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Bold predictions: Will Raiders knock off Broncos?

It's time for another round of bold predictions from the Around The NFL team. Remember, these predictions are not for the faint of heart.

Peyton pick sixes

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made his share of ill-advisedthrows against the Vikings in Week 4. He'll continue that trend against the Raiders on Sunday with a pair of pick sixes that keep Oakland in the game until the very end. While Denver was wise to employ more Pistol and shotgun sets for Manning, this isn't the same quarterback we saw at the midpoint of last season. He's one of the greatest of all time, but not in 2015. -- Marc Sessler

Patriots will hang back-to-back 50 burgers

In the Tom Brady-era, the New England Patriots are 11-3 after a bye and have scored 28.4 points per game in those contests. This year they will double that scoring number. Tommy Boy will toss five touchdowns and the Patriots will score 57 points on the Dallas Cowboys in Jerry World. It will mark back-to-back 50 burgers for the Pats and launch all the 2007 comparisons into the stratosphere. Actually I'm not even sure this is bold. -- Kevin Patra

The comebacks of Terrelle Pryor and Josh Freeman begin now

This Sunday there will be several moments -- the NFL's equivalent to rising magma before a volcanic eruption -- that will lay the groundwork for legitimate Terrelle Pryor and Josh Freeman comebacks. We may not understand exactly what this moment is -- an injury in the 49ers receiving corps, Seattle re-watching Bengals tape and deciding their offense needs another wrinkle, a freak thumb dislocation by an NFL backup during warmups, or a solid outing by Freeman with the Brooklyn Bolts -- but the distant thunder will rumble and soon we will see both of these players back on active rosters. It's amusing to me that people cannot seem to find a way to use Pryor, who is massively tall and strong and who can run a sub 4.5 40-yard dash and whip a football. It's also amusing to me that Freeman, who has a positive career TD-INT ratio and was a borderline Pro Bowler AND is the Buccaneers all-time passing touchdown leader AND was one of NFL Network's best 100 players of 2011, is untouchable now. -- Conor Orr

Rams pull off third big upset of the year

St. Louis executed its gameplan to near-perfection last week in Arizona, yet no one seems to take them seriously yet. Sure, they are 2-0 in the NFC West with wins against the defending NFC champions and previously unbeaten Cardinals. But the Rams always play tough in their division. Sunday's game in Green Bay is far more challenging, but they are catching the Packers at the right time. Right tackle Don Barclay is struggling in pass protection, and the Packers figure to be without wide receiver Davante Adams and safety Morgan Burnett again. The Rams front four can be disruptive enough to slow down Aaron Rodgers, and Rams rookie Todd Gurley can do the rest. -- Gregg Rosenthal

Broncos silence the Raiders

Peyton Manning is not having a good season, but here's the week where he turns it all around. The Raiders won't have an answer for the Sheriff, who will pick apart the Oakland secondary leading to 100-yard days for both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. In the end, the Broncos will hang a 40-burger on the Raiders, forever puncturing Oakland's sleeper status in 2015 as well as the narrative that the Broncos are carrying their old man quarterback. -- Dan Hanzus

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