Candid Cam: Raiders end skid; 49ers don't according to Week 5 predictions
In case you need more torture after the Giants' Game 3 visit to the Atlanta Braves, the 49ers' out-of-control season will be on prime-time display Sunday night. The Raiders are blacked out again, so to compensate for your visual impairment, here are the Week 5 NFL Picks:
Raiders 23, Chargers 21: OK, trend spotters, the Chargers may have won the past 13 meetings, but their season is going loss-win-loss-win, and they are due for a loss. The Raiders' hero: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who gets the better of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
Eagles 28, 49ers 26: Sunday night's national audience witnesses just how much the winless 49ers are in a freefall. Will this be Alex Smith's final home start as the 49ers quarterback? If the 49ers indeed drop to 0-5, they may as well start experimenting with other quarterbacks and hold auditions for 2011.
Bears 17, Panthers 10: The Bears allowed 10 sacks last week, and amazingly neither Alex Smith, David Carr nor JaMarcus Russell were any of the three quarterbacks they deployed at New York in their first defeat of the season.
Bengals 31, Buccaneers 10: Terrell Owens had over 200 receiving yards last week, meaning its Chad Ochocinco's turn this week.
Falcons 26, Browns 13: Falcons wide receiver Roddy White won't need to chase down any cornerback and force a game-saving turnover (see: last Sunday, 49ers Nate Clements).
Ravens 23, Broncos 7: No way the Broncos win at Tennessee and then at Baltimore in back-to-back weeks.
Jaguars 20, Bills 16: Like he did in his Raiders tenure, linebacker Kirk Morrison is leading the Jaguars in tackles, only this time he is winning games, too.
Lions 26, Rams 24: Rams rookie quarterback Sam Bradford is denied a three-game win streak. Ex-49er Shaun Hill improves to 4-0 all-time against the Rams.
Colts 29, Chiefs 26: So ends the Chiefs unbeaten start. The Colts may not play defense but they remain favored in any game Peyton Manning exists.
Texans 28, Giants 7: The Texans' Arian Foster pads his NFL rushing lead, just as most fantasy football drafts had it.
Packers 30, Redskins 17: Memo to should-have-been-49ers-quarterback Aaron Rodgers: Target Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, even if he did play well last week against the Eagles
Saints 36, Cardinals 27: Arizona is starting rookie Max Hall at quarterback, giving him seven weeks to get up to speed for his first encounter with the 49ers.
Titans 23, Cowboys 21: The Titans win this game in the trenches, well, actually it will be kicker Rob Bironas that wins it for them.
Vikings 24, Jets 17: Randy Moss' debut in a Vikings uniform serves as the perfect decoy to Adrian Peterson's big outing on "Monday Night Football."
Last week: 8-6. Season: 35-27.
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