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NFL picks against the spread: Week 5

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Here’s which games I think might be the best bets for NFL picks against the spread for Week 5.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Los Angeles Rams Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

Week 4 was a little rough. Somehow, I pulled it out of the disaster ranks and got close enough to .500 to not be too worried about how bad it was. I couldn’t say the same about the picking against the spread, however. I got crushed.

Straight Pick’em: 7-8 (Overall: 35-27-1)

Top Picks ATS: 0-3 (Overall: 8-12)

Top Picks O/U: 2-1 (Overall: 10-8)

The gloves are coming off in Week 5.

Picks against the spread - Week 5

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-1.5 / 49.5) - TNF

It’s absurd that the Seahawks are only favored by 1.5 points at home here. They are a playoff caliber team playing an inconsistent Rams team. I’ll predict a closer score, but I kind of feel like the Rams might drop this game by two scores.

Score prediction: Seahawks 34, Rams 28. Top pick.

Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals (-3.0 / 47.5)

Score prediction: Bengals 17, Cardinals. No pick.

Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans (-5.0 / 49.0)

The Falcons sure are hot garbage compared to where I thought they would be this season. They could only muster 10 points at home and the Texans have the talent to be put up a lot of points. I like the 5 point spread here for them at home.

Score prediction: Texans 28, Falcons 17. Top pick.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (+3.5 / 44.5)

Score prediction: Steelers 20, Ravens 17. No pick.

Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders (+6.0 / 40.5)

Score prediction: Bears 20, Raiders 17. No pick.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Carolina Panthers (-3.5 / 41.0)

Score prediction: Panthers 16, Jaguars 13. No pick.

Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants (+6.0 / 43.5)

Score prediction: Giants 21, Vikings 20. No pick.

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins (+16.0 / 42.5)

Score prediction: Patriots 34, Redskins 10. No pick.

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (-3.0 / 38.0)

Score prediction: Bills 17, Titans 9. No pick.

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles (-13.5 / 44.0)

The Jets are so bad - like almost Dolphins bad. The Eagles are hot right now and playing at home. I think they come out and curb stomp a pretty bad team at home. It’s just a hunch and my record isn’t great so far, so we’ll see!

Score prediction: Eagles 40, Jets 13. Top pick.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-3.0 / 46.5)

Score prediction: Bucs 23, Saints 20. No pick.

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5 / 44.5)

Score prediction: Broncos 27, Chargers 23. No pick.

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (-3.5 / 47.0)

Score prediction: Cowboys 30, Packers 26. No pick.

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (-11.0 / 56.5) - SNF

Score prediction: Chiefs 37, Colts 24. No pick.

Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5 / 46.5) - MNF

Score prediction: Browns 17, 49ers 14. No pick.