming off a bye where they were beaten at home, and are looking for a strong rebound, and unfortunately for the 49ers, they’re in the way.  With Frank Gore being doubtful for this game, it is tough to go with the ‘9ers in this one.   I think they will give the Falcons a run for their money, but the birds will pull out the win in the end.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens – Pick Ravens

Does this divisional game actually have some meaning to it?  Surprisingly, yes.  With the Steelers floundering at the start of this season, the solid Ravens and the better than expected Bengals have a chance at securing themselves at the top of the division with a win.  But what has carried the Bengals through September was Cedric Benson and their running game, when they go up against the Raven’s number one rush D they will have a hard time winning.