NFL Week 5: The Week’s 5 Best Bets

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Right off the bat, we want to offer ourselves the obligatory self-praise that we deserve, as we went 5-0 with our picks last week!! This doesn’t happen too often but when it does it helps to validate what our research team does here at the Furnace. They say that  like eating green peppers and sausage, history ‘repeats’  itself. We will try our best to prove that statement correct by offering you this weeks Five Best Bets…

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Steelers over the Eagles– These two Pennsylvania teams go at it on Sunday in what should be an exciting game. The Eagles, winners of three games by a total of four points, had miraculous finishes in all of them and probably should not have won two of them save for huge mistakes by their opponents. They are either a team of fate or, well, just plain lucky. The Steelers, fresh from their week 4 bye, returns to the gridiron with key players such as James Harrison, Troy Palamalu, and Rashard Mendenhall. The 3-1 Eagles will go to 3-2 after this one as Big Ben & co. are busting to get back on the field and at 1-2 need this game much more.

Vikings over the Titans– Tennessee has given up an average of 38 points a game so far this season. Even with last week’s 141 yard season breakout rushing performance by RB Chris Johnson, they’ll need to find another way to overcome the Vikings lean defense that only allows 2.4 YPC to opposing backs. The Titans have been blown out in 3 of their 4 games and will have a difficult time fostering any offensive threat this week. QB Christian Ponder (knee) will play and should have a decent day. Read more…

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