By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
Okay, I’m starting to think that this Kansas City Chiefs team might actually be pretty good. They easily handled the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday, which brought my week’s record to 4-2. I won’t make that mistake again.
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On to this week’s picks:
♦ TAMPA BAY @ CHICAGO: Last Sunday against the Chargers, Bucs QB Tom Brady showed there’s still some magic left in his 43-year-old body. The Bears, meanwhile, took a loss in Nick Foles’ first start since replacing Mitch Trubisky. After stumbling out of the gate against New Orleans, Tampa Bay has won three straight. They’ll make it four. Pick: BUCCANEERS
♦ ARIZONA @ N.Y. JETS: Former ESPN NFL insider John Clayton says the Jets need to find stability in their coaching and management. He makes a point, but I’m still surprised Adam Gase is still the team’s head coach. Maybe they have the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft (and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence) in their sights? Pick: CARDINALS
♦ PHILADELPHIA @ PITTSBURGH: The battle of Pennsylvania. The Eagles are 1-2-1 and coming off a close win over the Jimmy Garoppolo-less 49ers. The 3-0 Steelers should be raring to go after sitting out Week 4 (their game against Tennessee was rescheduled for Oct. 25). Pittsburgh should roll in this one. Pick: STEELERS
♦ INDIANAPOLIS @ CLEVELAND: Here’s an intriguing matchup between the Colts and their dominant defense and the Browns with their surging offense. OBJ seems to be his old self again, which is great news for Browns fans. The Colts’ defense, led by DeForest Buckner, will prove a stern test for Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield. Pick: COLTS
♦ JACKSONVILLE @ HOUSTON: Last week at this time, I called Houston the best 0-3 team in the league. Well, now the Texans are 0-4 and head coach Bill O’Brien has been shown the door. The 1-3 Jaguars might be the perfect tonic for the Texans, who will be at home. I’m giving Deshaun Watson and JJ Watt one more chance. Pick: TEXANS
♦ N.Y. GIANTS @ DALLAS: The Cowboys are 1-3 and coming off a miserable loss to Cleveland. The winless Giants, meanwhile, seem to be competing with the cross-town Jets for the top pick in next year’s draft. Expect Dallas to put it all together this Sunday. They need to. Pick: COWBOYS
Last Week: 4-2
Season to Date: 16-8 (.667)
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