NFL Week 5 Opening Point Spreads
(The Spread) – The odds are out for Week 5 in the NFL, which starts on Thursday with a NFC West matchup between two surprising teams.
The undefeated Arizona Cardinals will hit the road on Thursday to take on the St. Louis Rams, who are 2-2 on the young season after finishing with one of the worst records in the NFL last season. Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Cardinals as 2.5-point opening favorites, while the over/under has opened at 38.5.
The other team undefeated teams through four weeks are the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans. The Falcons will put their undefeated record on the line in Washington this Sunday when they visit the Redskins as a 3.5-point favorite (the over/under is 50.5 for that game), while the Texans will make their Monday Night Football debut when they visit the Jets as a 4.5-point underdog.
One of the more intriguing matchups on Sunday has the Steelers hosting the Eagles at 1:00PM ET. Pittsburgh is a 2.5-point favorite coming off its bye, while the over/under total has opened at 44.5. One other interesting storylines has Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos visiting Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who opened as 7.5-point favorites. Manning and Brady are of course very familiar with each other dating back to Manning’s playing days with the Colts.
The Sunday Night Football matchup features the San Diego Chargers visiting the New Orleans Saints, who are shockingly 0-4 to start the season. Despite their record, New Orleans opened as a 3.5-point favorite for this game, while the over/under total is sitting at 52.5.
For a complete list of opening point spreads for Week 5 in the NFL, see below.
2012 NFL Week 5 Point Spreads & Totals
Thursday, October 4
301 Arizona Cardinals –2.5 (38.5)
302 St. Louis Rams +2.5
Sunday, October 7
411 Atlanta Falcons –3.5 (50.5)
412 Washington Redskins +3.5
413 Philadelphia Eagles +2.5 (44.5)
414 Pittsburgh Steelers –2.5
415 Green Bay Packers –7.5 (48)
416 Indianapolis Colts +7.5
417 Cleveland Browns +13 (44)
418 New York Giants –13
419 Tennessee Titans +5.5 (45)
420 Minnesota Vikings –5.5
421 Miami Dolphins +4 (43)
422 Cincinnati Bengals –4
423 Baltimore Ravens +7 (45.5)
424 Kansas City Chiefs +7
425 Seattle Seahawks +2 (44.5)
426 Carolina Panthers –2
427 Chicago Bears –3 (40.5)
428 Jacksonville Jaguars +3
429 Denver Broncos +7.5 (52.5)
430 New England Patriots –7.5
431 Buffalo Bills +8 (43)
432 San Francisco 49ers –8
433 San Diego Chargers +3.5 (52.5)
434 New Orleans Saints -3.5
Monday, October 8
435 Houston Texans –4.5 (41)
436 New York Jets +4.5