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By: Wallace Delery

Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The first quarter of the 2023 NFL season has concluded and now we move forward with Week 5. What will this week have in store? Let’s take a look!

The New Orleans Saints head on the road to face the New England Patriots this week. Both teams are coming into this game off of losses that reached new lows for these franchises over the past few years. Now these once-favored franchises look to restore some faith in their brand, and a win this week might give some short-term faith to their fans. Both the Saints and Patriots appear to be clinging to past ideas and past glories, rather than evolving with the rest of their peers, which is eroding hope with fans, and potentially players.

The Saints and Pats stood as two of the franchises with the highest win percentages over the last two decades, led by their future Hall of Fame quarterbacks and coaches, but those eras have clearly come to an end, and now we see franchises chasing the ghosts of their past. The immediate future may be bleak or may have a glimmer of hope depending on the winner this Sunday. Hopefully the Saints get this win.

Let’s take a look at this and every matchup in Week 5.

Last week I went 10-6

I told you so: Bucs over Saints.

What do I know: Falcons over Jaguars?



Thursday, October 5th – Thursday Night Football

Bears(0-4) at Commanders(2-2)

Chicago, the current owners of the first-overall and second overall picks in the 2024 draft, will continue to find new ways to lose, and keep that draft status safe. Washington wins 24-19.

Pick: Commanders


Sunday, October 8th – Very Early Game

Jaguars(2-2) at Bills(3-1) – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – London, England

This game has a feeling of a trap game for Buffalo all over it. The Bills have to travel to London, coming off an emotional win over Miami, while the Jags stayed in London coming off a win in this same stadium last week over Atlanta. This will be a very close contest against two reigning division winners in the AFC. Watch out for more defense than most will expect in this one. Jacksonville wins 16-13.

Pick: Jaguars


Sunday, October 8th – Early Games

Texans(2-2) at Falcons(2-2)

Atlanta can only really do two things: Run the ball and play competent defense. That will be enough in this surprising performance against the surging Texans. This one comes down to an Atlanta field goal in the closing seconds. Atlanta wins 26-25.

Pick: Falcons


Panthers(0-4) at Lions(3-1)

Carolina’s defense will get absolutely decimated by Detroit’s aggressive and innovative attack on offense. This one will be over quickly. Detroit wins 30-9.

Pick: Lions


Titans(2-2) at Colts(2-2)

Tennessee will win this AFC South rivalry game behind their greatest strength, their defense. Tennessee wins 21-14.

Pick: Titans


Giants(1-3) at Dolphins(3-1)

Miami’s electric offense gets back on track, following a disappointing loss in Buffalo last week, by becoming next in line to dunk on the pathetic Giants. Miami wins 36-9.

Pick: Dolphins


Ravens(3-1) at Steelers(2-2)

Baltimore’s hallmark strengths of their run game and defense will be all they need to win this close matchup of AFC North arch-rivals. Baltimore wins 20-16.

Pick: Ravens


Saints(2-2) at Patriots(1-3)

It will have to be Derek Carr that has to be the best player on the field for the Saints to win this one. He won’t be. The Saints have to prove they can score touchdowns, which they simply haven’t done. They won’t again here. Confidence has never been lower across the board for the Saints. It simply doesn’t seem to matter who is out due to injury for the Pats. It doesn’t matter who starts at quarterback for the Pats either. We have all seen this story play out too many times. Will the Saints find a way to restore confidence with a win over the Pats? They won’t, unfortunately. New England wins 17-12.

Pick: Patriots


Sunday, October 8th – Late Games

Bengals(1-3) at Cardinals(1-3)

As dreadful as the Saints offense has been this season, Cincinnati’s has arguably been worse. Even against Arizona, who themselves have struggled despite showing some flashes, Cincy will continue to falter on offense. Arizona wins 21-18.

Pick: Cardinals


Eagles(4-0) at Rams(2-2)

This matchup of the past two Super Bowl Champions will be dominated by the Philadelphia defense. Philadelphia wins 31-14.

Pick: Eagles


Jets(1-3) at Broncos(1-3)

Russell Wilson will outplay Zach Wilson in this one, which isn’t saying much, in this matchup of bad football teams. Denver wins 21-17.

Pick: Broncos


Chiefs(3-1) at Vikings(1-3)

T-Swift’s stadium tour continues in Minneapolis. A heroic effort by Justin Jefferson will keep this one closer than most expect, but it won’t be enough in the end to topple Kelce and company. Kansas City wins 26-23.

Pick: Chiefs


Sunday Night Football

Cowboys(3-1) at 49ers(4-0) – Game of the Week

Some may still believe its Jerry Jones, but it’s clear at this point that Kyle Shanahan own the Dallas Cowboys. Brock Purdy will outplay Dak Prescott in this potential playoff preview. San Francisco wins 21-14.

Pick: 49ers


Monday, October 9th – Monday Night Football

Packers(2-2) at Raiders(1-3)

As bad as the Raiders are, this is a far closer matchup than some may believe. Las Vegas will certainly end the season with less wins, but the Packers stink this year, and their rotten performance will secure a close win for the Silver and Black. Las Vegas wins 17-16.

Pick: Raiders


There we go, Week 5 is shaping up to be pretty interesting. Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below!

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