Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week 5 NFL Picks Against the Spread

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

I'm traveling at the moment, so I'm posted all of our weekly picks -- except those by John Trifone, who posted his picks early in the week -- in this combined post.

Here are Week 5 picks against the spread from Dan Yanotchko:

Cleveland Browns pick'em over New York Jets (3 Units)

In a wacky season of lines and performances, the Jets happen to be 2-2 yet they are still road dogs to the Browns. It looks like the Browns top overall pick Myles Garett will make his debut, which will help the Browns pass rush. Cleveland will also be able to exploit a weak Jets rush defense that allows 143 yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry. I like the Browns to get their first "W" of the year

Arizona Cardinals +6.5 over Philadelphia Eagles (3 Units)

The Eagles have had a great start to the year, and they will look to keep the momentum going at home. The Philadelphia defense has been shredded against the pass this year, as they allow 285 yards per game, a 66% completion percentage, and seven touchdowns to boot. While the Eagles should win, their defense will allow Arizona to be close.

Los Angeles Chargers +3.5 over New York Giants (3 Units)

The Giants and Chargers have both had horrendous starts to the year, and one of these teams will get their first win. Even though the Chargers have a bad rushing defense, the Giants have shown no aptitude to run the ball at all this year and will not be able to take advantage. The Chargers will be able to exploit a Giants defense that allows 142 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry, and will look to get Melvin Gordon going. I think the Chargers are the better team, and I'll take the points.
Here are Sean Beazley's Week 5 NFL picks against the spread:

Green Bay Packers +3 over Dallas Cowboys (4 Units)

I'll take Aaron Rodgers as an underdog almost every time. I believe Rodgers has a huge game in what should be the best game of the weekend. If you're playing DFS and don't have exposure to this game in every lineup, it may be best to try something different. Packers, 31-27.

Miami Dolphins +1 over Tennessee Titans (3 Units)

I'm making this pick before we see the status of Titans QB Marcus Mariota. A Mariota-led team is obviously a better team than one led by Matt Cassel. Cassel looked horrendous last week and I think Miami will be fired up after getting embarrassed in London last week. I think Miami will try to slow down the pace of this game, and win their first game at home. Miami, 23-17.

Cincinnati Bengals -3 over Buffalo Bills (4 Units)

Prime let-down spot here for the Bills after a big win in Atlanta last week. The Bills defense looked great last week but the Falcons did play without their top two WRs for most of the game. I love the combo of Dalton/Green this week. Bengals, 27-21
With that said, here are my Week 5 NFL picks against the spread:

New York Giants -3.5 over Los Angeles Chargers (2 units)

In a battle of disappointing 0-4 teams, the good news is one of the two teams has to win. Homefield advantage in L.A. hasn't helped the Chargers, but it can be tough for west coast teams to play 1 p.m. start on the east coast. I think the Giants get their first win of the season.

Baltimore Ravens +3 over Oakland Raiders (1 unit)

Assuming that E.J. Manuel gets the start despite any attempts from Derek Carr to play, I much rather take the points and the Ravens. Both teams won their first two while losing their past two, but I have much more confidence in Joe Flacco than Manuel.

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