When it comes to Week 5 of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule, there are a handful of intriguing matchups that look like must-see TV just waiting to happen. The revamped Cleveland Browns host the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC North divisional battle that could be a thriller. The Detroit Lions host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in their NFC North disional showdown.
It’s Big Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown versus Matt Ryan, D’Onta Freeman and Julio Jones as Pittsburghs hosts Atlanta in an Inter-Conference meeting of Super Bowl hopefuls. The Los Angeles Rams will look to get the road win against the Seattle Seahawks in another division showdown and the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game.
However, if you’re looking for value, none of these games is offering the best value when it comes to Week 5, but guess what NFL betting faithful? I know where that value lies and I’m going to share it with you.
NFL Week 5 Must Bet Games – 2018 Season
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (-10.5)
I genuinely believe the Indianapolis Colts made a really good hire by naming former Philadelphia Eagles offensiv ecoordinator Frank reich as their new head coach for the 2018 season and beyond. Having said that, it would take the Colts bringing back a young Don Shula, plus Johnny Unitas and some of their other legendary Hall of Famers in order for them to even think about beating a far superior New England Patriots team in this Week 5 matchup of former AFC postseason rivals.
While the Colts ranked an awful 30th in scoring (16.4 ppg) and identical 30th in points allowed (25.2 ppg) last season, the perennially powerful New england Patriots were well on their way to making another Super Bowl appearance. While Tom Brady and company came up short against the Philadelphia Eagles, the AFC East-based resident ar by far, the better team on both sides of the ball in this Week 5 matchup. You might not like what appears to be a high point spread in this contest, but I personally wouldn’t think twice about the Pats covering it. New England has covered the chalk in three straight home games as a double digit favorite and eight of their last nine overall.
NFL Week 5 Betting Pick: New England -10.5
Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)
The Cincinnati Bengals may have one just one more game than the 6-10 Miami Dolphins did last seasom, but if you know anything about the way these two teams finished out their respective 2017 campaigns, then you know the Cincinnati Bengals are the easy pick to hold it down at home in this Week 5 matchup of AFC playoff hopefuls.
The Dolphins will have starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill back on the field after he missed the entire 2017 season and they foolishly went out and signed veteran Jay Cutler out of the broadcast booth to play the mediocre football he’s always played. Still, that may not be a good thing, seeing as how Tannehill is and always has been equally mediocre throughout his career since being drafted with the eighth pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The Benglas are playing at home and they’ve got the edge at quarerback, running back and wide receiver after Miami foolishly traded away Jay Ajayi and Jarvis Landry. Cincy wins by a minimum of three points and more like a touchdown to cover the chalk in this one!
NFL Week 5 Betting Pick: Cincinnati -2.5
New York Giants at Carolina Panthers (-6)
By now, everyone knows that Eli Manning and the New York Giants were mostly awful last season in going 3-13 under former head coach Ben McAdoo. If you don’t know, new York made a wise coiaching hire by naming former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to take control of their team and give them a new identity.
Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen overnight, which means the Giants will be no match for a perennial winning team like Carolina. Cam Newton and the Panthers went 11-5 last season to tie Atlanta for the most wins in the competitive NFC South and they did so by ranking a respectable 12th in scoring (22.7 ppg) an 11th in points allowed (20.4 ppg). While the Panthers ranked an encouraging fourth in rushing, they didn’t utilize gifted rookie running back Christian McCaffrey nearly enough last season, as both, a runner and receiver while becoming too dependent upon their former league MVP in Newton.
The Panthers are the far better team in all three phases of the game and have what looks like a much better plan on offense as they look to get the ball to McCaffrey early and often. I love the hiring of Shurmur for the Giants and drafting of gifted running back Saquon barkley, but it’s going to take some time for the G-Men to get back to being a respectable NFL Franchise. The Panthers win this one by a touchdown at the very least!
NFL Week 5 Betting Pick: Carolina -6