NFL Odds Week 4: Most Appealing Spreads to Bet This Weekend

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IISeptember 26, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts slams the ball down in the endzone after he scored on six yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Colts won the game 27-7.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Your gambling needs will be well-served with some favorable odds in Week 4 of the NFL season. Whether you're up big or fighting to break even, there are some favorable spreads to help make a positive impact in the ol' bank account.

Sometimes you should stay away from the too-close-too call lines, but other times you can't ignore growing trends in the business. One of those growing trends is that the Jacksonville Jaguars are hopelessly awful. Bet against them in as many ways as possible and you'll probably end up rich by Week 10.

Here's a look at who to bet on due to the favorable spreads they have to cover. 


Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) at Buffalo Bills

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens hands the ball off to teammate Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 5, 2013
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The Baltimore Ravens haven’t allowed any second-half points after being burned by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Week 1. That said, their offense hasn’t been lights out, but that could change against a Buffalo Bills defense that is struggling to say the least.

Ray Rice and the Ravens rushing game should be able to get on track against their next-to-last-ranked rush D—allowing 155 yards per game. They haven’t fared too well in pass defense, either, surrendering 262 yards per game through the air.

Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense should score enough points that makes it impossible for the Bills to get within a field goal.


Indianapolis Colts (-7.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Want a sure-thing? Bet on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4. Last week, I tried rationalizing that the Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t cover their massive advantage over the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the end, I went with the Jags failing to even compete with a top-tier team in the Seahawks.

That was a good bet. Another one would be picking the Indianapolis Colts to win by at least eight points over the same Jaguars that have been impotent offensively this season. Their only real scoring—17 of their league-worst 28 points—came during the second half against Seattle after trailing 31-0.

With Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw in the backfield, it’s a no-brainer. Andrew Luck and the Colts will be able to roll against the worst rush defense in the NFL.


Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) at Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22:  Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (
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In a battle of winless teams, here’s one thing you should bet on: the resolve of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s one thing you shouldn’t bet on: Christian Ponder.

Any questions?

The game is being held in England and Ponder is traveling and plans to play despite being limited in practice this week with rib soreness, per Paul Logothetis of the Associated Press.

While it’s a home game officially on the schedule, there is no advantage in this one. Look for Big Ben to minimize mistakes and build off of an otherwise strong Week 3 performance by shredding a defense that surrendered over 300 yards passing to Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns last week.