Saturday, October 8, 2011

NFL Week 5 Locks: The Quest for Perfection

After four weeks of NFL football you'd think that picking these games would become a little easier, but week five has proven to be one of the most difficult to handicap for the Fan Child. That said, the pencils are down and the homework has been done. The results? Two more locks for y'all to take to the bank.

Without any further ado, here are my week 5 locks:

See The Fan Child's week 3 Locks here:
See The Fan Child's week 4 locks here:

1. San Diego -4 @ Denver.

The Chargers have played well in Denver in years past, as they've scored more than 30 points in their last 5 trips to Denver. But the real reason that the Chargers will get it done is their defense. The Chargers are 6th in the NFL in yards allowed and 10th in the league in points allowed. Meanwhile, the Broncos are 28th in the league, giving up nearly 28 points per game. Fans should be calling for Tim Tebow to take some snaps by the end of this contest.

Pick: San Diego (-4)

2. New York Jets +8 @ New England

The Patriots defense is bad and getting worse. The Pats allow 50 yards more per game than the NFL's 2nd worst defense, and to make matters worse, Jerod Mayo will miss the next four to six weeks.

New England's "softness" should be a perfect remedy for a New York team that was absolutely blown off the field in Baltimore last Sunday night. Sanchez will have time, and the running game will have enough holes to create first downs and give the offense balance. The return of Jets center Nick Mangold from ankle injury will also make a huge difference for New York.

But can the Jets stop the Brady Express, or even slow it down? What the Jets will experience in New England will be a lot of Tom Brady to Wes Welker attempts, and if they can Shadow Welker with Revis effectively it will force Brady to look for other options. This may not stop the Pats but if it slows them down it should give the Jets room to breathe and chances to grab the lead or at least remain within a score.

Pick: Jets (+8)