A lot of Week 5 games look quite favorable for one team or the other, therefore the odds makers have made these a challenge for us. Good week for straight up pick’em … but that isn’t what Vinnie does, is it? Tempted also by the Patriots/Broncos and Jets/Dolphins games, Vinnie feels more clarity in the case of these three.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Seattle Seahawks (Even): Things have been clicking for David Garrard, Mike Sims-Walker and the rest of Jacksonville’s offense. Injuries have beleaguered Seattle’s O-line and Patrick Kerney is hurt, but at least players are healthier on the backend. Vinnie looks for the Jaguars to bring more offensive balance into Seattle than we saw against Tennessee last week. Meanwhile, the Jaguars defense has been forcing a lot of turnovers but Matt Hasselbeck will have success in his return. The NFC West doesn’t belong to the 49ers just yet, if Seattle getting back on track this weekend is any indication.
Gimme the Seahawks.
Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers (-3.5): Washington is sitting on a .500 record right now but isn’t fooling anybody, only winning at home and by a combined five points over the winless Rams and winless Buccaneers. This explains why Carolina is actually favored here, despite its inability to notch a win thus far. Jason Campbell has been throwing picks and is it just Vinnie, or is it difficult to imagine Santana Moss getting behind the secondary for yet another big play? The bye week came at an opportune time for the Panthers, allowing the team additional time to figure out how to bottle up Clinton Portis and maybe even get its act together on offense. Vinnie feels the latter is asking a bit much, nonetheless sees Carolina taking care of business this weekend.
Gimme the Panthers minus the points.
Minnesota Vikings @ St. Louis Rams (+10): The Rams have injuries holding back the play of first round pick Jason Smith and its primary receiving option, Donnie Avery, the probable return of Kyle Boller to the lineup, and a horrible matchup for Steven Jackson stacked against them in Week 5. Interestingly, this team has won three of its last four games versus Minnesota. Needless to say, Vinnie doesn’t expect that trend to continue! The Vikings will get gaudy rushing numbers out of Adrian Peterson, and Brett Favre will once again breathe enough life into the passing game that Minnesota will have no problem covering the spread.
Gimme the Vikings minus the points.