Sep 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5 NFL Picks: Chiefs, Ravens Cover

We’re back with our Week 5 NFL picks, guiding you with our analysis and selections against the spread every week. After a strong showing with our first four weeks, here are the next 13 kicks at the can, with odds coming from BetRivers Sportsbook.

For matchup reports and stat breakdowns of every game (along with live updated football betting lines), click here.

(Sunday’s scheduled games between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are off the board due to COVID-19-related concerns.)

2020 RECORD: 37-24-2

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (-3.5) AT CHICAGO BEARS: BUCCANEERS

Tom Brady’s top four receivers are dealing with injuries and tight end O.J. Howard is out as well. The Bears aren’t trustworthy, but that hook is too much to sacrifice considering Tampa Bay’s state on the road on short rest.

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS (-1.5): FALCONS

Law of averages is a factor here. The Falcons offense is primed to bust out against one of the league’s least talented defenses and Christian McCaffrey’s absence is destined to catch up with the Panthers on offense. Falcons win a close one to avoid 0-5.

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (-12): RAVENS

This goes out the window if Lamar Jackson’s knee injury factors in on Sunday, but that’s not supposed to be serious and Joe Burrow could be in trouble against that experienced Baltimore defensive front. All three of the Ravens’ wins have come by 14-plus points, and this shouldn’t be any different.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (-7.5) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM: RAMS

Aaron Donald against a Washington offensive line missing Brandon Scherff? Sean McVay’s offense against a WFT defensive front likely missing Chase Young? Watch for the Rams to bounce back in a big way from a dicey performance against the New York Giants.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (-12): CHIEFS

Keeping this one simple. The Raiders are dealing with too many injuries on both sides of the ball, and the Chiefs outscored them 68-19 in two 2019 meetings. So long as Kansas City doesn’t get trapped between two big games against the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, this should be a blowout.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (-7.5): STEELERS

Philadelphia is getting healthier, but that’s not happening fast enough to keep up with a well-rested, opportunistic Pittsburgh squad on the road. The fiercest defense in the NFL should dominate a decimated Eagles offensive line in a one-sided affair.

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-9): DOLPHINS

This is the most perplexing line of the week, and it keeps growing despite the fact the public is all over Miami. The 49ers aren’t nine points better than the Dolphins with a limited home-field advantage. They’re getting healthier but remain pretty depleted and the feisty, improved Dolphins might get top corner Byron Jones back. This will be close.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (-2) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: BROWNS

Why are the Colts laying points on the road against an offense that has been unstoppable and a defense that at least features the defensive player of the year frontrunner in Myles Garrett? Throw in that key Colts linebackers Darius Leonard and Bobby Okereke are both dealing with injuries and this is a no-brainer. The Browns should be favored by at least a field goal.

NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (-9.5): GIANTS

The Cowboys haven’t won a game by more than a single point this season, so I’m not spotting a division rival nearly 10 in this spot. The Giants might have the worst offense in the NFL, but Daniel Jones should keep his team in it against the worst defense in the NFL and New York’s D hasn’t been too bad of late. This should be way closer than the line indicates.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (-7): VIKINGS

Minnesota’s offense is gaining a ton of steam and should have plenty of opportunities to pick on a banged-up Seattle secondary. The Vikes are also vulnerable through the air and facing the league’s hottest quarterback, so expect a shootout here, but it’s hard to see the Seahawks running away without their famous 12th man at CenturyLink Field.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (-7.5): SAINTS

The New Orleans offense is rolling and I’m not sure we can trust Justin Herbert just yet in a big spot like this. The Saints are also getting healthier while the Chargers’ many injuries could soon catch up to them. On the road in prime time against a determined, deep and experienced opponent, that time could be now.

Upcoming Games

Sep 20th, 8:15 PM

Detroit +7 -111

Green Bay -7 -111

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Sep 23rd, 8:20 PM

Carolina -4.5 -110

Houston +4.5 -110

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Indianapolis +3 -115

Tennessee -3 -115

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

LA Chargers +7.5 -107

Kansas City -7.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Washington +7 -102

Buffalo -7 -102

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Chicago +8.5 -107

Cleveland -8.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Atlanta +2.5 -107

NY Giants -2.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Cincinnati +6.5 -107

Pittsburgh -6.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Baltimore -7.5 -110

Detroit +7.5 -110

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

New Orleans +3 -110

New England -3 -110

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Sep 26th, 1:00 PM

Arizona -6 -110

Jacksonville +6 -110

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Sep 26th, 4:05 PM

Miami +1 -107

Las Vegas -1 -107

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Sep 26th, 4:05 PM

NY Jets +7.5 -107

Denver -7.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 4:25 PM

Tampa Bay +2.5 -110

LA Rams -2.5 -110

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Sep 26th, 4:25 PM

Seattle -2.5 -107

Minnesota +2.5 -107

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Sep 26th, 8:20 PM

Green Bay +3 -107

San Francisco -3 -107

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Sep 27th, 8:15 PM

Philadelphia +3.5 -110

Dallas -3.5 -110

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