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NFL picks against the spread, Week 5: SuperContest picks, all picks

The 49ers look to continue their ATS streak in Week 5. I’m back with my fifth week of LVH SuperContest picks, as well as my picks for the remaining games.

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We are a quarter of the way through the season, and I’m doing fairly awful when it comes to picking games against the spread. I am 24-38-1, and can’t pick a whole lot of much. Of course, if I had stuck with the San Francisco 49ers each of the past three weeks, I’d be doing fairly well. I took them the past two weeks, and add in the Seahawks game and the 49ers stand at 3-1 against the spread. They’re winless in the standings, but they’re playing some really close games.

For the fourth straight season, I am back for the Westgate SuperContest. SB Nation's partners over at Odds Shark are sponsoring my entry again. The contest requires selecting 5 games each week and picking them against the spread. This year's contest is expected to have over 2,700 participants, which is a new record for the SuperContest. SB Nation is represented by myself, Matt Ufford, and Jason Kirk, and there are folks from all over the blogosphere involved. I am off to a weak start, with now four straight 2-3 performances out of the gates. It was not ideal, but I suppose it could have been worse. Not much, but definitely worse. There is a running leaderboard here, but you can check how I’m doing against my Odds Shark teammates here. You can follow my standings under the name "Fooch.”

Here are my Week 5 SuperContest picks:

BENGALS (-3) over Bills
STEELERS (-8) over Jaguars
49ers (+1.5) over COLTS
Panthers (+2.5) over LIONS
Seahawks (+1) over RAMS

This might be the week the 49ers finally burn me, but what the heck. I am a little concerned about the Colts getting some emotional lift from retiring Peyton Manning’s jersey. Other than that, the Colts aren’t a good team. The 49ers don’t have many strong chances to win the next few weeks, so maybe they can snag a win in the middle of this road trip.

Other than that, I went with home favorites and road underdogs. I think we see the Bengals get their season moderately on track, while the Steelers are generally much better at home than on the road. I think the Lions are a bit overrated right now, and the Panthers present their biggest defensive challenge.

That Seahawks-Rams game is an interesting one. If the Rams get the win, it could represent a bit of a changing of the guard. But I actually think Thomas Rawls emerges in place of Chris Carson this week and helps keep the Rams strong defensive front at bay. I am pulling for the Rams in this one, but I think the Seahawks get the W.

Here are all my picks for Week 5. I was 5-11 last week, which brings me to 24-38-1 for the season.

BUCCANEERS vs. Patriots (-5.5): Bucs - WIN
GIANTS vs. Chargers (+3.5): Chargers
BENGALS vs. Bills (+3): Bengals
BROWNS vs. Jets (Pk): Browns
STEELERS vs. Jaguars (+8): Steelers
DOLPHINS vs. Titans (-3): Dolphins
COLTS vs. 49ers (+1.5): 49ers
EAGLES vs. Cardinals (+6.5): Eagles
LIONS vs. Panthers (+2.5): Panthers
RAMS vs. Seahawks (+1): Seahawks
RAIDERS vs. Ravens (+2.5): Ravens
COWBOYS vs. Packers (+2): Packers
TEXANS vs. Chiefs (Pk): Texans
BEARS vs. Vikings (-3): Vikings