Over the last few seasons, there has been a lot of talk about the increased parity level in the NFL, which you have to say seems correct. Here we are, just 4 weeks into the season, and we only have 1 unbeaten team remaining. That would be the Philadelphia Eagles, who some might see as an unlikely lone perfect team, but that’s where we are. There is also only 1 winless team (Houston Texans). Yes, there is still a lot of football to be played, but this season already seems to be shaping up to be one where the playoff races will go right down to the wire. We head into Week 5 with a 17-9 record across all of our picks thus far, which includes being 6-3 ATS. Let’s see if we can improve on both of those stats with some winning ATS picks for Week 5 of the NFL season.
The Best Bets Of Week 5 NFL
LA Chargers (-3) at Cleveland Browns
Both of these teams are coming into this week with 2-2 records, and while .500 is not the worst place to be, both are going to need to push on if they want to win a division or get into the playoffs. There is some concern about the health of Justin Herbert at QB for the Chargers, but he did lead his team to a win this past weekend despite reports of injured ribs. He should be even better this weekend in what is sure to be a tough road trip to Cleveland. The Chargers have not been great against the spread in recent visits to Cleveland, but they are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 overall, and I like them to win and cover here.
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals (+5)
As we mentioned at the top of this piece, the Eagles come into Week 5 of the season as the only team with an unbeaten record. 4 wins does not a season make, so do not expect them to get too comfortable this early in the season. In fact, they had to dig out of a 0-14 hole against Jacksonville last weekend to keep that record intact. This is going to be a tough trip to face a Cardinals team that is 2-2 and in need of a win. In terms of the point spread, there is a lot to like about Arizona, with the most convincing trend being that they have covered the spread in each of the last 5 times that Philadelphia has come to town.
San Francisco 49ers (-6 ½) at Carolina Panthers
If you are not a fan of playing teams coming off a short week then you may want to skip this one. The 49ers are coming off a huge Monday night win over the LA Rams, and I have to say that I think they look like a good bet here, even though they do have to go on the road with a short turnaround. There is not a lot to like about Carolina at home, as they have covered just twice in their last 10 games on home turf. On the flipside, the 49ers have covered in 7 of their last 9 games overall.