By Eric Schmidt

The NFL schedule heads into their fifth week of the season. As with every week in the regular season, there are some very intriguing matchups this week once again. The Tennessee Titans face a serious test this week. Can the New England Patriots win their second consecutive road game and seventh dating back to last season? The Green Bay Packers come into this week, off a bye, needing a win. The San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans both are seriously in need of a win this week. There is the potential for some high scoring matchups this weekend while seven home teams are underdogs heading into Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs -3 at Tennessee Titans O/U 39

Two of the most underrated defenses in the league during this young season. I like the under in this game as I believe it might be the lowest scoring game of the weekend. Chiefs 17-13

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins -3 43.5

Will the real Baltimore Ravens please stand up? Miami was thrashed on Monday night but they aren’t facing Drew Brees this week. Miami 24-20

Jacksonville Jaguars at St Louis Rams -11 41.5

This is an interesting line. Jacksonville opened as a 13 point underdog and dropped to -11 over the week. It was reported that the Jaguars will be a record 27 point underdog to the Broncos in Denver next week.  According to vegasinsider.com, 65% of the betting public is taking the moneyline on the Jaguars and 47% is taking the spread. I guess a lot of the betting public has not seen the Jaguars play this season. Rams off their bye big, 34-10 while scoring two defensive touchdowns.

New England Patriots -1 at Cincinnati Bengals 45.5

Patriots are coming off a big win last Sunday night. The Bengals continue to underachieve. WR A.J. Green logged 162 yards in week one, but has hovered around 50 yards in receptions in the last three weeks. He’ll be shadowed by Aqib Talib. QB Andy Dalton hasn’t thorown for over 300 yards since week 6 of the 2012 season.  The weather forecast is calling for heavy rain. QB Tom Brady plays well in bad weather games. Patriots 20-13 RB LeGarrette Blount gets two scores.

Seattle Seahawks -3 at Indianapolis Colts 43.5

The Seahawks pulled off a remarkable comeback on the road last week in Houston. The Colts make a valiant effort but fall short, Seahawks 24-23

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers -7 54

Green Bay is coming off a bye and are desperate for a divisional win. They are 22 of their last 22 regular season games in Green Bay. They have covered 22 of their last 30 home games while the Lions have covered just 4 of their last 22 at Lambeau. Packers 37-24

New Orleans Saints -1 at Chicago Bears 50

Saints coming off an impressive Monday night win and Drew Brees can tie his own record for most consecutive regular season games throwing for 300 yards. Rainy, windy conditions in Chicago are expected. The turf at Soldier Field is not conducive to the game the Saints run on offense. Upset of the week- Bears 27-26

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants -1.5 54

Talk about two teams that don’t play defense, this could be the highest scoring game of the week. I love the over in this one. I’ve been waiting for the Giants to finally turn it around, but this is a bad team, with a lot of holes. With a win, the Eagles get back in the mix for the division title, as odd as that sounds. Eagles 34-24

Carolina Panthers -2 at Arizona Cardinals 42.5

The only win for the season the Panthers have was just prior to their bye week over the New York Giants. I like the value of the Cardinals at home as a dog in this one. Cardinals 27-20

San Diego Chargers -4.5 at Oakland Raiders 45

Well, I guess I’m going to have to stay up to watch this contest on the NFL Network. 11:35 EST kickoff. Terrelle Pryor will be back for the Raiders, but Philip Rivers is playing the best football of his career after four games and no one seems to recognize that. Chargers 26-20

Denver Broncos -7.5 at Dallas Cowboys 57

Which Dallas Cowboys team will show up? Dallas is winning and losing every other game, just like their overall record over the past several year, mediocre. While playing more opportunistic defense, Dallas is ranked 27th in pass defense, and here comes a red hot Peyton Manning who has yet to throw an interception.  In a rematch of Super Bowl XII, Denver wins 37-26

Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers -6 43.5

Houston fans were burning Matt Schaub jerseys last week after his third straight game with a pick six interception. I’d remind the Texans fans that Schaub isn’t playing on the defense which is allowing touchdowns 88% of the time to opponents that get into their redzone. He isn’t helping, but he’s not the only problem. 49ers 31-23

 

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