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NFL Odds Week 5: Teams Guaranteed to Cover the Spread This Weekend

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams in action during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2013

There are a handful of heavy favorites heading into Week 5 of the NFL season, but some can even be categorized as locks to win.

Whether they're on a record-breaking pace, taking on an overmatched foe or just staring down the right matchup at the right time, you can count on these teams to blanket the spread in Week 5.

Below, we'll take a look at the odds for every team this weekend, highlighting three favorites guaranteed to cover.

*Spread info according to Covers.com.

 

 

St. Louis Rams (-11.5)

The St. Louis Rams may have dropped three in a row, but their Week 5 opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, have lost nine straight regular-season games going back to 2012 and are by far the worst team in the NFL through the first quarter of the 2013 season.

Averaging a pitiful 7.8 points per game this season, the 0-4 Jaguars rank 30th or worse in scoring offense, passing yards, rushing yards, rushing yards allowed and scoring defense. The list goes on, but you get the point.

Jacksonville is historically terrible at the moment and hasn't shown a single sign of life to this point, per NFL on ESPN's Twitter:

The Rams will need to win by a pair of touchdowns in order to cover the spread, but the Jaguars are losing by 24.5 points per game on average this season, so that shouldn't be a problem.

 

Denver Broncos (-7.5)

While Jacksonville represents the NFL's worst heading into Week 5, the Denver Broncos are arguably the league's most dominant team through four weeks.

Led by future Hall of Fame passer Peyton Manning, the Broncos are scoring a league-best 44.8 points per game this season and averaging an NFL-high 483 total yards per week. As a result, Denver is winning games and doing so easily. 

The most eye-popping of all scary Denver stats: The Broncos are outscoring their opponents by 22 points per game on average. That number means trouble for the Cowboys on Sunday.

After all, the Dallas defense ranks 27th against the pass in 2013 and is one of only three units that have surrendered 10 touchdowns through the air coming into Week 5. It all adds up to a dream scenario for Manning and the visiting Broncos.

 

Atlanta Falcons (-10.5)

At 1-3, the Atlanta Falcons have little room for error in Week 5. Fortunately, Mike Smith's team will be hosting the New York Jets in prime time just one week after the Jets were blown out by 25 points at Tennessee.

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith turned the ball over four times in the loss. Therefore, on top of being 0-2 on the road in 2013, the Jets now rank last in the NFL in turnovers through four weeks.

New York is averaging three giveaways per game this season and a head-scratching four per game on the road.

That definitely bodes well for Matt Ryan and the Falcons, who boast the league's No. 4 passing attack. Look for Atlanta to create turnovers, generate plenty of possessions for its offense and overwhelm a Jets offense that ranks 28th in the NFL in scoring this season.

 

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