Oddsmaker Greatness of the Gridiron Challenge: NFL Week 5 Picks

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There is no greater time to try to get into this competition than right now, as every week you beat me gives you another opportunity at that big cash prize at the end of the year. Let's get started right now with my Week 5 picks…

Denver Broncos (+7) @ Baltimore Ravens – Last week, the Broncos were a great choice for me, as they came through with the outright upset and were never behind the line against the Tennessee Titans. This week is a wee different, though. I never like teams playing in their second straight road game, particularly halfway across the country, and especially with the level of physicality that these two games will be played at. Baltimore, unlike Tennessee, has a fantastic secondary. In fact, that unit ranks No. 1 in football. QB Kyle Orton will be crying by the time this game is over. I'm banking on Baltimore -7.

Jacksonville Jaguars (pk) @ Buffalo Bills – I'm not even commenting on this game. I can only hope that something happens to QB David Garrard and that QB Trent Edwards gets to come into the game and beat the snot out of the team that just cut him. Jacksonville pk.

Kansas City Chiefs (+8) @ Indianapolis Colts – The oddsmakers don't know what they're doing in this game, save trying to trick you! They could've put Indy at -21, and there would still be suckers lining up to beat on it left and right. However, remember that S Melvin Bullitt is now out for the season as well, joining S Bob Sanders on the shelf. The Colts really don't have any good options at safety, and they still clearly haven't gotten their left tackle situation figured out as of yet. Oh, don't you worry. QB Peyton Manning isn't letting his Colts lose this game. But you watch… KC will nail the backdoor. Chiefs +8.

Detroit Lions (-3) vs. St. Louis Rams – In one corner, we have the Rams and their No. 1 overall draft pick, QB Sam Bradford. In the other corner, we have the backup for the previous No. 1 overall draft pick, QB Matt Stafford. Still, the Lions are moving the football right now, and it only seems like a matter of time before they get into the win column this year. I love what HC Steve Spagnuolo has done with the Rams this year, but the oddsmakers have made the Lions favorites in this one for a reason. I'm sticking with my guns and going with Detroit -3.

Cleveland Browns (+3) vs. Atlanta Falcons – Didn't we learn anything last week from when the Browns were three point pups at home and successfully beat the Cincinnati Bengals? The Falcons aren't this good. They're good. But not this good. The Dawg Pound is a horror to play in regardless of whether the Brownies are 16-0 or 0-16. For the second straight week, it's a mega sucker bet to back the visitors and the so called "better team." Go with the Brownies +3.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+6.5) @ Cincinnati Bengals – You ever just have a gut shot on something and know that you should go with it? The Bucs are off a bye week. The Bengals are off of a bad, bad performance in Cleveland. Hmm… Tampa Bay +6.5.

Chicago Bears (-1.5) @ Carolina Panthers – What an ugly game this is… The only good news for the Bears is that they still have one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL, and as long as this holds true, the Panthers don't stand a chance of moving the football. Is Jimmy Clausen waking up the echoes? Oh wait, that was his job at Notre Dame… Chicago -1.5

Green Bay Packers (-2.5) @ Washington Redskins – This just feels like a game that the Packers are going to win. Washington's secondary just isn't as good as it played last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and if that's the case, QB Aaron Rodgers is going to have a field day. I know that the Pack don't have a running game to speak of, but in this situation, I trust that Rodgers will do his job, and the Redskins will realize that they just aren't that good. Sticking with Green Bay -2.5.

Houston Texans (-3) vs. New York Giants – WR Andre Johnson is still nursing an injury, but he might be back on the field on Sunday. One man that we do know will be back is LB Brian Cushing, who is now finished serving his suspension for those illegal whatever it was that he was taking! The G-Men have a good perception after last week's beat down of the Bears… but this isn't Chicago… nor is it at home… nor is it against a team that is vastly overrated… Houston -3.

Arizona Cardinals (+7) vs. New Orleans Saints – If the Saints can't beat the Panthers by two scores, why in the heck do they think that they're going to go on the road and beat Arizona by two scores? We know that perception is bad on Arizona thanks to the fact that it was blown away twice this year on the road, but this one isn't on the road. It's at home. And after all, they are who we thought they were! Arizona +7

Oakland Raiders (+6.5) vs. San Diego Chargers – For all of your Survivor Pool suckers, remember my words of advice in this game… Don't do it. You just know that you want to take San Diego, but you can't do it. There are games like these, particularly before the calendar hits November, which the Bolts tend to blow. Don't be shocked… I'm not sayin'… I'm just sayin'… Oakland +6.5

Tennessee Titans (+6.5) @ Dallas Cowboys – Last week was a bad matchup for the Titans, but the Cowboys present a much more reasonable counterpart this Sunday, especially when you consider the fact that Dallas is the team laying the 6.5 points this week. The Cowboys are still one dimensional, and that dimension is the pass, the same dimension that beat the Titans last week. However, RB Chris Johnson could find more holes in this front seven than he did against Denver's. This is a big, big game for both teams, as neither can really afford another loss right now and still stay alive in their division races. This should be a close one either way, so I'm taking Tennessee +6.5.

San Francisco 49ers (-3) vs. Philadelphia EaglesRemember to make your tiebreaker picks in this game!!! Man, even the oddsmakers know that the Eagles are losing this game. When you see an 0-4 team against a division leader, and that winless team is laying points, you know that something is up. Don't fall into the QB Kevin Kolb trap. San Fran is rolling. Niners -3

Official Week 5 NFL Lines Courtesy of Oddsmaker Sportsbook
Denver @ Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens (-7)
Jacksonville Jaguars (pk) @ Buffalo Bills
Kansas City Chiefs (+8) @ Indianapolis Colts
St. Louis Rams @ Detroit Lions (-3)
Atlanta Falcons @ Cleveland Browns (+3)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+6.5) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Chicago Bears (-1.5) @ Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers (-2.5) @ Washington Redskins
New York Giants @ Houston Texans (-3)
New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals (+7)
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders (+6.5)
Tennessee Titans (+6.5) @ Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers (-3)

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