The Indianapolis Colts began Week 5 with a win over the Houston Texans on ”Thursday Night Football,” getting the victory as five-point underdogs at kickoff. The defending AFC South champs were one-point favorites on Wednesday when it looked like Andrew Luck would start, and a few other point spreads have changed in the last few days, as well.
The biggest change has come in the contest between the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals. The defending NFC champs have gone from 1.5-point underdogs to three-point underdogs in Cincinnati. It appears that oddsmakers are becoming believers in the Bengals, who are 4-0 and lead the NFC North by two games. The Seahawks have won back-to-back games, but they narrowly avoided a loss to the only winless team in football on Monday night.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers remain the biggest favorites of Week 5, though there’s been a slight change in the betting odds. Both teams have gone from 9.5-point favorites to nine-point favorites. Kansas City is giving Chicago nearly 10 points, even though they both have the same record. All three of the Chiefs’ losses have come against undefeated teams, including the Packers.
Oddsmakers don’t seem to know what to make of the Philadelphia Eagles, who started the season as one of the top Super Bowl favorites, but have lost three of their first four games. They started the week as 4.5-point favorites over the visiting New Orleans Saints, and after the point spread moved to 5.5 points, it’s come back down to five points.
The Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills are also slightly smaller favorites than they were a few days ago.
Below are updated betting lines for all the Week 5 games ahead of the weekend. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas, via vegasinsider.com.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 42
Buffalo Bills (-2.5) at Tennessee Titans, 42
Cleveland Browns (+6.5) at Baltimore Ravens, 43
Washington Redskins (+7.5) at Atlanta Falcons, 48
Chicago Bears (+9) at Kansas City Chiefs, 45
New Orleans Saints (+5) at Philadelphia Eagles, 49
St. Louis Rams (+9) at Green Bay Packers, 46
Seattle Seahawks (+3) at Cincinnati Bengals, 43.5
Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) at Detroit Lions, 45
New England Patriots (-8.5) at Dallas Cowboys, 49.5
Denver Broncos (-4.5) at Oakland Raiders, 43.5
San Francisco 49ers (+7) at New York Giants, 43
Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at San Diego Chargers, 45.5