Week 5 has some great matchups this week. New England is in Cincinnati as roaddogs, Green Bay is coming off their BYE week where they are 21-1 to host Detroit, New Orleans is in the windy city on a short work week, Peyton Manning is in Jerry’s House to take on Dallas and Houston looks for road win in San Francisco. Below are NFL Point Spreads, previews, my predictions for you to consider.
Thursday, October 03@8:25 PM ET
Buffalo at Cleveland (-4) (O/U-41) PREDICTION: Browns -4
Brian Hoyer has the Browns playing with a new-found intensity on offense. Cleveland makes it three straight wins in a defensive struggle.
Sunday, October 06@1:00 PM ET
New England at Cincinnati (-1) (O/U-45) PREDICTION: Patriots +1
No proven receivers for Brady, no problem. Despite the circumstances, the 14-year veteran keeps getting the job done week in, week out.
Detroit at Green Bay (-7) (O/U-52) PREDICTION: Packers -7
The Lions haven’t won in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, but this looks like a team that could finally break the streak. However, it’s simply too difficult to pick against a Packers team coming off a bye and playing at home, where Green Bay has won 21 of its last 22 games.
Seattle (-1) at Indianapolis (O/U-43) PREDICTION: Seahawks -1
You can’t get much better than Wilson vs. Luck in terms of a young quarterback showdown. The difference here is the Seattle defense, which has carried the Seahawks in two road wins this season.
Baltimore at Miami (-2.5) (O/U-43.5) PREDICTION: Dolphins -2.5
Miami should get back defensive end Cameron Wake, and the Ravens have been awful away from Baltimore this season (0-2). Both factors tilt the scales in the Dolphins’ favor.
New Orleans at Chicago (PK) (O/U-47.5) PREDICTION: Bears
Jay Cutler is going to bounce back after another turnover disaster. The Bears always play well at home.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants (-1) (O/U-55) PREDICTION: Eagles +1
The Giants have been outscored 69-7 over the last two weeks and will now come home to what should be a hostile crowd. Chip Kelly finally gets to play another defense that will allow his offense to run wild. His defense will continue to be a problem, but that shouldn’t matter in this game.
Kansas City (-1) at Tennessee (O/U-39.5) PREDICTION: Chiefs -1
Watching these two defenses clash should be old-school fun. Jake Locker’s unfortunate hip injury will likely present the Chiefs with a golden opportunity to start the season 5-0.
Jacksonville at St. Louis (-11.5) (O/U-41.5) PREDICTION: Rams -11.5
The Rams have been beat up the last three weeks and are now a disappointing 1-3. But this team will have 10 days to prepare for a Jaguars club that looks like one of the worst the NFL has seen in recent years.
Sunday, October 06@4:05 PM ET
Carolina (-1) at Arizona (O/U-42) PREDICTION: Panthers -1
Quietly, the Panthers have built a defense that can play with anyone. Carolina should ride that unit Sunday, as the Cardinals offense is just 26th in yards and 25th in points this season.
Sunday, October 06@4:25 PM ET
Denver (-7.5) at Dallas (O/U-55) PREDICTION: Broncos -7
Philip Rivers just smoked the Dallas defense for 401 yards and three scores. Is there really any sane reason to think Manning won’t continue his assault on the NFL record books?
Sunday, October 06@8:30 PM ET
Houston at San Francisco (-7) (O/U-42.5) PREDICTION: Texans +7
The Houston Texans shot themselves in the foot in Week 4, allowing the Seahawks to come from behind and win in overtime. The true Texans haven’t been seen yet, though they should give the 49ers a bit of a fight. I think this one comes down to a last second field goal.
Sunday, October 06@11:25 PM ET
San Diego (-5) at Oakland (O/U-44) PREDICTION: Chargers -5
Rivers’ red-hot start (11 TDs, 2 INTs, 118.8 rating) should be a much bigger story. He looks like the quarterback he was from 2008-10, when most considered him on the fringe of elite status. The Chargers will ride him to a road win in the AFC West.
Monday, October 07@8:40 PM ET
N.Y. Jets at Atlanta (-10) (O/U-43.5) PREDICTION: Falcons -10
The Falcons falling to 1-4 with a home loss to a rookie quarterback would represent one of the bigger upsets of this young season. Atlanta should roll.
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