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NFL Lines Week 5: Last-Minute Bets You Must Make on Sunday's Action

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars waits  during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on September 29, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2013

It’s not too late to get your bets in for Week 5 of the NFL season, but you’ll have to hurry, as kickoff is just around the corner.

Before you start making bets without rationale, take the time to read over the latest lines, see my predictions for the winners of each game and more.

If you’ve been having a tough season and are winning less than 50 percent of your bets, this is a perfect opportunity to turn it around.

Here’s a look at the updated spreads and my picks, plus a closer look at two games you can’t afford to skip out on this Sunday.

 

ST. LOUIS RAMS (-11) over Jacksonville Jaguars 

Fade the Jaguars. That is the best advice I can give during the 2013 football season, as Jacksonville is easily the worst team in the league.

Blaine Gabbert has been an absolute nightmare under center, as the third-year signal-caller has completed just 33-of-67 passes for 300 yards, zero touchdowns and five interceptions in two starts.

He’s a turnover-prone disaster that simply isn’t cut out to be the starting quarterback for this beleaguered organization.

However, gamblers should be quite happy that head coach Gus Bradley refuses to replace Gabbert. It means they can continue to bet against him and continue to be rewarded, no matter how large the spread is.

While it may seem absurd to back a mediocre-at-best Rams squad as the double-digit chalk, it’s not that crazy when you consider the opponent they are up against.

St. Louis is a vastly superior team compared to the lowly Jags and should have no issue running up the score in the home dome. You won’t regret picking this side after the Rams surge to an early lead and end up cruising to a two-touchdown-plus victory.

 

ARIZONA CARDINALS (+3) over Carolina Panthers

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals  runs upfield in the 3rd quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 29, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Arizona won 13 - 10.  (Photo by Al Messerschm
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The Cards are a great bet at home, especially getting points against a mediocre team like the Panthers.

Arizona is looking to move above .500 after a gritty Week 4 victory and has an ideal chance to do so in front of the hometown fans in Glendale. This group has the proper tools to get the job done and should have no problem doing so on Sunday afternoon.

Expect passing-friendly head coach Bruce Arians to open up his offense and allow Carson Palmer to sling the ball down the field throughout the game. The Panthers defensive backs are prone to giving up the big play and are the weakest part of their defense.

As long as the Cardinals offensive front can stop the pass rush and keep Palmer upright, there’s a good chance that the signal-caller has a massive day statistically.

The quarterback has a number of weapons in his receiving corps, none more potent than superstar wideout Larry Fitzgerald.

The veteran receiver has yet to eclipse the 100-yard mark in a single game this season, but he seems poised to blow past that mark in this one.

Expect this one to be a high-scoring affair that the Cardinals win outright against an inferior opponent. Take the points to be safe, but the moneyline is a great play to increase your profits.

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