NFL Week 5 Expert Picks

If you haven't heard, the Browns traded wideout Braylon Edwards to the Jets for receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and two draft picks. This is big news because there is hardly ever a trade of a marquee player during the season.

The other big news of the day was that receiver Michael Crabtree finally signed with the 49ers. But the damage has already been done for this season. Crabtree has a lot of work to do to get up to speed and the 49ers seem to be playing quite well without him.

With that NFL update here is a look ahead to Week 5 in the NFL with my picks.

Cincinnati 3-1 (Road: 2-0) 1:00pm ET
Baltimore 3-1 (Home: 2-0) TV: CBS

The Ravens are a complete football team this year and a true Super Bowl contender despite the loss in New England last week. The Bengals however left me with more questions than answers as they struggled to beat the Browns one week after the amazing win over the Steelers.

Cincinnati Bengals +8 -110
Baltimore Ravens -8 -110
O /U 42 -110

My pick: Bet on the Ravens but they won’t cover the spread. Under.

Washington 2-2 (Road: 0-2) 1:00pm ET
Carolina 0-3 (Home: 0-1) TV: FOX

Even though the Panthers haven’t won yet, they are favorites to beat the Skins this week. Carolina showed good running game two weeks ago against the Cowboys and Albert Haynesworth has been a bust so far with only 1 sack and 9 tackles.

Washington Redskins +3 -110
Carolina Panthers -3 -110
O /U 37 -110

My pick: Carolina will win for the first time this season and will cover the spread. Under.

Pittsburgh 2-2 (Road: 0-2) 1:00pm ET
Detroit 1-3 (Home: 1-1) TV: CBS

The Steelers have struggled on the road so far and their secondary is about to face a Detroit offense that needs to throw the ball a lot. Troy Polamalu is doubtful to face the Lions, but even without him this game shouldn’t be a big challenge for Pittsburg.

Pittsburgh Steelers -10 -110
Detroit Lions -3 -110
O /U 44 -110

My pick: Steelers will cover the spread. Over.

Atlanta 2-1 (Road: 0-1)4:05pm ET
San Francisco 3-1 (Home: 2-0) TV: FOX

The Falcons will look for their first road win in the season when they’ll face San Francisco this week. Tight end Vernon Davis seems to be getting into rhythm as he caught his third touchdown in two weeks. Atlanta had a bye last week and will try to bounce back after losing in New England two weeks ago.

Atlanta Falcons +2 -110
San Francisco 49ers -2 -110
O /U 40 -110

My pick: The 49ers by a field goal. Over.

Houston 2-2 (Road: 1-0) 4:15pm ET
Arizona 1-2 (Home: 0-2) TV: CBS

This game will be shootout as both offenses love to go on the air. Houston is the 7th rank passing offense meanwhile Arizona is the 18th but we all know that the Cardinals have two of the best WR in the game a can put some huge number any given Sunday.

Houston Texans +5 -110
Arizona Cardinals -5 -110
O /U 40 -110

My pick: Arizona will cover the spread. Over.

New England 3-1 (Road: 0-1) 4:15pm ET
Denver 4-0 (Home: 2-0) TV: CBS

This is the game of the week. Tom Brady and the New Patriots visit the undefeated Denver Broncos. Brady finally found Randy Moss in the end zone last week and could be the first of many touchdowns this season. On the other hand the Broncos D has been outstanding but their first real challenge is about to arrive to town this week.

New England Patriots -3 -110
Denver Broncos +3 -110
O /U 40 -110

My pick: The Pats will cover the spread. Under.

Indianapolis 4-0 (Road: 2-0) 8:20pm ET
Tennessee 0-4 (Home: 0-1) TV: NBC

The way Indianapolis is playing right now it will need something better that this Titans team to knock them down. Even though this is a division rivalry game, the Titans secondary is a joke and Peyton Manning and his WRs tear up the field.

Indianapolis Colts -3 -110
Tennessee Titans +3 -110
O /U 45 -110

My pick: the Colts will cover the spread. Over.

NY Jets 3-1 (Road: 1-1) 8:30pm ET
Miami 1-3 (Home: 1-1) TV: ESPN

Chad Henne made his first NFL start and the Dolphins won by the first time this season. However, they’re about to face one of the toughest defensive units in the league.

New York Jets -1 -110
Miami Dolphins +1 -110
O /U 36 -110

My pick: the Jets by a field goal. Under.