NFL Week 5 – Sunday football – Full betting preview

Seahawks at Bengals (-3, 43 ½) – 1:00 PM EST

Cincinnati is one of three teams that currently owns 4-0 SU and 4-0 ATS records through four games (Atlanta and Green Bay the others). The Bengals’ offense has put up at least 28 points in three of their four victories, including 36 in last Sunday’s 36-21 home triumph over the Chiefs as 3 ½-point favorites. Cincinnati kept Kansas City out of the end zone, allowing seven field goals, while cashing the ‘over’ for the third time this season. The Bengals have performed well against NFC opponents at home since 2011, posting a 5-1-1 SU and 5-2 ATS record in this span.

The Seahawks squeaked by the Lions on Monday night to even their record at 2-2 on the season, but failed to cover as 10-point favorites in a 13-10 victory. Seattle will be without running back Marshawn Lynch for the second straight week due to a hamstring injury, but its defense has done its job since Kam Chancellor returned to the lineup by not allowing an offensive touchdown in the past two games. The defending NFC champions are seeking their first road win of the season, but Pete Carroll has compiled an impressive 18-6-1 ATS record in the past 25 games in the underdog role.

Browns at Ravens (-6 ½, 43) – 1:00 PM EST

Baltimore avoided an 0-4 start with a late comeback victory over Pittsburgh in overtime, 23-20, erasing a 13-point second half deficit. The Ravens evened their mark at 1-1 in divisional action, but dropped to 7-11-2 ATS in its previous 20 games against AFC North foes since 2012. Baltimore’s home schedule is back-loaded with six of its final nine games at M&T Bank Stadium, as the Ravens hit the road for a pair of non-conference games at San Francisco and Arizona following Sunday’s contest. The Ravens swept the Browns last season, while eight of the past nine meetings have finished ‘under’ the total.

Cleveland has won just once in four tries this season, but picked up a cover as 4 ½-point underdogs in a last-second loss at San Diego in Week 4 by a 30-27 count. The Browns have been an ‘over’ machine so far, hitting the ‘over’ in all four games, while the defense has given up at least 27 points three times. Under Mike Pettine, the Browns have been a solid bet in the role of a road underdog, putting together a 6-2 ATS ledger, including a perfect 3-0 ATS mark against AFC North competition.

Redskins at Falcons (-7, 48) – 1:00 PM EST

Atlanta avoided a letdown following his comeback victory at Dallas as the Falcons dismantled the Texans last Sunday, while jumping out to a 42-0 advantage. The Falcons won just six games last season, but are searching for their first 5-0 start since 2012, when the team reached the NFC Championship before falling to San Francisco. This is a big game for Atlanta, who travels to New Orleans on Thursday night for a key divisional showdown, as the Falcons have won three of their past four tries since 2010 in the game prior to traveling to the Big Easy.

Washington is seeking its first road victory of 2015, but the Redskins are quietly making a move in the NFC East following a last-minute 23-20 triumph over the Eagles as three-point underdogs. Jay Gruden’s club has outgained each of its first four opponents on the ground, but faces a Falcons’ running game that has averaged 146.5 yards/game the last two weeks. Washington is making its first visit to the Georgia Dome since 2013, when the Redskins dropped a 27-26 decision as 5 ½-point underdogs, as Kirk Cousins torched Atlanta’s defense for 381 yards and three touchdowns in the defeat.

Saints at Eagles (-5, 49) – 1:00 PM EST

It’s tough to call a game do-or-die in mid-October, but both New Orleans and Philadelphia enter Sunday’s matchup at Lincoln Financial Field with 1-3 records. The Eagles have yet to beat an NFC opponent, with their only victory coming against the Jets in Week 3. Chip Kelly’s team hasn’t covered as a favorite yet this season, going 0-3 ATS when laying points, while posting a 2-6 ATS record in their last eight regular season games. After the offense looked explosive in the preseason, the Eagles are one of two teams (Vikings) that has yet to record an ‘over’ this season, going 4-0 to the ‘under.’

New Orleans broke through the win column in a dramatic overtime victory over Dallas last Sunday night as Drew Brees hooked up with C.J. Spiller on an 80-yard touchdown connection to grab a 26-20 victory, while covering as three-point favorites. The Saints have covered three of their last four as a road underdog since the start of last season, while making their first trip to Philadelphia since eliminating the Eagles in the 2013 Wild Card round, 26-24 as three-point ‘dogs. Since Brees arrived in New Orleans in 2006, the Saints have beaten the Eagles five of six times, including a pair of victories at Lincoln Financial Field.

Rams at Packers (-9 ½, 46) – 1:00 PM EST

Green Bay has won 11 consecutive games at Lambeau Field since the beginning of 2014, while covering eight times in this stretch. The Packers go for their second 5-0 start in the last four seasons, as Mike McCarthy’s club put together their best defensive effort of 2015, limiting the 49ers to 196 yards and three points in a 17-3 road victory last Sunday. Green Bay has cashed the ‘over’ in nine of its last 11 contests at Lambeau Field, with both ‘unders’ coming on totals of 49 or higher.

The Rams seek their second straight road victory after knocking off previously unbeaten Arizona in Week 4 by a 24-22 score to improve to 2-0 in NFC West play. Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes, while rookie running back Todd Gurley rushed for a career-best 146 yards for St. Louis. The Rams are facing a playoff team from last season for the fourth time in five games so far in 2015, as St. Louis owns a dreadful 2-6 SU and 3-5 ATS record off a road win in Jeff Fisher’s regime.

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