With the regular referees back on the field, the focus was able to return to football in Week 4. Houston, Arizona, and Atlanta all stayed undefeated while Cleveland and New Orleans remained winless. Here is a look at our top two picks in Week 5.
Pittsburgh -3.0 vs. Philadelphia at 5Dimes
Philadelphia is off to a 3-1 start, but the Eagles have hardly looked sharp through their first four games. With each of their three wins coming due to scores with under two minutes to go, the Eagles are 1-3 ATS and were crushed on the road by the Arizona Cardinals.
The Steelers haven’t looked great this season either with a 1-2 SU and ATS record as the defense has struggled against Denver and Oakland. But the bye week not only gave the Steelers an extra week to prepare for the Eagles but also the chance for James Harrison and Troy Polamalu to get healthy as both are expected to return Sunday. Pittsburgh is 11-1 SU and 9-3 ATS in its last 12 home games, and with these two back the Steelers should be able to get back to .500 with a win.
Atlanta -3.0 at Washington at Pinnacle
The Atlanta Falcons improved to 4-0 last Sunday in a tough game against the division-rival Carolina Panthers. With the win, the Falcons moved to 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight regular season games.
Atlanta struggled a bit with Carolina after three excellent games to start the season, and the Falcons should be able to get back on the dominating track this week. Washington is coming off a win against Tampa Bay, but the Redskins haven’t shown the ability to stop anyone on defense giving up 30.8 points per game. Going up against Atlanta’s elite passing attack, Washington will have trouble improving on that number, and Atlanta’s defense is allowing only 19 points per game.
Washington is 0-7 SU and 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven home games. Robert Griffin III will make some big plays, but in the end Atlanta should make more plays on defense and outshoot the Redskins.
Other lines available this week (all at BET365) include Arizona -1.5 at St. Louis, Miami +3.5 at Cincinnati, Green Bay -7.0 at Indianapolis, Cleveland +8.5 at New York Giants, Baltimore -5.0 at Kansas City, Seattle +3.0 at Carolina, Chicago -5.5 at Jacksonville, Tennessee +5.5 at Minnesota, Buffalo +9.5 at San Francisco, Denver +6.5 at New England, San Diego +3.5 at New Orleans, and Houston -9.0 at New York Jets.