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Stampede Blue’s NFL Week 5 staff picks

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Last week wasn’t a great one for the Stampede Blue staff picks.

Only one staffer, Zach Hicks, connected on a team-high 60 percent of his picks, and half of the group went below .500. It was so rough, in fact, that one contributor (who shall not be named), went an astounding 3-12. That’s ... not good. Onward and upward we go.

October football kicks off with an NFC West bout between the 3-1 Seahawks and the 3-1 Rams. Russell Wilson is off to a blazing hot start, while Todd Gurley is ready to run the ball more than five times so that Jared Goff hopefully doesn’t have another three-interception game.

The early slate of Sunday football is jammed pack with 10 total games, despite only two games being played in the late afternoon slate. I’ve classified the 10 as such:


Jets vs. Eagles

Vikings vs. Giants

Cardinals vs. Bengals

Patriots vs. Redskins

Somewhat bearable:

Jaguars vs. Panthers

Falcons vs. Texans

Bears vs. Raiders

I guess I’ll watch it:

Buccaneers vs. Saints

Bills vs. Titans

Ravens vs. Steelers

Nothing too exciting early on, and the late afternoon really only gives us one watchable game before we make our way to Sunday Night Football — the 0-4 Broncos vs. the 2-2 Chargers.

*insert cricket noises*

The real game of the week is a rematch from the exhilarating 2017 NFC Divisional Round bout between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams enter this week humbled by their first losses of the season, and both bring their talented defenses and star-studded playmakers in what has the makings of an all-around great game.

Sunday Night Football gives us our first Colts primetime game of the year, as they travel to Arrowhead to take on the vaunted Kansas City Chiefs and MVP front-runner Patrick Mahomes. This rematch of the 2018 AFC Divisional Round couldn’t come at a more unfortunate time for Indy — who’s expected to miss some of its top performers on both sides of the football. Indianapolis might need to get more than one percent better if they want to leave Kansas City with a win.

Everything comes together on Monday Night Football, where the momentum-building Cleveland Browns travel out west to face a refreshed and undefeated San Francisco 49ers. Kyle Shanahan is running the most diverse offense in the league personnel-wise, and their defense has held opponents to the third-least yards per game.

Let’s take a look at the updated standings, check out the staff picks for the week and cross our fingers for better results this time around.

Greg Rader: 43-19 / Elliot Denton: 42-20 / Mateo Caliz: 41-21 / Brett Mock: 41-21 / Blake Pace: 38-24 / Chris Shepherd: 38-24 / Chris Blystone: 37-25 / Zach Hicks: 37-25 / Josh Hudgens: 37-25 / Stephen Reed: 37-25 / Andrew Aziz: 35-27 / Matt Danely: 33-29

Thursday 8:20 pm ET

Rams (7) @ Seahawks | Contrarians: Chris Blystone, Zach Hicks, Josh Hudgens, Greg Rader, Chris Shepherd

Sunday 1:00 pm ET

Jets @ Eagles

Jaguars @ Panthers (7) | Contrarians: Matt Danley, Hudgens, Brett Mock, Blake Pace, Rader

Vikings (10) @ Giants | Contrarians: Andrew Aziz, Mateo Caliz

Falcons @ Texans (8) | Contrarians: Danley, Hudgens, Pace, Stephen Reed

Buccaneers @ Saints (7) | Contrarians: Aziz, Blystone, Caliz, Pace, Reed

Bills (7) @ Titans | Contrarians: Aziz, Caliz, Hudgens, Rader, Reed

Cardinals @ Bengals (7) | Contrarians: Aziz, Caliz, Hicks, Pace, Rader

Patriots @ Redskins

Ravens @ Steelers

Bears (8) @ Raiders | Contrarians: Danley, Hicks, Mock, Reed

Sunday 4:05 pm ET

Broncos @ Chargers (10) | Contrarians: Blystone, Hicks

Sunday 4:25 pm ET

Packers @ Cowboys (7) | Contrarians: Danley, Elliot Denton, Hudgens, Pace, Rader

Sunday 8:20 pm ET

Colts @ Chiefs (10) | Contrarians: Blystone, Denton

Monday 8:15 pm ET

Browns @ 49ers (7) | Contrarians: Aziz, Blystone, Caliz, Denton, Reed

Who do you have coming out on top in Week 5?