LOS ANGELES, October 3, 2013 — The government may be shut down, but this is not 1982 or 1987. The National Football League is open for business. While the government is doing less, the NFL is providing more this week. Join us this Sunday and every Sunday starting at 1 pm for The Washington Times Communities live NFL chat where we want you, the fan, to be the analyst.
This Sunday alone brings 15 hours of football instead of the usual 12 counting highlights. Sunday usually brings morning and afternoon games followed by one night game. Now on top of that there is Midnight (All times EST) football. Due to some other game in some other sport, the Raider game in Oakland was moved until the late hours. More football means more fun.
So, shut down the government every Sunday (come to think of it, the government is always shut down on Sundays) and let’s get down to football. Here is the NFL 2013 Week 5 Preview with the point spreads courtesy of the Linemakers.
Thursday, October 3, at 5:30pm
Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns (-4.5) — The Cleveland Browns are now relevant. Hell and Lake Erie have both frozen over. Quarterback Brian Hoyer is for real, and even Walrus Mike Holmgren may have to admit he got it wrong in Cleveland. The only mistake by the lake now would be benching Hoyer, which will not happen. Browns win but fail to cover
Sunday, October 6, 1pm
Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Tennessee Titans — Walrus Lite Andy Reid has turned the 2-14 Chiefs into a 4-0 team. Yet Mike Munchak has turned around an awful Tennessee team into a 3-1 squad. Tennessee has the home field and a solid defense, so this might be the week that Reid’s tusks get pulled into the loss column. Upset special, Titans win outright
Baltimore Ravens at (-3) Miami Dolphins — Miami is improved, but they were exposed at New Orleans last week. Joe Flacco completed five passes last week to the opposing defense, and has struggled this season. The Ravens are still the champs, so giving them a week to rebound under motivator John Harbaugh makes sense. Upset special, Ravens win outright
Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams (-11.5) — The Jaguars will not be going to the Super Bowl, the Orange Bowl or the Poulan Weed Eater Bowl, but the Toilet Bowl is a possibility. The Rams have played badly recently, but this game could be a tonic. The spread is high, but Jacksonville is very low. Rams cover
New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5) — Bengals fans should be praised for demanding that Katy Perry’s music be banned as the intro. However, the damage is done. Tom Brady may be a pretty boy at times, but he can still fling a football. Upset special, Patriots win outright
Seattle Seahawks (-2.5) at Indianapolis Colts — The Colts are a good team. The Seahawks are a great team. They overcame a 17-point road deficit last week to become 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. Now they go 5-0 as the defense suffocates Andrew Luck. Seahawks cover
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-6.5) — The Lions are improved at 3-1 while the Packers are a stunning 1-2. This game will determine if the natural order of football is restored. The oddmakers think it will, and they are right on this one. Packers cover
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (Pick ‘em) — This is another case of a good team playing a great team. The Bears got to 3-0 beating weaker teams before losing last week. Sean Payton and Drew Brees are a pinball machine ready to party like it’s 2009. Saints win
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (-2.5) — The Giants are an absolute mess, but Philly’s only win came in the opener against the equally woeful Washington. This division went from the NFC Beast to the NFC Least. It is hard to justify taking the winless Giants, but this might be the last week where desperation matters. Giants cover
Carolina Panthers (-2) at Arizona Cardinals — The Cardinals have been major underachievers despite talent on offense. The Panthers have hung tough and have some talent on defense. Upset special, Cardinals win outright
Denver Broncos (-7) at Dallas Cowboys — Peyton Manning has thrown 16 touchdowns and 0 interceptions for the 4-0 Broncos. Dallas defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, is among the best in the business and should not be blamed for his son, Lane. After all, the kid chose offense. Hasn’t the Kiffin family suffered enough this week? No. Broncos win but fail to cover
Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5) — The 49ers are not what they were last year, but Houston quarterback Matt Schaub is completing far too many touchdowns to opposing defenses. This game could go either way, rendering the spread high. 49ers win but fail to cover
San Diego Chargers (4.5) at Oakland Raiders — Philip Rivers has been playing lights out while Matt Flynn may have turned the lights out on his own team’s season. Yet the 1-3 Raiders get Terrelle Pryor back from his concussion. In a promising move, Flynn has been demoted to third string behind Pryor and Matt McGloin, who looked impressive in preseason. This is the last chance to see if the Raiders have improved. Upset special, Raiders win outright
Monday, October 7, 8:30pm
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons — The Jets are not the worst team in New York, but they are still awful. Geno Smith is a turnover machine and Mark Sanchez is now on injured reserve. Rex Ryan will be looking for defensive coordinator jobs next year, and Mike Smith may hire him if the Atlanta offense does not totally annihilate the Jets in this game. Falcons cover
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