The Chicago Bears probably wish they weren’t on the bye in NFL Week 5 as they just had an offensive performance for the ages in a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Bucs. The Bucs are also on the bye this week. Those are the only two teams off. Here’s a look at every game on the schedule, alongside their respective NFL odds, and our picks.
2018 NFL Week 5 Odds Overview & Predictions for Each Game
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (-10)
It’s Indy’s first time playing at New England since the whole Deflategate controversy from the AFC Championship Game between the Colts and Patriots there following the 2014 season. New England has won the past seven in the series but could be without star tight end Rob Gronkowski due to injury. Take Colts to cover.
Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (+3.5)
The Bills were thoroughly dominated in Sunday’s loss at Green Bay and didn’t even reach 180 total yards as Josh Allen looked like a raw rookie. The Titans are somehow 3-1 after an overtime upset of the Eagles on Sunday. Go Titans.
Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (-5.5)
Pair of 3-1 teams here, although the Dolphins clearly are frauds after getting blown out Sunday at New England. The Bengals are off a wild win in Atlanta as Andy Dalton continues to have a strong season. Bet Bengals.
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (+2.5)
Cleveland almost won back-to-back games for the first time in forever but blew a big lead in Oakland and lost 45-42 in overtime to the previously winless Raiders. Baltimore played at division rival Pittsburgh Sunday night. Take the Ravens.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (+1.5)
The Lions nearly rallied for a big win in Dallas on Sunday but lost on a last-second field goal to fall to 1-3. Green Bay had no trouble whatsoever in dispatching Buffalo. Bet Detroit, which swept the Pack last year (albeit no Aaron Rodgers in either game).
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5)
This line could change depending on what the Chiefs do Monday night in Denver. Fabulous matchup here between arguably the NFL’s top defense in the Jaguars and that explosive NFL-leading offense of the Chiefs. Bet Kansas City.
Denver Broncos at NY Jets (-1)
This line also may change depending on what the Broncos do Monday night vs. Kansas City. The Jets won their season opener but have regressed and not won since. Bet NY Jets.
Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)
This should be a shootout and has the highest opening total of Week 5 as neither team is very good on defense but both high-powered on offense. Take Pittsburgh.
NY Giants at Carolina Panthers (-6)
Carolina comes off its bye week. The Giants were handled easily at home by the Saints, and New York just isn’t very good offensively. A Panthers shut out would not be a surprise here so bet Carolina.
Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (-7)
The Raiders got Jon Gruden his first win in his return to coaching in a wild overtime affair against the Browns. The Chargers improved to 2-2 with a closer-than-it-should-have-been 29-27 win over the 49ers. Bet Chargers.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)
Rematch of last season’s NFC title game, which the Eagles won handily at home. Neither quarterback who played that day will play Sunday unless Philly’s Carson Wentz goes down to injury. Take Philly.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5)
Arizona is pretty clearly the NFC’s worst team. Rookie Josh Rosen completed 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in Sunday’s loss to Seattle.
The Niners are no good, either, now that Jimmy Garoppolo is done for the year. Take Niners.
LA Rams at Seattle Seahawks (+7)
Rams are on extra rest after Thursday’s shootout win over the Vikings – Jared Goff had the game of his young career with five TD passes. Seattle eked out a win in Arizona to improve to 2-2. Take Seattle to cover but not win.
Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans (-3.5)
Sunday night. Bragging rights in Texas on the line in only the fifth all-time regular season meeting between the teams. Houston is lucky to not be winless, gifted a win Sunday by Colts coach Frank Reich.
Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints
Monday night. Washington comes off its bye week. The Saints played their best game of the season Sunday in winning at the New York Giants. Alvin Kamara was the star with three touchdowns. Drew Brees is set to become the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader in this one. Go Saints.