NFL GAMES OF THE WEEK – WEEK FIVE

06Oct12

For two weeks in a row, I’ve picked two out of three correct.  It almost makes it look like I know what I’m doing.  Scary thought, eh?

I need to improve on my Upset picks, and this week will not make it easy.

Here is this week’s Lock of the Week (2-2).

I had this one narrowed down to two games.  I almost went with the Giants over the Browns, but New York is too inconsistent right now.

So I’m going with the Baltimore Ravens over the Kansas City Chiefs.  I know it’s at Kansas City, but I don’t think that will matter.  The Ravens are too good in every category to allow the Chiefs to stay in this game much more than three quarters.

Sure, KC has shown glimpses of offense lately, but they’re only glimpses.  The Ravens have it all game long, and the Chiefs won’t be able to stop it all game long.  The result will be a very tired Kansas City defense spending too much time on the field in the second half.  That’s when the score will get out of hand.

Next up, this week’s Upset of the Week (1-3).

I’m going with the Rams over the Cardinals…….Okay, that would be cheating, so I won’t go there.

Here’s the problem with this category this week – every team that I picked this week is favored by the odds-makers.

That’s got me scratching my head, because there are a couple of games this week that I clearly believed I was picking the underdog.  So I’ll go with one of them.

The New Orleans Saints over the San Diego Chargers.  I know the Saints are currently favored by 3 ½ points, but I’m having a hard time believing that an 0-4 team with absolutely no defense at all can be favored over a 3-1 team with a pretty respectable offense.

Sure, I’m picking them, but Vegas is really giving away points on this one?  Hmmmmm.

I think the Saints got so close to tasting victory last week in their last second loss to the Packers that they will come out with a fire in their belly this week, as they host the Chargers, a team that is not as good as their record indicates.

It will be close, but the Saints should finally get something besides a zero in the W column!

Last up is this week’s Game of the Week (3-1).

I’m picking a game this week that is based more on the hype than the talent….The Denver Broncos at the New England Patriots.

I think there is a huge difference in talent level and don’t expect the score to be that close at the end.

But who can deny that any matchup that involves Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning is going to be exciting, at least for a little while.  Especially giving the circumstances of the past year and a half.

You’re going to see a lot of sound bites all weekend, building this game up.  You’ll hear the commentators that will call the game focusing their attentions on these two superstar quarterbacks.  And I’m not complaining or faulting them for doing so in any way.

But by the time the game is over, I believe we’ll see a double-digit victory for the Patriots, with a better view of what the Broncos really are…a vastly improved team from last year, but not an elite team by any means!

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One Response to “NFL GAMES OF THE WEEK – WEEK FIVE”

  1. I liked your Rams pick over the Cardinals…We’re picking the Giants to win last year’s Super Bowl 😉
    You could be right about the Saints. Part of me thinks they won’t win a game this year (out of protest for the benching of Sean Patyon) and part of me thinks that the Chargers will be looking ahead to next week’s conference matchup with the Broncos in S.D. on MNF.
    In any case, good luck with your picks and thanks so much for checking in with us. Appreciate it!!
    -Hank


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