First off, we apologize for not posting a Five Lines we Love post last week. Our editor-in-chief, Kevin Taylor, was busy making a final table run in a poker tournament. For what it is worth, we lost our bets on Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay under 40.5 points, as well as the under on 45.5 points in Carolina-Baltimore last week. But we did win big on Miami -3.5 in their blow out of the Raiders. Without further ado, let’s take a look at our five favorite bets of this NFL Week 5!
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Steelers are coming off one of their most embarrassing losses in the past decade, suffered at the hands of a team that had just suffered their most embarrassing losses in franchise history. If you’re still following me, you get that I’m saying the Steelers will be out for blood on Sunday, and their unfortunate victims just so happen to be one of the three worst teams in football. While the Steelers do tend to play down to their competition (i.e. last week), Mike Tomlin will not allow his boys to come out flat again. Look for a big win here for Pittsburgh, 28-10.
2. New Orleans Saints (-10) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay fans better revel in the aforementioned victory, because it won’t last for long. The Bucs were sacrificial lambs two weeks ago at Atlanta, and while I don’t expect a similar scoreline, I still expect a blowout here at the hands of the Saints, who are in an early must win game. Just like the Steelers, the Saints are coming off an embarrassing loss, getting blown out by Dallas on national TV Sunday night. Look for Brees and company to run up the score, pad their stats, and get some much needed confidence going into the buy week. Saints win big 38-17.
3. Indianapolis Colts (-3) vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Colts fell into an 0-2 hole after tough games at Denver and hosting Philadelphia, but have easily bounced back with two divisional blowouts. Now, they have another tough test against a Baltimore team that showed just how good they can be in a blowout win over Carolina last week. Despite that result, I think the Colts cover here because I just think they have the better team. This is the kind of game that Flacco struggles in, on the road against a hostile crowd. Look for Andrew Luck to continue his incredible season with another huge game, as he leads Indy to a touchdown victory here, 27-20.
4. Chicago Bears (+3) at Carolina Panthers
Here’s an interesting stat about the Bears: they are 0-2 at home and 2-0 on the road. I expect this bizarre stat to continue in favor of the Bears, who were hanging with the Packers in the first half, before getting blown out in the second half. Meanwhile, the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 start before getting destroyed in back-to-back games. We knew the offense would take a big hit after this offseason, but what’s the excuse on defense? Sure they don’t have Greg Hardy, but one guy shouldn’t make this much difference for this talented of a front-seven. I think the Bears win this game outright, so I’ll gladly take the extra field goal here. Bears win 24-17.
5. New York Giants (-4) vs. Atlanta Falcons
All the jokes were on the Giants and Eli Manning after two weeks. Manning looked lost in this new offense, and it was all too fun to use Eli’s pouty face, or Tom Coughlin’s arm raised, shocked expression. But now, after scoring 35 and 45 points in their last two games, they are suddenly threats in the NFC East again. And what are we to make of Atlanta? After blowing out Tampa 56-14, the Falcons defense looked terrible against a lousy Minnesota offense. Matt Ryan and the Falcons are notorious for struggling away from their home dome, and I see those struggles continuing against a suddenly hot Giants team. Look for New York to win what could still end up being a shootout here, 35-27.
Last Week: 2-3
Season Total: 6-9
What do you think of our picks this week? Do you think Eli Manning and the Giants have a shot at the NFC East? What are your favorite picks for NFL Week 5? Also, don’t forget if you want to get tickets for any of these games, you can go to Global online ticket seller Ticketbis! Let us know in the comments!