NFL Picks Week Five
Written by Adrian Gregory Glover // October 7, 2012 // Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Feature, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Lists, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, St Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins // No comments
Players View changed our process for picking NFL games in 2012. We took editor Adrian Glover, a current rising player that is living in the culture of the game and fantasy guru Wade Thompson to form our ultimate pick’s committee.
Here’s how we see Week Five.
Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts:
The Kid: Vontae Davis is out for the Colts.
Adrian: I was picking Green Bay before, but that statement is one of those life affirming moments where you sit back and feel good about your opinion.
Wade: Green Bay’s defense needs to play well on Sunday to move forward and say competitive after struggling against New Orleans.
Adrian: I agree with that. I’ll be serious and add that they need to take kill shots on both sides of the ball. They are working Cedric Benson in to achieve more balance but that offense needs to show out and put up 40-plus points on the Colts just to shut people up.
Unanimous Pick: Green Bay wins with swagger
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs
Adrian: I just can’t keep picking Kansas City week after week just because they are loaded.
The Kid: Where you do see the problem?
Adrian: It’s popular to say that Matt Cassel is not the guy but neither is Brady Quinn. Chiefs fans should maybe start pushing for losses. Matt Barkley could do wonders in that offense.
The Kid: He fits the mold of the quarterback of the future.
Adrian: But this week, The Ravens are walking out of Arrowhead Stadium with a win.
Wade: The Ravens are 20-times better than that team is.
Adrian: I disagree but they are playing at a higher level. The Chiefs are a couple of tweaks away.
Unanimous Pick: Ravens win big
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
Wade: I like the Browns and their new rookie running back Trent Richardson. The Giants are having a hard time stopping the run. We saw that last week against the Eagles. But…
Wade: That defense is going to tear the quarterback up man.
Adrian: The Giants will come out and score points. But this could be a trap game for them after that heartbreaking loss last week. I’m picking them but I am not at all surprised if they lose.
The Kid: That is like picking them but not picking them.
Adrian: Fine. You know what?
Adrian Picks: The Browns with an upset
Wade & The Kid Pick: The Giants
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers
Adrian: It does not matter who is coming back. The Steelers will lose this game.
Wade: It’s in Pittsburgh. Steelers
Adrian: Stop buying into the myth of that old defense that is so intimidating.
Adrian: The Eagles are better offensively and defensively.
The Kid & Adrian Pick: The Eagles in a confident road win.
Wade Picks: The Steelers
Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins
Wade: I keep telling you man I am riding the Matt Ryan Gravy Train until the wheels fall off. I believe in him and that offense. I love RG3 and he is a super hero and all of that but Ryan is phenomenal.
Adrian: Ryan has been doing what he did in the last moments of the Carolina game since he arrived in the league. That is no surprise but as much as we all like RG3, he’s not equipped to win a shootout like Ryan is. The Redskins defense is hurt. We went over that last week. DeAngelo Hall’s ego may force him to make a play or two but at the end of the day, I like the Falcons to go 5-0.
Unanimous Pick: The Falcons win a high scoring game
Seattle Seahawks a Carolina Panthers
Adrian: This will determine the fate of the season for both of these teams.
The Kid: You did not tell a lie. Cam Newton is going to explode mentally one way or the other with all of this pressure on him.
Adrian: I thought that was your boy? I bet you are glad you didn’t buy his cleats now.
The Kid: Funny. Shout out to the Nike Land Sharks they are too comfortable to pass up. Anyway, Cam has a long way to go in terms of playing like a man and not a kid. We all know that.
I have made decisions on the field just because I don’t want to lead like he thinks he does and the results have paid off. I admire his God-given talent, his passion and his dedication to being a better player. But looking at the Panthers as a team, they got their souls torn from their bodies last week. I don’t think their coach [Ron Rivera] is good enough to bring them back from that.
Wade: What else can you say?
Unanimous Pick: Seattle wins the Crossroads Bowl.
Chicago at Jacksonville
Wade: Really? Are you really even asking me this question?
Adrian: I have been left no other choice.
Wade: Chicago is going to tear them up, rip them apart and send them to Los Angeles.
The Kid: Who is Jay Cutler going to fight with this week?
Adrian: Now there is a far more entertaining question. I got Lovie Smith. Or maybe he goes defense and barks at Brian Urlacher.
The Kid: He doesn’t want those kinds of problems.
Wade: Cutler is going to throw all over them. Brandon Marshall is going to smile. You ever see it when Brandon Marshall smiles? He’s a psycho man. But when he’s catching balls he’s happy.
Adrian: Well then he’ll smile so much during this one that he will get a toothpaste endorsement. Colgate is holding on line three.
Unanimous Pick: Chicago breaks out the belt on the Jaguars.
Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings
The Kid: Chris Johnson took a step forward last week for the Titans.
Adrian: I am going to pull a Wade on this game. Vikings.
Wade: That won’t work because nobody is giving you a counter point for you to stonewall.
Unanimous Pick: The Vikings.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Adrian: Here we go! It’s on.
Wade: Please. The Patriots have not one but two running backs. They are throwing the ball to Wes Welker. They are in rhythm.
Adrian: The Patriots had to put together a second half comeback after the Bills almost run away with it. Give them credit for hanging 50 points on them. But don’t act like they came out the gate firing on all cylinders.
Wade: Brady always gets up for these games against Peyton.
Adrian: Both Manning and Brady do. It’s not a lie to say that right now…today… that Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning is. He physically can play the game at a level that Manning will probably never see again. This Nostalgia Bowl is not a matchup of quarterbacks anymore. It’s a defensive game. I want to like Denver’s defense more but I just can’t.
The Kid Picks: Denver to get it done.
Wade & Adrian Pick: The Patriots to keep rolling.
Buffalo at San Francisco
Wade: Go ahead and congratulate me for winning Beatdown of the Week last week.
Adrian: Indeed. The 49ers bullied the Jets in ways that I did not see coming.
Wade: I want my prize.
Adrian: There is no prize besides satisfaction.
Wade: So Buffalo won’t win this game.
Adrian: We said the same thing about Minnesota. However, Christian Ponder has yet to throw an interception all year and the Bill’s Ryan Fitzpatrick hands them out like business cards.
The Kid: I can’t see the Bills winning.
Unanimous Pick: The Bills have a quiet flight back home after visiting the West Coast.
San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints
Wade: The Saints will get this one.
Adrian: I will never pick a 0-4 team to beat a 3-1 team on the pure principal of it all. The Saints can’t stop the run. The will make both Jackie Battle and Ryan Matthews look like Barry Sanders. I don’t care if Sean Payton is in the house.
Wade: You should. He’ll be up in the stands sending over hand signals that get relayed over to the staff on the field.
Adrian: Like THAT won’t get caught on camera. He could motion for the beer guy and NFL security will rush him out. Brees will get the record but the Saints will go 0-5.
The Kid: Don’t forget about Darren Sproles is also facing his former team as well. There is a lot of animosity in this game from the Saints’ perspective.
Adrian: When Sproles shows back up, then I will factor him into my thinking. Right now…0-5.
Wade Picks: The Saints to win with emotion
The Kid & Adrian Pick: San Diego to get it done.
Houston Texans at New York Jets
Adrian: I think we all agree that this game is our unanimous pick for Beatdown of the Week. The Jets are in so much trouble that I would be in favor of sending them to the CFL.
Wade: If I were the GM, I would seriously go get Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson AND Plaxico Burress for league minimum. I would just try it because if you are going to host a circus, do it big.
Adrian: While you are at it go ahead and replace Shonn Green with Cadillac Williams.
Wade: All three of those guys are better than what they have now and they can’t defend not bringing them in with the ‘we don’t want the drama’ excuse. Rex Ryan is about to lose his job. I seriously stand by that statement.
Adrian: When Chaz Schilens could be one of your starting wide outs that is a big time problem. Look the Texans are going to go nuclear on them. There is no other way to describe it. The schedule makers are upset because somebody thought this would be a great matchup.
The Kid: Somebody was wrong. Dead wrong.
Unanimous Pick: The Texans will humiliate the Jets on Monday Night Football.