The 2013 NFL season has been a hectic one, to say the least, leaving bettors by and large with lighter wallets than they may have anticipated. Prior to the kickoff of the year, no one could have predicted that the Giants would be the worst team in the Big Apple, that Atlanta would be limping towards a high draft choice or that Kansas City would be marching towards the playoffs.
All of this has happened, however. The folks over at SportsBet News Online took all of that into consideration when making their football picks and game predictions for Week 6 of the year.
The Giants have struggled to an 0-5 start, and now must take on an angry Chicago team on Thursday night. According to ESPN, quarterback Eli Manning’s offense will be without starting running back David Wilson. Would you bet on the aging Brandon Jacobs to do damage against Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs and the rest of the Bears’ vaunted defense? Neither is SportsBet, which has the G-Men listed as massive, 9.5-point ‘dogs.
Speaking of Mannings and massive point spreads, brother Peyton’s Denver Broncos are the biggest favorites in the history of the sport. Listed as 28-point favorites against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, Yahoo! reports that Sunday’s spread is even bigger than the 26-points between the Steelers and Buccaneers back in 1976.
The Broncos and Giants are two teams headed in opposite directions. The same could be said of the two brothers at the helm, of course.
There are several other big games taking place around the league.
The Packers are coming off a big win over divisional rival Detroit, but must travel to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. As of writing, SportsBet has Green Bay as two-point underdogs.
All of a sudden, Cleveland looks good, but remain 2.5-point underdogs at home against Detroit. If Calvin Johnson is back in the lineup for the Lions, we’re liking that bet.
The NFC’s only 5-0 team, the New Orleans Saints, are excited to have coach Sean Payton back on the sidelines. Will he out-scheme Bill Belichick’s Patriots? Coming off their first loss of the season, New England is a 2.5-point home favorite, and could be stronger if tight end Rob Gronkowski suits up for the first time this season – a decent possibility.
Dallas is a 5.5-point favorite at home against a Washington team that just can’t seem to get it right. Indianapolis is a 1.5-point favorite on the road against San Diego. Tennessee is a massive, 14.5-point underdog at Seattle.
The Jets are looking better, and are favored by two against reeling Pittsburgh. The Chiefs look to remain undefeated with a 9.5-point spread against Oakland.
Philadelphia is headed down to Tampa Bay in a game that Vegas currently sees as a toss-up.
What game are you most excited to see over the weekend?
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