For several NFL teams like the St. Louis Rams, week five presents a situation they didn't anticipate at this point back when they were in training camp. Only a quarter of the way through the season, the Rams, Steelers and Giants are among teams at 1-3 or 0-4 who face virtual do or die situations this week and pretty much every week after if they hope to turn their seasons around.
For us at Rams 101, our standings took a dramatic turn last week when Betsy, who had jumped out to an early lead, dropped 9 of her 15 games while Brent and I each picked nine correctly. That puts me in the lead by one game at 37-26 with Betsy and Brent each at 36-27.
Here's who we like this week:
|Buffalo at Cleveland||Bills||Browns||Bills|
|Jacksonville at St. Louis||Rams||Jaguars||Rams|
|Kansas City at Tennessee||Chiefs||Chiefs||Chiefs|
|Philadelphia at NY Giants||Giants||Giants||Giants|
|Baltimore at Miami||Ravens||Ravens||Dolphins|
|Seattle at Indianapolis||Colts||Seahawks||Colts|
|Detroit at Green Bay||Packers||Packers||Packers|
|New England at Cincinnati||Bengals||Bengals||Bengals|
|New Orleans at Chicago||Bears||Saints||Bears|
|Carolina at Arizona||Cardinals||Cardinals||Panthers|
|Denver at Dallas||Cowboys||Broncos||Broncos|
|Houston at San Francisco||49ers||Texans||Texans|
|San Diego at Oakland||Chargers||Chargers||Chargers|
|NY Jets at Atlanta||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons|
We are unanimous in liking the Giants to get their first win, the Chiefs stay undefeated, the Packers to win at home, the Bengals to kncok the Patriots from the ranks of the unbeaten, the Chargers to beat the Raiders and Atlanta to get back to their winning ways at home against the Jets.
I think the Cowboys as a home underdog against the Broncos and the Niners to beat the reeling Texans at home. Brent goes against the Rams (gasp!), the Browns to win at home, and the Seahawks to make it two in a row on the road against the AFC South. Betsy is riding solo with the Dolphins at home against the Ravens and the Panthers on the road at Arizona.
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