Only nine of the league’s 32 teams have a losing record at home, but Week 6 of the 2014 NFL season looks promising for visiting teams. Of the 15 games on the upcoming schedule, more than half feature road favorites.
Two teams are getting at least seven points in front of their home fans. The Denver Broncos are giving the New York Jets eight points at MetLife Stadium, after Geno Smith and Michael Vick combined to throw for just 60 yards in Week 5. The San Diego Chargers, who forced the Jets to replace Smith in the second half, are favored by seven points when they visit the Oakland Raiders.
For the first time all season, the road team is favored on “Thursday Night Football.” The Indianapolis Colts are giving the Houston Texans 2.5 points, though every Thursday night game in 2014 has been decided by 20 points or more.
At home, the Seattle Seahawks are tied with the team they beat in the 2014 Super Bowl as the biggest favorites of Week 6. The defending champs will host the Dallas Cowboys, who have won four straight games.
The Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons will face off in what’s expected to be the highest-scoring affair of Week 6, with an over/under of 53.5 total points. The Falcons have the third-highest scoring average in the NFL, but they also rank 29th in scoring defense.
“Monday Night Football” features its first divisional matchup of 2014 when the San Francisco 49ers visit the St. Louis Rams. The point spread begins the week at 3.5 points, but the Monday night games have been decided by an average of 11.7 points per contest.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 6 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) at Houston Texans, 46
Denver Broncos (-8) at New York Jets, 47.5
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2) at Cleveland Browns, 47
Jacksonville Jaguars (+6) at Tennessee Titans, 44
Chicago Bears (+3) at Atlanta Falcons, 53.5
Green Bay Packers (-3.5) at Miami Dolphins, 49
Detroit Lions (-1.5) at Minnesota Vikings, 44
Carolina Panthers (+7) at Cincinnati Bengals, 44.5
New England Patriots (-3) at Buffalo Bills, 45
Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 43
San Diego Chargers (-7) at Oakland Raiders, 43
Dallas Cowboys (+8) at Seattle Seahawks, 47.5
Washington Redskins (+3.5) at Arizona Cardinals N/A
New York Giants (+2.5) at Philadelphia Eagles, 50
San Francisco 49ers (-3.5) at St. Louis Rams, 43.5