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NFL Week 5 Fan Picks: Optimism Running High For Cowboys Win On Sunday

321 readers participated in our Pick 256 Challenge for Week 5. Let's see what they are expecting for the weekend games.

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Week 5 Picks, 321 participants
Game Favorite BTB vote
NYJ @ SD Chargers 99%
SEA @ WAS Seahawks 99%
HOU @ DAL Cowboys 98%
TB @ NO Saints 97%
MIN @ GB Packers 95%
PIT @ JAC Steelers 95%
BUF @ DET Lions 94%
ARI @ DEN Broncos 86%
CIN @ NE Bengals 80%
CLE @ TEN Browns 78%
STL @ PHI Eagles 78%
BAL @ IND Colts 76%
CHI @ CAR Bears 64%
ATL @ NYG Falcons 56%
KC @ SF 49ers 53%

Pick 256 is a season-long contest in which BTB members and readers get to pick the straight-up winners for all games each week.

Last week, fan confidence was not very high for a Cowboys win, with the votes tallied for the Cowboys in our contest coming in at a season low of 65%. That should bode well for the game against the Texans on Sunday, as 98% of our Pick 256 participants picked the Cowboys. Here's our brief history of fan confidence in Cowboys wins so far this season:

Week 1 vs 49ers: 76%

Week 2 @. Titans: 87%

Week 3 @ Rams: 98%

Week 4 vs Saints: 65%

Week 5 vs Texans: 98%

Overall, Week 5 looks like anther week in which our picks went the safe route and picked the favorites (the only exceptions are the Browns and Falcons. But that doesn't necessarily make them safe picks.

Week five got off to a good start for our participants, as 95% of the Pick 256 participants picked the packers for the win, which leaves just 15 out of 321 participants with a 0-1 record heading into Sunday's games.

Who'll come out ahead after Week 5 comes to a close on Monday Night is anybody's guess, but what we already know is that if the results for the weekend come in exactly as predicted above, we'll have 16 participants with 15 correct picks, 61 participants with 14 correct picks and 92 participants with 13. Overall, 312 of the 321 participants would end up with double-digit wins if the Week's 5 results come in exactly as the consensus picks predict. Except. that's not going to happen, because there are bound to be some upsets along the way.


Here's a link to the Excel file with all the picks for Week 5, for those who are interested in tracking the results themselves.

Pick 256 Tracker Week 5

Once you open the file, you'll see a blue title bar into which you can enter the winning teams to see where you end up among the 321 participants. The title bar is currently populated with the winner of the Thursday game, as well as the consensus picks for the remaining games.

If you want to see how you fared after the weekend games, simply input your own picks into the blue title bar and see how many correct picks you had. You can also live update the spreadsheet on Sunday during the games to see how you're doing as the games are going on.

In any case, have fun with the file and good luck with your picks.

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