Our Week 5 NFL picks
A number of good matchups this weekend, including Patriots at Broncos, Falcons at 49ers, and the Bengals at the Ravens.
Then again, we've got a bunch of clunkers, too, with some massive point spreads to boot. Raiders at Giants, Bucs at Iggles and Stillers at Detroit aren't exactly tantalizing matchups. Then again, this is the NFL, where upsets happen when you least expect them.
Here are our picks. We'll await the red hot Chris Mascaro's selections.
And if you're playing in Newsday's picks contest, here's this week's ballot.
(Stupid me, I neglected to submit last week's ballot. Blame it on a trip to New Orleans. Will try and make up ground with a few more best bet selections.)
Ravens (-9) over Bengals, Ravens straight up
Browns (+6) over Bills, Bills straight up
Panthers (-3 ½) over Redskins, Panthers straight up
Steelers (-10 ½) over Lions, Steelers straight up
Cowboys (-9) over Chiefs, Cowboys straight up
Giants (-16) over Raiders, Giants straight up
Eagles (-15) over Buccaneers, Eagles straight up
Vikings (-11) over Rams, Vikings straight up
Falcons (+2 ½) over 49ers, Falcons straight up
Cardinals (-5) over Texans, Cardinals straight up, best bet
Patriots (-3) over Broncos, Patriots straight up
Jaguars over Seahawks, Jaguars straight up
Titans (+3) over Colts, Colts straight up
Jets (-1 ½) over Dolphins, Jets straight up
Overall record: 43-19 straight up. 35-27 vs. spread.
Mascaro's Picks (all against the spread, home team in caps): Bengals (+9) over RAVENS, BILLS (-6) over Browns, PANTHERS (-3.5) over Redskins, Steelers (-10.5) over LIONS, Cowboys (-9) over CHIEFS, GIANTS (-16) over Raiders, EAGLES (-15) over Bucs, Vikings (-11) over RAMS, 49ERS (-2.5) over Falcons, CARDS (-5) over Texans, BRONCOS (+3) over Patriots, SEAHAWKS (PICK) over Jaguars, Colts (-3) over TITANS, DOLPHINS (+1.5) over Jets
Best Bet: Vikings
Last week: 5-9
Best Bets: 3-1