NFL 2016 Week 5 Picks

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Ben Roethlisberger made history last Sunday. Will he do it again against the New York Jets this week? Photo Credit: Matthew Brady, Flickr.com

Hello football diehards! Welcome to Week 5 of the NFL season! We saw quite a bit of surprises, and we also saw history along the way.

For starters, the Atlanta Falcons’ one-two punch of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones took care of the Carolina Panthers 48-33. Ryan threw for 503 yards and four touchdowns. Jones caught 12 passes from Ryan for 300 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t about to be outdone by Ryan. He threw five touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s win over Kansas City 43-14. Roethlisberger also passed Dan Marino for the third longest touchdown-passing streak at home. It was his 40th consecutive game that Roethlisberger accomplished this feat.

History wasn’t kind to the new England Patriots, however. They were shutout by the Buffalo Bills 16-0. The last time that happened to New England was in 1993. During hat year, Drew Bledsoe was the rookie QB. Bill Belichick was coaching with the Cleveland Browns. And a certain Super Bowl winning QB named Tom Brady wasn’t even out of high school yet.

Speaking of Brady and the Browns, the Patriots get their leader back this week against Cleveland. The Browns are also searching for their first win of the season. Will gridiron rust affect Brady, or will it be business as usual once more?

Let’s get down to last week for me. I went 11-5 for Week 4, bringing my total to 34-29 for the season. Here’s a recap of what I got right and wrong:

 Thu Sep 29 8:25 pm  Miami Dolphins  Cincinnati Bengals
 Sun Oct 2 9:30 am  Indianapolis Colts  Jacksonville Jaguars
1:00 pm  Buffalo Bills  New England Patriots X
1:00 pm  Carolina Panthers  Atlanta Falcons
1:00 pm  Cleveland Browns  Washington Redskins
1:00 pm  Detroit Lions  Chicago Bears X
1:00 pm  Oakland Raiders  Baltimore Ravens
1:00 pm  Seattle Seahawks  New York Jets
1:00 pm  Tennessee Titans  Houston Texans
4:05 pm  Denver Broncos  Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4:25 pm  Dallas Cowboys  San Francisco 49ers (s.o.) X
4:25 pm  Los Angeles Rams  Arizona Cardinals X
4:25 pm  New Orleans Saints  San Diego Chargers X
8:30 pm  Kansas City Chiefs  Pittsburgh Steelers
 Mon Oct 3 8:30 pm  New York Giants  Minnesota Vikings

Here are my picks for this week. Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans and Seattle will take the bye week for this week. Remember, the s.o. stands for the shutout pick:

 Thu Oct 6 8:25 pm  Arizona Cardinals  San Francisco 49ers
 Sun Oct 9 1:00 pm  Chicago Bears  Indianapolis Colts
1:00 pm  Houston Texans  Minnesota Vikings
1:00 pm  New England Patriots  Cleveland Browns (s.o.)
1:00 pm  New York Jets  Pittsburgh Steelers
1:00 pm  Philadelphia Eagles  Detroit Lions
1:00 pm  Tennessee Titans  Miami Dolphins
1:00 pm  Washington Redskins  Baltimore Ravens
4:05 pm  Atlanta Falcons  Denver Broncos
4:25 pm  Buffalo Bills  Los Angeles Rams
4:25 pm  Cincinnati Bengals  Dallas Cowboys
4:25 pm  San Diego Chargers  Oakland Raiders
8:30 pm  New York Giants  Green Bay Packers
 Mon Oct 10 8:30 pm  Tampa Bay Buccaneers  Carolina Panthers

Keep in mind all times and games are subject to change. Good luck to all teams and those who are also making picks as well.

Remember to check out the Facebook page for the Update. You can also check out my professional website for my other works and accomplishments. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and keep on reading. Until then, watch sports you knuckleheads!

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright @ 2007

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