By the time Sunday’s NFL games kick off, there could be as many as five double-digit favorites on the Week 6 slate.
Odds courtesy of OddsShark.com
Five favorites are currently sitting at 10 points or more and could easily move up because they are either popular public teams or facing opponents that are among the very worst in the league heading into this week’s betting action.
The Houston Texans (2-3), New England Patriots (3-2) and Washington Redskins (2-2) are all currently listed as 10-point chalk, and sportsbooks will obviously need their opponents to come through and cover the spread as big underdogs if they close even higher.
Of that group, only the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots opened lower than that number at -9.5, and it would not be surprising to see it continue to climb, especially if tight end Rob Gronkowski (thigh) ends up returning as expected. It is also worth noting that New England is the only one of those three playing on the road.
Two other double-digit home favorites that have already seen early betting in their direction are the Atlanta Falcons (3-1) and Denver Broncos (3-1), who are both coming off byes. The Falcons will host the Miami Dolphins (2-2) as 11.5-point favorites, up slightly from the opener of -11.
Later, the Broncos welcome the winless New York Giants (0-5) to Mile High for Sunday Night Football as 12-point chalk after opening at -10. The Giants will be without three wide receivers due to season-ending injuries, including Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (foot).
Another team to watch following their bye week is the New Orleans Saints (2-2), who turned things around dramatically in winning their last two games after an 0-2 start. The Saints take on the Detroit Lions (3-2) as 4.5-point home favorites, but they have lost the past three meetings in the series.
However, New Orleans has won 10 straight at home during the month of October, so that line might continue to rise too after opening at -3.5.
Finally, the Arizona Cardinals (2-3) acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the Saints on Wednesday for a conditional draft pick, and they are listed as 2-point home dogs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2). That trade did not cause any line movement yet, but bettors may push it closer to a pick’em as game day draws closer.