Five weeks of NFL action are in the books leaving only two teams remaining unbeaten, and another four currently held winless.
Last week’s parlay was a close call with three of four bets hitting before being spoiled by an afternoon upset. The underdog pick of the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on a field goal with time expiring, the Baltimore Ravens edged out the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime by a field goal, and the other underdog pick of the Green Bay Packers took care of business and defeated the Dallas Cowboys.
The Los Angeles Chargers were the sole lone loser by failing to cover the spread and losing outright at home to the Denver Broncos.
After falling one game short of cashing each of the last two weeks, I’ll look to take home some profit in Week 6. Check out this four-team parlay ticket with strong odds and good value:
Four Team Parlay Ticket:
Cleveland Browns Moneyline, +110
Baltimore Ravens/Cincinnati Bengals Over 47.5, -113
Philadelphia Eagles Moneyline, +135
Tennessee Titans Moneyline, +120
Total Odds: +1952
Potential Payout: $10 to win $205.20
Seattle (4-1) edged out the Los Angeles Rams 30-29 and picked up a big NFC West divisional win.
Quarterback Russell Wilson was dynamic for the Seahawks completing 17-of-23 for 268 yards and four touchdowns, adding eight carries for 32 yards.
Running back Chris Carson proved to be the workhorse in the backfield rushing for 118 yards on 27 carries, adding one reception for five yards and the game-winning touchdown.
The Cleveland Browns (2-3) failed to get anything going on Monday night losing to the San Francisco 49ers 31-3.
Running back Nick Chubb was the team’s lone standout rushing for 87 yards on 16 carries with one reception for 12 yards.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield had a poor outing to say the least completing 8-of-22 for 100 yards and two interceptions.
Cleveland’s recent struggles seem far too much for them to overcome, and to make matters worse, they’re winless at home. Yet despite all that, I’m going against the grain and rolling with the Browns who have good value as the home underdog.
The Ravens (3-2) host back-to-back AFC North matchups after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime 26-23 last Sunday.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson did the heavy lifting for Baltimore completing 19-of-28 for 161 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, adding a team-leading 70 yards rushing on 14 carries.
The Cincinnati Bengals (0-5) suffered a tough home loss on a field goal as time expired, falling to the Arizona Cardinals 26-23.
Quarterback Andy Dalton made plays when he could, completing 27-of-38 for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore has the highest scoring offense in football averaging (32.2 ppg), Cincinnati has the fourth lowest in offense totaling (16.0 ppg). Meanwhile, both defenses are vulnerable.
Despite the Bengals’ lack of points per game, they’ll have to score points to keep up in this divisional matchup. With the over set at 47.5 points, my expectation is this covers with ease.
The Philadelphia Eagles improved to (3-2) after handling the winless New York Jets 31-6.
Philadelphia’s defense was dominant totaling 10 sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery - scoring a touchdown on both an interception and fumble return.
The Minnesota Vikings (3-2) figured out their offensive struggles with a 28-10 win over the New York Giants.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen had a huge day catching seven of eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
The Vikings are three-point favorites with an unbeaten record at home (2-0), but the Eagles have won two in a row and I’m going to ride the hot hand.
The Tennessee Titans (2-3) stumbled at home falling to the Buffalo Bills 14-7.
Tennessee didn’t have many positives aside from running back Derrick Henry who rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
The Denver Broncos (1-4) finally caught a break and put an end to their winless start to the season, defeating the Los Angeles Chargers 20-13.
Running back Phillip Lindsay was the pulse of the Broncos offense, rushing for 114 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, adding four receptions for 33 yards.
The Broncos are 1-3 against the spread with each game this season being decided by seven points or fewer. Take the Titans to pull the road upset and, if not by the moneyline, at least by the spread at (+3).
By Stephen Rodriguez