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Week 5: Rick: 6-9; Coin: 6-9
Cumulative: Rick: 36-41-1; Coin: 38-39-1

Thursday, October 10

8:20 pm New York Giants at New England Patriots (-16 1/2, 43) - The Pats are 5-0 while the Giants, though under the guidance of a new quarterback, are 2-3 and were thoroughly trounced by a quality team from Minnesota last week, 28-10.

Will the Giants do better on the road? Not in New England. You know what to do.

Coin Flip: New England

Prediction: Patriots 31 Giants 10

Sunday, October 13

9:30 am at Carolina Panthers (-2, 48 1/2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London) - The Bucs come off a tough loss at New Orleans last week, dropping a 31-24 decision against a team they know well. This is also a divisional rivalry, so the Bucs might get some traction if they adjust to the travel sufficiently.

Since Cam Newton went down, the Bucs are 3-0 with Kyle Allen running the offense and Christian McCaffrey looking like a league MVP. He's rushed for 422 yards over the last three games and churned out 176 in a 34-27 win over Jacksonville last Sunday. Tampa Bay doesn't have the defense to slow McCaffrey down, but they're likely to hang tough. Close call to start your Sunday early.

Coin Flip: Carolina

Prediction: Panthers 27 Buccaneers 23

1:00 pm Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-11 1/2, 48) - 0-5 Bengals are in deep trouble with the worst defenses in the league, leading with an average of 411.8 yards per game. Sure, the Ravens may have lucked out in their OT win at Pittsburgh, but good teams make their own luck and they played a very gutsy game against a serious rival.

Baltimore should find the going a little easier and their defense will likely step it up a notch as well. They've been allowing a lot of points recently, and that has to change if they plan on maintaining their status as the leader in the AFC North.

Coin Flip: Baltimore

Prediction: Ravens 34 Bengals 16

1:00 pm Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (-5, 55 1/2) - With Deshaun Watson throwing for 426 yards in last week's 53-32 rout of the Falcons, and the Chiefs taken to task Sunday night by the Colts (19-13), this early line is subject to change, given KC QB Patrick Mahomes questionable status for this contest.

In any case, Mahomes or no Mahomes, the Texans look like a real contender to capture not just the AFC South, but move on during the playoffs down the road. This is a quality team with plenty to offer on both sides of the ball.

Coin Flip: Houston

Prediction: Texans 34 Chiefs 24

1:00 pm New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars (-1, 44) - It might seem a bit strange to see the Jaguars as favorites over the revived Saints, now that Teddy Bridgewater has settled into his starting QB role.

This could, however, turn into a wild shoot-out with Gardner Minshew and Leonard Fournette spearheading an emergent offense. The Saints are 4-1, while the Jags are just 2-3 and may be a bit oversold.

Coin Flip: New Orleans

Prediction: Saints 28 Jaguars 24

1:00 pm Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings (-3, 43 1/2) - Big match-up between two teams considered likely to win their divisions, though both are in serious fights already. The Eagles have won two straight and seem to have recovered from their 1-2 start, though both losses were close calls (24-20 at Atlanta; 27-24 vs. Detroit).

The Vikings ran roughshod over the Giants last week and they are 2-0 at home, while the Eagles made hay over the Jets and should have gained more confidence off of that victory.

Coin Flip: Philadelphia

Prediction: Eagles 26 Vikings 24

1:00 pm Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns (-2, 47) - The Browns were thoroughly outclassed Monday night in San Francisco, suffering a major, 31-3, setback, but they're better at home and the 49er defense played lights out (2nd in yards allowed, league wide). With Seattle coming off an emotional win over the Rams, they might not be sufficiently up for this game, giving Cleveland not only home field but a psychological advantage as well. The Browns sorely need a win and they might be catching the Seahawks at a vulnerable moment.

Coin Flip: Cleveland

Prediction: Browns 28 Seahawks 24

1:00 pm Washington Redskins (-3, 41) at Miami Dolphins - Well, the Dolphins are a proven wash-out, and the Redskins just fired head coach Jay Gruden, replacing him with ancient Bill Callahan. The 'Skins also kept defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky, who trains the league's 5th-worst defense (407.8 yards allowed per game).

It's not a big point, but the Redskin defense is just horrible. So is Miami's, but, hey, somebody has to come out of this with a win (watch it end in a 30-30 tie), and the Dolphins are at home, against a team whose offense is almost as bad as theirs. Tough place to play on the road, so much pressure when you're 0-5.

Coin Flip: Washington

Prediction: Dolphins 31 Redskins 17

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