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Picking winners for Week 5 NFL games

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.

Around the League experts made their picks for the Week 5 games. You can make your own picks with the NFL Weekly Pick 'em fantasy game.

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