NFL week 5 is here. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 5 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from espn.com as of Wednesday morning)
Last week: 10-5, Overall: 39-24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5) at Chicago Bears
Chicago has trouble moving the ball, no matter who the quarterback is this season. Tampa Bay is firing on all cylinders and should be able to cover on the road.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-13)
The Bengals have had trouble tackling and protecting the quarterback this season. Baltimore will be able to expose these weaknesses and cover the spread.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-2)
Carolina has been gritty this season without Christian McCaffrey. Atlanta has struggled this season and morale is likely low. The Panthers will be able to at least keep the game close.
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans
There is no line on this game yet, as the Titans deal with COVID. The Bills should be picked to win, but this game will be updated once a line is released.
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
With the Chiefs battling COVID, there is also no line on this game yet. Kansas City is a much better team than the Riaders and should be picked. This will be updated once a line is released.
Arizona Cardinals (-7) at New York Jets
The Cardinals have been struggling after a hot start, but they are simply a much better team than the Jets.
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)
Philadelphia got a big win this past weekend, but they still have a lot of issues as a team. Pittsburgh has solid units on both sides of the ball. The Eagles won’t be able to keep it close.
Los Angeles Rams (-7) at Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team has announced Kyle Allen will start at quarterback. Sean McVay’s squad was already projected to win. Now, they should be expected to win by a lot.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-6)
Houston just fired Bill O’Brien. Long term, that is a very good move, but it creates a lot of problems for this weekend. The Jaguars don’t have much talent on their roster, but they battle tough. They’ll keep this one close.
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers
This is another game that doesn’t have a line on it. The 49ers should be picked to win, as the Dolphins are traveling cross-country and still have some work to do in their rebuild.
Indianapolis Colts (-1.5) at Cleveland Browns
The Browns got a big win over the Cowboys, but Dallas is allowing anyone to score. The Colts play great defense and run the ball well. They should be able to cover against the Browns.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
The theme of the week is games without spreads. In either case, the Patriots should be picked to win, even with Cam Newton out.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-9.5)
Dallas is getting exactly what they needed this week. The Giants are turnover-prone and don’t have the fire-power to keep up with the Cowboys.
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (-7)
Minnesota got a win over the Texans, but still have a lot of issues. The Seahawks are playing well and Russell Wilson is leading the charge. Their defense is shaky, but Wilson and the offense will help them cover.
Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints (-7.5)
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