2010 NFL Week 5 Picks - The Chicago Bears (3-1) come into week five of the NFL season limping after losing to the New York Giants 17-3 in a NFL Picks matchup last week and, more importantly, losing their starting quarterback to a concussion. Todd Collins will start this week and, as a result, Las Vegas Odds have placed the home-team Carolina Panthers as -2 1/2 point favorites in this NFL Week 5 Picks matchup.
Carolina (0-4) is looking for their first NFL Picks win of the season and have some confidence after a narrow 16-14 NFL Picks loss in Week 4 to the New Orleans Saints. The Panthers have struggled on offense, have changed quarterbacks to Jimmy Clausen, a rookie from Notre Dame, and have been unable to get their running game completely untracked. Against the Saints, though, both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart made big plays for touchdowns so perhaps they are both ready for a breakout game. Defensively, the Panthers haven’t been terrible but they haven’t made enough stops to win games.
Chicago, with Todd Collins at quarterback, may have to lean on their running game, which ranks 31st in the NFL. Collins was only 4 for 11 for 36 yards and was shaky in the pocket. Matt Forte and Chester Taylor have combined for only 200 yards rushing and they’ll need to carry the brunt of the load on offense. Defensively, the Bears have forced 11 turnovers but they are having problems generating a pass rush. Julius Peppers, a big free agent pick-up, has picked-up only two sacks. He will be fired-up to play his old team so expect defensive fireworks. Las Vegas Odds makers have listed the total for this Chicago vs Carolina is set at 33 points.
If the Bears can protect Collins with a solid running game and dominating defense, they rank 6th in rushing defense, the Panthers strength, Chicago can cover the NFL Point spread and keep Carolina winless. Look for the Bears to cover the NFL Point spread and win on defense and running. 2010 NFL Week 5 Picks Vegas-spreads.com say's Take the Chicago Bears to win and cover the NFL Point Spreads.
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