NFL Week 5 picks

following a resounding Womens Marcus Cannon Jersey Patriots win over the Colts It’s a little sad that the Patriots-Colts rivalry is no longer what it once was.Back in the mid-2000s, there wasn’t a better rivalry in football. Every time Tom Brady and Peyton Manning — arguably the two greatest quarterbacks ever — would face off in their primes, it was must-see TV. Every single time.But now it’s 2018, and Manning has been retired for a few years. It’s been even longer since he played for the Colts. Brady is still doing his thing at age 41, but there’s no longer a sense of rivalry between these clubs. Indianapolis hasn’t beaten New England since 2009. If it wasn’t for Andrew Luck, the Colts of today would be straddling the border of irrelevancy. Last night was more of the same. The final score of 38-24 indicates that the game was closer than it was, but truth be told, the Colts were never really in it. They never are whenever they are in Foxboro.Meanwhile, Brady threw his 500th touchdown pass, and Josh Gordon caught his first-ever touchdown in a Patriots uniform. There were plenty of milestones to go around for this Pats team in Week 5, and now they just need a Miami loss on Sunday to reclaim first place in the AFC East.Now that the Patriots have officially taken care of business this week, let’s plow through the rest of these picks for Week 5鈥?As always, home teams are in caps and lines are courtesy of (-3) over FalconsHave there been any bigger disappointments through the first four weeks of the season than the Steelers and the Falcons? These are two teams that are supposed to be Super Bowl contenders, and yet neither team is at or above .500 and nobody feels safe betting on them.An interesting fact: Pittsburgh is 0-6 against the spread in its last six home games. And yet, even though they are at home this week and have looked super shaky in their first four games, they still feel like the safer pick in this game. This has been a weird season.BROWNS (+3) over RavensEven though the Browns turned the ball over four times against the Raiders last week, Baker Mayfield makes me feel a little bit less like a moron whenever I pick the Browns. After all, despite their 1-2-1 record, they are 3-1 against the spread this season. I’ll probably regret, but I’m going all in on Cleveland this week.There’s something I never thought I would say.JETS (-1) over BroncosI’m backing the Jets here only because they are at home and because the Broncos are playing on short rest following their Monday night game against Kansas City last week. That’s literally the only reason.Packers (-1.5) over LIONSGetting throttled by this Lions team in Week 3 will hopefully be the most embarrassing moment of the 2018 Pats season. God help us if something more embarrassing than that happens.Jaguars (+3) over CHIEFSThis is the most must-watch game of the week. It’s the NFL’s No. 1 offense against the NFL’s No. 1 defense.It will be tough for the Jags to beat this undefeated Chiefs team on the road without Leonard Fournette, but with that defense, they sure can make it a close game. Hopefully the Jacksonville defense can rough up Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill a little bit before they come to New England next Sunday.BENGALS (-6) over DolphinsAs mentioned earlier Womens Devin McCourty Jersey , a Bengals victory here puts the Patriots in first place. After putting up 37 points in Atlanta last week, they shouldn’t have much trouble getting it done at home against the Dolphins this week.PANTHERS (-6) over GiantsThe key to a Giants victory is to get Saquon Barkley going off to the races. While the rookie running back has an extremely bright future in the NFL, he still has plenty of work to do, and this Giants team has a long way to go. They have no momentum after getting smacked by the Saints 33-18 last week.Meanwhile, the Panthers are coming off a bye week. They are fully rested and they are at home. I’m taking Carolina to win and cover.Titans (-5) over BILLSStay away from this Bills team. Don’t bet on them and don’t bet against them. One week, they brutalize the Vikings as 17-point underdogs. The very next week, they can’t even crack the scoreboard against the Packers. I’m warning you, just stay away from this game. Just keep on walking. Don’t even look at it.As for making a pick against the spread鈥?well鈥?the Titans are obviously the better team, so we’ll just go with them.Raiders (+5) over CHARGERSCongrats to Jon Gruden on finally getting the first win of his second tenure in Oakland. Way to go, Jon, you beat the Browns!All jokes aside, the Raiders’ offense, with Marshawn Lynch and all, can be dangerous as long their defense doesn’t blow games for them. But if they can’t get a win this week, then Oakland fans can probably just pack it in for the season.Alright, you’re probably tired of my constant yapping. I’ll zip through these last few picks and then you can be on your way.Cardinals (+4) over 49ERSThe dreadful Cards can take advantage of an injury-plagued Niners team.Rams (-7) over SEAHAWKSRams all day, every day.EAGLES (-3) over VikingsCarson Wentz is due for a monster game.Cowboys (+3) over TEXANSIt’s the battle for Texas. This game could actually be pretty entertaining.Redskins (+6.5) over SAINTSThis is bold, but you have to live life on the edge sometimes.Last week’s record: 5-8-2This week’s record: 1-0Season record: 31-30-3 The Seattle Seahawks' Michael Dickson knows his unconventional punting style is likely to catch the eye of a few kicking enthusiasts in England.Punts don't score points, though, so he believes the fans might be a bit more dazzled by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski."The drop kick is cool," Dickson said. "You do that in rugby a lot. I don't know if we'll be doing it too much ... so (Janikowski) hitting a few field goals will probably get the crowd pretty happy, I'd say."Dickson found himself in the spotlight on Sept. 17 when he tried a drop kick during a kickoff, and later an onside kick, in the Seahawks' 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears.On Sunday , the rookie from Sydney by way of Texas will take his technique to London as the Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders in the first of three NFL games to be played at Wembley Stadium this season.The drop kick may be much more common in rugby, but Dickson, who didn't touch a football until 2014, never played the sport. Instead, he grew up playing Australian Rules Football, and as a defender, it was partly his responsibility to kick the ball away."I had a big kick when I was playing Aussie rules football, so I decided that I wanted to give (the NFL) a go one day," Dickson said. "I didn't really know about the college football process or anything and hadn't really watched much American football. I just knew I liked it when I tried out and met an Australian punting coach, and it kind of just took off from there."Seattle liked Dickson enough to trade up with the Denver Broncos to draft him in the fifth round. He unseated Jon Ryan, the Seahawks' punter for the last 10 seasons, and in Week 1 became the first NFL player to average more than 59.9 yards on six punts — including a 69-yarder in the third quarter of a 27-24 loss at Denver."Field position is enormously important to our style of play, and Michael kicking the ball deep, pinning them back, is important, but (so is) changing the field with some kicks that he's capable of doing — not to mention the other things," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "The placement of the ball and the things like that ... (are) a lot of really cool things that you don't normally get from a punter, so we're just trying to go with it and really understand how to better utilize him."A few of those cool things were unveiled against Chicago, with Seattle turning to Dickson rather than Janikowski to try to pin the Bears deep after they were penalized on a third-quarter extra point attempt.Dickson, from the 50, kicked the ball after a bounce to the Bears 1-yard line, where it was returned to the 15 by Anthony Miller. It was the first drop kick since 2015, when the New England Patriots' Nate Ebner, an Olympic rugby sevens player Youth Rob Gronkowski Jersey , tried it on a kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles.If that wasn't enough, Dickson was called upon to try to drop kick an onside kick with 14 seconds remaining, but the Bears recovered it."It's always a concern and it's a little unpredictable where it can go, but in a way, you like that," special teams coach Brian Schneider said. "The good thing is you can disguise it where you want it to go much easier than if it was a kicker."Dickson, who entered the week fourth in the league with 1,348 gross punting yards, downplayed the drop kicks, saying there are a number of factors that go into how and where he punts the ball.Fittingly, the last thing he wants is to become predictable."Depending on what teams show what fronts they have and what personnel they have out there, you know, different kicks work for different teams," Dickson said. "There is some room, but it's not going to be an every week thing."NOTES: Carroll said the Seahawks decided upon a Thursday arrival in England after studying other teams' previous routines. "We took full advantage of the Mercator route and in doing so, it was like a nine hours or something flight," he said. "It worked out. It was great." ... Safety Kam Chancellor traveled with the team in a support role. Chancellor remains on the physically unable to perform list after injuring his neck last season and is unlikely to be cleared to resume his career. ... LB K.J. Wright (knee) did not practice Thursday, but Carroll said TE Nick Vannett, who sat out Wednesday, is "fine."

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