NFL Week 5 Four-Team Parlay You Should Consider Betting
Usually, two out of three ain’t bad. When it comes to NFL betting in a parlay, though, it doesn’t quite work out so well.
The Los Angeles Chargers (-10) were our one miss from last week’s article as a sloppy effort from them cost us even though the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys cashed for us on the moneyline, and the Cleveland Browns pushed.
We’ve lined up another parlay to add to the entertainment level for this week, so here’s a closer look at the four winners we’re eyeing for Week 5:
Pick #1: Denver Broncos (pick ‘em) at New York Jets
There is a chance that the Broncos come out a bit flat after losing at home on Monday Night Football to a rival, but I simply don’t view the Jets as a very good team right now. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has passed for 200 yards or less in three of his four starts.
The Jets are 28th in yards per carry (3.6), 27th in passing yards per game (201.0) and while they were a +5 in turnover ratio after Week 1, they are a -3 since. They aren’t playing with much confidence these days.
The Broncos have a good defense and a reliable ground game to rely upon. I’d like the Broncos more if they were at home as they don’t always travel well, but their defense should keep the Jets toothless offense under wraps. If so, the Broncos might only need 10-14 points to win this game.
Pick #2: Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers (-167)
This is a matchup of two teams we thought would be playoff bound but at the end of Sunday, one of them will still be stuck on one win. It’s hard to believe that these two teams are at the bottom of their divisions right now.
I’m riding with the Steelers in this contest for a number of reasons. For starters, they’re at home. Both teams have bad defenses but the home-field advantage should give Pittsburgh a slight edge in this regard. Secondly, the Falcons have already played three home games and are still a one-win team.
That’s of greater concern as the Steelers have one less home game. Lastly, the Falcons run defense is among the worst in the league, giving up 5.0 yards per carry (29th). Remember, this is a unit that’s already without Deion Jones, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, and now they’ll be without run stuffer Grady Jarrett for this contest.
The Steelers have struggled to run the ball since Week 1, but this is a good opportunity to kickstart their ground game. At the end of the day, I see the Steelers getting the win here.
Pick #3: Los Angeles Rams (-7) at Seattle Seahawks
The Rams are one of the biggest favorites of the week and I’m going to lay the touchdown with them. Not only are they the best team in the NFL right now, they’ll have had 10 days to prepare for this contest and the Seahawks are a team that’s coming apart at the seams.
Yes, Seattle did get the win in Arizona last week. And yes, they have won two straight. However, all is not well in the locker room as witness by safety Earl Thomas giving his team the middle finger as he was carted off the field last week.
The loss of Thomas will hurt. As will the loss of now-suspended starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Remember, this unit is already without starter K.J. Wright.
The Rams have scored at least 33 points every week. A dysfunctional, beat up Seahawks team simply won’t be able to keep up in this spot.
Pick #4: Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans (-186)
For our last play, we’re banking on the Texans to take care of business.
The Cowboys are not a team that has traveled well this season as they’ve scored just 21 points in total in their two road games.
And while the Cowboys are stocked with Ezekiel Elliott, who leads the NFL in rushing yards, the Texans run defense has been pretty good so far. They’re allowing just 3.5 yards per carry, which is the fourth-best mark in the NFL.
The Texans are 1-3 so far this season, but keep in mind that they’ve only played one home game so far. This is a team that had gone 20-12 in their previous 32 home games entering the season. They’ll get their first home win of 2018 in this spot.
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