Week 6 in the NFL is shaping up to be a good one. After five games, for the most part, the teams are shaken out and have adapted to the new norms, and they are now thinking about only one thing, the playoffs. That old competition vibe sets in, the weather is getting colder and the Lombardi Trophy is once again up for grabs.
The Pats Finally Take On Broncos
The long awaited matchup between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos will finally take place, we hope, on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm EST with Las Vegas oddsmakers giving the nod to the Patriots, even considering that both Cam Newton and the Broncos Drew Lock are both still somewhat questionable. Look for a run heavy low scoring game here.
The surprising, overachieving Cleveland Browns, under the leadership of Baker Mayfield, will be getting one of their toughest tests of the year when they take on Big Ben Roethlisberger and the determined Pittsburg Steelers. Roethlisberger has a seemingly endless pool of reliable receivers to draw from and the Cleveland defense will have its hands full just keeping them in check as the Steelers are enjoying their best start ever and remain undefeated so far. Books are giving Baker Mayfield and company +3.5 to play with in this one.
The Buffalo Bills are having a great season so far. However, they are about to run into Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs, who are fresh off of a stinging loss to the Las Vegas Raiders last weekend. Mahomes is not accustomed to losing and football fans can expect a strong comeback effort there. The Chiefs are currently at -3 with the over and under still TBD. Josh Allen is also one of the young gunslinger quarterbacks recently come into the league who bring a whole new dimension to NFL football.
Brady To Test Himself Against Packers
Two of the best quarterbacks playing today will go head to head when the Green Bay Packers meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the afternoon game this Sunday. Picking this one will be especially hard. Let´s see, Aaron Rogers or Tom Brady. Both of these guys are headed for the NFL Hall of Fame at some point. Both have awesome weapons to work with. Oddsmakers are giving a slight nod at -2 to the Packers at this point but don´t be surprised if that turns completely around before kickoff time rolls around.
And, finally, the Monday Night Football matchup will feature the Arizona Cardinals and those Dallas Cowboys, who just barely managed to squeak out a victory last week, and hope to continue the trend. The Cowboys are currently favored, but only by 2.5 points and the o/u is up to 54.5 so those few points could easily get lost in the mix. Young Kyler Murry will be showing off his unique style running and handling the football while DeAndre Hopkins is an ever present threat for a runaway score at any time.
NFL Betting Takes A Spin
Even at the best of times, wagering on the NFL is a tricky proposition. Just when you think that the game is in the bag, some knucklehead fumbles the ball, and the game is back up in the air once again. It happens all the time. Never before in the whole long history of the NFL has it been so difficult to make the picks we need for wagering. Several of the factors often used to determine a wager are now missing from the scene. Home field advantage is out the window, as well as home field crowds to make that wonderful roar.
Of course, the experts at the big sportsbooks are still putting up lines and totals, and those guys are pretty good at what they do. But don’t be surprised if a heavily favored team get walked on or an underdog suddenly shines. It’s been happening all season long.