They say it’s lonely at the top.
When it comes to Week 5 of the Gridiron Green, they lied.
Waylon Foreman of Farmington beat out an octet of pickers with 14-of-15 right around last week’s NFL slate of games. Based on the strength of his New England Patriots’ 35-14 tiebreaker, Foreman wins the weekly Green’s green. (New England beat Cincinnati 43-17 on Sunday night football.)
There were 25 pickers at 13, 123 at 12, 46 at 11 and 43 at 10.
The Gridiron Guru checked in at 11-4 in Week 5 and is 46-29 overall.
Aaron Archuleta, our Week 2 winner from Durango, is tied with “paulj” out of Somewhere, New Mexico, with 54 total points atop our tight overall leaderboard.
Bye: Kansas City and New Orleans.
Thursday, Oct. 9
Indianapolis at Houston (KCNC, KREZ; NFL Network): 99 ways to die, choose one. Andrew Luck and the Colts begrudginly choose No. 99, as in J.J. Watt. Pick: Texans, 23-16. Line: Colts by 2½.
Sunday, Oct. 12
Jacksonville at Tennessee: This time, the Titans seal the deal. Pick: Titans, 17-16. Line: Titans by 6.
Detroit at Minnesota: No AP. No CJ. Teddy Bridgewater is back to close the gap. Pick: Vikings, 21-20. Line: Lions by 2.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers are improving, but they’re not quite ready to steal a victory from class such as the Ravens. Pick: Ravens, 27-17. Line: Ravens by 3.
Denver at N.Y. Jets (KCNC, KREZ; KRSJ 100.5 FM): How low can the Jets go? Let’s find out. Pick: Broncos, 31-16. Line: Broncos by 8.
New England at Buffalo: New owners, new resolve. Pick: Bills, 23-15. Line: Patriots by 3.
Carolina at Cincinnati: A.J. Green’s right big toe injury leaves the Bengals with back-to-back stubbed toes. Pick: Panthers, 24-21. Line: Bengals by 7.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland: Big Ben Roethlisberger owns the Browns. Pick: Steelers, 27-24. Line: Browns by 2.
Green Bay at Miami (KASA): Miami tasted tea and victory in London, then rested in Week 5. The Dolphins will taste bitter defeat against the Packers. Pick: Packers, 30-20. Line: Packers by 3½.
San Diego at Oakland: The new 43 (Branden Oliver) looks a lot like the old 43 (Darren Sproles). Pick: Chargers, 33-16. Line: Chargers by 7.
Dallas at Seattle (KASA): The Seahawks and their 12th man will neutralize the league’s leading rusher (DeMarco Murray) in Seattle. Pick: Seahawks, 26-20. Line: Seahawks by 8.
Washington at Arizona: Bye-bye, Broncos. Hello, Redskins. Home sweet home, Arizona. Pick: Cardinals, 22-17. Line: Cardinals by 3½.
Chicago at Atlanta: Do you think Devin Hester would like to add to his return record against his old mates? Yep. Pick: Falcons, 30-28. Line: Falcons by 3.
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia (KOBF, KUSA): One of these days, the highly touted offense will catch up with the much-maligned defense. Pick: Eagles, 24-23. Line: Eagles by 2½.
Monday, Oct. 13
San Francisco at St. Louis (ESPN): Finally, the Rams rediscover their pass rush, and that’s enough for victory as Brett Favre’s record-breaker, Austin Davis, introduces himself to primetime fans. Pick: Rams, 21-17. Line: 49ers by 3½.