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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 5 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 2-5

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 2

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-10, 47 1/2) 8:25 pm - With rookie Teddy Bridgewater at the controls for the Vikings, they're a solid team, even without Adrian Peterson, but his scandal hangs over this squad like a dark cloud.

No such issues for the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, who has found the touch with the current roster of receivers and will prove somewhat unstoppable for the foreseeable future.

Green Bay's defense is also putting it together and that makes for a deadly combination, especially on the friendly tundra of Lambeau Field.

Prediction: Packers 38 Vikings 17


Sunday, October 5


Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions (-9, 44) 1:00 pm - The Bills made a change at QB, replacing ineffective E.J. Manuel with veteran Kyle Orton.

That's not going to be of much help against the deadly Lions, who are beginning to hit their mid-season stride offensively and have allowed just 62 points, the second-least among teams which have played four games.

Buffalo doesn't have enough big-play potential to be much of a threat this season and that's going to cause another season of pain in upstate New York. Buffalo is also on the road for the second straight week.

Prediction: Lions 31 Bills 14


Pittsburgh Steelers (-7, 46 1/2) at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 pm - Face it, the Steelers' defense sucks, as evidenced by their 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week when they allowed the Bucs to drive and score the game-winner with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter.

The lack of a consistent defensive strategy will work in Jacksonville's favor as they come home from a 33-14 whipping in San Diego to underdog status. This is a game the Steelers must win, and they might, but it ought to be close, because the Jags can't stop anybody, either.

Prediction: Jaguars 29 Steelers 27


Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts (-3, 48) 1:00 pm - Of teams that have played four games (all but six), the Colts are the highest-scoring, with 136 total, or, 34 points per outing.

While the Ravens have allowed an average of just 15 ppg (tops among teams with four games played), the bulk of their scoring (103 total) came last week in their 38-10 win over Carolina, in Baltimore. Besides, this is just the second road game for the 3-1 Ravens, whereas for the 2-2 Colts, this is their third home game, but they're on a serious roll, having won their last two, 44-17 over Jacksonville and 41-17 over Tennessee.

Prediction: Colts 31 Ravens 23


Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers (-2 1/2, 45 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Panthers are one of the biggest disappointments of the season thus far, losing their last two to Pittsbught, 37-19, and at Baltimore, last week, 38-10.

An inability to sustain offense is going to be an Achilles Heel for Carolina, as the Bears have adequate defense and are smarting after their home loss to Green bay last week, 38-17.

Both teams are 2-2, so this game is pivotal.

Prediction: Bears 24 Panthers 20


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Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans (-1 1/2, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Cleveland fans can't be too enthusiastic about their team's 1-2 start, and the Browns come off a bye week and into the turmoil of Tennessee, where the Titans are off to another poor start at 1-3.

Tough call as to which team will be better prepped for this meeting, but the home squad should always get the nod in situations such as this.

Prediction: Titans 26 Browns 21


St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles (-7, 47 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Eagles cannot be stopped offensively, but they also cannot stop anybody on the other side of the ball.

In four games, Philly has scored 122 points, but allowed 104, winning their close games. They need not worry here, however, as the Rams are just 1-2, have scored just 56 points in three games and are coming off a bye week.

Philly should walk the doggies here.

Prediction: Eagles 41 Rams 24


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Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (-4, 50 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Falcons had no defense against Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings in last week's 41-28 road loss and find themselves at 2-2, amazingly, tied for first place with the Panthers in the NFC South.

The Giants mopped the field with the remnants of the Washington Redskins in last week's Thursday night, 45-14, massacre, and have won their last two after starting the season with back-to-back losses.

Atlanta's got a lot more offense than the prior two Giants' opponents - Houston and Washington - and that should go a long way towards a win.

Prediction: Falcons 31 Giants 27


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-10 1/2, 48) 1:00 pm - The Saints were absolutely blasted Sunday at Dallas, 38-17, and aren't what one would normally expect, checking in at 1-3.

Tampa got an adrenaline boost by beating the Steelers at home last week and could come out fired up to stop the Saints cold. The teams from the NFC South know each other well and this one could be much closer than many Saints fans would like to think.

Prediction: Saints 27 Buccaneers 23


Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys (-4, 46) 1:00 pm - The eyes of Texas will be upon both teams as they battle in Cowboy Stadium.

While Houston flexed some muscle beating up on the Bills, 23-17, the 3-1 Cowboys looked like world-beaters dismantling the Saints, 38-17, and will use that game as a steppingstone to better things.

Not gonna be close.

Prediction: Cowboys 30 Texans 16

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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