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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Thursday's Game

Denver at San Diego

The Broncos are expected to have quarterback Trevor Siemian back after rookie Paxton Lynch lost his first start. The Chargers continue to find new and exciting ways to lose close games.

Gworek's Pick: Denver, 30–20

Sunday’s Games

San Francisco at Buffalo

Colin Kaepernick will get his first start of the season for the 49ers. The Bills have won three in a row and turned LeSean McCoy loose to the tune of 110 rushing yards per game during the streak. San Francisco ranks 31st against the run.

Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 26–17

Philadelphia at Washington

The Eagles defense ranks second in both yards and points allowed and has held every opponent under 300 total yards. The Washington defense is getting run over (5.1 ypc against, last in the NFL).

Gworek's Pick: Eagles, 24­–23

Cleveland at Tennessee

The Browns could be forced to start their fourth different quarterback in six weeks. The Titans can get to .500 with a win and play their next three at home.

Gworek's Pick: Tennessee, 17–13

Baltimore at N.Y. Giants

The Ravens will have a new offensive coordinator, but their defense ranks third overall. That’s not good news for the Giants, whose minus-7 turnover differential is better than only the Jets.

Gworek's Pick: Baltimore, 23–21

Carolina at New Orleans

The defending NFC champs are on the ropes and have turned the ball over 14 times, most in the NFL. Drew Brees has to be licking his chops watching film of Matt Ryan torching the Panthers for 500 yards.

Gworek's Pick: Saints, 33–30

Jacksonville at Chicago

The Bears have found an offense with Brian Hoyer under center. Their defense has struggled to stop the run at times, but that shouldn’t be a problem against a Jaguars team that ranks 30th running the ball.

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Gworek's Pick: Chicago, 27–21

Los Angeles at Detroit

The Rams lost to the Bills thanks to three turnovers and a fake punt gone wrong; they don’t score enough to win like that. Every Lions game has come down to the last possession, and this one will be no different.

Gworek's Pick: Lions, 17–14

Pittsburgh at Miami

The Steelers have been much better at home, but then this is also the first road game for Le’Veon Bell this season. Miami can’t run or stop the run, and its’ unlikely Ryan Tannehill can exploit the Steelers one weakness (30th vs. the pass).

Gworek's Pick: Pittsburgh, 27–16

Cincinnati at New England

The Bengals’ three losses have come against teams that are a combined 12–3, and they haven’t scored as more than 23 points in a game all season. That’s not going to be enough in Tom Brady’s first home game.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 30–23

Kansas City at Oakland

The Chiefs are coming off of an early bye, while the Raiders escaped against the Chargers. Oakland can’t stop anybody (last in total defense) but rank fourth in offense and third in turnover differential (plus-7).

Gworek's Pick: Raiders, 27–24

Atlanta at Seattle

This will be the Falcons’ fourth road trip in five weeks, and for the second week in a row, they face the team ranked No. 1 in total defense. Beating Russell Wilson is tougher than Paxton Lynch.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 27–20

Dallas at Green Bay

The Cowboys have the NFL’s best running game (155.2 ypg), but the Packers defense is the best at stopping it (42.8 ypg). It’s a tough ask to put it on rookie Dak Prescott to out-duel Aaron Rodgers on his home turf..

Gworek's Pick: Green Bay, 26–17

Indianapolis at Houston

The Texans defense is the best in the league against the pass and top-five overall, so they may be able to slow Andrew Luck down. But Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler (6 TDs, 7 INTs) needs to be much better.

Gworek's Pick: Indianapolis, 24–20

Monday’s Game

N.Y. Jets at Arizona

The Jets are reeling at 1–4 and got blown out by the Steelers even though Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t turn the ball over. Watching film of their horrible pass defense may have made Carson Palmer’s concussion feel better.

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 30–23

Week 5 Record: 8–6

Overall Record: 41–36