2021 NFL picks, score predictions for Week 5

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Miami Dolphins (1-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)

Sunday, October 10, 1PM ET

As much as some of us would like him to disappear, Tom Brady hasn’t retired yet. And he’s got the Buccaneers running like a well-oiled machine as they attempt to defend their 2020 championship. The next step is stomping the Miami Dolphins in Week 5.

That shouldn’t prove to be too tall of a hurdle for Brady and Co. The Tampa Bay offense is one of the best in the league, with a wide range of weapons capable of putting points on the board. Their defense hasn’t been quite as reliable this season, but it’s doing a decent job of bending without breaking.

A plus matchup with the reeling Miami Dolphins helps. Since stepping in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa, Jacoby Brissett has been wildly inconsistent for the Miami offense. Coming off an ugly effort in Week 4, it’s hard to have much confidence in the Dolphins’ backup against a tough Buccaneers squad.

Brissett can’t get it going even against the Buccaneers’ subpar pass defenses, and Brady gets yet another win without breaking too much of a sweat. Tampa Bay continues on the road to a high seeding in the NFC while the Dolphins desperately wait for Tua to return.

Prediction: Buccaneers win 34-20 | Spread: Buccaneers (-10)