We're at the point in the season when panic starts to set in for teams.
Coordinators are being fired. Rumors are swirling that head coaches could be gone soon, and teams that are struggling need to get it going -- or else.
That makes picking this week's games so tough. There are a lot of desperate teams that need to turn it around.
Is this the week?
Based on my picks, it isn't for some of them. I see the Giants and Lions winning, but not the others.
Desperation, though, can ruin a lot of picks. Let's hope it doesn't happen to me this week.
Denver at San Diego
The Broncos should have Trevor Siemian back under center, and that's a good thing. San Diego has blown leads in all four losses and coach Mike McCoy is said to be on thin ice. This could be a job-saver for him. But the Broncos will bounce back from their first loss with a road victory.
Pick: Broncos 23, Chargers 17
San Francisco at Buffalo
The 49ers are making a change at quarterback and going with Colin Kaepernick. Plus they must take a long trip for an early start. That's not easy. They also face a Buffalo team that has played well the past few weeks. The running game has come alive for the Bills, and I think that continues here.
Pick: Bills 27, 49ers 10
Philadelphia at Washington
This is a big NFC East game with Dallas off to the fast start. The Eagles are playing consecutive road games, even if this is a short trip. I think that helps. They are the better team. Their defense shuts down the Redskins here.
Pick: Eagles 30, Redskins 17
Cleveland at Tennessee
The Titans looked like what coach Mike Mularkey wanted last week against the Dolphins, running the football with power. They will continue that here against a Browns team ranked 20th against the run. Exotic Smashmouth wins again.
Pick: Titans 21, Browns 13
Baltimore at New York
The Ravens fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman this week to try and liven up the offense. But it's tough to do on the road. The Giants are home after two tough road losses and I think they will get back on track here. Eli Manning has a big day.
Pick: Giants 31, Ravens 21
Carolina at New Orleans
Cam Newton will be back in what is essentially a game to save their season. They are 1-4 and clearly have looked nothing like the team that went to the Super Bowl in January. The Saints are coming off a bye and beat San Diego two weeks ago. I think that carries over against a Panthers team that has defensive issues.
Pick: Saints 33, Panthers 30
Jacksonville at Chicago
The Jaguars are coming off their bye and face a Bears team with a quarterback controversy. Jacksonville seemed to get things in gear in London when they beat the Colts, and I think that will carry over. The young defenders continue to grow. Upset.
Pick: Jaguars 24, Bears 20
Los Angeles at Detroit
Was that a reality check for the Rams losing at home to the Bills? They have defensive injuries, but the problem is the quarterback. He's not good enough. The Lions can get to .500 here with a victory, and I think they will.
Pick: Lions 21, Rams 17
Pittsburgh at Miami
Pick: Steelers 33, Dolphins 17
Cincinnati at New England
The Bengals are playing consecutive road games, and this is against the best team in the AFC. That makes it tougher. But if the Bengals are to turn their season back on track, they have to find a way here. I just don't think they can. Tom Brady plays big again.
Pick: Patriots 31, Bengals 27
Kansas City at Oakland
The Chiefs come off their bye with a big road game at Oakland. The Raiders are 4-1 and in first place in the division, but their defense has struggled. The Chiefs don't have a great offense, ranking 22nd, so it's not that big an issue here. Raiders win a tight one.
Pick: Raiders 21, Chiefs 20
Atlanta at Seattle
This is a brutal second consecutive road game for the Falcons. They won at Denver, but now face a Seattle team coming off a bye. That's a bad combination. The Falcons' defense looked much better last week, but can they do it two weeks in a row? I don't think so. Seattle takes it.
Pick: Seahawks 27, Falcons 14
Dallas at Green Bay
This is a big road test for Dak Prescott. With all the talk that he might need to stay on as the starter when Tony Romo returns, this will be telling. The Packers still haven't looked themselves on offense, but I think they will find a way to slow Dallas here. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers take it.
Pick: Packers 24, Cowboys 17
Indianapolis at Houston
Hard to believe, but this is a big early season division game. The Colts won last week, but they still have issues. The Texans looked awful last Sunday against the Vikings, but they have won all three of their home games. They will get it back on track here.
Pick: Texans 27, Colts 23
New York at Arizona
The Jets are reeling at 1-4 and now face a second straight road game. The Cardinals should have Carson Palmer back this week after he missed last Thursday's game with a concussion. Jets coach Todd Bowles faces his former team here, but it doesn't matter. His team has issues. Cardinals take it.
Pick: Cardinals 28, Jets 16