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AP staff NFL preview and predictions for Week 5

The Chiefs play the Bills on Sunday night, but we’re picking all of this weekend’s games.

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Week 5 of the NFL season kicks off with a big NFC West battle that should be a great game: the Los Angeles Rams (3-1) on the road against the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) on Thursday Night Football.

Sunday’s action begins at 8:30 a.m. Arrowhead Time, as the New York Jets (1-3) are at the Atlanta Falcons (1-3) from London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It’s the first game of the league’s 2021 International Series.

In a huge AFC matchup, the Kansas City Chiefs will be at home to face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time. The Chiefs are favored by 2.5 points according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3) will host the Denver Broncos (3-1) in Sunday’s early-afternoon games — while in the late games, the Chicago Bears (2-2) will be in Sin City to play the Las Vegas Raiders (3-1) and the Los Angeles Chargers (3-1) will host the Cleveland Browns (3-1) in another of Sunday’s big matchups.

In other noteworthy early-afternoon games, the Green Bay Packers (3-1) travel to Ohio to play the Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) and the Washington Football Team (2-2) hosts the New Orleans Saints (2-2). The late-afternoon slate will feature an NFC East matchup with the New York Giants (1-3) at the Dallas Cowboys (3-1) and an NFC West battle in which the Arizona Cardinals (4-0) will host the San Francisco 49ers (2-2).

Then for Monday Night Football, the Indianapolis Colts (1-3) will return to their city of origin to play the Baltimore Ravens (3-1).

Here are our picks for this weekend’s games. Be sure to cast your vote, too!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 38-25-1

Poll

Which team wins Rams (3-1) at Seahawks (2-2)?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Rams
    (154 votes)
  • 29%
    Seahawks
    (63 votes)
217 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Jets (1-3) at Falcons (1-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    Jets
    (201 votes)
  • 56%
    Falcons
    (263 votes)
464 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Lions (0-4) at Vikings (1-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Lions
    (75 votes)
  • 83%
    Vikings
    (388 votes)
463 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Dolphins (1-3) at Buccaneers (3-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Dolphins
    (43 votes)
  • 90%
    Buccaneers
    (424 votes)
467 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Saints (2-2) at Washington (2-2)?

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Saints
    (212 votes)
  • 54%
    Washington
    (253 votes)
465 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Titans (2-2) at Jaguars (0-4)?

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  • 85%
    Titans
    (391 votes)
  • 14%
    Jaguars
    (68 votes)
459 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Broncos (3-1) at Steelers (1-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Broncos
    (138 votes)
  • 71%
    Steelers
    (341 votes)
479 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Packers (3-1) at Bengals (3-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Packers
    (376 votes)
  • 19%
    Bengals
    (90 votes)
466 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Patriots (1-3) at Texans (1-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Patriots
    (422 votes)
  • 9%
    Texans
    (42 votes)
464 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Eagles (1-3) at Panthers (3-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Eagles
    (90 votes)
  • 80%
    Panthers
    (369 votes)
459 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Bears (2-2) at Raiders (3-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Bears
    (184 votes)
  • 61%
    Raiders
    (291 votes)
475 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Browns (3-1) at Chargers (3-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Browns
    (280 votes)
  • 42%
    Chargers
    (204 votes)
484 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Giants (1-3) at Cowboys (3-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Giants
    (44 votes)
  • 90%
    Cowboys
    (417 votes)
461 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins 49ers (2-2) at Cardinals (4-0)?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    49ers
    (95 votes)
  • 79%
    Cardinals
    (369 votes)
464 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Colts (1-3) at Ravens (3-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Colts
    (66 votes)
  • 85%
    Ravens
    (399 votes)
465 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 8-7-1
Week 2 picks 10-6-0
Week 3 picks 10-6-0
Week 4 picks 10-6-0
Total 38-25-1

AP Staff Record

Rnk LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 3 Stephen Serda 43 21 0 0.6719
1 5 Matt Stagner 43 21 0 0.6719
3 6 Ron Kopp Jr. 42 22 0 0.6563
4 3 Kramer Sansone 38 20 0 0.6552
5 6 Bryan Stewart 41 23 0 0.6406
5 6 Jared Sapp 41 23 0 0.6406
7 1 Talon Graff 40 24 0 0.6250
7 10 Ethan Willinger 40 24 0 0.6250
7 12 Pete Sweeney 40 24 0 0.6250
10 9 Mark Gunnels 19 13 0 0.5938
11 10 Rocky Magaña 37 27 0 0.5781
12 12 John Dixon 36 28 0 0.5625

In Week 4, Pete Sweeney, Ron Kopp and Matt Stagner all went 12-4-0 straight up to lead the AP staff. John Dixon was 12-4-0 against the spread, while Rocky Magaña and Matt were both 10-6-0 on over/under. Overall, Matt led the staff with a 32-16-0 record in Week 4, while John and Ron both came in at 31-17-0. Among 357 Tallysight experts who picked games in Week 4, all three finished in the top 20.

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