Week 5 in the NFL is already upon us and we're down to one undefeated team - the Kansas City Chiefs. Who knew? With a quarter of the season for some teams in the books, things are still as murky as they were when we kicked off in Week 1. To further complicate things, Randy Moss was traded from the Patriots back to the Minnesota Vikings. We'll see what kind of effect this will have on Favre, the Vikings and the NFC. We'll also see how Brady, Belichick and the Patriots adjust without Moss drawing double teams and coverage away from other receivers.
Last week, Maurice London, Liam Ponting and Robbie Griffin paved the way for the staff here, as all of them went 9-5.
Without further ado, here are our Week 5 NFL picks. You'll have to excuse the brevity this week - Texas Rangers playoff baseball has everybody captivated.
Jacksonville (2-2) at Buffalo (0-4) - The poor Bills are winless and it seems like they've sucked forever. Ryan Fitzpatrick and the now Marshawn Lynch-less Bills will host the Jaguars, who are fresh off an upset win over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
- Maurice London: Jaguars
- Robbie Griffin: Jaguars - Meh contest that I can't find a reason to care about.
- Liam Ponting: Jaguars - The Jaguars aren't particularly good, but the Bills just may be the worst team in the NFL. Buffalo's allowing 31 points a game and giving up 174 yds/g on the ground, so look for MJD to go bonkers.
- Christopher Fittz: Jaguars
- JP Starkey: Jaguars - I'm almost tempted to pick the Bills just because they have to win at some point, right?
- Brett Perryman: Jaguars - I had the Bills in my first pass, but their numbers are just so terrible. How can MJD not run wild?
- London: Bengals
- Griffin: Bengals - This is a chance for the Bengals fans to feel good about the team for a week.
- Ponting: Bengals - The Bengals are an enigma wrapped in a riddle soaked in secret sauce. However, they're at home and Tampa's 2-1 record is pretty deceiving.
- Fittz: Bengals
- Starkey: Bengals - I think the Bengals suck but they're better than Tampa Bay at home.
- Perryman: Bengals - Here's a chance for the Cincy offense to make some progress.
- London: Falcons
- Griffin: Falcons - Cleveland's played well enough I think they could pull the upset at home. I'm not picking it, though.
- Ponting: Falcons - The Browns are awful and the Falcons aren't. Holy crap these games look terrible so far...
- Fittz: Falcons
- Starkey: Falcons - This is a game I have no interest in watching.
- Perryman: Falcons - Atlanta is hot. They will need to limit Peyton Hillis (never thought I'd say that).
- London: Lions
- Griffin: Lions - The Lions will narrowly win the Bad But Getting Better Bowl.
- Ponting: Lions - ...and kill me. Lions at home, I'll take them.
- Fittz: Lions
- Starkey: Rams - I'll be sad if the '10 Rams make the playoffs while the '10 St. Louis Cardinals finished second. But I won't be shocked if it happens. Rams win this one in a close game.
- Perryman: Rams - Tempted to go with a second 0-4 team here, but the Rams are actually not that bad.
- London: Colts
- Griffin: Colts - The Chiefs really only have to keep this close for people to start taking them seriously.
- Ponting: Colts - The Chiefs beat a San Diego team that handed the game, a terrible Browns team and a 49'ers squad in disarray. The Colts at home are a different beast unfortunately.
- Fittz: Colts
- Starkey: Colts - I'm hoping the trend of picking the Colts and then having them lose continues this week.
- Perryman: Colts - The Chiefs have a golden opportunity to prove their validity ... and don't take it.
- London: Packers
- Griffin: Packers - The Packers offensive line has looked bad so for, and Rodgers could get hurt in this game. And the Packers could win without him.
- Ponting: Packers - Green Bay's banged up, but Washington and their 2nd worst pass defense in the league will cure all that ails them.
- Fittz: Packers
- Starkey: Packers - This one could get ugly.
- Perryman: Packers - The Skins have been able to drag most of their opponents into ugly games, but the Green Bay offense will find its way, at least in the passing game.
- London: Bears
- Griffin: Panthers - I'm going to call the end of the Chicago honeymoon with them losing to a bad team.
- Ponting: Bears - I'm picking a team quarterbacked by Todd Collins because the other team's quarterback is Jimmy Clausen.
- Fittz: Panthers
- Starkey: Bears - Carolina's offense has just looked too hapless for me to pick them in any game, though they did play the Saints tough last week.
- Perryman: Bears - I would love to pick against the Bears with Collins at QB, but I just can't bring myself to go with this sad Carolina team.
- London: Ravens
- Griffin: Ravens - I've got nothing.
- Ponting: Ravens - The Ravens are better and at home.
- Fittz: Ravens
- Starkey: Ravens - I'm not terribly impressed with the Ravens but they're better than the Broncos are.
- Perryman: Ravens - On paper this one's easy, but the Ravens still search for their offensive identity.
- London: Texans
- Griffin: Texans - I really want Houston to win this game so badly, and I'm worried they won't. Eli has a chance to make people overrate him against that secondary.
- Ponting: Giants - Mild upset here, but the Giants' pass rush is fierce and could make the Texans more dependant on a huge game from Foster than they want to be.
- Fittz: Texans
- Starkey: Texans - I'll start believing in the Texans if they win this game.
- Perryman: Giants - Standard logic would have the Giants falling back after putting so much into last week. I think they continue their run for one more week.
- London: Saints
- Griffin: Saints - Arizona probably has the worst chance of any home team, as down as the Saints have seemed so far.
- Ponting: Saints - Poor Larry Fitzgerald.
- Fittz: Saints
- Starkey: Saints - Glad I didn't draft Fitzgerald in any fantasy league I'm in.
- Perryman: Saints - How are the Cards 2-2?
- London: Cowboys
- Griffin: Cowboys - I think Vince Young is going to hate DeMarcus Ware's face.
- Ponting: Cowboys - Cowboys coming off a bye week should be prepared for the Titans' gameplan of "give Chris Johnson the ball a lot".
- Fittz: Cowboys
- Starkey: Cowboys - Dallas will win this game. It could be quite a Sunday in the Dallas area if the Rangers clinch the ALDS, too.
- Perryman: Titans - Maybe it's Rangers paranoia seeping across the street, but I have a bad feeling about this. The Cowboys have been really good coming out of byes.
- London: Chargers
- Griffin: Chargers - It's about time for San Diego to start getting better, right? Is this usually when it happens?
- Ponting: Chargers - Wow are the Raiders bad.
- Fittz: Chargers
- Starkey: Chargers - I'll be really confused if the Raiders win this game.
- Perryman: Chargers - San Diego found it last week and keeps it rolling in the battle of the blackouts.
- London: 49ers
- Griffin: 49ers - I'm a little surprised San Fran is favored by three. I do think they should be favored, I'm just surprised to see it.
- Ponting: Eagles - I desperately want to be wrong on this, partly because it's the Eagles and partly because Mike Singletary is a boss. However, the 49ers collapse continues this week.
- Fittz: Eagles
- Starkey: 49ers - The QB shuffle won't help the Eagles. San Fran needs this win desperately and should come out fired up on the national stage.
- Perryman: Eagles - San Fran plays their tails off, but someone reminds Kevin Kolb that the ball can go more than six yards down field.
- London: Vikings
- Griffin: Jets - They're going to murder Mr. Favre.
- Ponting: Vikings - Most interesting game of the week. Favre wins in spite of donggate and beats a Jets team that will probably have a gimpy Revis back in action.
- Fittz: Jets
- Starkey: Vikings - Adrian Peterson, not Randy Moss, will dominate this game.
- Perryman: Jets - Minnesota needs this worse, but you don't integrate even HOF receivers in a couple of practices, plus Revis Island is back.
Fittz: 40-22 (7-7)
Ponting: 39-23 (9-5)
Griffin: 39-23 (9-5)
Worley: 37-25 (8-6)
London: 37-25 (9-5)
Perryman: 36-26 (8-6)
Code: 25-21 (8-6)