Another week of NFL action is nearly over, with only the Rams and 49ers left to battle on Monday Night Football. Until now, it has been a packed list that included several high-scoring cases. The Lions and Seahawks combined scored 93 (!) points, the Bucks-Chiefs scored 72 points on Sunday night, and even the Chargers-Texans scored over 50 points. Will it continue in this NFC West showdown in Santa Clara on Monday? It remains to be seen, but the rematch of last year’s NFC title game is a viewing by design, no matter how many times these teams have gotten into the dirt.
As we wait for this game to begin, it’s never too early to take a look at what’s coming in Week 5. let’s see what they can tell us about who the bookies think comes out on top.
Early chances for the 5th week
(All lines from Caesars bookmaker, all games on Sundays unless otherwise noted)
Colts (1-2-1) vs Broncos (2-2) Thursday
Denver Broncos -3.5
opening line: Broncos -3.5
That number started with Broncos 3.5 back in the spring when the schedule was first released, and dropped to Broncos 2.5 in the lead line after Week 3. full three points as of Monday morning after week 4. Both of these teams could be left without their star runners this game as there are fears that the Broncos’ Javonte Williams has suffered a serious knee injury and the Indy’s Jonathan Taylor has injured his ankle.
Both of these teams have not quite lived up to the pre-season expectations that were given as they are either at .500 or lower by week five. They were also two of the worst teams in the NFL to bet on during the early parts. year, since they are both 1-3 ATS. However, Indy played well on the road, having an ATS record of 11-5 in his last 16 games at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Giants (3-1) to Packers (3-1)
Green Bay Packers -8
opening line: Packers -7
Last week, that figure rose to Packers -7.5 and even jumped to Packers -8.5. At the end of the fourth week, Green Bay brings New York eight points. It’s important to note that this is a neutral game as this Week 5 match starts on Sunday in London. Both teams are leading the season 3-1, with the Giants most recently beating the Bears and Green Bay beating the Patriots in overtime at Lambo Field.
During the first month of the year, New York was the best bet as they are ATS 3-1 and the Packers are 2-2 ATS. While Green Bay failed to cover against New England on Sunday, they have historically bounced back well, having a 20-8 ATS record in their last 28 games since the ATS loss.
Steelers (1-3) to Bills (3-1)
Buffalo Bills -14
opening line: Accounts -9
After the opening in Vekselakh-9 back in the spring, when the timetables were made public, this queue was greatly inflated. Buffalo was the 13-point favorite in the prediction and this only increased after Week 4 as they are now the 14-point favorite. The Bills scored 17 points against the Ravens on the road and went 3-1 for the season, which also gave them a push to go 2-1-1 on the ATS this season. As for Pittsburgh, they are 1-2-1 ATS for the first month and are now possibly on the verge of switching quarterback after Mitch Trubisky was replaced by Kenny Pickett in Sunday’s loss to the Jets. The Bills are 4-0-1 in their last five home games.
Chargers (2-2) to Browns (2-2)
Los Angeles Chargers -2.5
opening line: Chargers -3
The early lineup for this game featured Chargers 3, but that dipped slightly into Week 4 when the status of various Los Angeles players, including Justin Herbert, was still in question. At that time, the Chargers scored only 1.5 points. After defeating the Texans in Week 4, this line reverted to the Chargers -3. The Clevelands are losing to the Falcons, where they were destroyed on the ground for 202 yards and two touchdowns, so Austin Eckeler, who just finished the game with three touchdowns last week, is likely licking his lips to face that defense.
However, the Chargers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games since winning outright, so you can play with a bit of caution here.
Texans (0-3-1) vs. Jaguars (2-2)
Jacksonville Jaguars -7
opening line: Jaguars -3.5
A strong start to the season in Jacksonville boosted that number significantly as they rose to 7-point favorites and that line continued throughout Week 4. Despite being the touchdown favorite, the Jags will be looking to bounce back from a loss to the Eagles, where they have taken five turnovers as a team, all coming from Trevor Lawrence, who fumbled four times and made one pick. This naturally needs to be improved if they want to cover for a Texan team that is still looking for its first outright win of the season. Even though Houston hasn’t made it into the win column yet, Houston has a 2-1-1 ATS in its first month.
Bears (2-2) and Vikings (3-1)
Minnesota Vikings -7