With more than a quarter of the NFL season already in the books, contending teams are beginning to emerge. There are several interesting matchups in store for week 6 with the Chargers and Ravens leading the way.
Los Angeles Chargers versus Baltimore Ravens
Both teams enter play with records of 4-1. The Chargers have a +30 to +27 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and both teams are “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Baltimore enters as a 1.5-point favorite with odds of 1.620 to 2.276 and an over/under of 51.5. The Totals Predictor is showing the teams generally trending in games “under”, but the Score Predictor shows the Ravens with a 31-22 win with 53 percent confidence. Neither team has been particularly stable, coming in at 0 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Look for the Ravens to continue their winning ways. They will cover, but avoid the “over/under” bet.
Green Bay Packers versus Chicago Bears
In this classic NFC North battle, the Bears host the Packers. Both teams enter the game “burning hot” and the Packers have a +22 to +15 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Green Bay is a 4.5-point road favorite with odds of 1.450 to 2.892 and an over/under of 45.5. The teams have been trending on opposite sides of the over/under line, while the Score Predictor has the Packers winning by a comfortable 28-14 score with 79 percent confidence. Both teams have been relatively stable, coming in at +1 and +2 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. I like the Packers to win and cover and bet “under”.
Minnesota Vikings versus Carolina Panthers
Minnesota enters Carolina to face a Panthers team that blew a 12-point lead at home against the Eagles last week. The Vikings are 1.5-point favorites with odds of 1.800 to 2.000 with an over/under of 45.5. The Totals Predictor shows the teams have been involved in games trending on opposite sides of the line, while the Score Predictor gives the Panthers a 27-25 win with 52 percent confidence. Carolina has a +19 to +3 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average” versus “ice cold up” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Both teams are showing moderate stability, at +1 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Look for the Panthers to bounce back, win and cover, but avoid the “over/under”.
Arizona Cardinals versus Cleveland Browns
The NFC West meets the AFC North in this battle. The Browns are a 2.5-point home favorite with odds of 1.620 to 2.276 with an over/under of 49.5. The Cardinals are “burning hot” versus “average” and have a +31 to +27 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Both teams are consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status, coming in at +2 and +3, respectively, on the Team Volatility Oscillator. The Score Predictor has the Cardinals on top, 32-27, with a confidence of 82 percent. The Totals Predictor shows the teams trending in games “under”. I like the Browns to win at home and cover, but the conflicting views on the point total and over/under would make me avoid betting that over/under.
Buffalo Bills versus Tennessee Titans
The Bills come in at 4-1 and are one of the top teams in the NFL. They are a 6.5-point favorite with odds of 1.410 to 2.868 with an over/under of 54.5. Buffalo is “burning hot” versus “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +28 to +14 on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Score Predictor is indicating a blowout in favor of the Bills, 37-15 with 60 percent confidence. This looks like a good game to bet “under”. Make note that the Bills are very stable at +2, while the Titans have been not consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status, coming in at -1 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. I like the BIlls to win and cover, betting “under”.