Last week: 10-4 (.714)
Season record: 49-28 (.636)
New York Giants (0-5) at Chicago Bears (3-2), 8:25 p.m.
Prediction: Between the Giants (20) and Jets (12), New York teams have turned the ball over a whopping 32 times in five games. No team, though, has given it away more times than the Giants, and that is in large part to Eli Manning's 12 interceptions. That is twice as many as the Bears' turnover machine, Jay Cutler. Since beating the Steelers, the Bears have lost two in a row, allowing 68 points in those two defeats. But the Giants allow an average of 36.4 points per game, highest in the NFL.
Prediction: Bears, 36-28
Steelers (0-4) at New York Jets (3-2), 1 p.m.
Prediction: Like the Steelers, the Jets turn the ball over and don't take it away. Unlike the Steelers, they have managed to win three times, including Monday night in Atlanta. Two of those wins have come at home. If you think 0-4 is bad ...
Prediction: Jets, 23-16
Green Bay Packers (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2), 1 p.m.
Prediction: The Ravens have won 13 games in a row at home against NFC North teams. That does not bode well for the Packers. Nor does the six sacks the Ravens had against Miami.
Prediction: Ravens, 23-20
Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-3), 1 p.m.
Prediction: The Bengals defense was very impressive ending Tom Brady's TD-pass streak at 52 games. The Bills have been impressive at home, winning their past two starts there.
Prediction: Bengals, 27-16
Detroit Lions (3-2) at Cleveland Browns (3-2), 1 p.m.
Prediction: The Browns have not won four consecutive games since the 2009 season. Doing so would be quite an accomplishment for a team that has had five consecutive seasons with 11 or more losses.
Prediction: Browns, 20-13
St. Louis Rams (2-3) at Houston Texans (2-3), 1 p.m.
Prediction: The Texans have lost three in a row and were suitably embarrassed last week by the 49ers. But the person really embarrassed is QB Matt Schaub, who has thrown a pick-six in each of the past four games.
Prediction: Texans, 27-17
Oakland Raiders (2-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-0), 1 p.m.
Prediction: The Chiefs are one of just three unbeaten teams remaining in the league, but they should just be leary of the Raiders. With Terrelle Pryor, all of a sudden they are becoming a dangerous offense.
Prediction: Chiefs, 24-20
Carolina Panthers (1-3) at Minnesota Vikings (1-3), 1 p.m.
Prediction: The Vikings return to work after their London victory against the Steelers. The Panthers? They had a bye week, too. Well, at least their offense did.
Prediction: Vikings, 27-13
Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4), 1 p.m.
Prediction: The Bucs have already unloaded their quarterback. The Eagles are once again faced with the possibility of unloading their quarterback, even though they are the first team in NFL history with 1,300 net passing yards and 900 rush yards after five games.
Prediction: Eagles, 33-16
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) at Denver Broncos (5-0), 4:05 p.m.
Prediction: There is not much mystery here, even in the unpredictable NFL. The Broncos are averaging almost as many points in five games (46.0) as the Jaguars have scored (51) in five games. That is most of any team in NFL history after five games. Ugh.
Prediction: Broncos, 46-10
Tennessee Titans (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-1), 4:05 p.m.
Prediction: If the Titans need to convince themselves of their ability, hanging with the Seahawks in Seattle will do it. The Seahawks have never lost at home (10-0) since Russell Wilson became their quarterback, and they're not about to start now.
Prediction: Seahawks, 37-14
New Orleans Saints (5-0) at New England Patriots (4-1), 4:25 p.m.
Prediction: The Saints are deserving of their stature as the NFC's only unbeaten team. The Patriots might be the shakiest 4-1 team in the league. Hate to break the news, but Bill Belichick (209) can pass Chuck Noll for fifth-most victories all-time with a win.
Prediction: Saints, 28-24
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at San Francisco 49ers (3-2), 4:25 p.m.
Prediction: The Cardinals had seven sacks and four takeaways in last week's easy win against Carolina. They will need more of that against the 49ers, who have won seven of the past eight meetings and are coming off an impressive thumping of the Texans.
Prediction: 49ers, 23-13
Washington Redskins (1-3) at Dallas Cowboys (2-3), 8:30 p.m.
Prediction: Poor Tony Romo. Had one of the greatest games in franchise history against the Broncos but will be remembered for one mistake -- OK, one BIG mistake. In the battle of cowboys and Indians, RG3 has never lost (2-0).
Prediction: Cowboys, 27-23
Indianapolis Colts (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-3), 8:40 p.m.
Prediction: The location doesn't matter for the Colts, who are 2-0 on the road this season, including a victory at San Francisco. And, with Andrew Luck, neither does the score. He has led more fourth-quarter comebacks (9) in his first 21 games than any player in league history.
Prediction: Colts, 30-24
First Published October 10, 2013 10:13 AM