Football Five: Which Teams Are Covering The Spread As NFL Week 5 Approaches?

The Philadelphia Eagles finally have some winning momentum on their side. The Birds picked up their first victory of the 2020 NFL season with a 25-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

From an NJ sports betting perspective, Philly bettors cashed in big time as the Eagles went off as 9-point underdogs. And the moneyline paid out, too. And it’s a big change from the previous three weeks.

Now that most teams have played four games, this is a good time to look at which teams are faring the best against the spread.

The New York Giants and Jets are two teams you won’t see on this list, as both franchises are still seeking that first win.

Time to take a closer look at the latest NFL odds with the Football Five heading into Week Five.

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Eagles, Giants and Jets Week 5 odds

The Philadelphia Eagles are traveling to Pittsburgh for a game against the Steelers.

The Birds opened as a surprising +7 against the host Steelers after upending the defending NFC champion 49ers. The Eagles defense did its part with three turnovers that led to 17 total points in a pivotal victory.

But that was last week.

FanDuel Sportsbook added a significant half point to the Eagles line on Tuesday, moving the line to 7.5. It was back to 7 as of Wednesday morning.

That extra half point is important for any Eagles backer.

Despite losing 17-9 to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Giants actually covered the spread and showed a stout defense.

But offensively, they haven’t scored a touchdown since Week Two. That should change against the Dallas Cowboys, who were scorched for 49 points against the Cleveland Browns. The visiting G-Men are getting 10 points at DraftKings Sportsbook, while FanDuel has the line at 9.5.

The Jets played with heart in last week’s Thursday Night Football game before falling to 0-4 with a 37-28 loss to the Denver Broncos.

A dropped pass by tight end Chris Herndon on the final drive probably prevented victory.

But Jets bettors jumped on a +7.5 number at FanDuel Sportsbook against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday morning. That line quickly dropped to 6.5 at the two books. Fox Bet still had the Jets +7  on Wednesday morning.

Which NFL teams are beating the spread?

Bettors like to know who is covering the number.

Here are top teams and their upcoming schedule compiled by NJ Gambling Sites. Results are determined by DraftKings odds at game time.

Odds for the upcoming week are from DraftKings and FanDuel unless otherwise noted.

Cincinnati Bengals, 4-0

Yes, sir, this 2-12 team from last year is climbing upward with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. The Bengals are +13.5 against the high-flying Baltimore Ravens this week. You know expectations are high when the bookmakers gave the Jacksonville Jaguars three points when Cincinnati is entering Sunday’s game winless. The Bengals then prevailed 33-25.

Seattle Seahawks, 4-0

As partially expected, this is an excellent team. Seattle is -7 against the visiting Minnesota Vikings this week. Closest calls to not covering?

First, they stopped Cam Newton on the 1-yard line to preserve a five-point lead on the final play. The Seahawks were 4.5-point favorites to the New England Patriots. They provided a gift to bettors the next week in a 38-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys, again giving 4.5. They were losing 31-30 late and had third down from the Dallas 29.

Go for the field goal, right? Nope.

Quarterback Russell Wilson threw deep, secured a touchdown and Seattle -4.5 bettors rejoiced.

Green Bay Packers, 4-0

Green Bay is 4-0 against the spread and in the standings. The system is clicking with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and whoever steps up plays a role. The Packers have bye week.

Buffalo Bills, 3-0-1

The Bills are the real deal this year. They stole the push at -3 in a miraculous late-second win over the Rams in Week Three. And they beat a good Las Vegas Raiders team on Sunday. The Bills are scheduled to play the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. However, there is no early line, as last week’s  Titans game against the Steelers was postponed due to several players testing positive for COVID-19.

Indianapolis Colts 3-1

Good defense is helping Indy overcome a Week One setback to Jacksonville. Last Sunday, the Colts stifled the previously undefeated Chicago Bears, 19-11. Now the Colts are getting ready to invade Cleveland and are giving up  1.5 at FanDuel and -2  at DraftKings. This one will pit one of the NFL’s top defenses against a red-hot Browns offense. Can’t wait for this one.

Having no luck against the spread

Only the Jets and Houston Texans are winless against the spread.

If the Jets show the same effort against Arizona that they did against Denver, they should at least cover the number.

The Texans will likely be motivated by Monday’s coaching change. Bill O’Brien is out. Romeo Crennel is in as an interim head coach. And the players won’t feel safe. Houston is giving six points to the Jaguars.

Browns attracting betting attention

The Cleveland Browns’ 49-38 over the Dallas Cowboys was a coming-of-age, get-over-the-hump triumph.

As they prepare to host the Indianapolis Colts, the Browns have cleared a big hurdle. They have won three straight and gone to 3-1 on the moneyline, 2-2 on the spread.

Sunday’s victory recertified the Browns as a playoff contender instead of the underachieving group from last year. Remember that Cleveland improved to 7-8-1 under quarterback Baker Mayfield two years ago. And then they acquired playmaker Odell Beckham Jr. at wide receiver. Playoff expectations came, but the combo did not click last season as the Browns went 6-10.

Sunday, the combo worked. In his finest game as a Brown, Beckham scored three times. The last was pure beauty as he helped Cleveland protect a lead that had shriveled from 41-14 to 41-38 late in the final quarter.

Beckham took an end-around handoff, circled wide to avoid being tackled in the backfield and stormed upfield for a 50-yard score. First down, touchdown, ballgame.

The Browns may have blown the entire lead if they had to punt there. Instead, they found the putaway play that was lacking the last two years. This was an emotional step forward.

The Browns also surpassed 30 points for the third straight week. That has not happened in 50 years.

The line on Justin Herbert + LA Chargers

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert looked good for the Los Angeles Chargers in their 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The final score resulted in a push on the official line.  The Chargers had a 24-7 lead, but a mistake at the end of the first half cost them.

They got the ball back on a punt with 50 seconds to go at their own nine. Rather than kneel on the ball and take a 17-point lead into the locker room, the Chargers decided to run a play.

The running play resulted in a fumble. Tampa Bay recovered the ball and scored just before intermission. That changed the momentum. If a team runs the ball into the line, it is essentially running out the clock anyway. Why not kneel there?

Regardless, you can trust Herbert going forward.

NFL betting trend heading into Week 5

The prolific offensive records through the first four weeks are telling us something. Pass defenders are at least a couple of steps behind the receivers.

Keep this in mind going forward regarding the totals, or over/under,  in NFL games. Same goes with the enticing props like a player to produce certain numbers offensively and his team to win.

Take note that there is one fewer game this week, as the Packers and Detroit Lions are off.

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About the Author

Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo, a multiple national award-winning boxing commentator and writer, authors NFL betting columns for the Press of Atlantic City and IGaming Player, among others.