The unbeaten Falcons and Patriots are both heavy favorites in the opening odds for Week 5 of the NFL season.
Week 5 of the NFL season has an interesting slate of games on deck, with few divisional games being played. That being said, the week actually opens up with a divisional showdown on Thursday Night Football as the Houston Texans host the Indianapolis Colts.
Sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com have been hesitant to release an early line, as the status of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is still up in the air. The Colts are 15-0 SU and 12-2-1 ATS in their last 15 divisional games, and Houston is coming off an ugly blowout loss to the Falcons, so Indianapolis will certainly be favored if Luck plays.
There are six games on the board for Week 5 with a spread of a touchdown or more. The two biggest favorites in Week 5 are the Chiefs and Packers, who are laying 10.5 points to the Bears and Rams, respectively.
Meanwhile, the perfect 4-0 Falcons are 9.5-point favorites at home to the Redskins, who are fresh off an upset win over the Eagles. Washington has a horrible track record on the road, going just 1-14 straight up and 4-11 against the spread in their last 15 games as a road underdog.
The Patriots will be back in business after an off-week, and they're expected to make short work of the Cowboys. Tom Brady and co. are installed as 9-point road favorites despite a poor 1-4-1 against the spread record in their last six games after the bye, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
Oddsmakers are also (unsurprisingly) showing very little respect for the Browns and 49ers. The Browns find themselves as a 7-point underdog as they travel to face the Ravens, a team that could be 0-4 right now if it weren’t for a comeback in Pittsburgh last Thursday.
San Francisco is catching 7.5 points as they visit MetLife Stadium for a battle with the Giants on Sunday Night Football. The 49ers are a woeful 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 games.
Monday Night Football features an intriguing matchup between the Chargers and Steelers. San Diego is spotting three points as the host in spite of an ugly 1-6 ATS record in their last seven home games.
In another big AFC battle, the unbeaten Broncos find themselves laying 5.5 points in a visit to AFC West rivals Oakland. The Broncos are 7-0 straight up and 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against the Raiders, but this Raiders squad appears to be better than the duds of years past.