Chargers the Real Deal? Week 5 Lessons for NFL Bettors

David Lawrence

Monday, October 6, 2014 1:43 PM GMT

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 1:43 PM GMT

Between the college and the professional ranks, it’s been a wild week for football. Sunday was a crazy one in the NFL with all sorts of wild comebacks and results. Here’s what we learned from the NFL odds this past week.

The Philadelphia Eagles Are Overrated
Down 17-0 at home to Jacksonville…huge comeback win against the Indianapolis Colts…three-point win over the Washington Redskins at home…only competing in San Francisco because of defense and special teams…and barely outlasting the Austin Davis-led St. Louis Rams at home. This team seems like it’s more lucky than good. Until we see LeSean McCoy shredding defense and Nick Foles playing like the quarterback from last season, it’s hard to believe that this is truly one of the best teams in the NFC.

 

The New York Jets Are Completely Broken
There was the perception out there that the New York Jets were decent – a good defensive team – and if they could just get some decent quarterbacking, they’d be fine. As it turns out, they are far more flawed than that. The Jets made the switch from Geno Smith to Michael Vick and it had virtually no impact. Smith finished the day 4-of-12 for 27 yards and one interception. As for Vick, he was 8-of-19 for 47 yards while getting sacked twice. Combined, they’re quarterback rating was 57.3. On top of that, the defense just isn’t good enough anymore to overcome for a crummy offense. This team is bad and Rex Ryan is very much so on the hot seat.

 

The San Diego Chargers Are A Super Bowl Contender
They don’t get into the conversation very much but the Chargers deserve to be. They’re one of the best teams in the NFL. Just look at their body of work: they lost by one in Arizona to a good Cardinals team, beat the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, and smoked the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. Philip Rivers is playing like a league MVP right now and the defense is rock solid. On the year, Rivers has now completed 70.1% of his passes while tossing 12 touchdowns and one interception. With so many other teams in the AFC scuffling, the Chargers look like the top dogs right now. Keep them in mind on the NFL betting odds for futures.

 

The Cleveland Browns Are Finally Respectable
Now that we have a four-game resume to look at, it’s safe to say the Cleveland Browns are quite respectable. Remember that there’s no Josh Gordon and Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron is banged up. However, this team still went fought tooth and nail with the Steelers in Week 1, beat the Saints in Week 2, barely lost to the Ravens in Week 3 and then got off the mat against Tennessee in Week 4 with a 25-point comeback win. Brian Hoyer has six touchdowns and just one interception, and the ground game is working quite well. This is team is going to be in the 8-8 neighborhood.

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