If the Sportsbook point spreads are any indication, Week 5 in the NFL will be full of close games. Nine of the 14 games feature spreads of four points or less, with two games being listed as pick'ems early in the week.
The New Orleans Saints opened as 2.5-point road favorites over the Chicago Bears, but the line was down to a pick ‘em at most shops on Wednesday morning. Sportsbook still had the Saints as 1-point favorites. New Orleans improved to 4-0 with a convincing win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, while the Bears turned it over four times and lost at Detroit.
The Cincinnati Bengals opened as 3-point home favorites over the undefeated New England Patriots, but the line quickly shrunk to a pick ‘em as of Wednesday morning. The Bengals were upset by the Cleveland Browns last week, while the Patriots went into Atlanta and beat the Falcons impressively. New England has won seven of the last eight meetings with the Bengals. Cincinnati has covered the spread in five of its last six road games.
In one of the week’s marquee matchups, the Seattle Seahawks, who have covered the spread in six straight and 23 of their last 30 games, are 3-point road favorites at Indianapolis. The Colts have covered the spread in nine of their last 12 home games. They’re also 6-0 against the spread as home dogs.
The New York Giants are 2.5-point home favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles in a matchup of desperate NFC East teams. The Eagles have owned the series recently, covering the spread in eight of the last 10 meetings with the Giants. Both teams enter struggling. The Eagles have dropped three straight under new coach Chip Kelly. The Giants are still looking for their first win.
There are also a couple of giant spreads, including a historical number in Dallas, where the Cowboys are 8.5-point home dogs to the mighty Denver Broncos. The last time the Cowboys were that big of a home dog came in Week 1 of the 2001 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Then, there’s the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, who are double-digit underdogs to the 1-3 St. Louis Rams. Jacksonville is 0-4 straight-up and against the spread this season and has failed to cover the spread in eight of their last nine outings going back to last season. This is the first time the Rams have been double-digit favorites since 2004.