Week 5 in the NFL is now behind us, and we’re down to just 3 undefeated teams, with one Superbowl favorite – the Seattle Seahawks – having just dropped their first game. The Giants are dreadful, the Chiefs are working on one of the biggest turnarounds of all time, Tom Brady is struggling like never before, and, for the most part, it’s been an exciting and intriguing season. So without further ado let’s jump into Week 6 lines and picks (with betting lines taken from Sporting News).
Giants at Bears (-8)
The Bears looked pretty bad in a Week 5 loss to the Saints, but the Giants are nothing short of abysmal. The Bears will win, and cover the spread.
Raiders at Chiefs (-10.5)
Oakland’s 27-17 win over the Chargers was fairly impressive, but the Chiefs – particularly at home – look legit. Chiefs win, and cover the spread.
Eagles (-1.5) at Bucs
Betting on these unpredictable Eagles on the road is a shaky prospect, but the Bucs are in turmoil, so in this case it’s a safe bet. Eagles will win and cover the spread.
Lions (-2.5) at Browns
This Browns team is finding ways to survive, even after the Trent Richardson deal. If you’re betting, take the Browns +2.5 – we wouldn’t be shocked to see them win this one.
Panthers at Vikings (-2.5)
The Panthers are tough to figure, but they’re due for another good week against a pedestrian Vikings team. With a 2.5 point spread, you’re basically picking a winner, and we’d lean toward Carolina.
Rams at Texans (-7)
Houston may have just taken a beating, but on the other hand the Rams barely knocked off Jacksonville, and are on the road. We’d take Houston to win and cover.
Steelers (-2.5) at Jets
This should be a messy one, but we’ll take the Jets. They’re nothing if not scrappy, and these Steelers just look bad.
Bengals (-7.5) at Bills
The Bills are putting forth Thad Lewis in just his 2nd NFL start, and though he looked good in his first one and has played well in preseason before, it’s a tall order to beat a surprisingly strong Bengals team that just destroyed Tom Brady. Bengals will win and cover.
Titans at Seahawks (-13.5)
The Seahawks may have dropped a game, but in Seattle it still feels like they can cover a relatively wide spread against the Titans.
Jaguars at Broncos (-28)
Here’s a fun exercise: take a look at BetFair, an online betting community featuring an extensive section for NFL bets. If you check out the page for Super Bowl odds, the Broncos and Jaguars are literally at complete opposite ends – Broncos 1st, Jaguars last. If the -28 spread (tied for the biggest in history) didn’t clue you in, that should do the trick. The Broncos will win big, covering the spread and then some.
Cardinals at 49ers (-10.5)
Despite Colin Kaepernick’s struggles, the 49ers just rolled Houston, and should dispatch the Cardinals, covering the 10.5 spread.
Saints at Patriots (-2)
We’re shocked the Pats are favorites in this one. This team seems primed for a beating, and the Saints may just dish one out. We’re calling the Saints to not just cover, but win by a touchdown or two.
Redskins at Cowboys (-4.5)
The Cowboys could be demoralized after falling just short of taking down Denver, but they still seem strong enough to cover against Washington.
Colts at Chargers (push)
Books can’t seem to make up their minds on this matchup, with odds seesawing back and forth. So in a straight up bet, we’re taking the Colts. Andrew Luck and Co. just looked very, very convincing in knocking off Seattle in Week 5, and the Chargers – even in San Diego – are an easier challenge.