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Sep 24, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Week 5 odds and lines: Case for every underdog to cover

It’s Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season, and we take a glance at why each of the 15 underdogs could make you some money this weekend.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4.5) at Chicago Bears

Home game, short week and the Buccaneers are dealing with injuries to Leonard Fournette, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans among others.

Arizona Cardinals (-7) at New York Jets

At some point, the Jets have to win. Plus, the Cardinals are making their second consecutive trip across the country. Not easy.

Buffalo Bills (-8.5) at Tennessee Titans

The Titans are undefeated, at home, coming off a (corona) bye and getting 8.5 points? Sign me up.

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-2.5)

The Panthers are the better team. Atlanta is 0-4 and might not have Julio Jones. Teddy Bridgewater has also been terrific through the first four games.

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-13)

Win? No. Cover? Probably. The Ravens blow many teams out, but Joe Burrow is solid and his weapons are excellent. Cincinnati can score.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-6)

Why is Houston laying six points? The Texans are winless and fired their coach to replace him with 73-year-old Romeo Crennel. The Jaguars should cover and perhaps win.


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Los Angeles Rams (-7.5) at Washington Football Team

The Rams barely scored last week against the Giants, and now come cross-country to face a better team in Washington. The Football Team will struggle to win, but covering more than a touchdown is possible.

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-13)

Another situation of covering rather than winning. Derek Carr hasn’t thrown a pick yet, and perhaps he can coax 20 points or so against the Chiefs, who have been slow to start offensively this year.

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)

Carson Wentz and the Eagles got their first win last weekend. Now, they get the Steelers, who consistently play down to competition in recent years. Expect a tight game.

Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers (-9.5)

If Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t play, this is a huge line. Neither C.J. Beathard or Nick Mullens is anything approaching a lock to cover 9.5 points.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (-11)

If Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham play, the Broncos need to simply avoid turnovers and play some defense in the red zone. Do that, and they cover.


Read: Patriots QB Cam Newton ‘Could Return’ in Week 5 After Covid-19 Bout


Indianapolis Colts (-1.5) at Cleveland Browns

The Browns are 3-1 and at home. There’s no reason for them to be underdogs in this game. Hell, the Colts have beaten the softest 3-1 team in football along with the Jets and Vikings.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-9.5)

The Giants are actually going to score in this game! Dallas has no defense.

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (-7)

See above, and the Vikings, unlike the Giants, have talent.

Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints (-7.5)

Justin Herbert is for real, the Saints have a million injuries, and Drew Brees is checking down nonstop. The Chargers could outright win.

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