NFL Odds Week 6: Early Look at Spreads Worth Betting on
Week 5 of the NFL season will conclude on Monday night when the New York Jets visit the Atlanta Falcons, but oddsmakers have already put in the time to help prepare you for the Week 6 slate of action.
Looking forward, a number of juicy matches are set to take place.
The New York Giants will be behind the eight ball in their pursuit of win No. 1 this year; the Chicago Bears will host the G-men on Thursday night in a game the Bears desperately need following two straight losses themselves.
Elsewhere, Green Bay and Baltimore will tango while Tennessee and Seattle will square off in a game that could have playoff implications attached to it later on.
We'll take an early look at the NFL's Week 6 schedule, a few current odds and games worth betting on next weekend.
Week 6 NFL Schedule, Matchup
|Thursday, Oct. 10||New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears (-8)|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-9)|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Philadelphia Eagles (-1) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Green Bay Packers (-3) vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Detroit Lions (-2.5) vs. Cleveland Browns|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings (-2.5)|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||St. Louis Rams vs. Houston Texans (-7)|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) vs. New York Jets|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Cincinnati Bengals (-7.5) vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks (-13.5)|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos (26.5)|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers (-11)|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots (-2.5)|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys (-5.5)|
|Monday, Oct. 14||Indianapolis Colts (-1) vs. San Diego Chargers|
Odds via Vegas Insider
*Odds via Vegas Insider, accurate as of 2 p.m. ET on 10/7/2013.
Spreads to Bet on in Week 6
Tennessee Titans (+13.5) vs. Seattle Seahawks
Conventional wisdom points to the Seahawks easily covering this spread at home; Seattle has beaten opponents by 26 (San Francisco) and 28 (Jacksonville) at CenturyLink Field this season.
Both teams will be coming off a loss in Week 5. The Seahawks suffered their first setback of the 2013 season against the Indianapolis Colts, while Tennessee blew a fourth-quarter lead against the Kansas City Chiefs in Nashville.
Taking all the evidence into account, a nearly two-touchdown spread is a big one to digest if you look at the way these two teams have played on defense and how the Titans have kept things close in each of their two losses in 2013.
Judging from the comments Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean has received on Twitter to this post, there are a number of Titans fans convinced their team is a lock to keep it close against Seattle:
Opening line: The #Titans are a 13.5-point underdog on Sunday against the Seahawks— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 7, 2013
The Titans took the Houston Texans to overtime before losing by six, and as mentioned, had a real chance to hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
Even in a hostile environment, Tennessee has a great chance to cover this weekend. Expect a big part of that to depend on Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the defenses in this game might not allow the total score to reach a point where the Seahawks can win by 14.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos (-26.5)
When the opening line for a game is an NFL record, you know the game is going to draw interest from bettors.
As noted by Bleacher Report's Twitter account, the Week 6 showdown between the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars is just that:
The Broncos look unstoppable on offense through five weeks of play, and don't appear set to slow down against a Jacksonville defense that is winless and hasn't seen a team on its schedule capable of the offensive fireworks Denver pulls out of its bag of tricks.
That's right, sports fans. The Broncos will cover the gigantic spread.
According to Rotoworld's Adam Levitan, the last time a spread in the NFL was this big, the Baltimore Colts managed to cover:
The last time an NFL team was favored by 28 points was 1966. Baltimore Colts covered against the expansion Falcons: http://t.co/8oYB7YCcYl— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) October 7, 2013
It might not be a glowing recommendation for you to lay money on the Broncos, but Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas ought to do the trick. It might be unfair to expect it from Denver, but these days, offensive explosions are the norm.
New Orleans (+2.5) vs. New England Patriots
The New Orleans Saints are red-hot right now but will enter Week 6 as an underdog on the road against the New England Patriots.
Judging by New England's offensive performance against Cincinnati and the way the Saints have been playing under Rob Ryan, a New Orleans victory to stay unbeaten looks good on paper right now.
Tom Brady has struggled to find a rhythm on offense, but on the other side of the field, Drew Brees and Co. look better than ever with more options at skill positions than most teams in the league can boast.
One team (New Orleans) is trending in the right direction, while New England's 4-1 record is more mysterious than it seems. Look for the Saints to pick up their sixth straight win as the Patriots have more questions to answer moving forward.
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