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.

Drew Brees, Le’Veon Bell Favorites in NFL Season Leader Props

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When it comes to betting props on NFL individual leaders, the tried-and-true works for picking a passing yards leader while rushing and receiving leaders are a little more random.

With training camps set to open in a matter of days, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a +300 favorite to lead the NFL in passing yards at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Brees has led (or co-led) the NFL in aerial yards five times in the last six seasons, with the lone exception coming in 2013 when Peyton Manning complied a NFL-record 5,477.

Brees will still have Willie Snead and Michael Thomas as outlets for his passes and, assuming the Saints’ defense stays near the bottom of the league, will have the opportunity to get into a few offensive shootouts.

The Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan (+400) and New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (+500) are the next two on the board. Ryan and the Falcons are likely to face a tougher schedule than what it turned out they had in 2016. Brady has only led the NFL in yards once, in 2007, and would be the oldest player to do so if he succeeds this season.

Based on 2016 won-loss records, the Indianapolis Colts and QB Andrew Luck (+1400) have the easiest schedule in the league, which could lead to Luck putting up some big numbers against softer competition. Another valid darkhorse play is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (+1600), since he will have a 1-2 punch at receiver with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson and a team that still relies on being pass-heavy.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (+300) and Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott (+350) are tightly bunched atop the NFL rushing champion futures board. Bell will no doubt be among the leaders in yards from scrimmage per game, but he’s only played 16 games once in four seasons. While there hasn’t been a back-to-back rushing leader in 10 years, Elliott will be running behind an excellent Dallas offensive line.

The Los Angeles Rams’ third-year workhorse Todd Gurley (+2000) will be in a new offensive system and, hopefully for the Rams, will be better complemented by second-year QB Jared Goff in the passing phase. That would give Gurley a fairer shot at breaking big runs on the regular.

Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (+400) and Atlanta’s Julio Jones (+400) are co-favorites on the odds to tally the most receiving yards, with the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham (+500) also coming in highly touted. Brown had two fewer targets per game in 2016 than in ’15, meaning he might be a less high-volume receiver now that he is 29. Jones has a receiving title from 2015, but last season the Falcons were most efficient when they spread the ball around.

Last year, the Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton (+1200 this year) led the league in yards after being listed at +3300 in the preseason. Among the potential 2017 replicants are New England’s Brandin Cooks (+3300), who is expected to be the field-stretching target the Patriots have managed to do without since the Randy Moss days a decade ago. The aforementioned Mike Evans (+1200) is also close to a sure thing to get 11-12 targets per game in Tampa Bay and the continued development of Winston could make him a 1,500-yard receiver.

The last 12 league leaders in receiving yardage have been less than 30 years old at the start of the season. That trend has been consistent dating to the mid-1990s, with 19 of the last 21 receiving leaders being players who were no older than 29 at the start of the season.

Internet reacts to O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing

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In case you weren’t aware, O.J. Simpson was granted parole and the internet went crazy.

Cue hilarious tweets.