Top NFL Odds and Games for Week 5
A new week of pro football action essentially means new NFL odds and new betting opportunities. Many games in Week 4 went pretty much as expected, of course with a few surprising like the unbelievable 26-21 comeback by the 49ers against the Philadelphia Eagles. As we get ready for a new round of games in Week 5, here are some key pointers that can help you bet wisely.
Vikings and Packers Open Up the Action on Week 5
On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings will start us off with a game against the Green Bay Packers. A 2-2 season start by both teams underlines the balanced nature of this fixture. Furthermore, both teams won their respective games last week, with Aaron Rodgers inspiring the Packers’ 38-17 win over the Bears while the Vikings demolished the Falcons 41-28.
Will they remain undefeated?
Sunday’s calendar features several games pitting strong opponents. After getting some rest on their bye week, the two undefeated teams in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals, will be looking to continue their undefeated runs and cruise past their opponents. A 2-1 head-to-head record in favor of the 3-0 Cardinals mean they should be able to get the better of the 2-1 Broncos.
For the 3-0 Bengals, their strong pass and rush offense should work in their favor against the 2-1 New England Patriots. However, they will face an uphill task in trying to outwit the Patriots’ pass and rush defense which have been a a considerable issue for most teams. If they are not watchful of the Patriots’ strong defensive play, the Bengals could easily witness their first defeat of the season.
All to Play For
In other games, the Atlanta falcons will be in a face-off with the New York Giants with both teams recording a 2-2 start to the season. The Giants enjoy a 2-1 head-to-head record in the past three games against Atlanta, but with the Falcons mauling the Giants 34-0 in the last match in December 2012, the Giants will be all-out for kill. Remarkably, the Giants thrashed the Redskins 45-14 last Thursday while the Falcons will be looking to bounce back from their loss to the Vikings. This game has all the hallmarks of an intense battle and promises to be a cracker, since both teams have a lot to prove.
FALCONS: +4½ -110
GIANTS: -4½ -110
What else is on board?
After Frank Gore completed an improvised game-winning throw by Colin Kaepernick in an amazing career-best 55-yard touchdown, the 49ers will be hoping for a repeat of their 15-13 win against Chiefs when they meet on Sunday. For the Kansas City Chiefs, their 2-1 head-to-head record over San Francisco will be a booster for their confidence. Going by the recent form of both teams, the 49ers are betting favorites to take this one.
Of course, this weekend would not be complete without the Rams game against the Eagles. The Eagles got a taste of their own medicine by losing against the 49ers after they had taken an early lead. An Eagles’ comeback with a win seems most certain here.
Finally, expect fireworks when betting favorites Texans face the 3-1 Cowboys. Dallas fans enjoyed an inspiring performance by 34-year old QB Tony Romo and amazing runs by Murray in last week’s 38-17 game. Whereas it would be overambitious to expect such a performance against the 3-1 Texans who won 23-17 over the Bills, I am sure the Cowboys will do much better than the 24-06 loss against Houston in August 2013.
All in all, expect a highly entertaining Week 5 of football and may you enjoy all the games and NFL betting action from the upcoming weekend.