Week Five NFL Betting Preview Including Our Picks
It's Week Five of the NFL season and we are now down to two unbeaten teams after Thursday Night Football's St. Louis Rams win over the Arizona Cardinals. There are some good matchups this week with some interesting lines on the games. Here are some we think you'll want to bet on (All odds quoted from Bodog.ca Sportsbook):
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Whenever Peyton Manning meets Tom Brady, you know it will be a heck of a good ball game. This game should be no different as a pair of 2-2 teams coming off blowout wins a week ago get together in a rematch of last year's AFC Division round game. Manning and Brady have gone against each other 12 times before, with Brady's team winning eight of them. Manning has won four of the last six however. This time he brings a new team to Boston.
Neither team has shown much desire to play defense so far this season, so we should see a lot of points put up in this one. Hopefully, it will be one of those classic games that go back and forth.
The Broncos are +7- 115 or +235 at Bodog.ca ($100 free bonus). The Patriots are -7 -105 or -235. Over/under is 52. We like the Broncos +7.
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers
In the battle for Pennsylvania bragging rights, the Steelers will host the Eagles.
An interesting story about these two. During World War II when many of the NFL players were off fighting in Europe or the South Pacific, the Eagles and Steelers merged into one team. They were known as the Steagles.
The two teams meet once every three or four years so the winner gets state bragging rights for a long time. That is unless they were to meet up in a Super Bowl before then, which has never happened, but someday could.
The Steelers are 1-2 after losing to Oakland and then getting a bye. So two weeks to heal and to get that nasty taste out of their mouths makes them especially dangerous this week.
The Eagles are +3.5 -115 or +160. Pittsburgh is -3.5 -105 or -180. Over/under is 43. We are going to pick the Steelers at home -3.5.
San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints
Whenever Drew Brees gets a chance to go against Philip Rivers and the Chargers, he has got to be extra motivated. It was Rivers that ran Brees out of San Diego when he came out of North Carolina State. And while Rivers has done a pretty good job in San Diego, the Chargers could have gotten Eli Manning or kept Brees, who now have three Super Bowl wins between them. So Rivers should have a lot of motivation too.
Most of the oddsmakers have installed the Saints as the favorite this week, which is a bit strange considering the Chargers are 3-1 and the Saints are 0-4. It would seem like it should be the other way around. The Saints are at home, but that hasn't helped them out so far as they were heavy home favorites against the Redskins and Chiefs, but lost to both.
The Chargers are +4 -115 or +170. The Saints are -4 -105 or -200. Hey, 3-1 is 3-1 and 0-4 is 0-4 for a reason. We like San Diego straight up at +170.
Some of the other games on Sunday include the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons at the Washington Redskins. The Falcons are -3 -115 or -160. The Redskins are +3 -105 or +140. Over/under is 51.5. We like Atlanta to stay unbeaten in this one. Take the Falcons -3.
The Buffalo Bills are at the San Francisco 49ers. In the match up that Chris Berman predicts will meet in the Super Bowl every preseason, the Bills are +10 -115 or +350. The 49ers are -10 -105 or -500. 10 points is an awfully big spread in the NFL. +500 is also very tempting. The Bills are pretty bad and the Niners are really good. But Buffalo at +500 is not a bad risk. You bet $100.00 on that and the Bills win, you pocket $500.00.
Chicago Bears at the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bears are -6 or -240. The Jags are +6 or +200. Over/under is 41. The Jags are really bad. At home they are really, really, bad. Take the Bears -6 at Bodog.