Hawk’s 2016 NFL Picks: Week 5

By Brent “The Hawk” Walker

AFC BYE’S- Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs
NFC BYE’S- New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks

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Rallied back in week four after back to back stinkers and finished with a 9-6 record, putting me at 30-33 for the year. My Seahawks are on a bye but it’s going to be a fun filled week as I will be playing my good friend Quig in Fantasy.
Also facing off in that same league will be Quig’s roomate Cube and Double B himself. Naturally we will all be watching redzone together all damn day. Let the shit talking begin.

Week 5 at em.

Chicago Bears (1-3) at Indianapolis Colts (1-3)
(-4.5) (0/U 47.5)

A disappointing start to the season for both of these teams, but I do believe the Colts have a slightly more rounded squad and will pull off the w here.

Pick: Colts

Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) at Detroit Lions (1-3)
(+3.0) (O/U 46.0)

It’s too early to say but  Carson Wentz might be the real deal. He has a reputation for being a student of the game and spends hours watching film. Which you have to to do to be successful in the NFL.
Philadelphia continues to surprise the NFL and goes to 4-0

                                            Pick: Eagles

philadelphia-eagles-logoWashington Redskins (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
(-3.5) (O/U 44.5)

Baltimore is better coached and have a solid defense but have a very weak offense. If they keep it low scoring they can win this game and I think they will.

Pick: Ravens
baltimore-ravens-logoTennessee Titans (1-3) at Miami Dolphins (1-3)
(-3.5) (O/U 43.5)

The story of this matchup is not really the game itself, but of whether or not Hurricane Matthew will disrupt it.
“Safety contingency plans” are already in place. If the game is played I think Miami will win. But do not be surprised if the game is cancelled. Why risk it? Mankind vs mother nature is not a battle that we usually win.

Pick: Dolphins
miam-dolphins-logoHouston Texans (3-1) at Minnesota Vikings (4-0)
(-6.0) (O/U 40.0)

Sam Bradford may have had his career saved when he was traded to Minnesota. In his 3 starts he has completed 66 of 95 passes for 719 yards, 4 Td’s and no picks for a QB rating of 105.5. Not eye popping stats but he is taking care of the ball which is important when you have a pretty solid defense like he does.
Despite their 4-0 record I am not sold on them quite yet. So I am not taking them here.

Pick: Texans

New England Patriots (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-4
(+10.0) (O/U 46.5)

Poor Browns, the only winless team left in the NFL. Well for the first 3 weeks of the season I picked the Patriots to lose and they won. Then I picked them to win last week and they lost. Here is to hoping to keep that streak going. Oh yeah Side note: Brady is back, or something.

Pick: Patriots
new-england-patriots-logoNew York Jets (1-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)
(-7.0) (O/U 48.0)

I think the Steelers answered any questions the public might have about their questionable 34-3 week 3 loss in Philadelphia when they dissected the Chiefs 43-14 in Sunday Night football.

It seems very clear to me that the Steelers and Broncos are the best in the AFC.

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Meanwhile a Jets secondary that is normally the best in the game has struggled mightily this season. Russell Wilson torched them and so will Roethlisberger.

Pick: Steelers

Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at Denver Broncos (4-0)
(-5.5) (O/U 47.5)

Here comes the Atlanta hype train again, But after scoring 93 points in the last two games I can certainly understand. Julio Jones had 12 catches for 300 yards and a TD last week against the Panthers, only the 6th player in NFL history to do so.
That is jaw dropping. He is clearly the heir apparent to best receiver in the game now that Calvin Johnson has retired. Remember though that they started hot last year and were 5-0, and this week they will be facing that deadly Broncos defense. Before I make my pick here is all 12 catches from Jones that game.

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Pick: Broncos
denver-broncos-logoBuffalo Bills (2-2) at Los Angeles Rams (3-1)

(-2.5) (O/U 39.5)

Just an outstanding game for the Bills last week shutting out the Patriots in New England.

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So happy for them. They keep it going here. Rams aren’t for real.

Pick: Bills
Buffalo-Bills-LogoSan Diego Chargers (1-3) at Oakland Raiders (3-1)
(-3.5) (51.0)

Two horrendous pass defenses here. First team to 40 wins. Chargers need it much more and that will be the difference.

Pick: Chargers
Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
(+1.0) (O/U 45.0)

Dak Prescott hasn’t thrown a pick yet in his 4 starts as a Cowboys. Naturally the sports analysts are latching onto him like he’s the greatest thing they’ve ever seen. He’s due for a bad game and the Bengals have the firepower to do it.

Pick: Bengals

New York Giants (2-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-1)
(-7.5) (O/U 48.0)

I don’t think the Packers are as good as everyone thinks they are, but I don’t think the Giants are good at all. Besides, Odell Beckham, jr is losing his mind. Fighting kicking nets

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And crying like a little bitch,

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and he’s all they have.

Pick: Packers 31- 17


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (1-3)(-4.5) (O/U 43.0)

The returning NFC champion Panthers are starting to collapse. Haven’t really watched enough of them to know why but I had a feeling they would miss the playoffs before the year started.
Still think they get it done here. Time to panic if they don’t and you are a Carolina fan.

Pick: Panthers 27- 24

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