There is no shortage of interesting betting lines for Week 6 action in the National Football League.
Five teams are favoured on the road by a field goal or less, including the winless Steelers. The first-place Browns are dogged at home. And the Broncos are a whopping 27.5-point favourites, reportedly the largest point spread in NFL history.
Here’s a complete look at Week 6 NFL betting lines and our quick take on each:
Giants at Bears (-7.5, O/U 45)
Ordinarily, it would be tough to lay more than a touchdown with the Bears right now. But it’s virtually impossible to expect anything good from the Giants. Tough game to handicap.
Packers at Ravens (+3, O/U 48)
The Ravens may not be what they were last year, but any time you see Baltimore catching a field goal at home, it’s hard to go against them.
Eagles at Buccaneers (+1.5, O/U 45.5)
Whether it’s Michael Vick or Nick Foles at QB, the Eagles showed Sunday they can move the ball either way. Tampa is an absolute mess, though the Bucs are coming off a bye.
Steelers at Jets (+3, O/U 40)
What have the winless Steelers done to be a road favourite over anybody? This line reflects Pittsburgh’s desperation and the fact they are off a bye. Jets have a short week after playing Monday.
Panthers at Vikings (-2.5, O/U 44)
Carolina can’t seem to get out of its own way, outplaying the Cardinals Sunday but still losing handily. Vikings coming off a bye. Seems like Minny should be favoured by more here.
Raiders at Chiefs (-9.5, O/U 41)
Kansas City continues to get it done, but we’re not sure this is the kind of team you want to lay double digits with. Raiders coming off nice win but always get up for their division rival.
Rams at Texans (-7, O/U 43)
How is Houston’s psyche after heartbreaking loss to Seattle two weeks ago, then getting hammered by SF on national TV Sunday? Can’t see Texans having a lot of swagger these days.
Bengals at Bills (+7.5, O/U 45)
So Cincy broke Tom Brady’s consecutive game streak with a TD pass on Sunday. Wonder how much trouble they’ll have with Thad Lewis, who will start this week for Buffalo.
Lions at Browns (+2.5, O/U 45.5)
Cleveland leads the AFC North but is catching points at home to the Lions? There is not a lot of faith in Browns QB Brandon Weeden, who gets his job back this week.
Titans at Seahawks (-13.5, O/U 40.5)
Seattle coming off its first road loss of the season and is an absolute beast at home. Titans, however, have been in every game.
Jaguars at Broncos (-27.5, O/U 51.5)
How motivated will the Broncos be to blow the doors off Jacksonville in this one? We can see Denver getting up big early, then handing the ball off and running the clock out.
Saints at Patriots (-2.5, O/U 49.5)
Another tough matchup for the Pats, who are coming off consecutive road games at Atlanta and Cincinnati. This is the acid test for that improved Saints defence.
Cardinals at 49ers (-11, O/U 42)
San Fran looks back on track after that early-season hiccup that included being blown out at home by the Colts. Still trying to figure out how Arizona won last week.
Redskins at Cowboys (-5.5, O/U 53)
Very tough spot for Dallas, coming off the emotional loss to Denver, even though Dallas hosts the hated Redskins. Washington coming off a bye.
Colts at Chargers (+1, O/U 46)
The Indy sideline celebrated the win over Seattle as if they’d won the Super Bowl. This could be a letdown spot against the Chargers, who laid an egg against Oakland Sunday night.