Poupart's Picks: Week 5

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 5 of the NFL season, courtesy of DolphinDigest.com's Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Miami (0-4) at Houston (2-2): The Dolphins are going to win a game at some point this season, right? Only problem is they're banged up heading into this one, with Vonnie Holliday, Donovin Darius and Travares Tillman definitely out and Channing Crowder and Zach Thomas question marks. Still, we smell an upset here because the Texans also are banged up. Miami, 23-20

Atlanta (1-3) at Tennessee (2-1): Joey Harrington and the Falcons got into the win column last week against Houston, but the Titans are coming off a bye and have played good football so far this season. It's another big win for Vince Young and his gang. Tennessee, 28-13.

Jacksonville (2-1) at Kansas City (2-2): The Chiefs traditionally are tough to beat at home, but Jacksonville is a much better team. It's going to be a long afternoon for Damon Huard. Jacksonville, 21-13.

N.Y. Jets (1-3) at N.Y. Giants(2-2): No home-field advantage here, but the Giants are a much better team. Eli Manning could have a big game against the other New York team. N.Y. Giants, 27-17.

Carolina (2-2) at New Orleans (0-3): Drew Brees and the Saints try to get their first victory of the season, and it's going to help that Jake Delhomme and Dan Morgan won't be playing for Carolina. New Orleans, 28-20.

Arizona (2-2) at St. Louis (0-4): The Rams are going with former Dolphin Gus Frerotte at quarterback, and they're also getting some pieces back on the offensive line. The Cardinals, meanwhile, might be for a letdown after a big victory over Pittsburgh. St. Louis, 24-21.

Cleveland (2-2) at New England (4-0): The Browns are a much better team than they've been in recent years, but the Pats are in a different class. New England, 31-17.

Seattle (3-1) at Pittsburgh (3-1): This is a rematch of Super Bowl XL, but the Seahawks won't be able to get revenge because the Steelers are just too tough at home. Pittsburgh, 20-14.

Detroit (3-1) at Washington (2-1): The Lions are one of the surprise teams in the NFL this season, and we just get the feeling they'll be able to outscore the Redskins here. Detroit, 31-27.

Tampa Bay (3-1) at Indianapolis (4-0): The Bucs are playing awfully well and could give the Colts a tough time here, but their chances of pulling off an upset took a hit when they lost RB Carnell Williams and LT Luke Petitgout. Indianapolis, 28-20.

San Diego (1-3) at Denver (2-2): This is almost a must-win for the Chargers, easily the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season. The Broncos have had problems stopping the run, which means a big day for LaDainian Tomlinson. San Diego, 27-23.

Baltimore (2-2) at San Francisco (2-2): Trent Dilfer gets a chance for revenge against the team that dumped him after he won a Super Bowl title, but the truth is the 49ers offense just isn't very good right now. Baltimore, 20-17.

Chicago (1-3) at Green Bay (4-0): Brett Favre has been on fire all season, and there's no reason to think that won't continue against the banged-up Bears defense. Green Bay, 26-17.

Monday, Oct. 8

Dallas (4-0) at Buffalo (1-3): This is a total mismatch. Dallas looks right now like easily the best team in the NFC, while the Bills have just been ravaged by injuries. Dallas, 37-13.

Last week's record: 5-9

Season record: 36-25


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