Nagler's Never Right: NFL 2014 Season Week Five Picks

Aaron's picks for Week 5 of the NFL regular season. 

Last week: 10-3

Season: 33-28

Minnesota vs Green Bay

The Vikings have Christian Ponder starting, but it doesn’t really matter. The Vikings are going to look to run the ball and they’ll be able to, at will. But the Packers win this game due to Aaron Rodgers playing a smart, efficient game.

Buffalo vs Detroit

Kyle Orton gets his first start for the Bills against one of the best defenses in the league. Matt Stafford and the Lions offense should put this one on ice sometime early in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland vs Tennessee

The Titans are hard to watch. Just a complete mess. The Browns are rested and ready to go down to Nashville and kick some butt. It will be close for much of the game, but look for Cleveland to pull away late.

Houston vs Dallas

The battle for Texas will come down to the Texans’ defense being able to keep Demarco Murray in check. I don’t see it happening. The Cowboys get the win.

Tampa Bay vs New Orleans

Can Mike Glennon pull off another miracle comeback? He may have to because the Saints will be putting up some points this week. While the Bucs will make a game of it, Sean Payton’s crew is desperate and playing at home, where they rarely lose. Saints take it.

St. Louis vs Philadelphia

I want to pick the Rams here, for the simple reason that I think their defensive front could demolish whatever the Eagles are putting in front of Nick Foles these days. Not to mention the fact that Austin Davis has been playing pretty well at quarterback.

But I just can’t pick Jeff Fisher over Chip Kelly. Eagles get the win at home.

Baltimore vs Indianapolis

While the national press has focused on everything going on off the field in regards to the Ray Rice situation, the Ravens have quietly been playing excellent football. Lucas Oil is a tough nut to crack though if the crowd is allowed to stay in the game, which they will be. Andrew Luck does what he does and drives the Colts late for the win.

Chicago vs Carolina

Carolina is reeling a bit after two straight losses. They’ve been pushed around in both. The Bears aren’t exactly mauling opponents, but they have played well on the road this year. Cam Newton is playing well, but he needs help. Jay Cutler and the Bears offense do enough to get the win.

Atlanta vs New York Giants

The Falcons are starting to resemble their division rivals New Orleans in that they look like a completely different team on the road than they do at home. The Falcons need to jump out to an early lead to have a shot in this one. I don’t think they do. Big Blue is playing well and Eli looks to finally have a grasp on Ben McAdoo’s offense. Giants win.

Kansas City vs San Francisco

What a difference a few weeks can make when it comes to perceptions in the NFL. The Chiefs looked like they were in for a long season back in Week One. Now, after their last two games, they look legit. The NFL has a funny way of making sure no one gets too high for too long though. Vic Fangio, the 49ers defensive coordinator, will be able to slow down Kansas City and Harbaugh’s offense does enough for a 49ers win.

Arizona vs Denver

I truly want to pick the Cardinals here. As I mentioned over at SI, Bruce Arians has done an absolutely superb job with this team, the quarterback situation in particular. But Denver’s defense is playing well and Peyton Manning is still doing Peyton Manning things. The Broncos get the win.

New York Jets vs San Diego

Not a great place for Geno to try and right the ship. The Chargers should win going away here.

Cincinnati vs New England

Speaking of less-than-ideal circumstances to right a ship, the Bengals is just about the worst team the Patriots could be facing after that embarasment in Kansas City. Yes, they are at playing at home, and that helps. But they were playing at home when they had major trouble with the Raiders. The Raiders. The Bengals dismantle the Patriots.

Seattle vs Washington

Note to whoever does the schedule over at 345 Park: Can we stop putting Washington in prime time until they actually have a team instead of a superstar quarterback who hasn’t done anything to earn the moniker of “super star” and who is perpetually hurt? You thought it was ugly against the Giants last Thursday? You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

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4thand1's picture

October 03, 2014 at 11:47 pm

You were wrong with part of your 1st prediction. The Vikings are going look to run the ball and they'll be able to, at will." You and a lot of other people rode this defense off before the season was 1/4 over.

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October 04, 2014 at 07:12 am

Defense looked good in 2nd half vs Jets and very good in Detroit... Look, you obviously are not a Packers fan. I don't get it why you feel the need to come to a Packers discussion board just to rile everyone up. Put on your Seahawks or Vikings or whatever "team is good right now" shirt you own (cause I guess that's the type of "fan" you are) and discuss on that teams' board. Your "talented" Vikings D still gave up 35 points to the Packers, and the Vikings O 7 in addition, and their D in phases got the ball run down their throats. In fact, the Vikings this season gave up 25 points a game, the Packers 21. And they played such offensive juggernaughts like the Rams and Patriots of 2014. Yet I'm sure you still sing the praises of how good the Vikings D is compared to the Packers D.

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4thand1's picture

October 04, 2014 at 07:56 am

Once again cow you're caught in an outright lie and are just blind or ignorant. The object of a team is to improve and get better each game, and the Packers are doing that. I don't need to explain anything to you or anyone else in here.

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zeke's picture

October 04, 2014 at 10:16 am

Give an example of how Denver and Seattle are looking to win the SB, while the Packers are not.

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PackerAaron's picture

October 09, 2014 at 09:05 pm

Cow, the Packers defense held the Lions offense to 10 points. The great Aaron Rodgers did jack shit in that game. It aint all about Rodgers. He's the most important player, without question, but you're blinding yourself to the rest of the team because of it. Don't.

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Tundraboy's picture

October 05, 2014 at 07:31 pm

Cow I do see where your coming from. It comes frim frustration I have the same frustration. Started in 2007 to the Giants, losing to Giants. And again later to them. Hell probably back to the SB loss to Denver. . But things are turning. D has been much better. Jets, Lions even Bears. Dont be blind to either. Lets see what happens this year first. And if they stumble again. Then I agree they must shake things up and stop wasting Rodgers prime hoping. Hoping for others to step up.

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Tundraboy's picture

October 05, 2014 at 07:41 pm

Despite some ugly moments and my own disappointment, I have seen enough positives to feel this year, they are coming together as a team and something big is going to happen for this team. Not necessarily a SB win but respect. Did not buy it the last two years

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4thand1's picture

October 05, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Currently there are 22 teams giving up more points per game than GB. Packers defense is creating turnovers. As usual cow is wrong again, he sucks.

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