NFL Betting Odds: Week 6 Line Movements and Last-Minute News
Believe it or not, we are already past the quarter mark of the NFL regular season, and to say it's been an interesting season would be an understatement. We've had the whole Antonio Brown debacle, which, by the way, is still ongoing in despite not getting any more national attention. We've had Vontaze Burfict getting suspended for the entire regular season for showing no respect to his fellow players. We've also had handshake-gate between Richard Sherman and Baker Mayfield, the latter of which was being accused of not shaking Sherman's hand, which cameras determined that Sherman lied about the incident. And lastly, we've had a whole lot of underdogs winning outright and covering the spread, which is giving bettors' headaches. There is nothing the public loves more than a solid favorite covering the spread. It's the easy way, but after four games this year, it's proving to be extremely difficult to find a favorite worth trusting.
As always, here are some line moves or potential game-changing injury notes for Week 5.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens -11, 48 : I don't blame you if you aren't running up to the betting window to place a bet on either one of these two teams. After a blistering start to the season, the Ravens have come back down to earth a bit despite eking out a 26-23 overtime win last week against the Steelers. In their lone games against good opponents, the Ravens faltered, losing to the Chiefs and Browns. The Ravens opened up as -8.5-point favorites, and that's been quickly bet up to 11, with the total holding steady at 48 . I know why the line has moved as much as it has, and I am behind it 100 percent. The Bengals are a train wreck of a team, and they couldn't even beat the Cardinals last week as home-favorites. They can't do anything on offense, and defensively they had trouble containing a mobile quarterback in Kyler Murray. Lamar Jackson is going to have a field day against this soft Bengals' defense, and the Ravens should win this game going away.
Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs -4.5, 55: There were a few big takeaways from the games involving these two teams. The first we can touch on is the health of Patrick Mahomes. He was rolled up on early in the Sunday Night game against Indy, and he struggled to make anything happen offensively. One of the worst games in his short career. The second take away was how bad the Chiefs defensive front looked against a team that likes to run the football. And, lastly, the Texans are finally showing the fruits of their labor and kept Watson upright for the entire game, not allowing a sack. That's a key takeaway. And if Mahomes isn't 100 percent, we believe the Texans can follow the Colts blueprint and escape Arrowhead with a victory. This number has been bet down from -8.5 to -4.5, and we expect it to keep dropping. The total is up a point from 54 to 55, and we have no opinion on this one due to the uncertainty of Mahomes' injury.
Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns +1.5, 46: Speaking of takeaways from last week's prime time games, these two teams come into this game in a completely different fashion. The Browns laid an egg on the road in San Francisco and now have to host a good Seattle team on a short week. Normally backing a West Coast team playing a 1 p.m. EST game is a recipe for disaster, but the Seahawks have had three extra days of rest and will be coming into this game full of confidence after beating the Rams. This game opened up with the Browns laying a field goal, and it's since been bet over the fence to the Browns catching two points. The total remains put at 46, but it's hard to argue against the line movement. Remember, not only does Seattle have to come east for this game, but Cleveland does as well having played Monday in SF. Seahawks win this game outright.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers -4, 47: I really hope you don't have plans for Monday night, because this Week 6 Lions vs. Packers game is going to be good. Not only do you have two division rivals going at it, but you have the Lions coming off a bye and the Packers coming off a dominating win vs. Dallas. Detroit could very well be 4-0 if it weren't for some clock management issues against the Cardinals and some Mahomes magic in Week 4. They will be ready to play and will be thinking about the 31-0 drubbing they handed out to the Packers last December. The Packers are a good team this year, and they finally have a decent defense. This line opened up as Packers -5.5 but has since been bet down to -4. There is a lot of sharp money coming in on the Lions early, so don't be surprised if this line closes at 3.5 or 3. That'll open the door for Packers bettors to grab an even better number. The total has moved up a tick from 46.5 to 47, and we do like the under in this one as both teams have good defenses and generally play each other extremely close. The health of Davante Adams needs to be monitored in the lead up to kick-off. If he's in the lineup, that gives the Packers an added edge on offense.
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