NFL Week 5 Odds: Cardinals, Packers, Patriots highlight betting favorites

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Week 5 of the NFL season begins Thursday with the floundering Arizona Cardinals favored by four points against the San Francisco 49ers at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.  The Cardinals are 5-1 straight up in their last six games after consecutive losses. The 49ers are 6-1 SU and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games against the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will be out to attain their typical October form against Eli Manning and the New York Giants in the Sunday Night matchup.

The Packers are listed as seven-point favorites against the Giants. The Packers are 13-1 SU in their last 14 October games. Green Bay, which had a bye after a Week 3 home win against the Detroit Lions, is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 home games after a home win.

The Giants are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games as an underdog of at least seven points.

With Tom Brady back, the New England Patriots are 10.5-point favorites against the Cleveland Browns. New England is 9-1 SU and 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when favored by at least 7.5 points on the road. Cleveland is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games as the underdog.

The Cincinnati Bengals are a one-point road favorite against the Dallas Cowboys. The Bengals are 7-3 SU and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Cowboys are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games in Week 5.

The undefeated Philadelphia Eagles are a 2.5-point road favorite on the Vegas lines against the 1-3 Detroit Lions. The Eagles are 2-6 SU in their last eight games after consecutive wins. The Lions are 8-2 SU in their last 10 home games after losing their prior home game.

The Denver Broncos are a 5.5-point favorite against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as road underdogs. The Broncos are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games as home favorites.

The Oakland Raiders are favored by four points against the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are 0-9 SU in their last nine divisional games. The Raiders are 6-23 ATS in their last 29 games as a favorite of 4.5 points or less.

The Baltimore Ravens are favored by four points against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins are 6-1 SU and ATS in their last seven games as an underdog. The Ravens are 2-12-2 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite.

And the Los Angeles Rams are a 2.5-point favorite against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills, who shut out New England in Week 4, are 3-15-2 ATS in their last 20 games after winning as an underdog. The Rams, coming off a win against Arizona, are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games after winning as an underdog.

Marcus Mariota can’t even explain his historic touchdown catch

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A touchdown pass to … yourself?!

That’s exactly what happened to Titans QB Marcus Mariota in Tennessee’s incredible 22-21 Wild Card victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs were up 21-3 entering halftime and appeared to be well on their way to advancing to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, but then Mariota made history with one of the craziest plays you’ll ever see:

With the six-yard touchdown, Mariota became the first player in NFL history to record a passing and receiving TD in a playoff game.

NFL Wild Card Weekend betting lines reflect recent favorites trend

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Wild Card Weekend has been ruled by favored teams recently – on the field, if not on the board. Favored teams are 10-2 straight-up in wild card games over the last three seasons. At the sportsbooks – and this seems germane with the home teams each laying at least six points this weekend – favorites are a more modest 7-4-1 against the spread.

The 2017 playoffs saw home teams go 4-0 SU and ATS in wild card games. Eighteen of the last 28 wild card games have gone under the posted total, with one push.

The Kansas City Chiefs are listed as 9-point favorites against the Tennessee Titans with a 44-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in a Saturday matchup. The Chiefs are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven playoff games as a favorite, but QB Alex Smith has had a stronger second half of the season than Marcus Mariota, his Titans counterpart.

Tennessee, which is 5-1 ATS in its last six games against the Chiefs, could be compromised offensively if DeMarco Murray (knee) is unable to play and spell off team rushing leader Derrick Henry. The total has gone over in five of the Titans’ last seven games against the Chiefs.

The Los Angeles Rams are 6.5-point betting favorites against the Atlanta Falcons with a 48.5-point total in the late Saturday matchup. The Rams and first-time playoff QB Jared Goff are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. However, Los Angeles, which lost its regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, is 5-0 SU in its last five games after a loss.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan, whose team is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 night games, will not have his optimal offensive line in front of him as LG Andy Levitre (triceps) is out for the season. The Rams defense, led by DT Aaron Donald, has the third-highest tally of interceptions. The total has gone under in the Falcons’ last five games.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are nine-point betting favorites against the Buffalo Bills with a 39.5-point total in a Sunday matchup between teams that had a combined 26-year playoff drought (since 1999 for the Bills; 2007 for the Jags). The visiting team is 5-1 ATS in the last six games of this matchup, but Buffalo will likely only stand a chance if RB LeSean McCoy (ankle sprain) is healthy enough to play; there is no way he will be 100 percent.

The Jaguars, who are only 4-13 SU in their last 17 home games against teams with winning records, must hope QB Blake Bortles has some recent regression out of his system. The total has gone over in the Bills’ last five games against the Jaguars.

And the New Orleans Saints are listed as seven-point favorites against the Carolina Panthers with a 48-point total in a late Sunday betting matchup. The Panthers and QB Cam Newton are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six tries against the NFC South rival Saints and also boast the NFL’s 28th-ranked passing attack while the Saints are fifth through the air (each team’s pass defense is right in the middle of the rankings).

New Orleans and veteran QB Drew Brees are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against divisional opponents, as well as 5-0 SU in their last five home playoff games. The total has gone over in six of the Panthers’ last seven games against the Saints. The total has also gone over in five of the Saints’ last six games in the wild card round.

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