Chiefs at Vikings (-4, 43 ½) – 1:00 PM EST
It seems like it’s been forever since Kansas City has won a game, as the Chiefs look for their first victory since opening day. Andy Reid’s club has dropped four in a row since winning at Houston, including two losses to NFC foes Green Bay and Chicago. Last week’s home loss to the Bears especially stung, as Kansas City gave away a 17-6 lead in an 18-17 defeat as 10-point favorites, but what hurt even worse was losing star running back Jamaal Charles to a season-ending knee injury. The Chiefs actually put up their best defensive effort of the season against Chicago, stopping a three-game streak of allowing at least 31 points, while cashing its first ‘under’ following four straight ‘overs.’
The Vikings are fresh off the bye week, as Minnesota couldn’t quite complete the comeback from a 13-point deficit two weeks ago in a 23-20 defeat at Denver as seven-point underdogs. Minnesota owns the worst passing game in the league from a yardage standpoint (165 yards a game), but has picked up a pair of double-digit victories at home against Detroit and San Diego. The Vikings own a perfect 4-0 mark to the ‘under,’ while winning six of their last seven games at TCF Bank Stadium since last November.
Broncos (-4, 42 ½) at Browns – 1:00 PM EST
Denver is the only team in the league to pick up three road wins so far, as the Broncos will be halfway done with their away slate after this Sunday. The Broncos go for a 6-0 start, coming off last Sunday’s 16-10 triumph at Oakland, barely covering as five-point favorites, aided by an interception return for a score by Chris Harris, the third defensive touchdown for Denver this season. Denver has won all six meetings against Cleveland since the Browns re-entered the league in 1999, while making its first trip to Northern Ohio since 2008.
The Browns are seeking their first two-game winning streak of the season after rallying past the rival Ravens in overtime, 33-30.Josh McCown torched Baltimore’s defense for 457 yards and two touchdowns, as the Browns improved to 7-2 ATS as a road underdog since the start of 2014. Cleveland has lost four of its past five home games since last November with the lone victory in this span coming against Tennessee in Week 2 by a 28-14 count. The Browns are one of two teams in the league (Cardinals) that has yet to register an ‘under,’ going 5-0 to the ‘over’ through five weeks.
Redskins at Jets (-6, 40 ½) – 1:00 PM EST
The Jets return to the field following a bye week, as New York has won all three of its games by double-digits. The last time the Jets took the field in London, New York destroyed Miami, 27-14 as 2 ½-point favorites, while outgaining the Dolphins by nearly 200 yards as Chris Ivoryrushed for 166 yards and a touchdown. The Jets own the league’s second-best defense, yielding 280.3 yards per game, while giving up 14 points or less in all three victories. New York has struggled against NFC foes the last few seasons, going winless in their last six tries, including three straight home losses.
The Redskins have alternated wins and losses through the first five weeks, coming off a crushing overtime loss at Atlanta, allowing an interception return for a score in a 25-19 setback as 7 ½-point underdogs. Washington has covered three of the past four games since failing to cash in the season-opening loss to Miami, as Jay Gruden’s club has given up 20 points or less in regulation four times. The Redskins have dropped six of their last nine against AFC opponents since 2013, including double-digit losses at Houston and Indianapolis last season.
Panthers at Seahawks (-7, 40 ½) – 4:05 PM EST
Seattle knocked out Carolina in the divisional playoffs last season, 31-14 to cash as 13 ½-point favorites and eventually advance to the Super Bowl. Through five weeks, the Panthers have the upper-hand over the Seahawks in the NFC as Carolina is rolling at 4-0, while Seattle has stumbled to a 2-3 mark after squandering a 17-point fourth quarter lead in a 27-24 overtime loss at Cincinnati last Sunday. The Seahawks are expected to get running backMarshawn Lynch back in the lineup after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. Seattle has allowed just 10 points in two home victories over Chicago and Detroit, while owning a 14-1 SU and 9-5-1 ATS the last 15 games at CenturyLink Field.
The Panthers may be 4-0, but they haven’t exactly been tested so far, facing the Jaguars, Texans, Saints, and Buccaneers, who own a combined record of 6-15. Carolina is listed as an underdog for the first time this season, while going 6-6 ATS in this role last season. The Panthers have struggled with the Seahawks the last few seasons, dropping five straight meetings since 2010, while scoring 12 points or less three times with Cam Newton at quarterback.
Chargers at Packers (-10 ½, 50 ½) – 4:25 PM EST
San Diego is traveling east for the third time this season, already losing twice at Cincinnati and Minnesota. The Chargers have a sour taste in their mouths after falling on the final play of Monday night’s 24-20 setback to the Steelers. The Lightning Bolts have been horrible against the number of late, failing to cover the last four weeks since holding off the Lions in Week 1, while scoring 20 points or less in all three losses. San Diego is listed as a double-digit underdog for the first time since Week 15 of 2013 when the Chargers handed Peyton Manning his last regular season home loss in a 27-20 triumph.
The Packers haven’t done much wrong this season, winning and covering all five games, including three victories at Lambeau Field by 10 points or more. Green Bay held off St. Louis last Sunday, 24-10, as the Rams missed three field goals, while Aaron Rodgers was intercepted twice. However, the Packers’ defense picked off Nick Foles four times, including returning one for a touchdown to help cash as 8 ½-point favorites. The last time Rodgers lost at home to an AFC opponent came in 2010, falling in overtime to the Dolphins, 23-20.