NFL Week 5: Sunday Parlay
Four weeks of NFL action are a wrap and the league is all over the place.
There are three teams unbeaten, four winless and just about everyone else sitting at two wins and two losses.
Last week’s parlay was yet another even split with 2-of-4 bets hitting, despite three of the four teams winning outright.
My underdog pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Denver Broncos on a field goal with time expiring, the New York Giants easily covered the three-point spread against the Washington Redskins and although the Kansas City Chiefs won, they failed to cover the six-point spread.
The Baltimore Ravens were my lone outright loser, falling at home to the Cleveland Browns.
I’m confident this time around I’ll cash my ticket. Check out this four-team parlay ticket with strong odds and good value:
Four Team Parlay Ticket:
Arizona Cardinals Moneyline, +150
Baltimore Ravens Moneyline, -175
Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5), -110
Green Bay Packers Moneyline, +160
Total Odds: +1862
Potential Payout: $10 to win $196.16
The Arizona Cardinals (0-3-1) dropped a third consecutive game after falling to the Seattle Seahawks at home 27-10.
Quarterback Kyler Murray made plays when he could, completing 22-of-32 for 241 yards and an interception, adding four carries for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Running back David Johnson lead the team in rushing and receiving with 11 carries for 40 yards and eight receptions for 99 yards.
The Cincinnati Bengals (0-4) remained winless after failing to do much of anything on Monday night, losing to the Steelers 27-3.
Running back Joe Mixon showed the only signs of life rushing 15 times for 62 yards while adding four receptions for one yard.
I’m surprised this game isn’t a pick em’ with both these teams being winless. With that said, Arizona at least has a tie on their resume. My expectation is that Murray has a big day with his legs and takes advantage of a poor Bengals team.
The Ravens and Steelers are a classic NFL rivalry between two typical AFC North contenders.
Baltimore (2-2) lost a second consecutive game after being handled by the Cleveland Browns 40-25. Quarterback Lamar Jackson was electric as usual completing 24-of-34 for 234 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, adding nine rushes for 66 yards.
The Steelers (1-3) picked up their first win of the season with a 27-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Running back James Conner lead the team in rushing and receiving with 10 carries for 42 yards and eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Baltimore’s defense has struggled over the last two weeks, but they’ll catch a break against a lost Pittsburgh offense. Look for the Ravens’ high-powered offense to figure it out and run past the Steelers on the scoreboard.
The Los Angeles Chargers (2-2) head back home after traveling across country to South Beach and defeating the Miami Dolphins 30-10.
Despite the announced return of Melvin Gordon, running back Austin Eckler proved he could hold down the backfield without him.
Eckler carried the ball 18 times for 65 yards and one touchdown, adding five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.
The Denver Broncos (0-4) can’t seem to catch a break as they lost on a field goal at home as time expired. Denver lead 17-6 at half but took the foot off the gas and allowed 20 points in the second half.
Things went from bad to worse for the Broncos as pass rusher and 2018 first-round pick Bradley Chubb tore his ACL during the fourth quarter and will miss the rest of the season.
Take the Chargers (-6.5). Each of the Broncos’ games this season have been decided by six points or less, yet they are 1-3 against the spread.
The Chargers will be rejuvenated at home with Gordon back in action and should have enough juice to cover this game by at least a touchdown.
The Green Bay Packers (3-1) faltered at home and lost their first game to the Eagles 34-27. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 34-of-53 for 422 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Green Bay’s offense was explosive but that may take a back seat this weekend as star wide receiver Devante Adams left with an injury to his toe in the fourth quarter and will be sidelined for at least this week.
The Cowboys (3-1) also dropped their first game of the season, falling to the New Orleans Saints 12-10.
The Cowboys offense was held in check aside from running back Ezekiel Elliott. He rushed 18 times for 35 yards and a touchdown, adding six receptions for 30 yards.
Green Bay’s offense may be battling through some adversity with Adams, but I like Rodgers to play towards his MVP form and find a way to pull out an upset road victory.
By Stephen Rodriguez