Amir’s Back with Picks for Week FiveBy Amir Mesarwi
Who would have thought that going into week five, the Patriots would be the only 4-0 team in the NFL? After the Dolphins blew it to the lowly Bills, the Patriots are sitting high on their perch, atop the AFC East and the league.
Meanwhile, the champs from last year are still looking for their first win. And the Rams on top of the NFC west? What’s up with that? Here are the picks this week.
Atlanta at New Orleans: Atlanta is managing only 10.3 points per game in their first four games, all losses. Ricky Williams had a breakthrough game last week, he’ll have a monster game against the pathetic Falcons rushing defense and the Falcons will wait another week for win number one. Edge: New Orleans
San Francisco at St. Louis: The battle of the top two teams in the NFC west. St. Louis has been impressive in its first three games, while the 49ers offense has struggled to start the season. Neither has faced tough opposition to start the season with the exception of the 49ers 41-3 beating at the expense of the Jaguars. Steve Young is the difference in San Francisco and the Rams will win a squeaker. Edge: St. Louis
Chicago at Minnesota: These are probably two of the most evenly matched teams to start the season. The Vikings offense is nowhere near as dominating as it was a year ago when they scored an NFL record 556 points, but they can still beat the Bears. Edge: Minnesota
New England at Kansas City: This will present the first real test for the Patriots. Kansas City is nearly unstoppable at home, though pathetic on the road. The Patriots have caught some lucky breaks so far, but this week their luck runs out. Edge: Kansas City
Cincinnati at Cleveland: Both winless. This presents the first legitimate opportunity for the Browns to win their first game. But no one cares. Edge: Cleveland
Dallas at Philadelphia: This is a no brainer. The Cowboys are undefeated in their first three games, the Eagles are still looking for win number one. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles pulled off an upset, but it’s not likely. They’ve done nothing right all year, and their starting QB Doug Pederson is begging to sit. Edge: Dallas
Pittsburgh at Buffalo: High on the list of surprises of this year are the Steelers and the Bills. The Steelers are sucking it up, and they haven’t scored an offensive TD in their first two home games, both losses. The Bills are rolling under Flutie, winning three in a row, capping it off with an upset over the previously undefeated Dolphins in Miami. Edge: Buffalo
San Diego at Detroit: Again, two pretty evenly matched teams. The Chargers defense has stepped it up when the offense has floundered. Last week, the Chargers only had to go 10, 18 and 22 yards on their scoring drives due to a remarkable defensive and special teams effort. Meanwhile, the Lions got a tough dose of reality in their last game against the Chiefs. Edge: San Diego
NY Giants at Arizona: Jake Plummer has been MIA all season, throwing 12 interceptions compared to only 2 TD’s. The Cardinals are struggling in every sense of the word. The Giants are in the midst of a quarterback controversy so don’t be shocked if Kerry Collins gets the nod on Sunday. Edge: New York
Denver at Oakland: No John Elway, no Terrell Davis. Things aren’t looking good in the Mile High City. Oakland suffered a hard luck loss to the Seahawks in week four. Their only other loss was also a tough one, at the hands of a last minute comeback by Brett Favre and the Packers. Edge: Oakland
Baltimore at Tennessee: The Titans were rolling until last week and even then they just lost in San Francisco. Splitting a pair at Jacksonville and S.F. is nothing to hang your head about. The Titans will roll against the Ravens, who somehow managed to win two games already, beating Cleveland and Atlanta. This is only the second time the Ravens have won back to back games. Edge: Tennessee
Miami at Indianapolis: The Dolphins lost their first to the Bills at home last week and will be looking to take out their frustration on the Colts. Peyton Manning has been impressive to start the year. Look for them to upset, as Dan Marino just hasn’t been that good this year. Edge: Indianapolis
Tampa Bay at Green Bay: The Packers look to be the same old Packers. Favre has already led two come from behind drives to victory. The defense is questionable here, though -- the Pack definitely misses Reggie White. Trent Dilfer is back on track for the Buccaneers, but winning in Green Bay isn’t easy. Edge: Green Bay
Jacksonville at NY Jets: The Jaguars are back on track after losing to the Titans in week two, beating the Steelers last week in a key division matchup. Their defense has been almost unstoppable allowing only 11.5 points per game. Meanwhile, New York has been struggling to find an identity without Testaverde. Edge: Jacksonville.
Last Week: 11-3; Total: 30-13