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NFL picks, Week 5: Packers, Ravens, Texans looking for a rebound

SB Nation's panel of experts is unanimous that the Packers will beat the Lions this week, but that's about where the consensus ends for the Week 5 picks.

Scott Boehm

There are 14 NFL games this week and, on first glance, some pretty good ones. But here's the thing about expectations for "good" games: it makes them hard to pick. Nevertheless, SB Nation's panel of experts gave it their best shot.

Take for instance Sunday's NFC North showdown in Green Bay. Our panel picked the Packers to win, unanimously (these aren't picks against the spread, by the way). Detroit's proving to be a tougher draw than imagined, however, as evidenced by their win over the Bears last week.

Another game on the schedule to circle is Seattle at Indianapolis, also known as the Russell Wilson vs. Andrew Luck showdown. The panel is split 3-2 in favor of the Seahawks, a reasonable pick, but the Colts have a knack for finding ways to win games.

There's also the outlier pick. This week it's Baltimore at Miami. Only one panelist picked the Ravens to win that game, but it could very easily go the other way. The Ravens are a hard team to figure out this year.

Joel was the panel's top picker last week with an impressive 11-4 record. He was the only one among the five to pick the Lions over the Bears and the Patriots over the Falcons. So, a big congratulations to Joel who wins a congratulatory handshake for his efforts.

Matchup Ryan Van Bibber Joel Thorman Jason Chilton Stephen White David Fucillo
Buffalo at Cleveland Browns Browns Browns Browns Browns
Detroit at Green Bay Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers
New Orleans at Chicago Saints Saints Saints Bears Bears
New England at Cincinnati Patriots Patriots Patriots Bengals Bengals
Kansas City at Tennessee Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs
Seattle at Indianapolis Colts Seahawks Colts Seahawks Seahawks
Jacksonville at St. Louis Jaguars Rams Rams Rams Rams
Baltimore at Miami Dolphins Ravens Dolphins Dolphins Dolphins
Philadelphia at NY Giants Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Giants
Carolina at Arizona Panthers Panthers Panthers Panthers Cardinals
San Diego at Oakland Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Raiders
Denver at Dallas Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
Houston at San Francisco Texans 49ers 49ers 49ers 49ers
NY Jets at Atlanta Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons

Our panel consists of: David Fucillo, SB Nation's fantasy guru; Stephen White, retired NFL defensive end and SB Nation NFL contributor; Jason Chilton, SB Nation NFL contributor; Joel Thorman, manager of SB Nation NFL blogs; and Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation's NFL editor.

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