02 October 2012

2012 NFL Week 5 Picks

It's the television networks' favorite rivalry, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Only this time, Manning is playing for a different club, the Denver Broncos, who will visit Brady's Patriots this Sunday in Foxborough. Which 2-2 club will be above .500 this Sunday? And how about all other games this week in the NFL? It's time for the B-FLO 360 predictions for week five.

Last Week: 12-3
2012: 33-31

Thursday, October 4th
Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams (NFL Network, 8:30)
It certainly was not easy for the Cardinals last Sunday as they did not get on the board until midway through the third quarter and they scored 21 in the second half to force overtime, where they won on a Jay Feely kick to remain 3-0. Meanwhile the Rams have looked much improved this season than they have compared to the past one after relying on sound special teams to come out on top of the Seahawks at home. This will be a low-scoring affair but I think the Cardinals have the edge thanks to their defensive front.
Cardinals 16 Rams 13

Sunday, October 7th
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS, 1:00)
Ryan Tannehill did throw more interceptions than touchdowns but overall, he looked pretty good in a tight, overtime loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. He has formed a team with Brian Hartline that has resulted in many a big play in this young season. Reggie Bush's solid rushing efforts have also helped out the cause.. Unfortunately for the 'Phins, they will continue their losing streak this week as the Bengals, who have been explosive offensively since losing the opener as Andy Dalton and A.J. Green continue to strike down the field.
Bengals 31 Dolphins 23

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Ravens (CBS, 1:00)
If you look at the stats and the stats only, you would think the Chiefs are doing pretty well. They are fourth offensively, with Jamaal Charles looking great running the football, and thirteenth defensively. But also, they have not been great scoring, only 19th in points, plus Matt Cassel has thrown too many interceptions. The Ravens will take advantage of Cassel's inconsistent play to get the victory.
Ravens 31 Chiefs 21

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants (CBS, 1:00)
It's been going great in 2012 for the Browns, as they sit here at 0-4. All kidding aside, the Browns have been competitive in every game, which is impressive considering that their offense and their defense have both been pretty subpar. But hear this, I think the Browns are going to win this Sunday. Shocking, isn't it? But the Giants have been up-and-down in 2012 and could very easily be 1-3. Plus, the last season they defended a Super Bowl title, they fell to Cleveland. Call me crazy, call me maybe, but I am taking the Browns, in a pick sure to go wrong.
Browns 19 Giants 17

Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins (FOX, 1:00)
The Falcons were this close to falling for the first time this season against the Panthers but thanks to Matt Ryan, Roddy White and an atrocious Panthers secondary, they snatched a win from the hands of defeat. Washington, thanks to the electric Robert Griffin III, have been explosive offensively, ranked third in the NFL. But the Skins have been mediocre on defense and have gotten killed in the air. Against a Falcons team that is rolling offensively, that is not a good sign.
Falcons 35 Redskins 31

Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts (FOX, 1:00)
Green Bay got a much needed win against the Saints (and yet another almost ruined by the officiating) although it certainly was not easy. And I have not been particularly impressed with the Packers this season because when we thought their pass defense had improved, they get shredded by Drew Brees. Fortunately for them, the Colts defense is a mess and they should be also able to put pressure on Andrew Luck.
Packers 34 Colts 20

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX, 1:00)
Quite frankly, having watched this Eagles team, I really have no idea how they are 3-1, particularly with how inconsistent Michael Vick has been this season. Also, I did not believe the Steelers would be 1-2 going into the bye week, particularly after that collapse in Oakland in week three. What we do have here is a matchup of two excellent pass defenses, with Pittsburgh ranking third and Philly ranking seventh. Ben Roethlisberger has been awesome this year while Vick has been erratic, as I said before, and I think that the Steelers will force Vick to make more mistakes, tipping the tide to the Steelers.
Steelers 27 Eagles 21

Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers (FOX, 4:05)
You know, Carolina lost in a pretty awful way against Atlanta, pinning the Falcons deep inside the five, only for the Panthers to completely fall apart on defense and allow the Falcons to win it on a field goal. Should Carolina have gone for it on that fourth down instead of punting? I say yes, but that isn't the point, considering the punt was about as good as it gets. Anyways, the Panthers are a mess right now and they need a win badly, too bad they will not get it against the Seahawks, who will shut down Cam Newton.
Seahawks 24 Panthers 17

Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX, 4:05)
The Bears put together a pretty impressive victory over the Cowboys in Arlington but of course, an awful performance from Tony Romo helped a little bit. We did see an opportunistic and aggressive Chicago defense and that always helps when you go up against Blaine Gabbert. I'm not seeing the Jaguars showing they can move the ball well at all and that feeds right into the Bears' defense.
Bears 27 Jaguars 9

Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings (CBS, 4:25)
Chris Johnson picked the right time to step up his game and the offensive line learned how to run block at the right time because the offense needs him now big time as it appears Jake Locker will be sidelined for a few weeks after dislocating his shoulder once again against Houston. But that makes them a bad matchup this week, as the Vikings are very strong at stuffing the run and will force Matt Hasselbeck to make plays through the air, plays I do not think he can still make. Don't expect a lot of points, although Minnesota will move the ball at-will against an awful Titans defense.
Vikings 14 Titans 6

Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers (CBS, 4:25)
You know, the Bills are great at falling apart late, whether it be in a season or in games. They gave up 31 points to the Patriots in the fourth quarter last week! It was a tie ballgame going into the fourth quarter, and they end up getting killed. And now they face a 49ers team that completely demoralized the Jets, and while that will not happen in this one, it will not be close either.
49ers 35 Bills 15

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots (CBS, 4:25)
As pretty much matchup between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady do, this one will come down to the wire and given the way both quarterbacks are playing this year, this one should feature some fireworks. I think the difference will come in who can get a stop when it matters most and I think that the Broncos pass defense has been much better in 2012 than the Patriots pass defense and I also think that Denver is better at getting to the passer. Not an easy pick, but the edge to Denver.
Broncos 30 Patriots 28

San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints (NBC, 8:20)
To say that 2012 has been a disaster for the Saints is an understatement, as proven by the fact that they are the only winless team remaining in the NFC. That said, I think the Saints will get off the schneid this week at home against the Chargers, who are playing well. Drew Brees was tremendous Sunday afternoon at Lambeau and came very close to getting a victory and I think that we will see a shootout at the Superdome with the Saints coming out on top.
Saints 42 Chargers 38

Monday, October 8th
Houston Texans vs. New York Jets (ESPN, 8:30)
Where to begin on the New York Jets? The offense is pitiful as Mark Sanchez has been awful, Shonn Greene has not been able to run the ball well at all, the receiving corps is lacking and the line has not been consistent. The defense has been mediocre as well, they have not been able to pressure the quarterback at all and they got absolutely gashed on the ground last Sunday against San Francisco. So yes, I'm going to pick the Texans and not only that, they are my Lock of the Week.
Texans 37 Jets 12

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