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2013 NFL Picks Week 5: Expect Intense Matchup Between 49ers and Texans

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2013 NFL Picks Week 5

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With Thursday's game between the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills right around the corner--it's that time again where we take a look at the 2013 NFL Picks for Week 5.

After one month of football, we're beginning to see which teams are contenders and which ones are pretenders as some teams have lived up to expectations while others have struggled so far this year. While five teams (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and New England Patriots) remain undefeated with a 4-0 record, teams like the Atlanta Falcons (1-3) and Green Bay Packers (1-2) have struggled so far as they look to get back on the winning track this Sunday.

Once again, Week 5 will be filled with plenty of exciting matchups for teams to watch, but the biggest game of all may come Sunday night when the San Francisco 49ers square off against the Houston Texans at home as both teams are off to disappointing 2-2 starts--which is disappointing when considering the expectations at the beginning of the year.

Both the 49ers and Texans can't afford to drop to 2-3 on the season and football fans should expect a dog fight between these two teams who were strong playoff contenders one year ago. Without wasting any more time, here's a look at the NFL Picks for Week 5 of the 2013 season.

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Cleveland Browns (2-2) Over Buffalo Bills (2-2)

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Remember when the Cleveland Browns were supposed to tank the rest of the 2013 season after trading Trent Richardson? All of a sudden, this team is 2-0 with Brian Hoyer under center and expect another big game from Jordan Cameron as he's quickly becoming one of the league's most dangerous pass-catching tight ends.

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Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) Over New England Patriots (4-0)

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For some reason, this seems like a trap game for the New England Patriots as they're coming off an impressive road win against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. The Cincinnati Bengals failed to come through last week after a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Browns, but this team certainly has enough weapons on both sides of the ball to give the Patriots a run for their money.

Of course, if there's any chance of that happening, Jay Gruden will need to figure out a way to get the ground game going.

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Green Bay Packers (1-2) Over Detroit Lions (3-1)

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Over the first month of the regular season, the Detroit Lions have looked like strong contenders in the NFC--especially after their win over the Chicago Bears in Week 4. With that being said, this team could be in trouble on Sunday as they face a Green Bay Packers squad coming off a bye week and in desperate need of a win after a 1-2 start.

If there's one player no team should want to face in desperate situations--it would be Aaron Rodgers.

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Indianapolis Colts (3-1) Over Seattle Seahawks (4-0)

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This could turn out to be one of the best matchups of Week 4 as both the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks appear to be Super Bowl contenders after the first month of the regular season. The Seahawks may look like one of the best overall teams so far, but the offense still needs work and expect the Colts to work home field to their advantage.

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Miami Dolphins (3-1) Over Baltimore Ravens (2-2)

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Both the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens are coming off rough losses in Week 3--which means this could be an interesting matchup between both squads. While Joe Flacco most likely won't have another five-interception game, the Dolphins seem more likely of bouncing back considering they were in a tougher atmosphere going against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

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New Orleans Saints (4-0) Over Chicago Bears (3-1)

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If the New Orleans Saints come up on the winning end, it certainly won't be easy as the Chicago Bears will be anxious to bounce back after a tough loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 4. Still, if the Bears struggled to stop the Lions on offense, just wait and see what's in store for when the Saints come to town as Drew Brees and company will be feeling confident after a hugh win over the Miami Dolphins.

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New York Giants (0-4) Over Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)

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Over the first four weeks of the regular season, the New York Giants have looked bad, really bad. The offensive line has been absolutely pathetic and chances are Eli Manning won't make it through the entire season healthy, but the Philadelphia Eagles haven't been that impressive either on the defensive side of the ball.

In other words--a game against the Eagles is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Giants.

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St. Louis Rams (1-3) Over Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)

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Despite struggling over the last couple of weeks, the St. Louis Rams have a favorable matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars--who have scored just 31 points on the season--on Sunday. If they can't manage to pull off a win against the Jaguars, then the Rams may as well give up on the 2013 season.

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Tennessee Titans (3-1) Over Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

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What the Kansas City Chiefs have managed to accomplish so far this season has been nothing short of phenomenal considering they only won two games all of last season. The Chiefs have pulled off some impressive wins so far this season, but expect their undefeated streak to come to an end on Sunday against a Tennessee Titans team that is off to an impressive start as well.

Don't be surprised if home-field advantage comes through for the Titans in this one--even if Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing quarterback.

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Carolina Panthers (1-2) Over Arizona Cardinals (2-2)

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The Carolina Panthers should be well rested coming off a bye week as Cam Newton looks to have another solid performance after lighting up the Giants in Week 3. Carolina's banged-up defense looked good against the Giants, but it will be interesting to see how they look on the road against an Arizona Cardinals team that will be looking for a big game from Larry Fitzgerald in this one.

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Denver Broncos (4-0) Over Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

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Through four weeks, the Denver Broncos look absolutely unstoppable on defense as Peyton Manning appears to be on his way to a 2013 season consisting of numerous NFL records. If the Dallas Cowboys couldn't manage to contain Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, chances are they're going to be in for a long afternoon against the Broncos.

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San Francisco 49ers (2-2) Over Houston Texans (2-2)

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It's safe to say both the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans aren't playing at the level they would like to be so far this season and as bad as it sounds--both squads need this win big time on Sunday night considering how the rest of the teams in their divisions are playing. While the 49ers managed to get back on track against the Rams last week, the Texans are coming off a frustrating loss to the Texans--mainly because they blew a 17-point lead and gave the game away.

This will certainly be a tough matchup, but the 49ers tend to play better when they're at home.

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San Diego Chargers (2-2) Over Oakland Raiders (1-3)

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The San Diego Chargers are coming off a big win against the Dallas Cowboys and Philip Rivers seems to be playing at a higher level than the last couple of years as he's thrown 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions over the first four games. Luckily, the Chargers have a favorable matchup against an Oakland Raiders team who couldn't even manage a win against the Redskins at home in Week 4--which means they could be in for a long game on Sunday.

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Atlanta Falcons (1-3) Over New York Jets (2-2)

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Who would have thought the Atlanta Falcons would have a better record than the New York Jets heading into Week 5? Despite three tough losses to contenders, this game will most likely not even be close as the Falcons' offense should have a field day against the Jets while playing in the national spotlight.