Even though the 2015 NFL season is only entering Week 4, a few teams are already running out of time to turn their year around. Four teams have started out 0-3, and the last 82 teams to do so have failed to reach the playoffs.
The 1995 Detroit Lions made the postseason, despite losing their first three games, and the team is hoping to do the same 20 years later. But they might have a more difficult time getting their first victory than any other winless team. Detroit is visiting the Seattle Seahawks on “Monday Night Football,” making them the biggest underdogs of Week 4.
The 0-3 Chicago Bears are home underdogs against the Oakland Raiders, but the other two winless teams are actually favored. Drew Brees is no guarantee to play on “Sunday Night Football,” but the absence of Tony Romo has made the New Orleans Saints favorites over the Dallas Cowboys. The Baltimore Ravens are favored against Pittsburgh because the Steelers will continue to be without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Baltimore is one of six road favorites this week. The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers are both favored after starting the year 3-0. Green Bay and Seattle, who are the betting favorites to win the NFC, are the biggest favorites of the week.
No betting line is smaller than 2.5 points in Week 4. The Ravens and New York Jets are both technically 2.5-point favorites on the road, though New York faces the Miami Dolphins in London.
The contest between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts features the highest over/under at 48 points. The Colts got their first win in Week 3 by scoring three touchdowns in the final seven minutes.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 4 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas, via vegasinsider.com.
Baltimore Ravens (-2.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers, 44
New York Jets (-2.5) at Miami Dolphins, 41.5
Jacksonville Jaguars (+8.5) at Indianapolis Colts, 48
Houston Texans (+6.5) at Atlanta Falcons, 47
Carolina Panthers (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 40
New York Giants (+6) at Buffalo Bills, 46.5
Oakland Raiders (-3) at Chicago Bears, 44.5
Philadelphia Eagles (-3) at Washington Redskins, 47.5
Kansas City Chiefs (+3.5) at Cincinnati Bengals, 43.5
Cleveland Browns (+7.5) at San Diego Chargers, 45
Green Bay Packers (-9) at San Francisco 49ers, 47.5
Minnesota Vikings (+6.5) at Denver Broncos, 43
St. Louis Rams (+6.5) at Arizona Cardinals, 42.5
Dallas Cowboys (+4) at New Orleans Saints, 46.5
Detroit Lions (+9.5) at Seattle Seahawks, 43