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Best bets for Week 5 of the NFL season

A breakdown of spots to consider targeting and fading on the Week 5 NFL betting card

Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack signs autographs for fans after the Bears game against Washington at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The goal of this article will be to examine betting angles for this week’s NFL matchups. So not only will we identify potential spots to target, but also spots that could be traps or just to stay away from all together. Here are some plays on the DK Sportsbook that standout:

Spot Worth Targeting: Oakland Raiders vs. Chicago Bears

This is the London game this week, which is bad news for the Raiders. This will be the third year in a row Oakland travels across the pond for a game, and in the last two they scored eight points and three points, respectively, losing by an average of 24.5 points.

Outside of fading the Raiders because of the spot, it sets up as a really strong spot for the Bears. This defense has allowed an average of 11.25 points per game to opponents this season, and has the Khalil Mack narrative. Mack admitted this week that he does have some extra motivation coming into this game because Oakland traded him away prior to last season. And while I won’t put too much weight on this, are we sure Chase Daniel isn’t just flat out better than Mitch Trubisky? I’m not convinced.

The play: CHI -5

Trap Spot: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are still getting too much respect for their 59-10 victory over the Dolphins in Week 1, which is pretty ridiculous considering we’re in Week 5. Baltimore has really struggled, failing to cover at home against a poor Cardinals team in Week 2, and now has lost two in a row, including a blowout at home to the Browns.

The Steelers figured something out with a new offensive game plan on MNF last week, and even thought it was against the Bengals, it was a step in the right direction. Pittsburgh isn’t a bad team, and I think catching points at home in this rivalry is a tough spot to pass up.

The trap: BAL -3
Potential play: PIT +3

Stay Away Spot: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets

The Eagles do have a chance to dominate the Jets here, but I’m not willing to put my money on it. Philly’s allowing the most passing yards per game in the NFL, which could make things a little easier for the Jets in this one. Not that they’ll stay in the game, but keeping it within two touchdowns might not be tough.

The Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their past 10 home games, and have actually been failing to cover by 6.5 PPG in those games. The Eagles are going to win this one, so feel free to include the moneyline in a parlay, but it’s very likely they could win it in the 7-14 point range.

Stay away: PHI -14.5
Potential play: PHI ML as a parlay piece

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