2021 NFL picks, score predictions for Week 5

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Green Bay Packers (3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)

Sunday, October 10, 1PM ET

Upset alert! I know the Green Bay Packers are rolling right now, but they haven’t exactly been pristine this season. Aaron Rodgers is getting it done and the defense has held firm, but this team has holes that can be exploited on Sundays.

Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the biggest surprises of the early 2021 campaign. While the majority of their early-season success has come against inferior competition, there’s no denying they have the talent to take down even the league’s best teams.

Joe Burrow comes to play in Week 5, taking advantage of a strong but susceptible Green Bay secondary to have one of the best games of his young NFL career. Teaming up with JaMarr Chase, Burrow accumulates nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns, putting the pressure on Rodgers to keep pace in the scoring department.

The Packers keep it close but come up just short, as a last-second attempt to the end zone ends in the hands of a Bengal. It’s still early in the season, but Cincinnati further proves they belong in the playoff discussion.

Prediction: Bengals win 32-31 | Spread: Packers (-3.5)