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10-11-2009, 09:20 AM
Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 5
Sunday, October 11, 2009
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09284/1004608-66.stm

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at Detroit Lions (1-3)

1 p.m. The Steelers return to Ford Field for the first time since their Super Bowl XL victory against Seattle. They broke some long runs in that game, too, just like they are starting to do now.

Prediction: Steelers, 31-10

Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

1 p.m. Believe it or not, the Bengals are tied with the Ravens for the division lead, a game ahead of the Steelers. And, believe it or not, they have won six of their past seven games since mid-December.

Prediction: Ravens, 27-13

Cleveland Browns (0-4) at Buffalo Bills (1-3)

1 p.m. Browns fans, giddy about their team scoring two TDs in one game, get more good news: Braylon Edwards is traded. Next thing you know, they'll actually start thinking about winning a game.

Prediction: Bills, 17-13

Washington Redskins (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (0-3)

1 p.m. The Redskins are the league's most pathetic 2-2 team. Their victories are against winless Tampa Bay and St. Louis and one of their losses is to Detroit (1-3). Even winless Carolina is better than that.

Prediction: Panthers, 20-13

Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-4)

1 p.m. This is the third of four consecutive games against the NFC East for the Chiefs, who have already allowed 112 points in four games, second most in the AFC. The pass offense isn't much better.

Prediction: Cowboys, 28-17

Oakland Raiders (1-3) at New York Giants (4-0)

1 p.m. The only question for the Giants is how well Eli Manning can cope with the pain in his right foot. They haven't started 5-0 since they went to the Super Bowl in the 1999 season.

Prediction: Giants, 27-9

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)

1 p.m. It probably won't even matter if Donovan McNabb returns from his rib injury, not against Tampa Bay. But McNabb is scheduled to return and that's good enough for the Eagles.

Prediction: Eagles, 38-10

Minnesota Vikings (4-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-4)

1 p.m. The only way Minnesota can lose in St. Louis is if the Vikings are still thinking about Brett Favre's amazing finish against the Packers. Otherwise, the Rams might get shutout again.

Prediction: Vikings, 30-6

Atlanta Falcons (2-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-1)

4:05 p.m. Not that anyone needs to be convinced about the 49ers after their 35-0 victory against the Rams. But a victory against Atlanta could signal a new favorite in the NFC West.

Prediction: 49ers, 23-20

Houston Texans (2-2) at Arizona Cardinals (1-2)

4:15 p.m. After scoring just seven points in the season opener, the Texans have put up 87 in their past three games. Kurt Warner and the Cardinals needed a bye week to tune their passing game.

Prediction: Cardinals, 28-24

New England Patriots (3-1) at Denver Broncos (4-0)

4:15 p.m. OK, so the Broncos are 4-0 and have allowed a league-low 26 points. But their offense has scored fewer touchdowns (8) than every AFC team but Cleveland and Oakland, two teams they beat.

Prediction: Patriots, 23-17

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) at Seattle Seahawks (1-3)

4:15 p.m. All of a sudden, the Jaguars have come to life, winning back-to-back games by averaging 34 points. The Seahawks might not win another game until they play the Rams again.

Prediction: Jaguars, 31-17

Indianapolis Colts (4-0) at Tennessee Titans (0-4)

8:20 p.m. The Titans haven't won a game since they beat the Steelers last December in Nashville. The Colts haven't lost a regular-season game since the Titans beat them last October in Nashville.

Prediction: Colts, 31-21

New York Jets (3-1) at Miami Dolphins (1-3)

8:30 p.m. tomorrow The Dolphins can get away with beating Buffalo without Chad Pennington. But that won't happen against the Jets, who have won their past four games in Miami.

Prediction: Jets, 24-16

Dulac's mark Last week: 10-4 (.714) Season: 41-21 (.661)

Last week: 10-4 (.714) Season record: 41-21 (.661)

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