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Naughty's Nfl Picks: Week 5

Watch the birdies! Ravens, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles are soaring

By NAUGHTY

naughty@tribunemedia.net

AFTER going 10-5 last week, it takes me to 36-17 for the season and trending upward.

• Here’s who I have winning this week:

Colts v Texans

I'm beginning to enjoy watching the Colts 'roller coaster' season play out. 

This week it's another 'down' as QB Andrew Luck remains injured for the Colts so Matt Hasselback starts, all while Ryan Mallett continues as the starter in Houston despite his erratic and at times costly play. 

Yes, Arien Foster is back and going against a Colts defence that is weak against the run, it's a division game on Thursday night, J J Watt will have the Texans defence fired up … all indicators point at the Texans in this one. 

Its the reason why the Colts record of 15-0 against their division rivals over the last three years will end tonight. 

Texans 24 Colts 20 

Bills v Titans

The Bills go on the road to erase last weeks painful home loss.

Bills 23 Titans 13

Browns v Ravens

Great AFC North matchup in this one: the Ravens have life, winning their first game last week after an 0-3 start.

Looks like a more positive streak is forming, two in a row for the Ravens. Flacco and the Ravens at home.

Ravens 23 Browns 20

Bears v Chiefs

This has the potential to be a ‘shootout’ and one heck of a game if you like scoring.

Points will go up, back and forth. However, when the smoke clears the Chiefs at home.

Chiefs 31 Bears 24

Seahawks v Bengals

I know the Seahawks got bailed out by the referee again on Monday Night Football.

We can go on and on about it. In my opinion it was costly blown call. The Detroit Lions were robbed.

Back to the topic at hand, let’s get right to the chase. I’ve got the ‘funky feeling’ my gut is telling me Seahawks on the road.

The Bengals have not played anyone thus far, nor a defence like Seattle’s. So let the upset bird ‘soar’.

Seahawks 27,

Bengals 24 (OT)

Rams v Packers

Todd Gurley was most impressive in his Rams debut; throw the Rams defence into the mix and the recipe for success is there. The Rams have a shot at the playoffs.

Once again, however, bear in mind they are on the road this week against the Packers. Chalk this one up to growing pains.

Packers big at home behind Rodgers and Lacy.

Packers 27 Rams 17

Jaguars v Buccaneers

I like the Jags on the road winning the battle of Florida.

Jaguars 24 Bucs 20

Saints v Eagles

Another potential shootout here, and a possible DeMarco Murray sighting.

Eagles at home behind their defence, Brees plays but his shoulder continues to limit him and the Saints.

Eagles 27 Saints 23

Redskins v Falcons

I can’t go against the Falcons until they prove otherwise, points go up in this one.

Falcons at home.

Falcons 31 Redskins 23

Cardinals v Lions

Just as the Ravens and Saints got much needed wins last week, the Lions lost a heartbreaker on Monday Night Football.

In the process of dropping their fourth in a row (with the help of the officials) you could see the life come out of this Lions squad.

It doesn’t get any easier this week, the Cardinals look to get back on track after a surprise home loss last week and it appears the Lions will be the sacrificial lambs.

Cardinals 31 Lions 23

Patriots v Cowboys

Why couldn’t my Cowboys have been at full strength for this one.

I hate doing this, Patriots on the road against an injury depleted Cowboys squad.

Oh, and did I mention Brandon Weeden sucks!!

Patriots 37 Cowboys 24

Broncos v Raiders

Raiders lost a tough one on the road last week, and it looks like they will lose a tough one at home on Sunday.

Nice AFC West division matchup, one in which the Broncos prove why they are the still the team to beat in the division.

Broncos 27 Raiders 20

49ers v Giants

The Giants win their third in a row at home against a depleted Niners squad. Giants 24 49ers 17

Steelers v Chargers

This should be a great game to wrap up the week on Monday night.

All the stars will shine, but I like Philip Rivers to shine the brightest at home in this one.

Chargers win, pulling away at home.

Chargers 30 Steelers 23

• Naughty presents ‘Mischief and Mayhem in da AM’ from 6am to 10am, Monday to Friday and ‘The Press Box’ sports talk show on Sunday from 10am to 1pm, on KISS FM 96.1. Comments and questions to naughty@tribunemedia.net

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