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NFL evaluators make picks on Week 5's best games

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.