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Pick Against Mike: Week 5

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Redskins at Panthers
Will the Redskins ever play a team with a victory? The Panthers aren't any good, but they're a helluva lot better than Tampa Bay and St. Louis -- and the game is in Charlotte.Carolina wins.

Bengals at Ravens
Bigger game for the Ravens, actually, than for the Bengals. If Baltimore wants to be in the hunt in the end with the Steelers, Colts and Patriots, they can't trip up on these games. The Bengals are a tougher out than usual but Baltimore needs a bounce-back game after that tough loss in New England. Ravens at home.

Browns at Bills
This is the kind of game where T.O. will catch 10 balls for 202 yards and spend the postgame trying to convince us he's Jerry Rice. The Bills aren't very good, but they're a lot better than Cleveland. Buffalo at home.

Steelers at Lions
Pittsburgh is coughing up leads, playing poorly in the fourth quarter. I'm looking for a big upset Sunday, but this ain't it. Steelers over Lions.

Cowboys at Chiefs
Still looking for a big upset Sunday, but the Cowboys have spent all week hearing what losers they are. If the Cowboys lose this game, they really are a bad football team. Dallas.

Raiders at Giants
The Giants should rest Eli Manning, which would make everybody else in blue play harder and with greater focus and produce a New York victory ... something like 38-7.

Buccaneers at Eagles
Seriously, I don't know that I've ever seen an offense as bad as this Tampa Bay offense. There's NO WAY the Eagles lose this. Philly, at home, big.

Vikings at Rams
How awful to have this many good teams playing this many awful teams in the same week. The Vikings are the good team most likely to be upset, coming off that emotional victory and playing on short rest. Hmmm ... naaaaaw. Vikings close, tight.

Falcons at 49ers
Finally, a game. 49ers defense is a beast. Falcons seem a little sleepy. Niners at home.

Texans at Cardinals
If the Cardinals want to keep pace with the Niners and act like a Big Boy team, they'd better beat Houston. Cardinals in a squeaker at home.

Patriots at Broncos
Denver's defense seems quite capable of getting after Tom Brady, unless the zebras say that's against the Brady Rules. If they're allowed to play real football, Denver remains undefeated with a FG at the buzzer.

Jaguars at Seattle
Sometimes the Jaguars look like they're onto something. Traveling 3,000 miles diagonally across the country is hard, but at least Jax will play in a full stadium for a change. Jacksonville.

Colts at Titans
Look, I gotta pick one big upset. It's the law. This is THE LAST TIME I TAKE THE TITANS if they lose this one. The best team doesn't win 100 percent of the time. Tennessee, demonstrating some pride, wins at home.

Jets at Dolphins
The Saints defense made Mark Sanchez look like a confused college kid. Now it's Miami's turn. Dolphins at home.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  October 9, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Post Pro Picks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Carlos Rogers: Morally opposed to interceptions, or just concerned for receiver's feelings?

Needs to take reps on offense. Seriously. In a three point game on the drive that netted Carolina three points? Oh yeah, and who was the genius that recommended taking extra steps in the end zone when operating from our own 2?

It's not whether you have the answers, but whether you know the questions.

Posted by: JHepCat72 | October 11, 2009 4:53 PM
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