If you live in Sin City like I do, it's easy to get distracted by the glitz and glamour of prop bets and teaser cards. But with the enticing matchups Week 5 has to offer, there are a few games out there that just scream "money."
But for every upset, there are still several easy cashes. Take a look at five games that should fatten your wallets by the end of Week 5.
All spreads courtesy of www.vegasinsider.com.
The Falcons are averaging 33.5 points per game in two road contests this year, and the Redskins are giving up over 30 points per game on the season. Needless to say, this game has all the makings to hit 70.
Washington comes into Week 5 with the league's 31st-best pass defense and is coming off a thrilling 24-22 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins may have gotten the win, but they let Josh Freeman throw for nearly 300 yards on them. Imagine what Matt Ryan will do to them.
While Ryan is sure to exploit the horrendous Redskins' secondary, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris will have their way with the Falcons' run defense that is giving up 146 yards per game.
This battle features two of the most exciting offenses in the NFL and is sure to be nothing short of a shootout.
What do the oddsmakers find so intriguing about Kansas City that they're keeping them to under a touchdown against Baltimore? The Chiefs were embarrassed last week against San Diego and needed an 18-point comeback to beat the Saints in Week 3.
The Chiefs are 0-2 against the spread at home, and with the Ravens getting an extra couple of days to rest up, it could be a long day for Kansas City.
Baltimore's Achilles heel is its pass defense, which is giving up nearly 300 yards per game. Luckily for the Ravens, Kansas City have Matt Cassel as their quarterback. In two home games this season, the Chiefs have given up nearly 40 points per game.
They're averaging nearly four turnovers a contest and are completely one-dimensional with Jamaal Charles being the nucleus of their offense. Simply put: Kansas City is one long comeback away from being 0-4, while Baltimore's only loss was to a tough Philadelphia team on the road.
Take this one to the bank.
This is the second week in a row the oddsmakers are giving the Jaguars the benefit of the doubt. Last week, they were only a one-point underdog at home to the Cincinnati Bengals but were blown out 27-10.
This week, the Jacksonville comes in averaging a grand total of 8.5 points per game in two home games. The Bears, on the other hand, are coming off an impressive 34-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
Jacksonville is 0-2 at home against the spread this season, and the team has scored a combined 34 points in its last three games. With Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall leading the way for Chicago, the Jaguars will have quite the challenge trying to slow down the Bears' offense, which is averaging 22 points per game on the road.
Jacksonville have no quarterback, no wide receivers and no defense. The only weapon the team possesses is Maurice Jones-Drew, and even he can't help the Jaguars spoil the spread for Chicago. Let's not forget that the Bears have the third best run defense in the league.
To the surprise of most, the Minnesota Vikings head into Week 5 tied for first in the NFC North. Before the season started, it seemed like everybody was picking them to be in the cellar of the division by now.
Minnesota is favored by less than a touchdown, which is good news for bettors. The Titans are 0-2 against the spread on the road this season and have given up a combined 76 points in those two losses.
Tennessee has struggled in the early goings running the ball as well as stopping the run. Adrian Peterson is sure to run circles around the Titans' defense, which is giving up over 136 yards per game on the ground.
Combine that with the fact that Tennessee is averaging only 12 points per game on the road this season, and you've got yourself a nice little pay day if you take the Vikings with the points. If Minnesota can handle the 49ers, then the Titans should be no problem.
The fact that this spread is only seven points is downright insulting to the Houston Texans. The Jets slump into this Monday night contest after being embarrassed at home 34-0 to San Francisco the week before.
Both teams are clearly headed in opposite directions with New York already anticipating "Tebow Time" in Week 5. The Jets will be without their best offensive and defensive players for the rest of the season which puts them in a bind early.
The Texans come into the game as one of the, if not the best teams in the NFL. Three of their four wins have been by at least 20 points, and they are fundamentally sound in every aspect of the game.
Houston is 4-0 against the spread this season and there's no reason the team won't be 5-0 after Monday night. After a horrible showing in Week 4, where they gave up 254 yards on the ground, it will be easy for the Texans to make a mockery of the 31st-ranked New York running defense.
It's about time the Texans get some respect. But until then, just take the money and run.