It is always interesting to take little snapshots of the standings as the NFL season progresses. Sometimes, you will have a team coming out hot and staying that way throughout the season, but more often than not, teams experience some ups and downs along the way. You will have teams who started out strong missing out on the playoffs, as well as a couple who were poor through the opening month of the season, only to get hot and end up winning a division or sneaking into the playoffs. It’s all part of the fun of watching the NFL, but it’s also what makes it so tough to handicap. After all, we saw 4 unbeaten teams lose last week, while also seeing a couple of huge upsets. We are struggling to stay consistent with our picks right now, but we think the hot streak is right around the corner. Maybe Week 5 is when we will get on track, so let’s take a look at our O/U picks for the week of the NFL season so you can keep betting against the NFL odds.
Week 5 O/U Picks for the 2021 Season | NFL Betting
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers (OVER 45)
We are all well aware that it’s tough to win in this league without having an elite QB under center. Those guys are in short supply, but there are some young players who look ready to take the step. Jalen Hurts has certainly looked the part in Philadelphia, while Sam Darnold has discovered a new lease on life in Carolina. These two QB’s will square off in Week 5 in what could be a high-scoring game. That is what we tend to get when the Eagles go on the road to Carolina, as 4 of their last 5 away from home at the Panthers have gone OVER. In fact, 5 of the last 7 meetings overall between these two have gone that route. I am willing to ignore their current under trends and take the OVER here.
Cleveland Browns at LA Chargers (OVER 46 ½)
What we have here are two very good offensive teams going head-to-head, yet everything would seem to point to the under being the way to go here. This is especially true when you consider that each of the last 5 Chargers home games have gone under, as have 5 of their last 6 overall. If you look at the Cleveland Browns this season, you see that each of their last 2 games have gone under, so this seems like a very straightforward pick. I don’t see it that way, though, as there is one little hidden trend that has me leaning towards the OVER. That trend is that in the last 6 games where the Browns have faced a team with a winning record, the OVER has hit 5 times. It’s the OVER for me here.
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (UNDER 46)
While I can sometimes go against trends, as I did with the Cleveland game here, there are other times when they are too tough to ignore. That would certainly be the case with the Monday night game, that sees the Indianapolis Colts hit the road to face the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams are 2-2 O/U this season, so nothing to indicate which way to go there, but it is their previous meetings that send you in the direction of the UNDER. Each of the last 8 meetings between these two teams have gone the way of the UNDER, as have 12 of their last 13 meetings. As for the Ravens, 6 of their last 8 overall have gone UNDER the point total.
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