The NFL season never takes a break and week 6 is right around the corner. There are intriguing games to look at in the early lines, with the most interesting matchup being the undefeated New Orleans Saints taking on the now once beaten New England Patriots.
However, before getting to that game, let’s talk about a few others on tap for the upcoming week.
The AFC West is turning into a real battle as two of the three teams still undefeated in the NFL are in that division. This week Kansas City currently 5-0 takes on archrivals the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs are early 10.5-point favorites on most books like Betonline, topbet and sportsbook.com. Kansas City defeated Tennessee and covered to raise their record to 4-1 ATS. The Raiders defeated the Chargers on the road in a Sunday night matchup.
A surprise in the AFC North, the Cleveland Browns take on the Detroit Lions this week, with the Lions the early favorite by 2.5 points. The Lions lost to Green Bay in part due to Calvin Johnson missing the game. However, he will return for this matchup. Cleveland defeated Buffalo last Thursday night, but lost starting quarterback Brian Hoyer for the season to an ACL tear.
The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the New York Jets and might have a chance to get into the win column. The Steelers are actually favored even though they are 0-4. New York is 2-2 at this time, but play Atlanta tonight.
The Denver Broncos showed the NFL that they could win under pressure after defeating the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday 51-48 in an aerial shootout between Peyton Manning and Tony Romo. Denver hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars and early lines have the Broncos as 28-point favorites. For most books, like Bovada this is the biggest spread in the history of the NFL. The line opened lower for some books, but already has been bet up to its current 28 points. The Jaguars lost by 14 to the St. Louis Rams and are now 0-5 SU and ATS.
The New Orleans Saints visit the New England Patriots in a matchup of two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The Saints defeated Chicago last weekend, while the Patriots were knocked from the unbeaten ranks by Cincinnati. Nevertheless, sportsbooks like topbet have New England as the favorite at home by 2 points after opening at 2.5.
Week 6 is shaping up to be a good week for spreads with a number of close matchups and one, the Jaguars and Broncos, which could set new records for NFL point spreads.