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

Season: 38-23-1

Best Bets: 3-1


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