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Week 5 OVER UNDER picks from Gagnon

Maybe you’ve already got your picks in for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL regular season, but by focusing only on point spreads, moneylines or fantasy, you’re robbing yourself of potential opportunities to make money on Week 5 over/unders.

Here are several totals for this week at BetRivers Sportsbook that are worthy of your attention.

Last week’s record: 7-5-2

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (44.5)

I know overs are all the rage right now because the NFL is off to its highest-scoring start in history, but here’s where there’s some potential value in an inflated total.

The Bears scored just 11 points against Indianapolis and the Tampa Bay defense is loaded with playmakers who should help it bounce back after a tough outing against the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams will have trouble scoring 20 points here.

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets (47.5)

The Cardinals defense just surrendered 31 points to a Carolina Panthers team that didn’t have superstar back Christian McCaffrey. That entire unit is a mess right now, while Sam Darnold and Co. at least showed some life on a Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos.

With extra time to rest up, get healthier and prepare, look for the Jets to put up points, even if it’s in garbage time after their bad defense is hammered by Arizona’s talented (and now likely desperate) offensive attack. This one could push into the 60s.

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (51.5)

I’m yet to fully trust the Bengals offense, and that poor pass protection unit could be in trouble against Baltimore’s fierce veteran defensive front. And while the Ravens offense could cause problems here — as it often does — it’s worth noting that the Cincinnati defense has fared fine in three of its first four outings.

This is a likely blowout of the 31-10 variety but I don’t see it coming close to the 50-point plateau.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (54)

The Cowboys defense can’t stop anybody right now, while the Dallas offense is too damn good to allow them to be defeated handily by an 0-4 opponent. So while Daniel Jones and Co. should have plenty of success against that depleted Dallas D, a unit that surrendered 36 points to the banged-up San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago and almost certain to be lit up again in this spot.

The over has hit by a wide margin in three consecutive Cowboys games and I don’t believe this total has fully caught up to that trend yet.

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. He was a lead contributor to an earlier incarnation of and was happy to return when new management revived the brand in 2020. Based in Toronto, he's covered the NFL since 2008 and has been a national NFL writer at Bleacher Report since 2012. He despises all 32 NFL teams equally but remains a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors. He can be reached at

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