Week 5 of the NFL regular season is now in the history books. The Rams continue to take us on their rollercoaster ride of a season. They're currently 2-3 on the season after a tough 24-10 loss in Green Bay. The Rams have Week 6 off due to a bye week. Can they they regroup and go 4-1 in the soft part of their schedule coming up after the break? Can Dubs make up some ground on the leaders in the weekly picks contest?
Dubs' Pigskin Picks & Rams Preview returns for a third season. I'll be predicting the winners (both straight up and against the spread) for all 256 regular season games. In addition, each week I'll be featuring 3 games in my "Hot Picks Against The Spread".
Pickwatch is a site devoted to tracking weekly picks results from NFL experts, analysts, and media types. This year, they're tracking 136 experts on a weekly basis. I'm competing against them again this season, and will publish the weekly results! In each of the last two seasons, I've managed to tie for first place in the overall standings. Can Dubs make it three years in a row?
Week 5 Results
|Week||Wins Straight Up||Wins vs Spread||Hot Picks vs. Spread||Rams Straight Up|
|Last Week||10 4||7 7||3 0||1 0|
|Season||53 24||52 24 1||14 1||2 3|
How did I fare against the experts in Week 5? My 10-4 record was good enough to move up to a tie for 4th place in the overall standings, one behind the leaders: Adam Meyer (Fox Sports), Prediction Machine and Gordon McGuinness (Pro Football Focus). In my "Hot Picks Against The Spread", Arizona, New England and Denver all won and covered the spread, a 3-0 record for the week (and 14-1 for the season). It was a tough week for overall picks against the spread, where I finished with a 7-7 record for the week. Notwithstanding Week 5, I'm having a great season thus far in picking against the spread.
2015 NFL Team Records
|NFL ATS RANKINGS|
Dubs' Pigskin Picks - Week 6
|Home||Away||Spread||Straight Up||Vs. Spread||Score|
|New Orleans||Atlanta||Atl 3||Atlanta||Atlanta||27 20|
|Buffalo||Cincinnati||Cin 3.5||Cincinnati||Cincinnati||23 16|
|Cleveland||Denver||Den 4||Denver||Denver||24 10|
|Detroit||Chicago||Det 2.5||Detroit||Detroit||20 17|
|Tennessee||Miami||Ten 2.5||Tennessee||Tennessee||23 20|
|Minnesota||Kansas City||Min 4||Minnesota||Minnesota||23 17|
|NY Jets||Washington||NY 7||NY Jets||Washington||21 17|
|Pittsburgh||Arizona||Ari 3||Arizona||Arizona||27 20|
|Seattle||Carolina||Sea 7||Seattle||Carolina||20 17|
|Green Bay||San Diego||GB 11.5||Green Bay||Green Bay||31 17|
|San Francisco||Baltimore||Bal 1||Baltimore||Baltimore||21 17|
|Indianapolis||New England||NE 6||New England||New England||31 20|
|Philadelphia||NY Giants||Phi 4||Philadelphia||NY Giants||23 20|
|St. Louis||Tampa Bay|
Hot Picks Against The Spread
New England over Indianapolis - The undefeated Patriots should have little trouble against the disappointing Colts, who should be missing Andrew Luck for the third straight week. New England is 2-0 against the spread this season when playing on the road.
Cincinnati over Buffalo - The undefeated Bengals are playing lights out and should be favored by more than 3.5 points. They're 4-0-1 against the spread and 2-0 against the spread on the road this season.
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Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!