We’re now five weeks into the 2015 NFL betting season. Let’s take a look at how the teams are shaping up against one another.
#32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
Blake Bortles threw 17 picks in his first 12 games, but has only thrown four in his last seven. Things are getting better…just not yet.
#31 Detroit Lions (0-5)
This team should have gotten a win against the Seahawks in Week 4. However, Week 5 saw Matthew Stafford get benched in favor of…Dan Orlovsky.
#30 Houston Texans (1-4)
Now the Texans appear to have finally picked a quarterback in Brian Hoyer. It’s time for the Texans to start forcing some turnovers.
#29 Miami Dolphins (1-3)
Dan Campbell gets to face Tennessee and Houston in the first two weeks of his head coaching career.
#28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
Don’t look now, but Doug Martin has 405 yards in five games, good for second among NFL running backs.
#27 New Orleans Saints (1-4)
The Saints have permitted more yards per game than any other team so far this season.
#26 Tennessee Titans (1-3)
The Titans don’t have any road games in October, but they lost the first two – by a combined three points.
#25 San Francisco 49ers (1-4)
The Niners have dropped four in a row now. Other teams have outscored them by a total of 65 points, most in the NFL.
#24 Baltimore Ravens (1-4)
2015 is the worst start in franchise history. In all five games, though, the winning score has come in the last three minutes of the fourth quarter or later.
#23 Chicago Bears (2-3)
Two consecutive wins for the Monsters of the Midway, both in the last 30 seconds. Is Jay Cutler finally clutch?
#22 Washington Redskins (2-3)
The Skins have been in the lead after three quarters in four games out of five. They have permitted 44 points in the fourth quarter.
#21 Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel don’t comprise an exciting quarterback battle. The Cowboys have only forced three turnovers this season, so both sides of the team are in turmoil.
#20 Oakland Raiders (2-3)
The Raiders were 2-1 after running roughshod over Cleveland. Since then, Derek Carr has had growing pains with a QBR of 26.1.
#19 Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Former SMU quarterback Josh McCown has three straight games in which he has thrown for more than 300 yards – the first Browns quarterback ever to do that..
#18 Kansas City Chiefs (1-4)
Remember when the Chiefs were 1-0? Now Jamaal Charles is out for the season with a blown ACL.
#17 Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
DeMarco Murray ran for 83 yards in Week 5, bringing his total for the season to…119.
#16 St. Louis Rams (2-3)
Todd Gurley has run for 305 total yards in his first two starts in the league. Unfortunately, Nick Foles has only thrown for a total of 312 yards in those contests.
#15 Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
The Vikings could coast after their bye now: they face the Chiefs, Lions, Bears and Raiders, all below .500.
#14 San Diego Chargers (2-3)
In the last two games, the result has come down to plays that ended after the clock had stopped.
#13 Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
How about Matt Hasselbeck? In relief of injured Andrew Luck, he has gone 2-0 with no picks in 76 passes.
#12 New York Giants (3-2)
The G-men started 0-2 and then won three in a row. They did this in 2014…and then lost seven straight. What will happen this year?
#11 New York Jets (3-1)
In all three Jets wins this season, they have won the turnover battle too.
#10 Buffalo Bills (3-2)
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor had three runs of more than 20 yards in Week 5. He has a total of five runs that went that far, tying him for the league lead.
#9 Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
The Steelers are thriving without Ben Roethlisberger. Can they contend for real when he comes back?
#8 Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
You might think the Seahawks are in trouble, but they started 3-3 last year and ended up in the Super Bowl.
#7 Carolina Panthers (4-0)
No one has won more regular season games in a row than Carolina (8). The Seahawks will be a worthy foe in Week 6.
#6 Arizona Cardinals (4-1)
The Cardinals lead the NFL with an average of 5.0 yards per rushing attempt.
#5 Denver Broncos (5-0)
The Bronco defense has scored three touchdowns in the second half of games this year. That’s as many as the offense has scored.
#4 Atlanta Falcons (5-0)
The Falcons took an interception to the house in overtime last week, their third defensive score in the past two games. That’s the same number of defensive touchdowns they tallied in the last 29 games before that.
#3 Cincinnati Bengals (5-0)
The Bengals last got off to a 5-0 start in 1988…and they went to the Super Bowl.
#2 New England Patriots (4-0)
Tom Brady is off to a tear – only four quarterbacks have thrown at least 11 scores with no picks during the Super Bowl era: Brady and Aaron Rodgers this year, Peyton Manning in 2013 and “Dandy” Don Meredith in 1966.
#1 Green Bay Packers (5-0)
The Pack have now won 12 straight home games, including the postseason. San Diego comes to town in Week 6, so the Pack should stay undefeated.