NFL Week 5 Betting Odds, Trends: Bills, Giants Among Interesting Underdogs


Two of this season’s most surprising teams will face off Sunday when the Buffalo Bills head West to take on the Los Angeles Rams as 2-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by

The Bills earned a second consecutive outright win as underdogs last weekend, shutting out New England 16-0 to improve their record to 2-2 ahead of Sunday afternoon’s Bills vs. Rams matchup at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That win over the Patriots followed a 33-18 victory over Arizona as 4.5-point underdogs in which the Bills forced five Cardinals turnovers.

Los Angeles also forced five turnovers in a 17-13 win over Arizona last weekend, short-circuiting a Cardinals offense that outgained the Rams by a 420-288 margin and picking up the win as a 10-point underdog.

The Rams have won three in a row, both straight up and against the spread, after opening the campaign with a brutal 28-0 loss in San Francisco. But they have failed to post a SU home win over Buffalo since 1983.

While Los Angeles and Buffalo look to remain on a roll, the New York Giants attempt to halt a two-game SU losing streak that has devastated their Super Bowl odds when they visit the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night as 7-point underdogs.

The Giants opened this season at a respectable +2000 on the Super Bowl 51 odds but have tumbled to a distant +5000 following SU and ATS losses to Washington and Minnesota. The Packers are coming off an early bye last weekend, and they will be trying to keep pace with the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings with their first SU win over New York in four meetings.

Meanwhile, Minnesota looks to move to 5-0 SU as it plays host to the Houston Texans as 7-point home chalk. The Vikings have been getting it done on both sides of the ball, allowing just 12.5 points per game this season and claiming victory by double-digit margins in three of their four wins.

The Texans have opened on a 3-1 SU run to move atop the underachieving AFC South, but they failed to dominate in last weekend’s 27-20 win over Tennessee, amassing just 92 total yards in the second half.

In other NFL Week 5 action, two teams look to remain undefeated as the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Detroit Lions as 3-point chalk, and the Denver Broncos host the high-flying Atlanta Falcons favored by six points. The Carolina Panthers look to avoid a third consecutive SU loss when they entertain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on “Monday Night Football” as 4.5-point betting favorites.

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