Week 5 in the NFL has begun and The Stack is off to a great start. 1-0 following the Cleveland Browns 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. It's not all great news for Cleveland though as Brian Hoyer went down on the second drive of the game and the team is fearing torn ligaments. Brandon Weeden came in and played decent though it helps when you get a punt return and an interception for a touchdown. The Bills lost EJ Manuel too though his injury doesn't appear to be quite as serious. Baseball playoff talk will resume Monday or Tuesday of next week. Enjoy the coverage on TBS. As always though, it's Football Friday and it's time to make some picks. So far, this year picks are, mmm, ok. 39-24. Have to improve, but this is a tough slate of games to pick from this week. Let's get right to it though in "the stack" for today, Friday, October 4:
New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears 1:00 PM ET FOX
Could be a bit rainy in Chicago on Sunday and that will slow down the Saints...but not too much. Drew Brees has too many weapons for the Bears defense to stop. The Bears will slow them down a little bit, but with how well Brees and company are playing, the Bears don't have enough to stop them.
Prediction: Saints 27 Bears 20
New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM ET CBS
The Bengals were embarrassed last week. They played terribly. A very good opponent comes to town now so the Bengals will raise their game up. The loss of Vince Wilfork for the Patriots is troubling and without knowing yet for sure if The Gronk plays, the Bengals may have the edge.
Prediction: Bengals 30 Patriots 20
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM ET FOX
Part of me really wants to take the Lions at Lambeau, a place they haven't won since before Brett Favre started quarterbacking the Packers. Reggie Bush has really electrified that offense. But the Packers are coming off of a bye and gettting healther. They can't lose to the Lions to fall to 1-3 can they? Don't feel confident about this one.
Prediction: Packers 31 Lions 27
Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM ET FOX
The Seahawks can not get off to as slow a start on offense like they did last Sunday this week. The Colts are playing really good football right now. The win last week gave the Seahawks confidence, but the Colts are ready to show that they are the team to beat in the AFC South.
Prediction: Colts 26 Seahawks 23
Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM ET CBS
Again, a really difficult game to pick. Neither team looked good last week. More inclined to pick the Dolphins to win though I don't think they're all that good with the big reason being that the Ravens have forgotten that they have Ray Rice. If they use him a lot, they win the game.
Prediction: Dolphins 20 Ravens 16
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants 1:00 PM ET FOX
If the Eagles win (and if the Cowboys lose which is likely) they'll be in a tie for first in the NFC East. How awful is that? Chip Kelly has told Michael Vick that he is the one that can get this team going again. Hope that means Vick doesn't try too hard and becomes a turnover machine. The Giants should win this game at home, but they have given us no indication that they're ready to win yet. Expect a lot of points in this one.
Prediction: Eagles 38 Giants 31
Jacksonville Jaguars @ St. Louis Rams 1:00 PM ET CBS
This is Jacksonville's big opportunity to win before the butt-whooping in Denver they'll receive next week. St. Louis, you've been warned. Do not disappoint. After last week's performance against the 49ers, I think the Rams will come out hungry and focused.
Prediction: Rams 30 Jaguars 13
Kansas City Chiefs @Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM ET CBS
Two surprisingly good teams meet up in this one. The Titans would be in a lot better position to give the Chiefs their first loss if Jake Locker were playing. (did he really just say that?!) Because he's not, gotta go with the Chiefs.
Prediction: Chiefs 23 Titans 16
Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM ET FOX
The Panthers should come out with the same focus and intensity that they did against the Giants two weeks ago. This team has a lot of talent. So too does Arizona and returning home after a couple of early kickoff road games will help, but I'm thinking Cam Newton and the offense can get by and the defense will make things difficult for the Cardinals offense.
Prediction: Panthers 27 Cardinals 23
Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM ET CBS
How does Dallas plan on stopping Peyton Manning? Oh they have no plan? They'll just let him torch them like he has everyone else this season? Sounds good to me. Let the mediocrity live on in Dallas. It's not like they have a shot anyway. The Broncos will be playing "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to see who scores touchdowns by the middle of the third quarter.
Prediction: Broncos 41 Cowboys 31
Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers 8:30 PM ET NBC
Part of me really wants to take the Texans. The 49ers stopped the bleeding with a road win last week at St. Louis. Houston needs a win and badly. Not sold that San Fran's completely figured it out on offense yet. Matt Schaub is going to need to have a big game. Sometimes, you have to take risks. No not you Schaub.
Prediction: Texans 27 49ers 24
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders 11:35 PM ET NFL Network
Thanks to the Oakland A's making it to the playoffs, the Chargers-Raiders had to be pushed back some seven hours to get the field converted from baseball to football. Oakland just needs a new stadium. The Chargers are electric right now. Could easily be 4-0. I like them to upend the Raiders in a closer, higher scoring affair than people might expect.
Prediction: Chargers 31 Raiders 27
Coming up Monday: Sunday NFL Week 5 reaction, maybe some MLB playoff thoughts and a MNF preview.