NFL Week 5 Preview

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Washington @ Philadelphia, Sunday 1pm
Evan: Philly has to get back on the winning track. They will not overlook Washington after their performance in Dallas. I’m glad this game is in Philly. Pick: Eagles
Mike: Westbrook should be back for the Eagles. With him back and the team needing to bounce back after a bad loss in Chicago I think they win this one easily and get back to being talked about as a force at the top of the NFC. Pick: Eagles
Ahad: The Skins are riding high after a big win last again the Cowboys. This could be a letdown game. More importantly, the Eagles need this game to keep pace in the division. Pick: EAGLES
Matt: Westbrook being back for the Eagles is good news. The Redskins injuries in the secondary concern me in this game. Springs is out and Fred Smoot got hurt in last weeks game. McNabb should be able to take advantage of that. I do like the way Washington is playing right now. This is a tough one. Pick: Redskins

Tampa Bay @ Denver, Sunday 4:05pm
Evan: What happened to Denver? Were they never really that good? Their offense is great but they can’t stop anybody. Tampa’s defense should hold Denver to less than what they normally produce and I think they have enough firepower (barely) to put up points against a Prep School Defense. Pick: Tampa Bay
Mike: I’ve been overlooking Tampa Bay. I picked against them the past two weeks and got burned. I thought the Broncos were good before that KC loss but I’m not sure where that came from. The beat Oakland by a bunch, beat San Diego by a terrible call, and beat New Orleans by 2. Pick: Buccaneers
Ahad: I am still not sold on Tampa. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I think their QB is a bum. Denver needs to bounce back after the loss to KC. Pick: Denver
Matt: Tampa Bay should be able to control the ball and keep the Broncos offense off the field. Tampa’s defense should be able to limit Denver’s offense when they do have the ball. Denver’s defense is just offensive. Pick: Buccaneers

Tennessee @ Baltimore, Sunday 1pm
Evan: Flacco for MVP. Pick: Ravens
Mike: Flacco for MVP? He hasn’t seen a defense as strong as the Titans. Pick: Titans
Ahad: Evan, I didn’t know your last name was Jaworski. Flacco will be in trouble against this defense. Pick: Titans
Matt: There is gonna be a lot of hard hitting in this game. Expect several injuries. This should be a low scoring affair and whoever can run the ball better should win the game. Kerry Collins doesn’t have a good history playing against the Raven’s D. Another undefeated goes down. Pick: Ravens

Pittsburgh @ Jacksonville, Sunday 8:15pm
Evan: Pittsburgh has been real sluggish recently and Jax is the surprise loser team of the AFC. I think Pitt finds there offense in some beautiful sunny weather. Pick: Steelers
Mike: Who exactly is Roethlisberger going to hand the ball off to? Mewelde Moore is going to be the starting running back. That’s all I need. Pick: Jaguars
Ahad: The Steelers brought back Najeh Davenport this week. I’m sure everyone remembers what he did in college to get himself in trouble with the law. The Steelers are going to have to throw the ball more than they want to and that isn’t good when your QB apparently has a separated shoulder. Pick: JAGS
Matt: The Steelers are beat up, and now are scrapping to find running backs to hand off to. This looks like another tough, defensive game. I say David Garrard makes enough plays to get the win. Pick: Jaguars

Minnesota @ New Orleans, Monday 8:30pm
Evan: Welcome to thunderdome. Is Colston back yet? He’s on my fantasy team but he may as well not be. I don’t know if this is an upset pick or not, but it feels like it would be. Pick: Saints
Mike: Has anyone played a more difficult schedule than the Vikings? They are 1-3 and I would still like them if they were 0-4. I’m on the fence about the Saints. Pick: Vikings
Ahad: The Vikings defense will be able to contain Deuce and Reggie. No Hollis Thomas means AP will run wild on the non-existent Saints defense. Pick: Vikings
Matt: The Saints won’t have Sedrick Ellis either to man the middle against the run. It is hard to pick to pick against Drew Brees, and he will probably get his usual numbers, but Adrian Peterson and the Viking’s running game will rule this game. Pick: Vikings

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