NFL Betting Trends- Week 5 Matchups
A quarter of the 2013 NFL regular season is in the books and while a few preseason favorites find themselves below .500 on the year, a couple of longshots have worked their way into the mix in the division title race. To get you ready for each and every week of the season, NFL Betting Trends will dig a bit deeper into the numbers for a few of the bigger matchups on the schedule. All betting lines and odds quoted have been provided by 5Dimes.
The first big matchup on this Sunday’s slate takes us to Cincinnati for an AFC clash between the 4-0 New England Patriots and the 2-2 Bengals. Most people expected the Patriots to once again set the pace in the AFC East, but even the most staunchest New England supporters could not have anticipated a start like this given how the team’s receiving corps had been decimated with player loss this offseason. The Bengals are coming off an ugly 17-6 loss to Cleveland as 3.5-point road favorites after impressive wins at home against Pittsburgh and Green Bay. This game has been opened as a PICK with the total line set at 44.5.
Another intriguing matchup in Sunday’s early games pits Kansas City on the road against Tennessee as a 2.5-point favorite. The total for this contest has been set at 39.5. Everyone thought the Chiefs would be better this season under new head coach Andy Reid, but nobody out there was predicting a 4-0 start. The former Eagles’ coach has feasted on familiar stomping grounds with victories over Dallas, Philadelphia and New York as well as posting a win over Jacksonville on opening day. The Titans will be going with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback in this contest after Jake Locker was lost for a month or two with a hip injury.
The first stop in the late games takes us to Big D where the Cowboys will try and put the brakes on a runaway freight train called the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense have been unstoppable so far with a league-high 179 points in just four games. Manning has already thrown for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing an amazing 75 percent of his passes. Denver is another team that has feasted on the NFC East with lopsided victories over both the Giants and the Eagles. Dallas has been opened as an 8.5-point underdog with the total set at 56.
The NFC West and the AFC South will square-off against each other in a pair of interesting showdowns this Sunday. First, the 4-0 Seattle Seahawks will face the 3-1 Indianapolis Colts in a battle between the two leaders in each division. The Seahawks have been opened as 2.5-point road favorites with the total set at 43.5. This game will feature a pair of second-year quarterbacks in Russell Wilson for Seattle and Andrew Luck for the Colts who are showing no signs of a suffering from a sophomore slump.
The second game, which will be played under the prime time lights of Sunday Night Football, pits the 2-2 Houston Texans on the road against the 2-2 San Francisco 49ers in a battle between the two preseason favorites to win their respective division this year. Things have not gone according to plan for either team, and after it is all said and done, one of these teams will have to face the harsh reality of being a couple of games back in the division title race after just five weeks of play. The 49ers have been opened as 7.5-point favorites for this contest with the total set at 42.5.