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We asked the OddsChecker staff for their top bets for the Week 5 NFL slate. Here are their picks and predictions.
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NFL Betting Picks Week 5: Our Staff's Top NFL Bets and Predictions

If you're anything like me, you've walked into Target too many times to count and your head starts spinning because you can't figure out what unnecessary item to purchase first.

Sports betting is essentially the same.

These days, there are thousands of bets you can place each week of the NFL season, and narrowing it down can be a daunting task. The friendly staff at OddsChecker is here to help!

Every week, in addition to an ever-growing abundance of top-notch content, our staff will be providing us with their favorite overall plays each week of the season. Now, unlike shopping at Target, where you don't leave until you've purchased the entire store, our staff can only pick one bet.

For this piece, our staff will be covering whatever Week 5 bets they feel strongest about -- no limitations. Let’s get to it!

Top Week 5 NFL Bets and Predictions

Green Bay Packers -3.0 (-105)

I simply don't believe this Bengals team is legitimate. They've had a fairly easy schedule to this point in the year, but the Green Bay defense has been solid and we know their offense can force a shootout versus anyone. I think the Packers can control this one rather handily.

-- Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass)

Carolina Panthers -3.0 (-110)

I expect Matt Rhule and the Panthers to bounce back in a big way versus the Eagles on Sunday. The Pathers D line will have its way with an Eagle offensive line riddled with injuries. Eagles rookie head coach Nick Siriani appears to be learning some lessons on the fly, and this elite Panthers coaching staff will take full advantage. The Eagles don't have a running game that can keep Carolina off balance.

-- Geoff Fienberg (@gfienberg17)

The Panthers are coming off their first loss of the season to the Dallas Cowboys. It wasn’t pretty but heading back home to take on an Eagles team that’s lost three in a row could be exactly what the doctor ordered. I had to do a double-take that this spread was just three points. I think Vegas is overreacting to just one bad performance from Matt Rhule’s Panthers. Sam Darnold and the Panthers both bounce back on Sunday over Philly.

-- Matt O’Leary (@MattOLearyNY)

New York Jets +3.0 (-114)

My favorite bet of the week already happened as the Rams covered on the road against Seattle and got me started off on the right foot in Week 5. But, I also love the Jets +3 in London. The Falcons are absolutely terrible. Atlanta can’t score and they can’t defend. Making things even worse is the fact that Calvin Ridley, their best offensive player, is hurt and not making the trip to London. Meanwhile, Zach Wilson is coming off the best half of professional football in his entire life and I think he can build on that against a bad team like the Falcons. I think the Jets win outright, but I’ll take the three points here for my bet of the week.

-- Brian Good (@BeGood1219)

Houston Texans +9.0 (-110)

We look for the New England Patriots to be deflated a week after having a chance to beat Tom Brady in an emotionally filled game, but ultimately losing because of a missed field goal. Yes, I understand that the Texans have scored nine points in their last eight quarters with Davis Mills as quarterback. But this is a tough spot for New England, which has only been made tougher by the COVID-19 issues that a couple of their offensive linemen are dealing with this week.

-- Mike Spector (@MikeSpector01)

Tennessee Titans -4.5 (-109)

The Titans just lost to the Jets last week. I know that could keep some of you away. But with all of this Urban Meyer stuff circulating around the web, it's hard to believe the Jaguars are going to be prepared for this game. Meyer doesn't want to be a distraction, but it's too late. Every meeting this team had to start the week wasn't to game plan for the Titans. It was about what to do with Meyer. I like the Titans to win this game by plenty. especially with A.J. Brown returning.

-- Jason Radowitz (@Jason_Radowitz)

Nick Chubb Over 83.5 Rushing Yards (-115)

Nick Chubb has reached at least 83 rushing yards every week so far. Weeks 1-4 (83, 95, 84, 100). There are grumbles that Kareem Hunt is taking away too much work from him but over the last two weeks, Chubb has totaled 43 carries. That doesn't sound like a running back losing work to me. The Chargers have allowed the second-most yards per carry to running backs through the first four weeks and the fourth most total yards in the entire NFL to opposing running backs. I'm on the Browns in our staff's upset pick of the week column you can read here, and that pick is in large part because of how I expect Chubb to run all over this Chargers defense on Sunday! Best of luck if you tail!

-- Tom Viera (@Tom_Viera)

Ryan Tannehill Over 224.5 Passing Yards and A.J. Brown Over 69.5 Receiving Yards (+160) - DraftKings

Through four weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars have ceded an average of 320.8 passing yards per game, which is fourth-most in the league. They also rank dead last in Defensive Passing DVOA, per Football Outsiders. So, in summary, they're not good against the pass. Meanwhile, Ryan Tannehill will be getting his top weapon, A.J. Brown, back from injury. In his last two games against the Jags, Brown has racked up 112 and 135 yards, respectively. As for Tannehill, he's managed at least 225 passing yards in more than half of his outings as a member of the Titans.

-- Elisha Twerski (@ElishaTwerski)

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The Senior Editor at OddsChecker, Elisha is an experienced fantasy and betting analyst. According to BettingPros, he was was one of the most accurate betting experts in 2019, ranking second in moneyline picks and 13th against the spread. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his best skill is his ability to spell "Antetokounmpo" without looking. You can follow Elisha on Twitter at @ElishaTwerski.

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