Pick 5: Detroit vs. Buffalo and Seattle vs. Washington

Pick 5: Detroit vs. Buffalo and Seattle vs. Washington

The Teaser: Pair Detroit and Seattle

Game 1: Detroit vs. Buffalo

The Initial Line:

Detroit -7 home vs. Buffalo

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Detroit’s line

The Final Line:

Detroit -0.5

The Breakdown:

Detroit earned its second straight victory, winning in New York 24-17. Matthew Stafford used some of his other receivers as Calvin Johnson wasn’t 100%, but still threw for 293 yds and 2 TDs and added a rushing TD. The defense also forced New York into 2 turnovers, as Geno Smith continues to struggle. Buffalo suffered its 2nd straight loss in Houston 23-17. EJ Manuel completed less than 50% of his passes and threw 2 INTs, which led Buffalo to bench him for week 5 – they’ll give Kyle Orton a shot to guide them on the right path. The one bright spot for Buffalo is that they forced 2 turnovers in Houston.

These seem to be 2 teams going in opposite directions, as Detroit has won 2 in a row and showed they can win without the NFL’s best receiver in Calvin Johnson. Buffalo is struggling so bad that they are turning to their backup QB. Johnson’s ankle should be better by the weekend, so expect him to play a big role on Sunday. Although Detroit’s offensive attack gets a lot of credit, don’t forget about their defense that currently ranks 5th in the NFL in yards allowed. Their 6th ranked run defense should also help them against CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. I expect Detroit to slowly pull away in this one, but take them at -0.5 to ensure a home victory clinches it.

Game 2: Seattle vs. Washington

The Initial Line:

Seattle -7 away vs. Washington

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Seattle’s line

The Final Line:

Seattle -0.5

The Breakdown:

Seattle had a bye in week 4, but they are feeling good after winning their Super Bowl rematch in OT at home 26-20 vs Denver. Their defense forced 2 turnovers and Marshawn Lynch had the winning TD in OT with 88 yds total on the ground. Russell Wilson also managed the offense well, going 24/34 for 258 yds and 2 TDs. Washington got manhandled by New York in week 4, losing at home 45-14. Eli Manning threw for 300 yds and 4 TDs, while Kirk Cousins came down to earth and threw 4 INTs. Washington had 6 turnovers total, and didn’t seem to get anything right in that game.

Now fresh off a bye, Seattle will be out seeking its 3rd victory while Washington hopes to prevent a 3rd straight loss. Now Washington is a decent team on offense and defense, but Seattle still has the edge on both sides of the ball. Russell Wilson seems to get better every week, and Seattle’s D has underperformed slightly to their standards but will get back to Super Bowl form soon enough. Both teams will be out to win this one, but Seattle just has too much talent to let this game get away from them. Look for them to get the victory on the public stage of Monday Night Football, so take them at -0.5.

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