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NFL Week 5 odds: Making a case for the underdogs

Approaching NFL Week 5, we’re past the quarter mark of the season. We take a look at five underdog bets for NFL Week 5.

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-2)

The Rams are coming off a hideous showing, specifically the offensive line and Jared Goff. This has the makings of a classic bounce-back affair.

Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5)

The Cardinals aren’t winning many games this season, but this is one of the few times they may be the more talented team.

Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans (-5)

The Falcons have to win, and they aren’t going to be at a disadvantage on the offensive line or the sideline for once. If Matt Ryan avoids turnovers, they can definitely win.


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Baltimore Ravens (-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers know this is their chance to get back into the playoff hunt. Pittsburgh should move the ball if Mason Rudolph challenges Baltimore here and there. Big key is containing Lamar Jackson. Maybe use Devin Bush as a spy.

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (-3)

The Bills are the better team on a neutral site. Provided Josh Allen returns for this one (and we aren’t sure he will), Buffalo simply needs to avoid turnovers. The defense will shut down Tennessee.

Chicago Bears (-4.5) at Oakland Raiders

This game is in London, so no home field for the Raiders. Derek Carr will get rid of the ball quickly which helps against Chicago’s awesome defense. This has to be a low-scoring, ugly game for the Raiders to win.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Carolina Panthers (-3.5)

The Jaguars are simply the better team. Gardner Minshew can play, the defense should stifle Kyle Allen, and Jacksonville might potentially be in first place of the AFC South when all is said and done on Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings (-4.5) at New York Giants

The Giants have a new energy with Daniel Jones, and while Jones hasn’t been perfect, he’s been a serious upgrade over Eli Manning. The crowd at MetLife will be roaring.

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles (-14)

The Jets need a miracle.


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New England Patriots (-15.5) at Washington Redskins

See above, and replace the word Jets with Redskins. Not going to insult anybody’s intelligence here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-5.5)

Tampa is tough to figure, but Jameis Winston can beat anybody on a given day. Bruce Arians is a good coach, and while the Saints are 2-0 in the Teddy Bridgewater era, he’s done little to contribute. If Winston plays well, the Bucs have a real shot.

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5)

The Broncos are a whisker from being 2-2. With all the Chargers’ injuries, Joe Flacco and Co. could catch the Chargers napping boy playing sound defense and running the ball.

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys (-3.5)

The Packers are excellent defensively, and Aaron Rodgers is looming on the other side of the ball. Dallas hasn’t beaten a single team worth mentioning, so perhaps the Packers are just a better group.

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (-11)

The Chiefs have a very flawed defense. Indianapolis can win by running the ball, converting on third down and forcing a few turnovers.

Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)

In short, play just like they did in Baltimore. Creative offensive concepts, stop the run and so forth.

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