NFL Week 5 Predictions: Favorites That Will Easily Cover Spread

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 29, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Week 5 of the NFL season features a number of highly contested battles between top teams, but it also features a few games set to be blowouts.

In a season that has seen seemingly every game go down to the wire, there are still a few squads you can count on to put big enough numbers on the scoreboard to earn a significant win.

When trying to pick games against the spread, these are the options to look for. If you can find a team on the verge of a rout, it really makes things easier to trust to cover a big line.

These favorites are the most likely to cover their spread in Week 5.

Note: All spread info courtesy of Vegas Insider as of Oct. 1.


Atlanta Falcons (-9.5) over New York Jets

It is strange to have this much faith in a 1-3 team, but the Falcons are much better than their record indicates. Atlanta's three losses have all been one-possession games against teams with a combined record of 11-1.

This is still one of the better offenses in football, especially through the air. Tony Gonzalez finally got involved last game, and it is only a matter of time until Roddy White gets healthy enough to contribute in a big way.

Meanwhile, their upcoming opponent showed its true self as the Jets were thrashed 38-13 by the Tennessee Titans. The most disappointing part was rookie Geno Smith, who was responsible for four turnovers, including a fumble in the end zone.

After a solid start to the season, the quarterback has seemingly regressed in the past few weeks. Only Eli Manning has thrown more interceptions than Smith's eight.

The Falcons will look to send a message that they are still a contender in the NFC, and the Monday night game is certain to be a blowout.


Denver Broncos (-7) over Dallas Cowboys

After watching the first month of the year, is there any reason to doubt Peyton Manning and the Broncos?

The quarterback not only leads the NFL in passing yards, but his 16 touchdowns to zero interceptions is almost comical. It seems as though he is playing a video game on the easiest mode when he is on the field.

After scoring at least 37 points in every game, Denver is set to face a defense that allowed Philip Rivers to throw for over 400 yards last week.

Dallas is likely to abandon the run early to keep up on the scoreboard, and it will lead to a mistake-prone game for Tony Romo. Even if the Cowboys have a good offensive showing, there is little chance they stick with the Broncos all game.

Expect another high-scoring shootout for the Broncos on the road.


Carolina Panthers (-2) over Arizona Cardinals

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 22:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Le
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Arizona got its second win of the season in come-from-behind fashion last week, but it came against a rookie quarterback making his first career start.

While Cam Newton makes his mistakes, he is less likely to hand the Cardinals a win thanks to two late interceptions in his own territory. Instead, the Newton on display against the New York Giants—four touchdowns in a blowout win—has a better chance of coming out in this game.

On the other side of the ball, it is hard to imagine the Cardinals having much success due to the disadvantage up front. This will be a matchup of one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL going against one of the best defensive lines.

Carolina will shut down the run game and put loads of pressure on Carson Palmer, rendering him ineffective.

Finally, the Panthers are coming off a bye, giving them an extra week to prepare for what should be an easy victory.


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