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Kibbles and Picks 2016 Week 5

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Wellat least I'm not falling any farther behind.

Stella's three-game cushion remains unchanged after we put up identical 8-7 records last week. We split the six games on which we disagreed; it was a generally blah kind of week for both of us. This thus-far unpredictable season has left us mired in general mediocrity.

Hopefully, I can turn things around and put up a good week. Three games isn't much at this point in the season, but the sooner I make my move, the better. And I'll have six opportunities to do so, as that's how many on which Stella and I differ this week.

It starts on Thursday night. Even though Arizona QB Carson Palmer is questionable due to injury, I think David Johnson is capable of doing more than enough to take down a suspect 49ers team. Stella's going with her gut on this one she's surprisingly bullish on Carlos Hyde. I've got the Titans going into Miami and taking down the Dolphins I really like what DeMarco Murray has showed me thus far and I think Marcus Mariota is set to break out. Stella's also a fan of Tennessee's run game, but she thinks that their defense will struggle and Ryan Tannehill and company will score enough to win.

Stella's got a road winner next, picking Washington over the Ravens. She thinks the Washington offense is really starting to click and that the Baltimore defense has been exposed. Plus, she doubts in the Ravens scoring ability. I think Baltimore will be much more effective defensively this week; they won't allow Washington any big plays. It'll be tight, but the Ravens will win. Stella also likes the Bengals to go into Dallas and pull off the victory. She's a believer in the offensive capabilities of Cincinnati and thinks the defense will stifle young Cowboys Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Quite the contrary, I think Prescott and Elliott put up strong performances against the Bengals; big games from those two plus the home-field advantage will be enough for a Dallas win.

I'm not going to go so far as to say that the Rams are for real, but I think they're real enough to win a game in their house against the Bills. I think Todd Gurley becomes more integrated into the passing game and breaks out with a big game. But Buffalo can really run the ball, whether with LeSean McCoy or QB Tyrod Taylor. And the Bills are riding high after the big win over New England; Stella thinks it carries forward, but I'm predicting a letdown. Finally, I've got the Raiders holding serve at home, while Stella thinks San Diego goes into Oakland and wins. The Raiders passing game looks very strong in this matchup, but Stella thinks the Chargers will move the ball against an Oakland defense that may not be able to handle running back Melvin Gordon.

There we have it. Wish me luck hopefully, I'll be able to move the needle this week. And Stella? Stella's just biding her time; when she decides to really get after it, I expect I'll know it.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN'S PICKS

Thursday, Oct. 6

ARIZONA at San Francisco

Sunday, Oct. 9

NEW ENGLAND at Cleveland

PHILADELPHIA at Detroit

Chicago at INDIANAPOLIS

TENNESSEE at Miami

Washington at BALTIMORE

Houston at MINNESOTA

NY Jets at PITTSBURGH

Atlanta at DENVER

Cincinnati at DALLAS

Buffalo at LOS ANGELES

San Diego at OAKLAND

NY Giants at GREEN BAY

Monday, Oct. 10

Tampa Bay at CAROLINA

Week 4 record: 8-7

Season record: 34-29

STELLA'S PICKS

Thursday, Oct. 6

Arizona at SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, Oct. 9

NEW ENGLAND at Cleveland

PHILADELPHIA at Detroit

Chicago at INDIANAPOLIS

Tennessee at MIAMI

WASHINGTON at Baltimore

Houston at MINNESOTA

NY Jets at PITTSBURGH

Atlanta at DENVER

CINCINNATI at Dallas

BUFFALO at Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO at Oakland

NY Giants at GREEN BAY

Monday, Oct. 10

Tampa Bay at CAROLINA

Week 4 record: 8-7

Season record: 37-26

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