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NFL evaluators make picks on Week 5's best games

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What will go down in Week 5 of the NFL? (0:47)

Which game will be the biggest blowout in Week 5? Who will win the battle of the winless? Will the Packers or Cowboys get a huge NFC victory? Take a look at the Football Power Index to figure it all out. (0:47)

ESPN senior writer Mike Sando asks league insiders to pick winners in selected games each week. Three evaluators joined the panel for Week 5. This week's selected games: Patriots-Buccaneers, Panthers-Lions, Seahawks-Rams, Packers-Cowboys and Chiefs-Texans.


New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Thursday: 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS | Point spread: NE by 6

Road teams were 5-13 on Thursday nights last season. That has flipped to 3-1 this season, counting Kansas City's opening-week victory at New England, when there was not a short week of preparation as a potential factor. Two of the three insiders expect the Patriots to make road teams 4-1 on Thursday nights this season.