Week 4 saw some high scores and some spectacular plays, and hopefully it was kind to your NFL Picks. Even if it was or was not, Week 5 will be here soon, full of excellent betting opportunities.
Falcons vs. Giants
The Falcons lost on the road in Minnesota this week to the NFL debut of Teddy Bridgewater, and now they have to head into another tough road game against a team on long rest. The NFL odds have the Giants as -4 favorites right now after opening up at -3 ½ earlier Sunday evening. The total is still trickling out, but it looks as if 49 will be where it will open. This should be one of the better games of the week, and it would not surprise me to see this spread keep going up.
Ravens vs. Colts
Speaking of good conference games of Week 5, in the AFC the Ravens and Colts should be an excellent matchup. This weekly NFL opening odds report includes the Colts as -3 favorites and the total is sitting at 46 ½. The Colts once again dropped four touchdowns on their opponent in Week 4, but to be fair they did it against the Titans, and Jaguars a week before. The Ravens’ defense will pose a real test for Andrew Luck. This line might drop as the week goes on.
Bears vs. Panthers
Both of these teams could use a win after they both got blown out by more than 20 points in Week 4. The Bears come in as a +2 ½ NFL odds underdog, with a total of 45 ½. Chicago hung in with the Packers through the first half, but Green bay totally took over in the second. The Panthers were too busy regretting letting go of Steve Smith to concentrate on winning the game, but this week, the beat up Panthers defense will have their hands full again with the diverse and deep Bears offense.
Cardinals vs. Broncos
Two teams that were both on bye this past week will face off against one another this week, and the current NFL odds have the Broncos as -7 ½ or even an -8 favorite. The total right now is sitting below 50 points at 49 1/2. This will be the Cardinals toughest test to date, and they will be putting their unbeaten record on the line. The rest should help them a lot, but not knowing the health of Carson Palmer puts some cloudiness into these NFL Odds. Palmer is back at practice, so it looks like he will be back as the Cards’ starting QB.
Jets vs. Chargers
After getting beat up by the Lions in Week 4, the Jets have to travel all the way across the country to play the red-hot Chargers. The NFL odds have the Chargers as a pretty consistent -7 favorite, which seems like really good value. Only a few sportsbooks have the total (like Pinnacle), but it is also really beatable at 43 ½. While the Jets’ defense has been unbeatable, their secondary is extremely beatable. While my use of the word beatable maybe excessive, Phillip Rivers’ touchdowns against the Jets may be excessive too in this game. The Chargers basically abandoned the run against the Jaguars this week, and Rivers threw for nearly 400 yards. Think of what he’ll do against the New York secondary.