NFL Lines Week 5: Sure-Fire Locks to Cover the Spread
Las Vegas is a city built on winners.
Wait, that doesn't sound right. It seems pretty close, though. Whatever, it doesn't matter.
There are plenty to be had in each and every week of the NFL season. Because of the enormity of the sport, it's crazy how much you can find to bet on.
In order to keep your sanity—and life savings—it might be best to limit your football betting to just the lines for each game.
When looking to lay down some money on Sunday, take advantage of these rather generous lines.
St. Louis Rams (-11.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
No matter who the Jacksonville Jaguars are playing, you can almost always expect that team to cover the spread. The St. Louis Rams could be pushing it, though.
Their running game is almost nonexistent, while the passing game is really feeling the losses of Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson in the offseason. Tavon Austin hasn't emerged as much as expected. Sam Bradford looks like a franchise quarterback, but he isn't getting much help.
The defense is also looking spotty. It's been terrible against the pass and only marginally better against the run.
All of this is to say the Rams aren't all that good.
However, the Jags are so, so much worse. Moreover, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that Eugene Monroe has been sent packing to Baltimore.
That's going to mean fewer running holes for Maurice Jones-Drew and even less help for Jacksonville's horrid passing game. The Jags will be lucky to get more than a touchdown on Sunday.
New York Giants (-2) vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The perfect remedy for a sputtering offense is a date with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chip Kelly's offense has been a lot of fun to watch, but it's really hampering the defense. It is dead last in yards allowed and Football Outsiders has the group ranked 30th against the pass and 21st against the run.
Eli Manning has been on the wrong side of inconsistent more often than not this season. While you never expect him to suddenly turn into his brother, he's bound to put in some good performances sooner rather than later.
The Eagles are too bad defensively to think that Manning's not due for a huge performance.
His success could also open up the running game. As the defense drops back to stop the pass, holes can open up for running back David Wilson.
Philadelphia simply won't be able to keep pace and will fade late in the game.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers (-2)
It's been a few weeks, but think back to when the Carolina Panthers dumped the Giants, 38-0. This is a 1-2 team that could well be undefeated if a couple of plays had gone a different way.
With the bye week, Ron Rivera was able to sort out the team's problems and get his players focused on turning the season around. The injured players in the secondary were also able to get a week off to fully recuperate.
Carolina's front seven can be something special. It can pressure the quarterback off the edge and has the pieces to shut down the run up the middle.
The Arizona Cardinals will have a hard time moving the ball against this unit. Carson Palmer hasn't worked out well so far, and with his mobility—or lack thereof—he could be a sitting duck in the pocket.
Although the Cardinals have a great run defense, the Panthers should get enough from DeAngelo Williams to support Cam Newton and win by more than a field goal.
All odds are courtesy of Vegas Insider.
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