Saturday, October 9, 2010

MIke T's NFL Week 5 Picks: Redskins, Bengals & Cowboys

by Mike T.

Redskins +2.5 vs Packers
I like the Redskins as a home dog in this spot. The Pack has been out gained on the ground in all four games this year. This game won't be any different. The Pack will also be going without starting inside LB Nick Barnett and his back up(Brandon Chillar) as well as starting SS Morgan Burnett. RB Ryan Torrain should be able to run all over this banged up Packer run defense. I also expect to see the Skins play the same type of 2 deep zone they played against Philly last week. They had a lot of success taking the deep ball away and keeping everything underneath.
Redskins 24 Packers 17

Bengals -6.5 vs Buccaneers
The Bengals return home after losing a tough divisional game to the Browns. While the Bucs looked good in their first two games they were quickly brought back down to earth by getting destroyed by the Steelers in their last game. I expect to see much of the same as they just don't match up well against another tough NFC North team. Although the Bucs are 2-1 they have been out gained in all three contests. Cincy should roll this team.
Bengals 28 Bucs 10

Cowboys -7 vs Titans
I'm going with my 3rd home team this week. The Cowboys are coming off a bye and everybody is healthy and rested. The Cowboys have not had much trouble passing this year but have had some problems on the ground. They've had an extra week to work on the run game and will be facing a Titan defensive line that is nursing a few injuries. I think this is the first week we will see this talented Dallas team dominate on both sides of the ball. Romo goes for over 300 in the air and they get over 100 on the ground while the Titans will find it hard to get 200 total yards.
Cowboys 35 Titans 14

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