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NFL Week 6 Game by Game Guide: Matchups, Stats and Trends, Injury Report, and Odds

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NFL Week 6 Game by Game Guide: Matchups, Stats and Trends, Injury Report, and Odds

All you need to know to get started with your NFL picks is to be had in this comprehensive NFL betting guide. Simply put, we’ve got you covered for each and every game on the NFL schedule for Week 6.

NFL Betting Recap Week 5

For a second-straight week, coronavirus proved to be a key backstory to the NFL schedule. While it’s increasingly likely that the ongoing public health crisis will continue to serve as a major talking point, the league is handling the challenges admirably so far, avoiding any major disruption or suspension to the 2020 NFL season.

Week 5’s clash between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots was postponed. At the same time, the game between Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans was rescheduled for Tuesday, October 13. The result was a watered-down slate, with only 13 out of 15 games played by the conclusion of Monday Night Football.

Nevertheless, it was a stellar week with plenty of action to spot, including several noteworthy upsets. The Las Vegas Raiders recorded the biggest upset of the week by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead, to come through as the whopping 10-point closing underdogs. The Miami Dolphins also sent seismic shockwaves through NFL betting markets by upsetting the San Francisco 49ers and coming through as the +8 road underdogs for their backers.

Elsewhere, the Chargers came through as the +7.5 underdogs in a losing effort (30-27 in OT) against the New Orleans Saints, and the NY Giants came through as the +10 underdogs in a losing effort (37-34) against the Dallas Cowboys.

The biggest favorites to win in Week 5 were the Baltimore Ravens (-12.5) in a lopsided 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. As well, the Pittsburgh Steelers came through as the -7.5 faves in a 38-29 win over the Philadelphia Eagles; the Arizona Cardinals as the -7 faves in a 30-10 win over the NY Jets; and the LA Rams as the -7 faves in a 30-10 win over Washington.

As for the Houston Texans, they finally cracked the win column with a 30-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, coming through as the -6.5 faves on top sportsbooks.

So, with the roundup almost complete, here’s a look at Week 6 NFL betting matchups, complete with betting trends, injury updates, and NFL odds.

Four teams have a bye week: Las Vegas Raiders (3-2-0), New Orleans Saints (3-2-0), Los Angeles Chargers (1-4-0), Seattle Seahawks (5-0-0)

Houston Texans (1-4-0) vs Tennessee Titans (4-0-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at Nissan Stadium, Tennessee

Check back for the full game preview at the conclusion of the rescheduled game, Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, October 13.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Texans are 1-4-0 ATS with a 6.0 losing margin on average and a -3.9 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Houston’s last 5 games

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Titans -3 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (10% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Texans vs. Titans Picks

Philip Rivers #17 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cincinnati Bengals (1-3-1) vs. Indianapolis Colts (3-2-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

The Cincinnati Bengals were decimated by the divisional rivals Baltimore Ravens in a 27-3 loss that saw the Ravens defense harass Joe Burrow to no end, rendering the No.1 draft pick and the Cincy offense virtually pointless in the game. Burrow took a lot of sacks and lost a fumble, while Joe Mixon was thwarted at every turn, and held to just 2.5 yards per carry.

The worst result on the day though has to be the injury to A.J. Green, who suffered a hamstring injury. Early indications are that Green is out indefinitely, which is likely to have an impact on the Bengals offense going forward.

The Indianapolis Colts lost their second game of the season on Sunday, losing to the surging Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium 32-23. Altogether, it was a disappointing performance by the Colts.

Philip Rivers threw a pick-six, an interception, and got flagged for an intentional grounding in the end zone that resulted in a safety. The Colts defense, meanwhile, was totally overwhelmed by the Browns offense.

On the heels of the latest defeat, the Bengals slipped to the bottom of the AFC North with a 1-3-1 SU mark, which includes an 0-2 SU record against the division and a 1-3 SU record against the Conference.

For the Colts, last week’s defeat saw them slip to 3-2-0 SU and 1-2 SU on the road. However, at home, the Colts are a perfect 2-0 SU, and they’ll likely hang their hats on home advantage for this clash. Indeed, bookmakers have opened the Colts as considerable home faves, laying 8 points at early doors across NFL odds boards.

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NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Cincinnati Bengals are 3-2-0 ATS with a 4.8 losing margin on average and a +0.3 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Indianapolis Colts are 3-2-0 ATS with a 7.6 winning margin on average and a +2.5 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of Indianapolis’s last 5 games.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Colts -8 (-105) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (% of capacity to be determined)
Full Game Preview: Bengals vs. Colts Picks

Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Atlanta Falcons (0-5-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (1-4-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

The Atlanta Falcons’ fifth straight loss to start the 2020 NFL season proved to be the final nail in Dan Quinn’s coffin. The head coach was fired immediately after Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Curiously, Dan Quinn wasn’t the only one to be shown the exit sign, general manager Thomas Dimitroff was also relieved of his duties with the organization – a clear sign that owner Arthur Blank was finally ready to set a new course for the Falcons.

What that new course might be, is anybody’s guess. The interim head coach appointment is a bit puzzling with Raheem Morris, the defensive coordinator, getting the nod. To put a finer point on it, that’s the very same coordinator that has been responsible for one of the most porous defenses in the league.

Of course, the defense hasn’t been the only problem for the Falcons. Nothing is going right for Atlanta, and the team from top to bottom is struggling. The offense is patchy; Matt Ryan has been a hit-and-a-miss (7TDs to 3 INTs); injuries have hit the team hard with Julio Jones the latest casualty (missed last week’s game), and special teams leave much to be desired.

The Minnesota Vikings slipped to a fourth defeat on the season on a rain-sodden, Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. The Vikings were well in the game – even very nearly pulled off the upset – until Pete Carroll let Russell Wilson “cook” in the dying minutes of the game, and the Seahawks went on to clinch the nerve-biting 27-26 win.

On the heels of the latest defeat, the Vikings slipped to the bottom of the NFC North with a 1-4-0 SU mark. The worst bit of news for Mike Zimmer and Co. is Dalvin Cook’s questionable status after suffering a groin injury. Cook left during Sunday’s game and is listed as day-to-day.

Although neither the Falcons nor the Vikings are convincing anyone, NFL betting markets corner this game wholeheartedly with the Vikings. Multiple sportsbooks opened the Vikings as -3.5 faves and that optimistic NFL betting outlook seems to be holding without change – for now, at least.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Atlanta Falcons are 1-4-0 ATS with a 7.8 losing margin on average and a -7.4 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Minnesota Vikings are 3-2-0 ATS with a 4.0 losing margin on average and a -0.9 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Atlanta’s last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Minnesota’s last 5 games.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Vikings -3.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Falcons vs. Vikings Picks

Cam Newton
Cam Newton. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Denver Broncos (1-3-0) vs New England Patriots (2-2-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

The New England Patriots are likely to have Cam Newton back this Sunday for their game against the Denver Broncos. Newton tested positive for coronavirus almost a couple of weeks ago and has been in isolation since. On Thursday, it was reported he was cleared for practice.

The Denver Broncos face a similar situation with the potential return of Drew Lock to the fold after the starter suffered an injury in week 2 against the Steelers. Another offensive weapon that could return on Sunday is Philip Lindsay. The running back has been side-lined since week 1 with turf toe.

There are a lot of uncertainties about this matchup and it remains to be seen how ready both quarterbacks will be for this pivotal week 6 game. Will Newton have to deal with any lingering effects of the virus? Will Lock be in form?

Newton was enjoying a renaissance with the Patriots and his first three games of the season showed great promise, until he was derailed with the virus. That said, odds makers are cornering this game wholeheartedly with New England, tipping this game in double-digits.

The Broncos are certainly being underestimated for this clash, despite boasting a 3-1-0 ATS mark through the first four games of the season. Importantly, they’ve kept games close: they lost to the Titans by 2 points and the Steelers by 5 points.

Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to blow out the Broncos in a 28-10 loss but that saw backup Jeff Driskel make his first start for Denver. In week 4, undrafted, third-string quarterback Brett Rypien made his first start for the Broncos, a national television debut that saw the Broncos beat the Jets 37-28.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Denver Broncos are 3-1-0 ATS with a 4.0 losing margin on average and a +0,1 differential vs. the spread.
  • The New England Patriots are 2-2-0 ATS with a 1.2 winning margin on average and a +1.4 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone OVER in 2 of Denver’s last 4 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 2 of New England’s last 4 games.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: No line available
Fans in Stadium: Patriots -9.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon

Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Washington Football Team (1-4-0) vs. New York Giants (0-5-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford

Washington enters Week 6 NFL betting riding a four-game losing streak. Most recently, Ron Rivera’s side lost to the Los Angeles Rams 30-10 at FedEx Field. The game marked Kyle Allen’s first start for Washington since signing with the team in the offseason. However, Allen left the game midway with a shoulder/arm injury, and he wouldn’t return, paving the way for the belated return of Alex Smith.

The former Washington starter played in his first game since a terrifying leg injury in 2018 nearly ended his career. Although Washington went on to succumb to defeat, Smith’s return was a heart-warming moment for Washington fans and neutrals alike.

Smith’s lack of playing time and rust was clearly evident through the second half of the game. It remains to be seen whether Smith or Allen will get the start this coming weekend. As it is, Allen is listed as probable for Sunday while Dwayne Haskins Jr., who was benched in favor of Allen and Smith, as the No.1 and No.2 respectively, wasn’t even present in the stadium last weekend on account of illness.

On the same day that Smith returned to play, Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending injury in Dallas Cowboys’ game against the NY Giants. The horrifying turn of events put a damper on the day’s proceedings, on what was an encouraging account by the Giants for Joe Judge until that precise moment. It might have even rattled the Giants’ defense, as they were unable to thwart backup Andy Dalton from lifting the Cowboys to the 37-34 victory in the dying minutes of the game.

Nevertheless, the positive takeaway was: the G-men came to play and gave the Cowboys a run for their money. Most encouraging was the fact that the Giants offense finally burst to life. Daniel Jones had one of his better accounts (no interceptions for the first time this season). Evan Engram and Darius Slayton made their presence felt, along with Devante Freeman, who drove home his worth in the ground game.

All told, the Giants are riding a five-game losing skid on the season, putting them on par with the Jets and Falcons, as the only three winless teams in the league. And yet, bookmakers corner this game with the Giants in NFL betting markets, opening the G-men as the -2.5 chalk.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • Washington is 2-3-0 ATS with a 10.6 losing margin on average and a -2.2 differential vs. the spread.
  • The NY Giants are 3-2-0 ATS with a 10.4 losing margin on average and a -3.5 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Washington’s last 5 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of NY Giants’ last 5 games.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Giants -2.5 (-115) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Washington vs. Giants Picks

Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Cincinnati Bengals. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Baltimore Ravens (4-1-0) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

The Baltimore Ravens are riding a two-game winning streak into Week 6, with wins over Washington Football Team and Cincinnati Bengals. Both accounts were totally lopsided affairs with the Ravens outscoring both outfits by a combined 58 to 20. Against the Bengals, the Ravens proved to be the biggest faves (-12.5 closing point-spread) to cover in Week 5 NFL betting markets.

On the heels of the latest victory, the Ravens improved to 4-1-0 SU and 2-0-0 SU against the AFC North. However, they remain in second-place in divisional standings, behind the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0-0 SU) and on a level with the Cleveland Browns (4-1-0 SU).

While the defense showed up in the last couple of weeks, bouncing back admirably from a forgettable performance in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Lamar Jackson hasn’t been so sharp. Indeed, he missed back-to-back trainings last week with an injury and a stomach bug, and the lack of preparation showed. He went 19 of 37 for 180 yards.

The Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 38-29 loss at Heinz Field in Week 5. It marked their third loss of the season and resulted in a drop from first to second place in the NFC East standings. As it is, the Eagles are 1-3-1 SU and just 1-4-0 ATS on the season.

Aside from an unexpected win over the Niners in Week 4, Philly fans have had little joy. A loss to Washington (Week 1) and a tie with Cincy (Week 3) raises many questions. Particularly, where the often erratic play of Carson Wentz is concerned. He’s the second-most sacked quarterback (19) in the league after Joe Burrow (22). He has 6TDs to a league-leading 9 INTs. Similarly, Wentz’s 68.5 passer rating is the worst in the league.

The offense has been hit by injuries, which goes some way towards explaining Wentz’s struggles this season. That said, the Eagles aren’t the only team struggling with injuries, and at some point, Wentz and the offense will need to make adjustments. The only thing going for the Eagles is the fact that the NFC East is the worst division in the league. The Eagles are still well in the race for the divisional title.

Bookmakers opened this contest firmly cornered with the Baltimore Ravens. As it is, the Ravens are one of the largest road favorites going into Week 6.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Baltimore Ravens are 3-2-0 ATS with a 14.6 winning margin on average and a +5.6 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles are 1-4-0 ATS with 6.4 differential vs. the spread and a -5.8 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore’s last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Ravens -7 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (15% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Ravens vs. Eagles Picks

Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets past the Denver Broncos to scores an 84 yard touchdown. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland Browns (4-1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

Of all the contests in Week 6, the AFC North showdown between the surging Cleveland Browns and undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers is the most intriguing. That is, assuming both teams are playing on a level field.

The Browns are after their fourth straight win, beating a well-respected Indianapolis Colts side 32-23 at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. In winning, the Browns improved to 4-1-0 SU and drew level with Baltimore Ravens in the standings. The Browns are 1-1 SU on the road, 3-0-0 SU at home, and 1-1 SU against the division, all while outscoring opponents 156 to 149.

However, one note of concern is Baker Mayfield’s status. The Cleveland starter was hurt in the fourth quarter of last week’s contest against the Colts. A team spokesperson revealed that X-rays taken on Mayfield’s ribs came back negative this week. The starter himself insisted he’ll play through any discomfort next weekend too. And yet, it’s uncertain whether Mayfield will play against the Steelers. This is something to pay close attention to before making Week 6 NFL picks.

Big Ben and the Steelers overcame the disruption over their postponed game with the Tennessee Titans in Week 4 and returned to winning form at the weekend by beating the Eagles 38-29, In so doing, the Steelers came through as the 7.5-point home chalk to the delight of their fans and NFL bettors.

The Steelers remain one of four teams that are undefeated ahead of Week 6. Roethlisberger is having a standout season with 10 TDs to just 1 INT and a passer rating at 110.4. Chase Claypool is proving to be a real find by Pittsburgh in the 2020 NFL draft – the rookie wide receiver had a monster game with 3 passing TDs and 1 rushing TD at the expense of the Eagles. Separately, the Steelers defense continues to be one of the best in the league.

Predictably, the Steelers opened as the faves across multiple sportsbook platforms, but oddsmakers made Pittsburgh only nominal faves. Since markets opened, the NFL line has moved down from -4 to -3.5 almost unanimously across the board.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Cleveland Browns are 3-2-0 ATS with a 1.4 winning margin on average and a +0.6 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3-1-0 ATS with a 7.8 winning margin on average and a +2.0 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Steelers -4 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (15% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Browns vs. Steelers Picks

Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers looks to hand off the ball to Christian McCaffrey #22. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Chicago Bears (4-1-0) vs. Carolina Panthers (3-2-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

Nick Foles led the Chicago Bears to a narrow 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, underscoring his dark horse credentials at the expense of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. It was Foles’ second start and the first victory for the Bears, lifting Chicago to 4-1-0 SU and maintain the pressure on the Green Bay Packers in the race for the NFC North title.

The Carolina Panthers are riding the momentum of a three-game winning streak into Week 6, which includes a win over the Chargers, Cardinals, and Falcons. Teddy Bridgewater has picked up from where he left off last season as the New Orleans Saints’ backup quarterback, proving to be the feel-good story early on this season.

Both the Bears and Panthers will be keen to keep the momentum going, but bookmakers have cornered this game with the Panthers ever so slightly at home. That NFL betting outlook may be underscored by the potential return of Christian McCaffrey to the line-up, although the Panthers haven’t really done too badly in his absence.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Chicago Bears are 3-2-0 ATS with a 1.0 winning margin on average and a +2.5 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Carolina Panthers are 3-2-0 ATS with a 0.8 winning margin on average and a +5.2 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of Chicago’s last 5 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of Carolina’s last 5 games.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Panthers -2.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (7% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Bears vs. Panthers Picks

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions while playing the New Orleans Saints. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Detroit Lions (1-3-0) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 1:00 PM ET at TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville

The pressure is well and truly on Matt Patricia as the Detroit Lions emerge from a Week 5 bye. Two coaches have already received the axe over the last fortnight – Bill O’Brien (Houston) and Dan Quinn (Atlanta) – and Matt Patricia is being singled out by the best betting sites as a likely candidate next for the sack. Which is a reality that might happen sooner than later, should the Lions continue in their losing ways.

The Detroit Lions last played the New Orleans Saints (Week 4) and lost 35-29 at home. The Lions did enjoy the lead at one point in the game, only to frit away from the advantage – a trend that persists with the Lions over Patricia’s three-year tenure. The Detroit offense isn’t the deepest in the league, and the defense is more porous than Swiss cheese.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are riding a four-game losing streak and look to be wholly off-color and form. Their opening win over the Indianapolis Colts now seems a total anomaly, a one-off than can be attributed to luck and a bit of underestimation by the Colts.

Gardner Minshew has put in a modest enough account with 10 TDs to 4 INTs, but he has also been sacked 16 times. The Jags are struggling to protect their quarterback, and the defense leaves a lot to be desired.

Neither team is inspiring much confidence, prompting bookmakers to go to press with a tight NFL betting line that had the Lions tipped as the -1.5 road faves. Since the markets opened, the NFL line has jumped up to Lions -3 or -3.5, depending on the choice of the top-rated sportsbook.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Detroit Lions are 1-3-0 ATS with a 7.0 losing margin on average and a -4.0 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-3-0 ATS with a 7.6 losing margin on average and a -3.8 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Detroit’s last 4 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Jacksonville’s last 5 games.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Lions -1.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (% of capacity to be determined)
Full Game Preview: Lions vs. Jaguars picks

Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Miami Dolphins. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

New York Jets (0-5-0) vs. Miami Dolphins (2-3-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 4:05 PM ET at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens

Adam Gase is on the hot seat, joining Matt Patricia as the top two bets to get the sack in 2020. To be fair, head coaches have been fired for a lot less than a five-game losing streak, making Gase’s enduring tenure with the Jets a bit surprising.

The latest news to come out of Gang Green’s camp is Gase is toying with the idea of relinquishing the play-calling – an idea that comes after the Jets’ most recent 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Joe Flacco replaced an injured Sam Darnold, starting his first game for the Jets this season. He went 18-of-33 for 195 YDS and 1 TD. It remains to be seen whether Flacco will start in Week 6, but signs seem to point in that direction as Darnold remains questionable. On the same day as the Jets saw the return of Le’Veon Bell, they lost Chris Hogan (ankle), extending the ongoing injury concerns plaguing the team.

The Miami Dolphins orchestrated one of the biggest upsets of the week, a 43-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Granted the Niners are decimated by injuries this season, but that fact shouldn’t take away from a very deserving effort by the Dolphins. They came out to play and took it unapologetically to the reigning NFC Champions.

In winning, the Dolphins not only improved to 2-3-0 SU but added flavor to the AFC East contest. As it is, the Dolphins are in third place, but they’re nipping at the heels of the Patriots and Bills, respectively. The Beard could very well make things interesting in this division, more so than many NFL bettors would have had it at the start of the season when the only consideration was when Tua Tagovailoa would get to start for Miami.

If Fitzpatrick continues to rise to the occasion, head coach Brian Flores might well leave Tagovailoa on the backburner for the better part of 2020. Actually, the Dolphins are laying 8-points to the hapless Jets for this contest in early NFL betting markets.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The NY Jets are 0-5-0 ATS with a 17.2 losing margin on average and a 10.8 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Miami Dolphins are 3-2-0 ATS with a 4.6 winning margin on average and a +10.3 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of NY Jets’ last 5 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of Miami’s last 5 games.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Dolphins -8 (-105) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (20% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Jets vs. Dolphins Picks

Ronald Jones #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs against the Chicago Bears. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Green Bay Packers (4-0-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 4:25 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay

A well-rested and refreshed Green Bay Packers side is set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6, a contest that is underscored by a pair of first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterbacks going head-to-head. It should be one of the most-watched games of the week’s NFL schedule.

The Packers are one of four teams that remain undefeated on the season. Moreover, the Packers are the top team in point spread betting markets through the first five weeks with a perfect 4-0-0 ATS mark. Before heading into a bye week, the Packers cruised to a commanding 30-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Aaron Rodgers is having a banner season, and despite missing last week’s round of NFL action, he continues to be amongst the top passers in the league on the leader-board. Rodgers boasts 13 TDs (2nd) to zero interceptions. He’s been sacked just 3 times, and his passer-rating is a solid 128.4. Only Russell Wilson has a better rating than Rodgers at this vantage point.

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are flush off a narrow 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Slipping to 3-2 SU on the season and into second place in the NFC South standings. It was a maddening game for Tom Brady, who was without some of his key offensive weapons due to injury: O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin. At times, Brady didn’t shy away from showing his frustration on the side-lines, even giving a few of his teammates an earful.

By the stats, Tom Brady is fourth overall in the league with 12 TDs, along with 4 INTs and 8 sacks, and a passer rating of 96.8. Obviously, it’s a new offense and team for Brady, and the growing pains are sure to continue. However, undisciplined play and penalties from both offense and defense remain a problem and a source of irritation for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

On paper, this game is one of the toughest to predict. Bookmakers tip the Packers as the nominal road faves, but since the markets opened, the Packers dropped from -2.5 to -2 or -1.5 with various top-rated sportsbooks.

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NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Green Bay Packers are 4-0-0 ATS with a 12.8 winning margin on average and a +10.9 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-3-0 ATS with a 5.4 winning margin and a +1.3 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Green Bay’s last 4 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Buccaneers -2.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (25% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Packers vs. Buccaneers Picks

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a pass. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Los Angeles Rams (4-1-0) vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-3-0)

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 8:20 PM ET at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

Early NFL betting markets tipped the Niners as the home chalk, but following the shocking loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the markets flipped. Now, the Rams are laying a field goal ahead of this intriguing and pivotal NFC West showdown.

The Niners are under .500 for the first time this season, and in all sorts of trouble, as they prop up the NFC West division. The Seahawks are flying high behind a perfect undefeated mark, and both the Rams and Cardinals are enjoying much better fortunes. In more ways than one, this is almost a must-win game for the Niners, if they hope to make the playoffs this season.

San Francisco is 2-3-0 SU on the season, 0-3 SU at home and 0-1 SU against divisional opponents. Jimmy Garoppolo was benched in last week’s losing effort against the Dolphins after a terrible showing in the first half of the game. However, it was clear that the starter wasn’t fully recovered from his high-ankle sprain. Injuries have been a real problem for the Niners and it could be their undoing in 2020.

The Los Angeles Rams are enjoying the momentum of a two-game winning streak ahead of their date with the Niners on Sunday. Most recently, the Rams edged Washington 30-10 in the nation’s capital.

Jared Goff is playing well this season compared to last season, and the Rams are enjoying the rewards. That said, the Rams defense is quite formidable and has played a massive part in their winning form. To be fair, the Rams were one penalty call away (vs. the Bills) from being undefeated through the first five weeks.

Given the contrasting fortunes of both teams, it’s really no surprise that the best sportsbooks have tipped the balance of the betting on this game in favour of the Rams.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Los Angeles Rams are 3-2-0 ATS with a 9.2 winning margin on average and a +5.6 differential vs. the spread,
  • The San Francisco 49ers are 2-3-0 ATS with a 2.0 winning margin on average and a -4.8 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of LA Rams’ last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of San Francisco’s last 5 games.

TV Network: NBC
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, NBC
Opening Line: Niners -3 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Rams vs. 49ers Picks

Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with Patrick Mahomes #15 before the start of the game against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Kansas City Chiefs (4-1-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (4-1-0)

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM ET at Bills Stadium, Orchard Park

Check back later for game preview, at the conclusion of Tuesday’s clash between the Bills and Titans.

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-2-0 ATS with a 7.8 winning margin on average and a +0.5 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 3 of Kansas City’s last 5 games.

TV Network: FOX/NFL
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV
Opening Line: No Line Available
Fans in Stadium: Chiefs -3.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Full Game Preview: Chiefs vs. Bills Picks

DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown against the New York Jets. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Arizona Cardinals (3-2-0) vs. Dallas Cowboys (2-3-0)

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 8:15 PM ET at AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury paves the way for Andy Dalton to take over as the starter for the Dallas Cowboys. How the Cincinnati Bengals’ cast-off utilizes this second chance at an NFL career remains to be seen. He seemed poised when taking over from Prescott towards the end of last week’s divisional contest against the NY Giants, leading the Cowboys to the 37-34 victory.

The upcoming Monday night clash with the Cardinals marks Dalton’s first-start for Dallas in 2020. Those in-the-know, will remember Dalton’s penchant to come up short in primetime football games, and never more so than on Monday night. One wonders whether that reputation will follow him into this game.

That said, the Cowboys defense is atrociously porous and the team’s shortcomings on that side of the ball have contributed to their mixed form through the first five weeks of the season. It’s quite possible Dalton will play well, but the defense will undo his efforts.

The Cardinals bounced back in Week 5 with a straightforward win against a weaker opponent. It was Arizona’s “get right” game and the Cardinals didn’t disappoint, going on to snap a two-game losing streak with a commanding 30-10 win over the hapless NY Jets.

The Cardinals are 3-2-0 SU after last week, which includes a 2-1-0 SU record on the road for the season. Bookmakers tip the Cardinals as the road faves for this game, clearly snubbing the Dalton-inspired Cowboys at home in NFL betting markets. Do the bookies have it right?

NFL Betting Trends:

  • The Arizona Cardinals 3-2-0 ATS with a 5.2 winning margin on average and a +2.2 differential vs. the spread.
  • The Dallas Cowboys are 0-5-0 ATS with a 3.4 losing margin on average and a -4.9 differential vs. the spread.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas’s last 5 games.

TV Network: ESPN
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV
Opening Line: Cardinals -3 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (30% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon