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NFL Picks, week five
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is helped up after a being sacked against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half of Sunday's game in Glendale, Ariz.

      No. 3 New England (minus 10) at No. 32 Cleveland
    What's the over/under on how many TDs Brady throws — in the first half?

    No. 29 Tennessee (plus 4) at No. 26 Miami
    Dolphins are well rested. That might be only thing they have going right now.

    No. 13 Houston (plus 4 1-2) at No. 2 Minnesota
    Another chance for Texans to prove themselves against quality competition? Nope.
    VIKINGS, 20-13

    No. 21 New York Jets (plus 10) at No. 6 Pittsburgh
    Right now, Steelers can manhandle anybody.
    STEELERS, 30-17

    No. 19 Washington (plus 5) at No. 10 Baltimore
    Redskins have won two straight without being very impressive.
    RAVENS, 21-20

    No. 30 Chicago (plus 6) at No. 28 Indianapolis
    Colts' experiment of no bye after London game works. Barely.
    COLTS, 27-23

    No. 4 Philadelphia (minus 3) at No. 27 Detroit
    This one scares us. Are Eagles ready to be 4-0? Don't think so.
    LIONS, 28-27

    No. 8 Atlanta (plus 6) at No. 1 Denver
    This one doesn't scare us, but Broncos' defense does.
    BRONCOS, 24-13

    No. 11 Cincinnati (pick-em) at No. 12 Dallas
    Finally, Dak Prescott faces a good defense. Not a good thing for Dallas.
    BENGALS, 28-14

    No. 25 San Diego (plus 3) at No. 9 Oakland
    Chargers are mastering close defeats. Here's another.
    RAIDERS, 35-31

    No. 17 (tie) Buffalo (plus 2 1-2) at No. 14 Los Angeles
    Both teams have made a nice turnaround. Rams grab NFC West lead.
    RAMS, 23-21

    No. 17 (tie) New York Giants (plus 6 1-2) at No. 7 Green Bay
    Until Giants get healthy in secondary, they are doomed against top QBs.
    PACKERS, 30-20

    No. 24 Tampa Bay (OFF) at No. 16 Carolina
    No line because of Cam Newton's uncertain status. Panthers win with or without him.
    PANTHERS, 23-21

    KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP: The Bengals came through for us last week, and we will remain in the Buckeye state this time. No, we're not taking the Browns. Tom Brady and the PATRIOTS are an obvious choice.
This Week: Against spread (8-7). Straight up:(8-7)
Season Totals: Against spread (28-32-2). Straight up: (36-26)
Best Bet: 1-3 against spread, 2-2 straight up.
Upset special: 2-2 against spread, 2-2 straight up.