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NFL Week 5 predictions

This season we've asked Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones and readers to forecast the NFL results. To make your picks, go to

Rams at Packers, 1

Line/OU: Packers by 9; 45½

Rams seek second straight win over an unbeaten team on the road. Rams' Todd Gurley rushed for all but 40 of 146 yards last week in fourth quarter. Rams have league-high 162 sacks since 2012. Packers 11-0 at home since start of 2014 season, only unbeaten team at home in that stretch. Dating to December 2012, Packers' Aaron Rodgers has thrown 486 passes and 43 TDs at home since last interception at Lambeau Field, both NFL records.

Jones: Packers 23, Rams 13 Readers: Packers 96.7 percent

Seahawks at Bengals, 1

Line/OU: Bengals by 3; 43

Game matches NFL's second-ranked offense (Cincinnati) against second-ranked defense (Seattle). Seahawks haven't allowed TD in opponents' past 20 possessions. Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is out. Win would give Bengals first 5-0 start since 1988, when they tied club record at 6-0 and went to their second Super Bowl. Bengals gave up 461 yards to Chiefs last week but limited them to seven field goals. Andy Dalton's 123 QB rating is best by any Bengal through four games. Jeremy Hill leads AFC and is second in NFL with five rushing TDs.

Jones: Bengals 19, Seahawks 17 Readers: Bengals 73.3 percent

Redskins at Falcons, 1

Line/OU: Falcons by 7; 48

Redskins' Matt Jones, the former Armwood High and UF standout, leads NFC rookies with 200 yards rushing. Atlanta's 137 points scored are second-most in NFL. Falcons RB Devonta Freeman only player since at least 1970 NFL-AFL merger to rush for at least three TDs in each of first two starts. The former FSU star leads NFL with seven TDs. Julio Jones leads NFL with 38 catches, tied for lead with Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown with 478 yards receiving.

Jones: Falcons 40, Redskins 21 Readers: Falcons 95 percent

Browns at Ravens, 1

Line/OU: Ravens by 7; 43

Ravens have won 13 of past 14 games between teams, exception 24-18 loss in Cleveland in November 2013. Browns' last win in Baltimore was in 2007. Browns have lost their past two by total of 10 points. Ravens' three defeats have been by combined 14 points. Browns' Josh McCown was 32-for-41 for 356 yards last week, his 11th career 300-yard game and second in row. Otto Graham, Brian Sipe and Brian Hoyer are only other Browns QBs to have successive 300-yard games. Ravens will be without leading WR Steve Smith (back).

Jones: Ravens 25, Browns 12 Readers: Ravens 91.7 percent

Saints at Eagles, 1

Line/OU: Eagles by 5½; 49½

NFC South is only division Eagles have winning record against all four teams. Saints' Drew Brees and Luke McCown have completed 71.5 percent. RB Mark Ingram is leading rusher (204 yards) and leading receiver (22 catches). Eagles QB Sam Bradford had first three-TD game last week since 2013. DeMarco Murray has 47 yards rushing on 29 carries. Philly hasn't allowed 100-yard rusher in past 16 games, tying Atlanta for longest active streak.

Jones: Eagles 23, Saints 20 Readers: Eagles 55 percent

Bears at Chiefs, 1

Line/OU: Chiefs by 9; 45

Bears lost C Will Montgomery to broken leg. Matt Slauson or rookie Hroniss Grasu expected to start. QB Jay Cutler expected to start second straight after hamstring injury. RB Matt Forte needs two TDs for 60 and pass the late Rick Casares, a Tampa native and former Gator, for third-most in Bears history. Chiefs' Alex Smith has passed for 1,110 yards, fourth-most in AFC. K.C. only club with three players with 20 or more receptions (Jamaal Charles, Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce).

Jones: Chiefs 30, Bears 16 Readers: Chiefs 91.7 percent

Bills at Titans, 1

Line/OU: Bills by 1; 41½

Bills trying to win first two road games for first time since 2008. They lead NFL with 47 penalties and 428 yards off penalties. Bills' Tyrod Taylor has passed for at least 270 yards in past two games. Titans rookie Marcus Mariota threw for career-best and franchise-rookie record 367 yards in last game. Titans rookie WR Dorial Green-Beckham has scored TD in each of past two games.

Jones: Bills 16, Titans 14 Readers: Bills 81.7 percent

Cardinals at Lions, 4

Line/OU: Cardinals by 3; 45

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has won 16 of past 19 starts and is 3-1 against Lions. Chris Johnson has rushed for 193 yards and two TDs on 38 carries over past two games, his best two-game stretch since end of 2013 in Tennessee. WR Larry Fitzgerald has reception in 174 straight games, including playoffs. Lions' Matthew Stafford ranks 27th in NFL with 79.7 passer rating, his lowest since rookie season six years ago. Lions have NFL-low 188 yards rushing and league-low 2.72 yards per rushing attempt.

Jones: Cardinals 31, Lions 20 Readers: Cardinals 88.3 percent

Patriots at Cowboys, 4:25

Line/OU: Patriots by 8½; 49½

Pats making first visit to Cowboys' $1.2 billion stadium that opened in 2009. Patriots averaging 37.8 point per game during six-game win streak. Tom Brady trying to join Peyton Manning and Fran Tarkenton as only NFL quarterbacks to start season 4-0 at least four times. Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden makes third start for Tony Romo (broken collarbone). DE Greg Hardy makes Dallas debut after four-game suspension for role in domestic violence case.

Jones: Patriots 31, Cowboys 14 Readers: Patriots 98.3 percent

Broncos at Raiders, 4:25

Line/OU: Broncos by 4½; 43½

Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Raiders S Charles Woodson two of three remaining players from 1998 draft class; Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck is other. With 18 sacks, Broncos on pace to tie record of 72 held by 1984 Bears. Raiders have allowed five sacks, tied for fourth-fewest in league. Raiders have allowed 32 catches for 388 yards and six TDs to tight ends, which might mean big things for Broncos' Owen Daniels.

Jones: Broncos 20, Raiders 7 Readers: Broncos 90 percent

49ers at Giants, 8:30

Line/OU: Giants by 6½; 43½

After rushing for 168 yards in opener, 49ers' Carlos Hyde has 114 in past three games. LB and former USF standout Aaron Lynch had two sacks last week and leads team with three. Giants have not rushed for 100 yards in game this season. WR Rueben Randle has caught touchdown pass in each of past two games. While Eli Manning has one interception this season, 49ers had five picks against him last year.

Jones: Giants 27, 49ers 10 Readers: Giants 86.7 percent

Steelers at Chargers, 8:30 Monday

Line/OU: Chargers by 3½; 46

Steelers QB Michael Vick makes second start in place of Ben Roethlisberger (knee). In past eight games, RB Le'Veon Bell averaging 160.5 scrimmage yards (805 rush, 479 receiving, 1,284 total) and has 10 TDs. Chargers TE Antonio Gates makes season debut after four-game suspension for PEDs.

Jones: Chargers 21, Steelers 13 Readers: Chargers 71.7 percent

Game text from Times wires.

NFL Week 5 predictions 10/10/15 [Last modified: Saturday, October 10, 2015 8:33pm]
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