Expert Picks NFL Week 5

Minnesota Vs Philadelphia Spread & ATS Pick

Expert Picks NFL Week 5

We head into month two of the 2017 pro football season I have a trio of expert NFL Week 5 picks you can cash in on this weekend.

Can Carson Palmer keep pace with young Carson Wentz when Arizona travels to Philadelphia for their Week 5 matchup?

Will there be any defense played when Eli Manning and the New York Giants host Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers?

Last but certainly not least, can Jared Goff and the suddenly offensively-explosive Los Angeles Rams hold it down at home when Russell Wilson and the defensive-minded Seattle Seahawks pay them a visit for their Week 5 NFC West divisional showdown?

Let’s find out the answers to all three questions right now.

Expert Picks NFL Week 5

Arizona Cardinals (2-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
When: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NFL Odds: Philadelphia -6.5
Total: 44.5

Analysis: I know the Arizona Cardinals recorded an 18-15 overtime win against San Francisco on Sunday to improve to 2-2 on the season, but really, Carson Palmer and company have been a huge disappointment for me through four games after I picked them in the preseason to rebound and contend in the NFC.

On the flip side of the coin, I’ve been really impressed with Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles who narrowly got past the Los Angeles Chargers in their 26-24 win on Sunday just as I predicted.

Arizona is 2-6 ATS in its last eight road games while Philadelphia has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five Week 5 games. All trends aside, Philadelphia looks hungrier this season while clearly, Carson Palmer is close to being put out to pasture in Arizona. The Eagles win and narrowly cover, even though I’m not ‘super fond’ of the near touchdown spread.

Expert Pick Week 5: Philadelphia -6.5

L.A. Chargers (0-4) at N.Y. Giants (0-4)
When: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
NFL Odds: Giants -4
Total: 44.5

Analysis: Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers have lost three games this season by a field goal or less including their 26-24 loss to Philly this past weekend as a 2-point home favorite.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants have lost two games by three points or less including Sunday’s heartbreaking 25-23 loss to Tampa Bay.

I don’t know how else to say it, but right now, I wouldn’t bet a dollar on either one of these teams to beat anyone which is why I’m going to advise you to make a simple play on the over for this Week 5 Inter-conference clash. The Chargers and Giants are combining to give up 47.0 points per game and I just don’t see a whole lot of defense being played in this matchup.

The Over is 5-1 in the Chargers’ last six games in the month of October, 5-0 in New York’s last five games after giving up more than 150 rushing yards in their previous game and a near-perfect 4-1 in the last five meetings between these winless teams.

Expert Pick Week 5: Over 44.5 Total Points

Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at L.A. Rams (3-1)
When: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 4:05 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
NFL Odds: PK
Total: 44.5

Analysis: Okay, clearly new head coach Sean McVay has had a profound effect on the Los Angeles Rams, seeing as how they are now an offensive machine that is ranked first in the league in scoring at a whopping 35.5 points per game. Despite beating up on Indianapolis in their 46-18 win on Sunday, I remain skeptical at best about Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks at this point.

Still, something tells me that Seattle is going to come out and shut down Jared Goff and the suddenly high-scoring Rams while putting some points of their own on the board to get the much-needed road win in this intriguing Week 5 NFC West divisional battle. Despite their high-scoring ways, Los Angeles is giving up a generous 26.2 points per game defensively to rank 28th in points allowed.

I’m going to throw out the key trends in this contest simply because the rams are now a completely different team from the offensively-inept teams that former head coach Jeff Fisher produced on an annual basis. Still, I’m going with the more experienced and much better defensive team in this one – the Seattle Seahawks.

Expert Pick Week 5: Seattle Seahawks as a Pick ‘Em