Last week I went 9-5 with my picks. Through all four weeks combined, I am 37-23, for a winning percentage of approximately 62%. (Check out ESPN's NFL "experts" for a comparison.)
The following are my picks for the NFL's Week Five:
Sunday, Oct. 8
Buffalo 2-2 at Chicago 4-0 - 1:00 p.m.
Da Bears are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFC. They've only given up 29 points through four games, which is just over a touchdown per game. And they're playing at home against a mediocre Bills team.
CHICAGO BY 11
Cleveland 1-3 at Carolina 2-2 - 1:00 p.m.
Carolina has been looking better and better every week. Cleveland finally won a game last week, but only because they were playing against the hapless Raiders.
CAROLINA BY 6
Detroit 0-4 at Minnesota 2-2 - 1:00 p.m.
Detroit's offense has shown some spark the last couple of weeks. Too bad their defense is one of the worst in the league. Minnesota barely won their first two games, and have now lost two in a row.
DETROIT BY 1
Miami 1-3 at New England 3-1 - 1:00 p.m.
Miami is probably the most disappointing team in the NFL. I expect New England's defense to pressure Daunte Culpepper into making numerous mistakes in this one.
PATRIOTS BY 8
St. Louis 3-1 at Green Bay 1-3 - 1:00 p.m.
Lots of points should be put up on the scoreboard in this one.
RAMS BY 7
Tampa Bay 0-3 at New Orleans 3-1 - 1:00 p.m.
The Bucs will start rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski in place of the now-spleenless Chris Simms. And I believe he'll do quite well. I'm thinking upset here.
TAMPA BAY BY 3
Tennessee 0-4 at Indianapolis 4-0 - 1:00 p.m.
This is simply no contest.
COLTS BY 28
Washington 2-2 at N.Y. Giants 1-2 - 1:00 p.m.
The Redskins have won two in a row. But those games were against AFC teams, not a division rival. If the Giants can manage to show up for all four quarters in this one, they'll win.
GIANTS BY 4
Kansas City 1-2 at Arizona 1-3 - 4:05 p.m.