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Picking winners for Week 5 NFL games

  • By Lyle, the Around The League intern
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Each week, the Around The League writer with the worst record in picks has to write our introduction. This week, that man is Dan Hanzus.

I'm back.

This is the second time I'm writing this stupid intro, and I suspect it won't be the last if I don't pull it together. My 14-2 masterpiece in Week 2 now seems like a distant memory. Mediocrity has been my calling card. The Champion Of The Underdog® needs to re-capture his lost swagger.

But how? Parity in the NFL is more pronounced than ever. I counted seven games you accurately could describe as toss-ups this week. This has become a war of attrition.

Time to man up.

BILLS AT BROWNS (Thurs., 8 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

ATL is not circling the wagons on the Buffalo Bills.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



SAINTS AT BEARS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Marc Sessler


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling



PATRIOTS AT BENGALS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler


Dan Hanzus, Chris Wesseling



LIONS AT PACKERS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Mind-blowing stat of the game: The Lions haven't won at Lambeau since 1991.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



SEAHAWKS AT COLTS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dan Hanzus, Marc Sessler


Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling



RAVENS AT DOLPHINS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Gregg Rosenthal



EAGLES AT GIANTS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, FOX)

Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Dan Hanzus



JAGUARS AT RAMS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Good news: The Jaguars held a lead for nearly an entire half Sunday. Bad news? They lost 37-3.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



CHIEFS AT TITANS (Sun., 1 p.m. ET, CBS)

Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Marc Sessler


Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling



PANTHERS AT CARDINALS (Sun., 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX)

Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Still some room on the Cardinals' bandwagon.



BRONCOS AT COWBOYS (Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Does anybody want to win the NFC East?



TEXANS AT 49ERS (Sun., 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Chris Wesseling


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler



CHARGERS AT RAIDERS (Sun., 11:35 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling


Kevin Patra



JETS AT FALCONS (Mon., 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Mark Sanchez was lost for the season this week, and he will be missed.


Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler, Chris Wesseling



Week 4 record


Dan Hanzus: 7-8
Kevin Patra: 8-7
Gregg Rosenthal: 11-4
Marc Sessler: 7-8
Chris Wesseling: 8-7

Season record


Dan Hanzus: 37-26
Kevin Patra: 38-25
Gregg Rosenthal: 43-20
Marc Sessler: 40-23
Chris Wesseling: 38-25

First-place finishes


Dan Hanzus: 1
Kevin Patra: 1
Gregg Rosenthal: 2
Marc Sessler: 1
Chris Wesseling: 1

Last-place finishes


Dan Hanzus: 2
Kevin Patra: 1
Gregg Rosenthal: 0
Marc Sessler: 1
Chris Wesseling: 1

Hero picks*


Dan Hanzus: 3
Kevin Patra: 0
Gregg Rosenthal: 3
Marc Sessler: 2
Chris Wesseling: 1

* Only person to pick a game right.

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