October 1, 2014
Hello October! Welcome to the second month of the NFL season. The end of September brought a wake-up call to the state of the National Football League. And it also brought us amazing developments.
The story of the AFC comes from the New England Patriots, which isn’t a surprise. What’s intriguing is how the Kansas City Chiefs demolished the Pats 41-14. Coach Bill Belichick benched Tom Brady in favor of Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw a touchdown in the final minutes of the game. Whatever could be happening in New England might bring the end of an era. Then again, it’s only Week 5 for Brady and the Pats.
The NFC East is full of surprises when you least expect it. The New York Giants destroyed the Washington Redskins 45-14 on Thursday night, making Washington’s fans want Robert Griffin III back in a hurry. The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the San Francisco 49ers, who came back to win 26-21. The Dallas Cowboys are streaking, winning their third in a row on Sunday night. They beat the New Orleans Saints 38-17.
Week 5 brings back the Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos, Browns, Rams and Seahawks to the fold. Miami and Oakland will take their bye week today after playing in London.
I went 6-7 last week, bringing my total to 34-27. The following is what I got right and wrong for Week 4.
WEEK 4 (BYES: ARIZONA, CINCINNATI, CLEVELAND, DENVER, SEATTLE, ST. LOUIS)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
N.Y. GIANTS AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS — 8:25 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS — 1:00 p.m.
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT CHICAGO BEARS — 1:00 p.m. X
BUFFALO BILLS AT HOUSTON TEXANS — 1:00 p.m. X
TENNESSEE TITANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — 1:00 p.m.
ATLANTA FALCONS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS — 1:00 p.m. X
DETROIT LIONS AT N.Y. JETS — 1:00 p.m.
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (LONDON) — 1:00 p.m. X
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS — 1:00 p.m. s.o. X
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS — 4:05 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — 4:25 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS — 8:30 p.m. X
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — 8:30 p.m. X
Here are my picks for this week. Remember, the s.o. initials stand for my shutout pick.
WEEK 5 (BYES: MIAMI, OAKLAND)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS — 8:25 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
CHICAGO BEARS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS — 1:00 p.m.
HOUSTON TEXANS AT DALLAS COWBOYS — 1:00 p.m.
BUFFALO BILLS AT DETROIT LIONS — 1:00 p.m. s.o.
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — 1:00 p.m.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — 1:00 p.m.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — 1:00 p.m.
ATLANTA FALCONS AT N.Y. GIANTS — 1:00 p.m.
ST. LOUIS RAMS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — 1:00 p.m.
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT TENNESSEE TITANS — 1:00 p.m.
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT DENVER BRONCOS — 4:05 p.m.
N.Y. JETS AT SAN DIEGO CHARGERS — 4:25 p.m.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — 4:25 p.m.
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS * — 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS — 8:30 p.m.
Good luck to all teams this year. If you’re making picks this year, good luck to as well.
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