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NFL Picks Week 5: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

Here are our picks for the Bucs-Panthers and the 13 other NFL games this week
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. [BRIAN BLANCO | AP]
Published Oct. 10
Updated Oct. 11

The picks:

Visitor Home Mike Sherman, deputy editor-sports Martin Fennelly, columnist Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer John Romano, columnist Thomas Bassinger, sports data reporter Ernest Hooper, assistant sports editor
Carolina (-2.5) Tampa Bay* TB 24-21 CAR 30-27 CAR 31-27 CAR 28-24 TB 27-23 CAR 29-26 TB 23-21
N.Y. Giants New England (-16.5) NE 35-17 NE 31-10 NE 31-10 NE 30-20 NE 31-14 NE 41-13 NE 48-18
Cincinnati Baltimore (-11.5) BAL 31-17 BAL 31-17 BAL 28-14 BAL 30-17 BAL 20-16 BAL 42-31 BAL 19-16
Seattle (-1.5) Cleveland SEA 24-23 CLE 24-23 SEA 22-20 SEA 27-21 SEA 24-21 CLE 28-21 SEA 24-20
New Orleans Jacksonville (-1.5) NO 28-24 NO 24-20 NO 28-24 NO 30-24 NO 27-23 NO 21-14 JAX 20-17
Houston Kansas City (-5.5) KC 41-34 KC 38-34 KC 31-21 KC 28-21 KC 28-24 KC 31-25 KC 49-42
Washington (-3.5) Miami WAS 24-21 WAS 24-17 WAS 13-10 MIA 17-13 MIA 17-14 WAS 21-20 MIA 5-2
Philadelphia Minnesota (-3.5) PHI 28-23 MIN 30-27 PHI 27-24 MIN 21-20 MIN 34-31 PHI 31-28 MIN 30-29
Atlanta (-2.5) Arizona ARI 27-24 ATL34-20 AZ 30-27 ATL 29-21 ATL 20-19 ATL 34-32 ATL 35-30
San Francisco L.A. Rams (-4.5) SF 31-28 LAR 31-27 SF 28-24 SF 30-27 LAR 27-20 LAR 28-20 LAR 31-24
Tennessee Denver (-2.5) DEN 23-20 TEN 27-20 DEN 18-12 DEN 24-20 TEN 21-17 TEN 21-18 TEN 17-10
Dallas (-7.5) N.Y. Jets DAL 31-21 DAL 24-23 DAL 21-13 DAL 28-17 DAL 28-21 DAL 26-13 DAL 33-13
Pittsburgh L.A. Chargers (-7.5) LAC 23-17 LAC 24-16 LAC 24-12 LAC 29-20 LAC 17-13 LAC 28-25 LAC 27-21
Detroit Green Bay (-4.5) DET 26-24 GB 23-20 GB 27-24 GB 28-27 GB 28-21 DET 20-14 GB 29-22
Lock of the week NE ATL LAC NE NE NE DAL
Upset of the week PHI TEN PHI MIA MIA PHI TEN
Picking Bucs games 0-5 1-4 2-3 0-5 1-4 1-4 3-2
Picking Bucs games vs spread 1-4 2-3 4-1 2-3 3-2 2-3 2-3
Against the spread last week 8-7 5-10 9-6 8-7 7-8 9-6 5-10
Against the spread overall 43-35 41-37 41-37 39-39 38-40 36-42 36-42
Straight up last week 7-8 7-8 9-6 8-7 9-6 11-4 8-7
Straight up overall 43-35 45-33 46-32 43-35 41-37 45-33 44-34
Locks 2-3 1-4 3-2 4-1 3-2 1-4 2-3
Upsets 3-2 2-3 1-4 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3

* indicates game in London.


ALSO IN THIS SECTION

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    His status for an Oct. 27 game against the Bucs isn’t clear after he is benched against the Broncos.
  2. Former Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) gestures toward the Tampa Bay bench during the second quarter of Carolina's 37-26 victory over the Buccaneers Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. TIM IRELAND  |  AP
    Tampa Bay was without two starters on the right side of its offensive line. Did McCoy and Co. exploit that weakness or simply win one-on-one battles?
  3. Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) scores on a second quarter touchdown pass, leaving Devin White and a host of other Bucs in his wake. TIM IRELAND  |  AP
    Bucs journal: In his first game since Week 2, White gets a reminder about the mental aspects of the game
  4. The Bucs' Jameis Winston threw five interceptions and lost a fumble against Carolina Sunday. It's never good when a quarterback's turnover total is twice his jersey number. TIM IRELAND  |  Associated Press
    After suffering a 37-26 beatdown, the team should extend its stay in London, maybe indefinitely. | Thomas Bassinger
  5. Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen (7) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) meet at midfield after playing in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) TIM IRELAND  |  AP
    That’s how Bruce Arians tried to explain Winston’s six-turnover performance in London Sunday.
  6. Jameis Winston threw five interceptions and lost a fumble in the Bucs' 37-26 loss to Carolina Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
  7. An NFL football fan poses for a photo with Tampa Bay Buccaneers mascot Captain Fear outside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) ALASTAIR GRANT  |  AP
    First-half notes from London, where the Panthers lead Tampa Bay.
  8. Carolina Panthers cornerback Javien Elliott (23) celebrates with teammates, including former Buc Gerald McCoy, after intercepting a Jameis Winston pass in London. TIM IRELAND  |  AP
    Winston miscues, porous pass defense leaves Bucs with a lot of questions, few answers.
  9. Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett has been a popular pick as the the team's first quarter MVP. MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    Both players were questionable but will play today in London
  10. Murals of Carolina receiver Curtis Samuel and Bucs tight end O.J. Howard outside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. EDUARDO ENCINA  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the biggest reason the league can eventually make a London team a reality.
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