Coming off the first week league games were impacted COVID-19, the NFL hopes for better things when it kicks off Week 5. One thing is for sure: The NFC East is a dumpster fire with the Philadelphia Eagles currently in first place with a 1-2-1 record. Who knows, maybe the Houston Texans, New York Giants and New York Jets may even win for the first time.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (+5.5), 44.5
Tom Brady became the oldest player in the NFL to throw for at least 350 yards and five touchdowns in the Bucs win over the Chargers. Meanwhile, Nick Foles just looked old in his first start for the Bears. The Bucs will cover.
Los Angeles Rams at Washington Football Team (+9), 45.5
If Washington had someone other than Kyle Allen in reserve, one might conclude Dwayne Haskins would have been benched by now. The kid makes too many mistakes. After how listless the Rams looked in beating the Giants, expect them to light up the Washington Football Team. Easy Rams cover.
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5), 46.5
The Eagles are coming off a nice road win in San Francisco despite a slew of injuries to their receiving corps. And look, they lead the NFC East with a 1-2-1 record. The Steelers are coming off an unexpected bye caused by the COVID-related cancelation of their game with Tennessee. We like the Eagles to hang close in defeat.
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (-1), TBD
It’s too early to tell if this game will even be played. Too many questions remain unanswered about the health and welfare of the Titans. But if they do play, Tennessee is going to have a lot of problems with the Bills, who are 4-0 for the first time since 2008. Take the Bills.
Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets (+6.5), 47.5
It’s not too early to conclude that the Jets are the worst team in the NFL. And now they may be looking at extended time without injured quarterback Sam Darnold, who has a sprained throwing shoulder. The Cardinals played like crap in their loss to the Panthers. Look for them to rebound in a big way.
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-12), 59
Jon Gruden has two problems: He just can’t manage to keep his mask over his nose and he hasn’t been able to prevent Derek Carr from moping around after another loss. This week, the Raiders travel to Kansas City where they will find out again where the power really lies in the AFC. Take the Chiefs to cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-6.5), 54
Here’s some really bad news, Texans fans: No 0-4 team has made the playoffs since the 1992 San Diego Chargers. That gives you 13 weeks to lament the worst start your team has had since 2008. If you ask us, Deshaun Watson misses DeAndre Hopkins too much. The Jaguars will make this a close game. Take the under.
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-13.5), 52
Joe Burrow is the first rookie QB in league history to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games. And he has a dynamic playmate emerging in halfback Joe Mixon. But let’s not get carried away. Burrow is no Lamar Jackson. And the Bengals are a few years away from resembling the Ravens. Take Baltimore to cover.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5), 55
Word is Christian McCaffrey might be just one week away from returning to the Panthers backfield. And when he gets there, he’ll make nice music in concert with Teddy Bridgewater, who threw for 276 yards against the Cardinals. But we still believe in the Falcons. They’ll win by at least a TD.
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers (-9), 47
At this point, you’d say the 49ers would be perfectly happy if Ryan Fitzpatrick was their QB and not Miami’s. It’s clear Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard are incapable of filling Jimmy Garoppolo’s spot. If Jimmy G. can’t play this weekend, we like the up-and-coming Dolphins to give the 49ers a tough game. Nine points is too many.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-9), 54
We know, we know. The Cowboys defense really sucks. But it gets the Giants this week and they have only three TDs this season, none in the last two games. There is now way New York can keep the pace that will be set by Dak Prescott, who is coming off a 502-yard performance against the Browns. He’s the first QB in league history to throw for at least 450 yards in three straight games. Pay Dak. Pay yourself. Take the Cowboys.
Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns (+2.5), 47.5
If you were wondering what had become of Odell Beckham, Jr., the star-crossed receiver showed you in Dallas with 154 yards from scrimmage and three TDs. The Browns can really score. But they will be without running back Nick Chubb this weekend against the NFL’s No. 1 defense. The Colts have a crappy offense – Phillip Rivers still sucks – but they should cover against the Browns.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (-5.5), TBD
Sidelined with COVID, it doesn’t appear as if Cam Newton will be cleared in time by the Patriots to return this weekend after also missing Monday’s game in Kansas City. But don’t let the Broncos win over the Jets last Thursday night fool you. They’re not that good and they will lose this one by at least on TD.
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (-7), 58
This week’s Russell Wilson update: He has 16 TD passes in the first four games and that’s something only Peyton Manning had done before in league history. It’s no wonder the Seahawks are 4-0 for the first time since 2013. Does that year ring a bell? It should. That was the year they pummeled the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. See you later, Vikings. The Seahawks will soar.
San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints (-7.5), 52
The Saints became the latest opponent to rally from a big deficit to beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday. They were down 14-0 before throwing it down despite missing both Michael Thomas and Jared Cook on offense. New Orleans has weirded out this season. Something is not right with it. Still, they’ll beat the Chargers, but we don’t think they’ll cover.