“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene Week 5 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 4 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Week 5 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 64.7% record for the season, so that’s five years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 88.2% record on Locks of the Week and a 64.7% record on Upsets of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
We had a solid Week 4 going 10-5, leaving us at 44-18 for the season (70.9%), which is pretty darn good. But I’ve got plenty of work to do, so let’s get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Week 5…
Lock of the Week ➡ Arizona Cardinals (-7.0) over New York Jets
Again, it’s not that I have a ton of faith in the listless Cardinals after they dropped games against the Lions and Panthers, but Kyler Murray has too much talent not to breakout this year with DeAndre Hopkins. And with Christian Kirk back and knocking off the rust, timing couldn’t be better for the Cardinals to face the even more listless New York Jets, particularly with the Jets 22nd ranked pass defense per DVOA. Sometimes it’s best not to overthink it. Just lock em’ in.
Upset of the Week ➡ Cleveland Browns (+1.5) over Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have been my albatross this season. I’ve picked against them when they win and pick for them when they lose. Well, let’s try this one more time, because I think the Browns are starting to cook, particularly with OBJ’s huge Week 4 breakout. The Browns offense is all the way up to 9th per DVOA, and even without Nick Chubb, should continue to cook with Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson. The Colts, on the other hand, have an offense that’s all the way down to 24th overall and have been, at best, inconsistent. I smell an upset.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Survivor Pick: Arizona Cardinals
Scott King’s Picks
Grinding away. First game impacted by Covid, hopefully it’s not a theme.
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
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Check out Wole’s thoughts on his picks at around the 60:17 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
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Check out Ray’s thoughts on his picks at around the 60:17 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
Check out Will’s thoughts on his picks at around the 60:17 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
The best matchup of the week undefeated Tennessee vs. undefeated Pittsburgh might be off due to COVID reasons. The outbreak in Tennessee has left them without a lot of players but they still have Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry so they would still be able to beat Buffalo who were fortunate to beat the Rams and labored to beat Miami and the Jets.
Upsets: Carolina continues to get no respect despite winning back-to-back games without Christian McCaffrey. And they are underdog to Atlanta who are collapsing. Panthers historically have fared well in Atlanta as well. So take them.
Indianapolis is favored at Cleveland but they’ve benefited from a schedule full of mediocre and struggling QBs and were lit up by Gardner Minshew. After an awful first game, the Browns have established a tough running-based identity that has helped Baker Mayfield be more efficient. No Nick Chubb is no problem when Kareem Hunt is around. Take the Browns.
Survivor: Even though the Cardinals have terribly 2 weeks in a row, they surely can’t lose to the Joe Flacco led Jets.
Others: Kyle Allen’s entry into Washington won’t change anything, they will still lose to the Rams. Pittsburgh will stay unbeaten by stopping the NFC East leading Eagles. And the firing of Bill O’Brien won’t put the Texans in the win column. Take the Jaguars.
Week 4 Results
Check back next week for our Week 5 results and Week 6 picks!