Wednesday October 12th, 2016

The Atlanta Falcons (4–1) have been one of the biggest surprises through the first quarter of the season, and they will have another chance to prove themselves as Super Bowl contenders when they visit the Seattle Seahawks (3–1) this week as 6.5-point underdogs on the NFL point spreads at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Falcons are coming off a 23–16 win over the Denver Broncos as 3.5-point road underdogs, handing the defending Super Bowl champions their first loss. That victory was Atlanta’s strongest defensive performance to date, and the team will need a similar effort in order to cover the spread at Seattle. Atlanta has gone 7–1 straight up and against the spread in its previous eight games after pulling off a straight up upset as a dog.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, have won 25 of their last 30 home games but have lost four of the past five meetings with the Falcons. The Seahawks just had their bye week and have won both of their home games so far this season.

Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Eagles (3–1) will try to avoid their second straight loss when they visit the defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins (3–2), who have won three in a row following a disappointing 0–2 start. The Redskins are listed as two-point underdogs and have won the past three meetings, covering the last four.

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The Green Bay Packers (3–1) will be going for a second consecutive win over an NFC East foe when they host the hot Dallas Cowboys (4–1), who are riding a four-game winning streak. The Cowboys are 4.5-point underdogs and led by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott – who has yet to throw an interception – and running back Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher. But Dallas is 0–5 straight up and 1–4 ATS in the past five meetings.

In the AFC, the Broncos (4–1) will kick off Week 6 by visiting the San Diego Chargers (1–4) in the Thursday night matchup. The Broncos are three-point road favorites despite not knowing whether veteran Trevor Siemian or rookie Paxton Lynch will start at quarterback. Denver head coach Gary Kubiak was hospitalized after last week’s loss due to a migraine and will not be on the sideline for this AFC West game. The Chargers have lost the past five meetings and are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 at home.

The Sunday night game will see the Indianapolis Colts (2–3) visit the AFC South-leading Houston Texans (3-2) as three-point underdogs in another divisional matchup. While the Colts have struggled this season with two wins by a combined 10 points, they have gone 6–1 straight up and 5-1-1 against the spread in the past seven meetings with the Texans.

And in the Week 6 Monday night matchup, the Arizona Cardinals (2–3) will try to take advantage of some extra rest when they host the New York Jets (1–4). The Cardinals are hoping starting quarterback Carson Palmer (concussion) will be able to return after he missed their 33–21 win over the San Francisco 49ers last Thursday night. Arizona is 7.5-point home chalk despite losing its previous five games versus the Jets.

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