Bobby’s NFL Picks: Week 5October 6th, 2012 | Posted by in Sports
Last Week: 4-1
Philadelphia (3-1) at Pittsburgh (1-2)
What a Pennsylvania treat. Pittsburgh, coming off a bye week, is finally starting to get healthy with Polamalu, Harrison, and Mendenhall all expected to play. The Eagles are coming off another tough victory where they finally proved that they can take care of the football. The Steelers are desperate for a win to keep pace in the AFC North. Look for the Steelers to pressure Vick with Harrison back, while re-establishing their running game. It will be a close one, but this time Philly will not be able to pull it out.
Steelers 24, Eagles 20
Atlanta (4-0) at Washington (2-2)
Matt Ryan has been the epitome of Ice cold this season, especially last week, when he led a late length-of-the-field TD drive to beat the Panthers. RG3 has brought back excitement to Redskins with his big arm and quick legs. Washington’s defense has been decimated by injuries. Ryan will be licking his chops going against the league’s 31st ranked pass defense. Atlanta looked second class last weekend at home, and historically, has issues facing scrambling quarterbacks. A trap game with a shock result.
Redskins 27, Falcons 25
Buffalo (2-2) at San Francisco (3-1)
You can measure a team’s toughness in a big game. Last week, the 49ers went to New York after a shocking loss in Minnesota and crushed the Jets. The Bills were embarrassed at home by division rival New England. Injuries to Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller have hampered the Buffalo offense while the high-priced defensive line has not been able to generate a steady pass rush. The 49ers’ defensive focus and offensive efficiency were on display last week. Look for much of the same this week, as they will dominant the turnover battle.
49ers 28, Bills 18
Denver (2-2) at New England (2-2)
Oh Peyton vs. Brady. How we missed you last year. Both teams dominated last week. Peyton had his first strong game from start to finish; he looks like the Manning brother we have come to know and love. Tom Terrific also got back on track after a few shaky weeks, adjusting to life without Aaron Hernandez (who could be back Sunday.) This will be a true barnburner, bringing back memories of past matchups. The Pats will challenge Peyton to throw the deep ball. If he can connect, the Broncos will win. Unfortunately, Manning is not all the way back…yet.
Pats 31, Broncos 28
Houston (4-0) at New York Jets (2-2)
Has a 2-2 team tied for the division lead ever been more maligned than the Jets? The losses of Revis and Holmes, combined with the luck of the Dolphins victory and the ineptitude of the Jets offense all point to a dark cloud hanging over New York. Could there be a savior on the horizon who conjures magic seemingly out of nothing? Whether Tim Tebow is fully introduced this week or not, he is inevitably the only change the Jets could make to shake things up offensively. And they may need to in order to have any chance against the Texans. Houston has been the NFL’s most dominant team. Don’t expect that to change this week. The only thing you could expect is a little Tebow Time, which unfortunately will not mean much.
Texans 28, Jets 13