With the recent release of the odds for every NFL game on the 2016 schedule through 16 weeks, you now have the opportunity to cash in with a string of value-packed NFL futures predictions! Thanks to 10 whopping Week 5 NFL betting picks that you’re about to get, you’re going to have a great chance to strike pay dirt long before the regular season ever gets underway. Now, let’s get started.
NFL Week 5 Top Betting Predictions
Sunday, October 9, 2016
New England (-7) at Cleveland
If Tom Brady cancels his appeal (he won’t) and misses the first four weeks of the season the New England Patriots are going to absolutely destroy the Cleveland Browns in this Week 5 pairing. If Brady doesn’t miss any time, the Patriots will simply beat the Browns by double digits despite losing their last three road games a year ago and failing to cover the spread each time.
The Pick: New England 31 Cleveland 21
Philadelphia at Detroit (-1)
Philadelphia management did a smart thing by hiring the familiar Doug Pederson, but the Birds aren’t getting the road win in this matchup against a Detroit Lions team that is one of my NFC picks to surprise in 2016. The Lions went 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four home games a year ago and have one of the more explosive offenses in the league. Detroit wins outright to cover, likely by a field goal.
The Pick: Detroit 27 Philadelphia 24
Chicago at Indianapolis (-3.5)
The Colts are looking to rebound from a horrific, injury-filled 2015 season and are expecting quarterback Andrew Luck to get back to playing like a franchise signal-caller. The Chicago Bears are also looking to improve in Year 2 of the John Fox era and I believe they will to some degree.
While I like the Colts to improve this season with Luc back in the saddle, I’m going with John Fox’s defensive genius to help the Bears cover the spread, if not win outright. Chicago went 4-1 SU over their last five road games in 2015 while posting an incendiary 6-1 ATS mark over their last seven road dates.
The Pick: Indianapolis 27 Chicago 24
Washington (-2.5) at Baltimore
This game essentially comes down to Washington’s Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins versus Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco. Personally I say the comparison isn’t even close with the later being perennial playoff participants and one-time Super Bowl winners and the former having one postseason appearance on their respective resumes.
I know Washington went 3-0 SU and ATS over their last three road games last season, but Baltimore is playing at home, Joe Flacco is healthy and the Ravens have plenty of motivation after failing to reach the postseason for just the second time in the last eight years.
The Pick: Baltimore 28 Washington 27
Houston at Minnesota (-6)
I like the Minnesota Vikings and I’m certain they will contend in the NFC this coming season, but I’m also a big believer in Houston head coach Bill O’Brien and I believe the Texans are an easy pick to make this Week 5 clash an absolute dogfight. Houston won three of their final four road games a year ago while covering the NFL betting line in each win.
The Pick: Minnesota 23 Houston 20
NY Jets at Pittsburgh (-6)
I like what New York head coach Todd Bowles is building in the Big Apple, but not enough to back them over the Steelers at home. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and the rest of the Steers are already talking about making a serious Super Bowl run and staying healthy all season long and I believe that simply doesn’t bode well for their opponents this coming season. The Steelers won their last four home games a year ago while going 2-1-1 ATS along the way.
The Pick: Pittsburgh 30 Jets 21
Atlanta at Denver (-6.5)
I have no idea why oddsmakers are giving the Broncos so much love when, to me, it’s clear they’re going to take a step backwards in 2016! For me, this matchup boils down to Matt Ryan and Atlanta’s explosive offense versus Mark Sanchez (if he’s still starting) and Denver’s far more pedestrian offense. The Broncos will have another great defense in 2016, but I believe they’re also going to struggle to score the ball in a big way. I’m also expecting the Falcons to take another step forward in Year 2 of the Dan Quinn era after going 8-8 last season, but underachieving after getting off to a perfect 5-0 start. The Broncos are 2-3-1 ATS in their last six home games, making the Falcons the pick to cover in this contest.
The Pick: Atlanta 21 Denver 20
Cincinnati at Dallas (Pk)
The Dallas Cowboys may be playing at home. But the Cincinnati Bengals are the pick in this Week 5 matchup simply because I believe they’re the better team in all three phases of the game. Besides, with Andy Dalton and company going 6-2 SU and a pristine 8-0 ATS over their last eight road games, the Bengals have the look of a lock!
The Pick: Cincinnati 31 Dallas 24
Buffalo at Los Angeles (-1)
The Buffalo Bills ay have lost their last four road games a year ago while failing to cover the spread each time out, but they’re my pick to get the straight-up win and ATS cover. The Bills won three of their first four road games last season while going 3-1 ATS. More importantly, I expect Rex Ryan’s defense to harass Nick Foles (or Jared Goff) into a couple of costly turnovers that turn the tide in their favor.
The Pick: Buffalo 28 Los Angeles 20
Giants at Packers (-8)
I like the Green Bay Packers to reach the double-digit win plateau again in 2016 after recording 10 wins last season and I’m not too sure how the Giants will respond to new head coach Ben McAdoo, but I like Eli Manning and the Giants’ offense to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for the most part in this Week 5 matchup. The Giants went 2-2 SU and ATS over their last four road games a year ago and are 6-3-1 ATS over their L/10 road dates overall. Conversely, the Packers have lost three of their last four home games and have gone 1-4 ATS over their last five at Lambeau Field, making the G-Men the pick to cash in as my final NFL futures bet predictions!
The Pick: Green Bay 31 New York 27