Best NFL Straight Up Picks Week 5 2021
Rams vs. Seahawks
The Rams have been flying high this year, unlike their opponents in this matchup. Los Angeles has finally found the quarterback that they have been looking for in Matthew Stafford. Stafford has led this offense to a place Jared Goff couldn’t in recent years and it has made them into arguably the best team in the league. The Seahawks have seemingly struggled when they shouldn’t be. There were a few games that the Seahawks lost when it originally looked like they were going to be in full control. These two teams always make for fun games but I am going to have to roll with the Rams in this one. Stafford has been too good this year.
Jets vs. Falcons
As much as I think that the Falcons are one of the worst teams in the league, it is hard to imagine them losing this game. They do still have some playmakers on offense with Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts. Defensively they don’t have much to work with but luckily the Jets don’t really have anything on either side of the ball. They have been getting killed every game this season and the offensive line can’t protect their rookie quarterback whatsoever. Give me the Falcons with confidence this week.
Patriots vs. Texans
I think the Patriots are going to be out looking for revenge after a few uneventful weeks. They just haven’t played that well and with Bill Belichick at the helm he is certainly going to turn it around. They have good pieces on defense and a solid rookie quarterback in Mac Jones, they just have to improve on the offensive line and get some better playmakers. The Texans could keep up with them if Tyrod Taylor is the starting quarterback of this game though. Houston looked respectable behind Taylor and with the way that New England is sputtering, it could end up working out in their favor. However, if Davis Mills gets another start, then I would just chalk this one up to a Patriots win. Belichick is too good against rookie quarterbacks.
Dolphins vs. Buccaneers
This one is going to be pretty interesting. Miami normally seems to keep games close but that game against the Buffalo Bills was not pretty. Without Tua Tagovailoa, any explosiveness that this offense could have had is now out the window. Jacoby Brissett is a talented quarterback but I don’t think he has it in him to defeat the reigning Super Bowl champions and Tom Brady in a high scoring game. The Buccaneers should be able to win this game handily.
Eagles vs. Panthers
The battle of the animals. Philadelphia hasn’t looked great this year. They started the season off with some good, tough games but were blasted on Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys. Jalen Hurts has had some positives and negatives as most “rookie” quarterbacks do but their run game just hasn’t worked the way that they had liked. Meanwhile, the Panthers are doing everything right with elite defense and some consistent offense. Sam Darnold really looks at home here and has a wonderful connection with D.J. Moore. If Christian McCaffrey is playing, I am taking Carolina all the way. Without McCaffrey this game gets a little trickier. Ultimately, I think it’s hard to take the Eagles here.
Titans vs. Jaguars
This one shouldn’t take much explanation. The Titans are a widely talented football team. Their offense is full of stars like Ryan Tannehill, Julio Jones, A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry. Their defense is pretty bad all around but luckily, they are going up against one of the worst teams in all of football right now. The Jaguars defense can’t stop a fly and their offense is struggling with Urban Meyer as the head coach. If they run the football with James Robinson consistently, they might have a chance in this game, otherwise it will be a blowout by Henry and Tennessee.
Lions vs. Vikings
Each of these teams have played surprisingly well at times and the fact that this is a divisional matchup makes it even more interesting. The Lions offense has been good at times with Jared Goff controlling it but their defense is letting up way too many big plays down the field. The Vikings are in the same boat, with so many offensive weapons and yet their defense can’t even sop their opponent once. This game will come down to the best offense, and it’s hard to deny that the Vikings don’t have that in this contest. Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen will get Minnesota the win in this game.
Packers vs. Bengals
I’ve been impressed with what the Bengals have been doing this season. Am I impressed enough to believe that they can beat the Packers here? Probably not. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase have formed a formidable duo in the passing game and Joe Mixon has settled in as a workhorse running back. However, their defense is going to be stretched thin going up against Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and Davante Adams in this matchup. The Packers had a bad start to their season but have been turning up the heat ever since then. I know for a fact that Rodgers isn’t going to want to lose this ball game on the road. I’d take Rodgers and the Packers over Burrow and the Bengals right now any day.
Final Pick: Packers
Saints vs. Football Team
Both of these teams have impressed me this year. If I had to pick a team based on how this season has gone so far, I would roll with the Saints. However, this matchup is a little interesting. The Saints have had trouble on their offensive line, especially in their loss a few weeks ago to the Carolina Panthers. The Football Team is known for having a dominant defensive line, led by Chase Young. If they can get after Jameis Winston early and often then it shouldn’t matter what they do offensively. Washington wins this game if they pressure Jameis early on and I think that they are going to do just that given the matchup in front of them.
Broncos vs. Steelers
Denver has looked great, though they have played a bunch of bad teams to start their year off. The Steelers have looked pretty terrible this year offensively. Ben Roethlisberger’s is literally all over the place and their offensive line is going to be the cause of Najee Harris’ death. Their receivers are banged up as well. Defensively, they have one of the best groups in the league just like the Broncos. Although Denver has somehow had more offensive success behind Teddy Bridgewater. They do have a great run game and have a conservative style of passing that helps them march down field. This won’t be a popular pick but until the Steelers prove to me that their offensive is still good, I am picking the Broncos.
Bears vs. Raiders
I am looking forward to this game. The Bears can’t seem to settle down on a quarterback and have flip flopped between Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Their offensive line is horrible either way but their defense keeps them in ball games consistently. Meanwhile, the Raiders have beaten some of the best teams in the league and look amazing on both ends of the football surprisingly. They made some great moves over the offseason and really look to be rallying behind Derek Carr at quarterback. I love Justin Fields, but I think that even if he starts the play calling will be so bad that it won’t do him any favors. Take the Raiders here.
Final Pick: Raiders
Browns vs. Chargers
This should be the game of the week and for good reason. We got to see Cleveland barely lose to the Kansas City Chiefs in the season opener and the Chargers actually defeated them a few weeks ago. Both teams have an unbelievable amount of talent across their rosters and could each make the playoffs this year easily. The Browns have been a little more dominant in recent weeks than the Chargers but Justin Herbert could put the NFL world on notice once again in this game. This is the toughest choice I have to make this week but I am rolling with the Browns. I think that the dynamic running back duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt will help them control time of possession and win this game.
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Giants vs. Cowboys
I was a fan of what the Giants were doing in the offseason but now I am not so sure. Their offensive line looks about as bad as it did the last five years and despite improvement from Daniel Jones, this offense can’t move the ball downfield. Saquon Barkley gets hit in the backfield on almost every run and their receivers don’t get enough separation deep down the field for big plays. Defensively they are good but out on the field way too long. Dallas has the perfect group of receivers to give the Giants fits in this game and their defense somehow went from the laughingstock of the league to one of the best groups in the NFL to start the 2021 year. I can’t pick against the Cowboys right now; they just have too much momentum on their side.
49ers vs. Cardinals
We get another heated division rivalry this week between the 49ers and the Cardinals. Honestly, I feel like the 49ers are just a secondary away from being a championship caliber team. They have the defensive line, the linebackers and the offense to compete for a championship but can’t defend the pass to save their lives. Meanwhile, the Cardinals could be Super Bowl contenders this season behind Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. They also have Chandler Jones, JJ Watt and Christian Kirk to round the roster out. I love how the Cardinals built this team and Murray is so difficult to defend against that he is putting up MVP level numbers right now. I truly think that the Cardinals are going to pull away with this game.
Bills vs. Chiefs
Finally, we get to see an AFC Championship rematch between the Bills and the Chiefs. The Bills are the same team as last year, with Josh Allen leading the passing game and pretty much providing them with their entire offense. Their run game is basically non-existent and their defense is good but not great. They could seriously win this game though as the Chiefs defense has been way worse than prior years for some reason. There is little pass rush and little coverage in the secondary lately. Patrick Mahomes is always going to be difficult to take down the Buffalo has the offense to score more points than them in a shootout. This is a close one, but I’ll take the underdog and go with Buffalo for once.
Colts vs. Ravens
I don’t know what is going on with the Colts this year. Their defense can’t seem to get off the field and Carson Wentz doesn’t look like he knows what he’s doing under center. They are also choosing not to run the football with Jonathan Taylor enough and need to use him as a workhorse back if they want to control the clock. Baltimore hasn’t looked that great either but were able to pull away with two very lucky games. This is going to be a close defense-oriented game, but it comes down to Wentz vs. Lamar Jackson and I just can’t take Wentz in this matchup.