Now it gets interesting.
For the first time this season (excluding the Bucs/Dolphins situation in week 1) some teams in the league will be on bye.
What that means for us is that there will be less games to pick…and less points to get! Every pick is critical, you need to make sure to get as many points as you can during this time. You may have made selections based on a hunch you may have had previously, but the hunch level needs to take a significant hit. We don’t have a lot of wiggle room to work with.
Week 5 – HERE WE GO!!!!
(HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
14 – PITTSBURGH over Jacksonville – The "Coming Back Down to Earth" party for the Jags will definitely continue against the high-powered Steelers offense. No temper tantrum for Antonio Brown this week!
13 – PHILADELPHIA over Arizona – Pennsylvania is apparently the best place to be this week as the two Keystone State representatives should easily bring home a pair of wins.
12 – NEW YORK GIANTS over Los Angeles Chargers – I know what you’re thinking "YOU JUST TOLD US NOT TO RELY ON HUNCH’S!" And yes, seeing the Giants this high would be considered a "hunch" if it weren’t against a winless Chargers team that has to travel across the country.
11 – LOS ANGELES RAMS over Seattle – Just a month ago you would expect to see this game on this line, but with the opposite result. But having an offense that’s deservingly been compared to the "Bob N’ Weave" team a decade and a half ago makes the Rams legit.
10 – OAKLAND over Baltimore – Yes, Derek Carr is out of this one – but EJ Manuel didn’t look too shabby in relief in Denver last week. He should be able to do enough to keep more points on the board than the Ravens.
9 – Minnesota over CHICAGO – I’m not going to say that the Mitchell Trubiski era will start with a 5 INT game or anything like that, but against that Viking defense it won’t end with a win.
8 – CINCINNATI over Buffalo – The Bills did get a big win in Atlanta last week and are sitting at the top of the division, but the Bengals offense finally showed signs of life last week. Not good news for opposing defenses.
7 – Green Bay over DALLAS – In a rematch of their amazing playoff matchup, there is no reason to think the same outcome won’t happen – especially with how Cowboys are looking lately.
6 – TAMPA BAY over New England – Thanks to their dreadful defense, Tom and the boys are going to start the season 2-3…that just makes me happy!
5 – DETROIT over Carolina – The Panthers showed signs of life last week. Unfortunately they won’t be able to play the previously mentioned Patriots defense every week.
4 – Tennessee over MIAMI – Tennessee may seem a little lost if Mariota isn’t able to play. But, as we have seen this season so far, any team quarterbacked by Jay Cutler is in a perpetual state of confusion.
3 – HOUSTON over Kansas City – Sunday Night Football could give us the game of the week with this AFC matchup. The biggest reason I fell the Texans will win is because my BOLD PREDICTION for the week is that DESHAUN WATSON WILL HAVE ANOTHER FOUR TOUCHDOWN GAME.
2 – INDIANAPOLIS over San Francisco – In a week where we already have less than a full schedule, we get two "have to play it because it is on the schedule" games. This is one …
1 – CLEVELAND over New York Jets – … and this is the other.