The Odds Man: NFL oddsmakers holding back in Week 6

The Odd(s) Man
The Odd(s) Man

By Jeff Helberg
The Odds Man

Pro football oddsmakers are slamming lines shut as the days go by this week, afraid of doing anything to hurt their profit. Six of 15 spreads were closed as of this report. I recommend:

Dal +9.5 @ Sea

Car +7 @ Cin

Cle -1.5 vs Pit

MN +3 vs Det

GB -3 @ Mia

Oak +7.5 vs SD

Phi -3 vs NYG

SF -3 @ StL

Bal -3.5 @ TB

Den/NYJ Under 47.5

Week 5 Recap

After five weeks, parity—a goal in professional sports—is alive and well in the NFL. Eighteen teams (56 percent) are 2-3 or 3-2.

Week 5 Straight Up: 12-3 (80 percent); Season 50-26 (66 percent)

Week 5 Against the Spread (ATS): 4-5 (44 percent); Season 11-9-1 (55 percent)

Week 5 Survivor: 0-1; Season 4-1 (80 percent)

Seven Week 5 “We Stink” awards go to the self-destructed Bears, Bucs, Titans, Lions, and Falcons, who all gave up double-digit leads and eventually succeeded in losing outright. Never leading in their games, the turnover-happy Bengals and blockless Redskins self-destructed from kickoff and slid downhill from there.

Week 6 Predictions

Chiefs and Saints are off.

Indianapolis @ Houston

Pittsburgh @ Cleveland

New England @ Buffalo

Carolina @ Cincinnati

Jacksonville @ Tennessee

Green Bay @ Miami

Detroit @ Minnesota

Denver @ New York Jets

Baltimore @ Tampa Bay

San Diego @ Oakland

Chicago @ Atlanta

Dallas @ Seattle

Washington @ Arizona

New York Giants @ Philadelphia

San Francisco @ St. Louis

Survivor: Tennessee

Used: Phi, Den, NE, SD, Det.

As always, good luck.

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