Week 5 pick em nfl

NFL Week 5 game picks: Pack top Cowboys; Chiefs stay perfect

Flying past the quarter mark into midseason and . byes! Yay!

They mess with the schedule, standings and your fantasy team. They also provide rest for certain teams. The interesting aspect to Week 5 byes is the opinion that many hold that they’re too early for teams to rest players, which operates under the assumption that no one’s roster is too banged-up by early October. Well, the Vikings, Titans and Raiders are already down a starting quarterback. Two flagship RBs are out, too: David Johnson and Dalvin Cook. If you watched “Monday Night Football” earlier this week, you saw that the Chiefs were without three offensive linemen, while the Redskins’ entire defensive backfield got dinged at one time or another. So the byes come when they come, and each team’s individual roster situation determines if the off week is well-timed or ill-timed. So, I’ll leave that up to fans of the Week 5 bye teams (Falcons, Broncos, Saints, Redskins).

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Now that we got the that out of the way . On to Week 5’s games!

The Packers and Cowboys tee it up nine months after their playoff thriller. Chiefs at Texans pits a potential MVP QB against a potential OROY QB. Panthers at Lions is a sneaky-good game. My projections for each are below. Your projections? Send along: @HarrisonNFL is the place.

Now, let’s get to it!

Elliot Harrison went 10-6 on his predictions for Week 4, giving him a record of 38-25 thus far this season. How will he fare in Week 5? His picks are below:

New York Jets 13, Cleveland Browns 10

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Whew, boy. Talk about a game that could go either way. Last year, these two teams played to a near stalemate, with New York barely holding off Cleveland late. The Jets’ running backs were uber-important that day — and should be again Sunday. Anticipate the Jets running right at the Browns with Bilal Powell, as they did against the Jags (who have a more talented front seven than Cleveland). That should limit Josh McCown’s pass attempts. DeShone Kizer’s throws will be limited if he performs as he did versus the Bengals. So, in order to make this game more interesting, I asked NFL.com researcher Jack Andrade for a little additional, well, you know, research. His note: New York is seventh in the NFL in rushing. Awesome. Really in-depth perspective there. #nostoneunturned #NYJvsCLE

Detroit Lions 23, Carolina Panthers 17

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Lions fans have pointed out that I keep picking against them every week, which has been more circumstantial than anything. In Week 2, I thought the Giants would be so embarrassed by their putrid showing in Dallas that they would come out fired up. Week 3 was against Atlanta, which I thought was the best team in the NFC. The game against the Vikings was in Minnesota. Detroit won two extremely close affairs against the Vikes last year, so I felt the latter was due. Outside of the Chiefs, the Lions have been the most consistent outfit in football. They’re like Navy blue and khaki. (I know, I know . Honolulu blue.) The Panthers’ offense? Peaks and valleys. Cam Newton probably shouldn’t expect to get any short fields, either. Jim Caldwell’s group is plus-nine in turnover diff — tops in the league. #CARvsDET

San Francisco 49ers 13, Indianapolis Colts 10

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Two of the NFL’s weakest teams duke it out in Indy, each trying to pick up momentum before 2017 becomes a lost season. The Colts are merely trying to hang on until Andrew Luck (presumably) comes back, though no one knows for sure when that will be. The 49ers, meanwhile, are in search of their first win of the season. Maybe Brian Hoyer vs. Jacoby Brissett doesn’t make you want to fire up the grill and bust open a Zima, but you will probably see Hoyer’s best effort of the year. He has a knack for hanging around when people write him off. Brissett has hung in tough this year behind a so-so line (if that). Speaking of quarterbacks . This same matchup produced an all-time — and quite unique — QB matchup two decades ago. Check it out. #SFvsIND

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