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NFL Spreads Week 5: Last-Second Advice for Sunday's Best Action

Sep 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts leaving the field after the game. The Carolina Panthers defeated the New York Giants 38-0 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

Football Sunday is here, and with it comes the latest round of intriguing matchups set to give headaches to the people courageous enough to bet on the spreads.

With how unpredictable the NFL has been to this point, perusing the lines for Week 5 can be a daunting task. Luckily for the brave among us, the Sunday slate of games has some easy contests to pick when it comes to the spread.

Read on for three stone-cold locks to watch out for with kickoff rapidly approaching.

 

Note: Spread info according to Vegas Insider.

 

Carolina (-2) Handles Spread and Arizona

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are hot after a blowout victory over the New York Giants, 38-0. Arizona is doing much of the same after it squeaked out a tough victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The spread here is friendly in favor of the road team, as it should be. Carolina is rushing for a ridiculous 151 yards per game and has the No. 10 overall defense, which is strong in all categories thanks to young stars like Luke Kuechly and Star Lotulelei.

On the flip side is Arizona, a team that has issues protecting quarterback Carson Palmer. Arizona ranks No. 2 against the run, but it's Palmer behind a shaky line who will cost Arizona the game.

He has tossed more interceptions than touchdowns this year and will find little room to operate against a stout Carolina defense. The Panthers will have little issue covering the spread.

 

St. Louis Rams (-11) Cover Over Jacksonville

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This is as easy as it gets this weekend.

Jacksonville is putrid in the utmost sense of the word and averages just 7.8 points per game. Quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne have one combined touchdown and have both nearly failed to eclipse 500 yards passing, with Henne eking by with 12 yards over the mark.

St. Louis has been a major disappointment this year and has lost three in a row, but this is not only a nice way to get back on track, it's a safe bet in the spread category.

Jacksonville loses by 24.5 points per game and will have no answer for tight end Jared Cook and rookie receiver Tavon Austin.

 

Denver (-8) Obliterates Spread vs. Dallas

We lied—this game is as easy as it gets in Week 5.

If there is one bet to make at the last second on Sunday, it's Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos covering a tiny eight-point spread.

Manning and Co. have been unstoppable on their way to an undefeated mark and an average of 44.8 points per game. Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys only average 26.

To make things even better for Denver to cover, the team possesses the No. 1 rush defense and has allowed more than 23 points just once.

Dallas ranks No. 27 against the pass thanks to a horrific secondary (surprise!), and Romo and Co. can do little in the way of scoring in comparison to Denver.

Bank on Manning covering the spread.

 

 

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