NFL Odds Week 6: Most Intriguing Lines from Weekend Slate

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVOctober 8, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 6: Ryan Fitzpatrick #4 of the Tennessee Titans is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at LP Field on October 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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After just five weeks of the season, the hierarchy of NFL teams has been altered significantly, and it's being shown on betting lines and odds heading into an exciting Week 6 schedule.

Last year's worst team in the Kansas City Chiefs have posted a 5-0 record, and traditional powerhouses are sputtering to awful starts—I'm looking at you, Steelers and Giants. But those are far from the only changes we've seen, and the odds reflect that.

Here's a look at the lines for each matchup of the weekend, including the most intriguing odds.

Note: Lines for NE/NO, IND/SD, DET/CLE and OAK/KC provided by TopBet, all others Bovada.

Most Intriguing Lines

Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos (-27)

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) signals prior to the snap against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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Holy smokes.

Denver outscoring the hapless Jaguars by four touchdowns is far from inconceivable, but it's unheard of in betting lines. In fact, CBS Sports reported the once 28-point spread was the highest ever in an NFL game opening a week prior. 

Of course, betting lines change by the minute. It'll be sure to fluctuate back and forth as the week progresses and as more and more are drawn to bet on one of the most intriguing lines ever made.

This line isn't by accident—Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is off to an all-time start, and the Jaguars have scored all of 51 points through five games (which is how much Denver scored Sunday). 

Going in as an obvious winner, I wonder how much Peyton and the Broncos will actually force the issue and throw the ball. Regardless, it's entirely possible they cover this spread. 

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks (-14)

Sure, the Seahawks are incredible at home. Yeah, the Titans are still without Jake Locker at quarterback, but this line is ridiculous.

Despite being without a third-year starter at QB, Tennessee was, in my opinion, one bad late-hit call (per The Tennessean's John Glennon) on Alex Smith away from conceivably beating the unbeaten Chiefs on Sunday. Leading by four points late in the fourth, the penalty extended a Kansas City drive that ultimately gave the team the lead late instead of forcing a punting situation. 

Even though they lost, the Titans are still 3-2 on the season and have out-performed their counterparts every time they've taken the field this year (they also threw away a loss to Houston late). This leads you to believe that, if anything, they'll hang around and keep Seattle close.

Plus, the Seahawks are fresh off their first loss of the season—to another AFC South team, the Colts—and Russell Wilson has thrown for a combined 166.5 yards per game in his last two outings.

Green Bay Packers (-3) at Baltimore Ravens

Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs past Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi (55) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The close spread in this matchup doesn't surprise me, considering it's two teams perceived as legitimate Super Bowl contenders. What surprises me is who got favored.

The Packers have been less than stellar this season, and their 2-2 record only indicates that. Now, without star Clay Matthews in the middle for a month (per ESPN), only more questions can be posed. At the moment, the run defense is just about all Green Bay has going for it on that side of the ball.

Baltimore hasn't wowed anyone this season, but at 3-2 and coming off a hard-fought victory against Miami, it could get sparked by a big win over an NFC giant in front of its fans. 

Ray Rice is now back and at it after missing time with a hip injury, scoring twice and racking up 74 yards against the Dolphins. With no Matthews in the middle, expect the Ravens to take advantage of Rice's motor and allow for him to open up pockets down the field throughout the Packers' woeful secondary.