NFL Spreads Week 6: Biggest Locks to Cover This Weekend
Monday Night Football's showdown between the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons signals the final chapter of Week 5. Meanwhile, the rest of the league has turned its attention to Week 6, which will feature 15 total matchups.
The Vegas oddsmakers have already picked their favorites for this coming weekend, including a handful of heavyweights who are expected to cruise and cover double digits at home.
Let's take a look at the spreads for Week 6, highlighting the biggest locks to cover.
*Spread information according to VegasInsider.com.
|New York Giants||vs||Chicago Bears (-7)||46|
|Oakland Raiders||vs||Kansas City Chiefs (-10.5)||41|
|Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5)||vs||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||N/A|
|Green Bay Packers (-3.5)||vs||Baltimore Ravens||47.5|
|Detroit Lions (-3)||vs||Cleveland Browns||45|
|Carolina Panthers||vs||Minnesota Vikings (-1.5)||46.5|
|St. Louis Rams||vs||Houston Texans (-7)||43|
|Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5)||vs||New York Jets||40.5|
|Cincinnati Bengals (-7.5)||vs||Buffalo Bills||N/A|
|Tennessee Titans||vs||Seattle Seahawks (-13.5)||41|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||vs||Denver Broncos (-28)||48|
|Arizona Cardinals||vs||San Francisco 49ers (-10.5)||42|
|New Orleans Saints||vs||New England Patriots (-3)||50|
|Washington Redskins||vs||Dallas Cowboys (-4.5)||51|
|Indianapolis Colts||vs||San Diego Chargers (-1)||N/A|
Spread info according to VegasInsider.com
Chicago Bears (-7) Over New York Giants
The Chicago Bears are all but guaranteed to end their two-game losing skid in Week 6 as they play host to the winless New York Giants on Thursday Night Football.
On top of possessing the NFL's worst running game and one of the league's worst defensive units, the Giants are turning the ball over at a blistering rate. New York has given the ball away 20 times through five games and ranks worst in the league with a turnover differential of minus-13.
The Bears are plus-4 through five games and balanced enough offensively to give the Giants' porous defense plenty of problems on Thursday.
Chicago needs to win by a touchdown in order to cover, but keep in mind that New York has been outscored by 100 points this season (20 per game). Only Jacksonville ranks worse in that category.
Kansas City Chiefs (-10.5) Over Oakland Raiders
Which of these teams is the biggest lock to cover in Week 6?
The Oakland Raiders may have looked impressive in their 10-point win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 5, but the Silver and Black were aided by five San Diego turnovers.
Oakland's Week 6 opponent, Kansas City, has turned the ball over just five times all season and ranks tops in the NFL in turnover differential through five games at plus-10. That's bad news for the Raiders, who are 0-2 on the road to start the year.
In addition to being 5-0, the Chiefs are outscoring their opponents by an average of 18.2 points per game. Kansas City beat the New York Giants by 24 points in their last home game and therefore should easily cover the spread against Terrelle Pryor and Oakland on Sunday afternoon.
Denver Broncos (-28) Over Jacksonville Jaguars
Look for the Denver Broncos to cover the largest spread in the history of the NFL on Sunday afternoon when they host the 0-5 Jacksonville Jaguars.
Denver is favored by four touchdowns, and while that may seem like a lot, keep in mind that the Jaguars are being outscored by 22.4 points per game this season and the Broncos are averaging 46 points per game in 2013. Over the past two weeks, Denver has scored a combined 103 points in wins over Philadelphia and Dallas.
This eye-popping stat from ESPN Stats & Info says it all:
The Broncos scored 51 points Sunday.. the Jaguars have 51 points all season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 7, 2013
The Broncos shouldn't have too much trouble covering the spread considering the Chiefs, Seahawks and Colts have all beaten the Jaguars by at least 26 points. Seattle won by exactly 28 points in Week 3 and Indianapolis won by 34 in Week 4.
With Denver scoring 46 points per game and Jacksonville putting roughly 10 points on the board each week, a 35-point spread wouldn't have been out of the question.
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