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Sam Farmer's NFL Week 5 picks
Sam Farmer's NFL Week 5 picks

The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 8-5 (.615); season 39-22 (.639). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-5 (.615); season 38-23 (.623). :: Chicago (2-2) at Carolina (2-2) Sunday, 10 a.m. Bears 24, Panthers 20 TV: None. DirecTV: 705. Line: Panthers by 2 1/2. O/U: 45 1/2. Tough sledding for Panthers, now handing the ball to Darrin Reaves, promoted from the practice squad a week ago. That puts a lot of pressure on Cam Newton. Bears will bounce back. :: Tampa Bay (1-3) at New Orleans...

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