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Derrick Gunn's NFL Week 5 picks: Will the Packers send the Cowboys below .500?

Derrick Gunn's NFL Week 5 picks: Will the Packers send the Cowboys below .500?

Derrick Gunn makes his picks for Week 5 of the NFL season.

Cardinals at Eagles (1 p.m. on FOX)
The Cardinals have been hard to figure out. They struggled to beat the Colts and 49ers, and got handled by the Lions and Cowboys. Their offense is ranked No. 11 overall, but they've struggled to score, averaging just 18.5 points per game. And they can’t run the ball, either. Since star running back David Johnson went down with a dislocated wrist, the Cards' run game has been stagnant and it currently sits dead last in the league in rushing (57 yards per game).

Carson Palmer has the second-most passing yards, but has been the most-sacked QB in the league (17 times). Their No. 7-ranked defense is big and rugged, but suffered a big blow when LB Markus Golden was lost for the season with an ACL injury.

Carson Wentz has matured into his role in the offense, making better decisions with the ball. The Birds' run game has given them a balance that takes pressure off the QB. Fletcher Cox has been ruled out, but there’s still enough talent in the trenches to make life miserable for Palmer. The back end of the Birds' defense is giving up too many big plays and that could be a big problem this week because the Cardinals' speed at wide receiver is better than the Chargers'. If Jim Schwartz's guys get to Palmer, the Birds will get the win. 

Pick: Eagles 24, Cardinals 20

Bills at Bengals (1 p.m. on CBS)
I see you, Buffalo. When you beat Denver at home and go into Atlanta and win in back-to-back weeks, people start to take notice. Sean McDermott has his guys believing in themselves. The Bills' offense isnt flashy, but the defense is physical and stingy. Their defense is No. 8 overall and No. 1 in scoring, allowing just 13.5 points per game. The Bengals have this one at home, but the Bills will roll to their fourth win.

Pick: Bills

Jets at Browns (1 p.m. on FOX)
Who are these Jets? They lose their first two games of the season, but are now on a two-game winning streak. Over his last two outings, 38-year-old Josh McCown has completed 74 percent of his passes. The Browns' youth movement has been painful and 21-year-old rookie QB DeShone Kizer is at the center of it. Kizer's numbers say it all: 51.4 completion percentage with three touchdowns and eight interceptions. Cleveland will lose its fifth straight.

Pick: Jets

Panthers at Lions (1 p.m. on FOX)
This should be a fun game to watch as both teams are 3-1. Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford are two different styles of quarterback but they can both wing it. The Panthers have the No. 4-ranked defense, but the Lions are tied for the league lead in takeaways with 11. Slight edge to the Lions at home.

Pick: Lions

49ers at Colts (1 p.m. on FOX)
The 49ers gave the Cardinals all they could handle last week and even sacked Palmer six times. The Colts led the Seahawks by five at the half last week, but reality set in in the second half when Indy got outscored, 36-3. Jacoby Brissett continues to improve, but the 49ers' defense will give him problems. I like winless San Fran in a mild upset.

Pick: 49ers

Titans at Dolphins (1 p.m. on CBS)
Tennessee is hurting. Marcus Mariota is dealing with a hamstring injury and may sit this one out. The Dolphins finally get to play a home game, but will Miami's offense show up? The Dolphins have scored only six points in their last two games. Who wins the battle on the ground? The Dolphins' No. 4 run defense (77.7 yards per game) or the Titans' No. 6 rushing attack (138.8 yards per game)? Jay Cutler finally puts it all together.

Pick: Dolphins

Chargers at Giants (1 p.m. on CBS)
Both the Chargers and Giants have plenty of talent, they just don't have any wins. They both have two of the worst run defenses in the league. He who makes the fewest mistakes will come out on top. I'm just glad I don't have to watch this mess. Since the G-Men have the home-field advantage, I will give them the advantage here.

Pick: Giants

Jaguars at Steelers (1 p.m. on CBS)
The Jags have two impressive wins this season but they've also had two disappointing losses. Their run defense is like Swiss cheese, ranked dead last allowing 165.5 yards per game. That's not a good sign going against the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell.

Blake Bortles still has not consistently elevated his game. The Jags get deflated in the 'Burgh.

Pick: Steelers

Ravens at Raiders (4:05 p.m. on CBS)
Two teams doing some soul searching for different reasons. The Ravens have lost two straight, and in those games, Joe Flacco has just one TD and four INTs. The break for Baltimore is that Derek Carr may be out — and possibly two to six weeks — with a fracture in his back. I don't trust EJ Manuel replacing Carr if needed. The Ravens get back in the win column.

Pick: Ravens

Seahawks at Rams (4:05 p.m. on CBS)
One of the biggest surprise teams in the league is the Rams. Jared Goff is looking like a future star (seven TDs, one INT), Todd Gurley is running with authority again and the additions of WRs Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and rookie Cooper Kupp have given the Rams a legit passing game. The Seahawks' secondary is nicked up; S Earl Thomas (knee) and CB Jeremy Lane (groin) haven't practiced this week. This is a big statement game for the Rams against their division rival. I think the Rams get it done at home.

Pick: Rams

Packers at Cowboys (4:25 p.m. FOX)
The Packers have had extended time off after their Thursday night blowout win over Chicago and should get some of their banged-up players back. Dallas' defense is also looking to get some much-needed help back. Aaron Rodgers, who's been sacked 15 times, will have to know where DE Demarcus Lawrence is at all times. Lawrence leads the league in sacks with 7½. Green Bay's run game is marginal, but look for Rodgers to shred the Cowboys' rebuilt secondary.

Pick: Packers

Chiefs at Texans (8:30 p.m. on NBC)
Looks like the Texans have found themselves a QB. Last week against Tennessee, rookie Deshaun Watson accounted for five Houston TDs (four passing, one rushing). Kansas City has found all kinds of ways to remain the league's lone undefeated team. Houston has the perfect blend of power and speed on defense to match up with the Chiefs' weapons. I think the Chiefs take their first loss.

Pick: Texans

Vikings at Bears (8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN)
It's a coming out party for Bears first-round pick QB Mitchell Trubisky. Unfortunately for him, he has very little talent to work with at the WR position. The Bears have a nice tandem of talented RBs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. The Vikings' No. 12 defense has been relentless, recording 11 sacks and giving up just 19.3 points per game. With or without Sam Bradford at the helm, the Vikings overwhelm young Trubisky and the Bears.

Pick: Vikings

NFL Notes: Cam Newton expresses regret after response to female reporter

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NFL Notes: Cam Newton expresses regret after response to female reporter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton has "expressed regret" for his response to a female reporter's question at a news conference Wednesday, a team spokesman said.

When Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton about wide receiver Devin Funchess' route running, the former league MVP smiled and said, "it's funny to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny."

After Newton's comments, the quarterback proceeded to answer Rodrigue's question.

Carolina spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement to The Associated Press that Newton had a conversation with Rodrigue after the news conference ended and expressed regret for his remarks.

Rodrigue released a statement through The Charlotte Observer via email saying that Newton did not apologize when they spoke after the news conference.

She said she "was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs. I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments" (see full story).

Steelers: Brown apologizes for ‘all the noise’
PITTSBURGH -- Antonio Brown is nearly getting as much practice at saying "I'm sorry" as he is at catching touchdowns.

The Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver apologized via Twitter on Wednesday for his sideline outburst early in his team's victory in Baltimore last Sunday. Brown broke free on Pittsburgh's second possession and was wide open down the left sideline.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn't see Brown and instead threw the ball short. Brown briefly lost his cool afterward, taking out his frustration on a Gatorade cooler in the process.

"Apologize for all the noise and the distractions Steeler nation let's stay focus," the All-Pro posted.

Roethlisberger described Brown's actions as a "temper tantrum" during the quarterback's weekly radio show and coach Mike Tomlin encouraged Brown to be "professional," though it hardly seemed to create any sort of rift in the team's locker room (see full story).

Titans: Mariota’s status still unclear for game vs. Miami
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey says quarterback Marcus Mariota's status is still unclear for their upcoming matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

The Titans coach remains hopeful that Mariota will play despite a strained hamstring .

Mariota, who was hurt in last week's loss to Houston, was limited in practice, stretching and throwing passes during the open portion of the workouts on Wednesday. The quarterback did not speak with the media after practice.

"We didn't ask him to do very much, we were smart with him," Mularkey said. "We did what we thought he could do, and that wasn't very much, but enough. We're going to be smart with him; positive for what he had to do."

Mularkey says he would be comfortable playing the quarterback Sunday even without a full practice (see full story).

Colts: Luck faces limitations after returning to practice
INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck put on his familiar red No. 12 jersey, trotted onto the practice field and got back into his normal Wednesday routine.

A little stretching, a little footwork, even a little throwing.

Even he figured it's about time.

After missing all of the Indianapolis Colts' offseason workouts, all of training camp, all of the preseason and Indy's first four regular-season games, the Colts' quarterback made his long-awaited appearance on the practice field.

"It was fun to be back on the field and put on a jersey and a helmet and get to go out there and throw a couple passes with the guys," Luck said in his first comments since July 29 (see full story).

Packers: Adams back at practice after taking bit hit
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Receiver Davante Adams was back on his feet, in uniform, bouncing around the practice field and joking with teammates.

It was a welcome sight for the Green Bay Packers.

Adams returned to practice Wednesday after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan that led to the receiver being carted off the field on a stretcher.

Adams was taken to a hospital for evaluation after being knocked out of the game on Sept. 28 and was released the next day. Adams is in the concussion protocol, though his return to practice on a limited basis is a good sign.

"I'm just glad to see him walking again, more importantly," receiver Randall Cobb said. "When I went to the hospital and saw him the other night he was back to his normal self, joking around, trying to break out of the hospital. I'm just glad to see him in good health" (see full story).

Eagles' Super Bowl, Carson Wentz's MVP odds improve after win vs. Chargers

Eagles' Super Bowl, Carson Wentz's MVP odds improve after win vs. Chargers

Before the Eagles' season opener in Washington, their odds of winning the Super Bowl were 40/1.

Four weeks into the season, their record is 3-1 and their odds have improved to 22/1, tied for 10th-best in the league with the Detroit Lions.

Released Wednesday by Bovada, the odds are significantly shorter than they were on the last update on Sept. 27 (33/1). According to Bovada, the Patriots (5/1) and Packers (15/2) still have the best chance to win Super Bowl LII.

The Eagles' odds of winning the NFC (10/1) and NFC East (10/11) also improved from last week. However, even though the Birds are now favored to win the division, the Cowboys have better odds to win the NFC at 13/2.

Carson Wentz's MVP odds shortened from 33/1 to 16/1 after he beat the Chargers in L.A. last week. He is now tied with Kareem Hunt, Alex Smith and DeShaun Watson for the sixth-best chance to win the coveted award.