Who’s not a home dog during the first weekend with byes? It seems like every road team is the favorite. More than half the games are home dogs in Week 6, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, and the Washington Football Team.
The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Stadium in London on Sunday. It’s the second of two London games this season. Even though this is considered a neutral site, the Jags have been hosting a London game every season and have generated a small faction of loyal fans who know how to howl “DUVAAAAAAAAAL!” at appropriate moments like they do in Jacksonville.
|NFL Week 5 Home Dogs|
|TNF: Tampa Bay Bucs at Philadelphia Eagles||PHI +7|
|London: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars||JAX +3.5|
|Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears||CHI +4.5|
|Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions||DET +3.5|
|LA Rams at New York Giants||NYG +9.5|
|Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team||WFT +7|
|Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots||NE +3.5|
|Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans||TEN +5.5|
In Week 4, home dogs went 0-4-1 against the spread, with the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers pushing their crazy overtime game. The Houston Texans were the home dog to cover, who went 1-3-1 ATS in Week 4. Through five weeks, home dogs are 12-14-1 ATS and 7-16-1 SU.
Jacksonville Jaguars +3.5
The Jaguars were home dogs last week and got smoked by the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars are “home cats” in London and, technically, a home dog since they’re listed as the home team in this London game. The winless Jags are 0-5 and head to the UK where they hope that the Miami Dolphins have a bad flight across the pond or a reaction to the rugged toilet paper.
Philadelphia Eagles +7
Tom Brady looked like a quarterback half his age when he unleashed the first five-touchdown game of his career when the Bucs spanked the Miami Dolphins last week. The Bucs are (4-1) and favorites by a touchdown on the road. The Eagles (2-3) won an ugly game against the Carolina Panthers to improve to 2-1 on the road. They can’t win in Philly though, with an 0-2 record this season.
Chicago Bears +4.5
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (4-1) visit Soldier Field for a divisional throwdown against the Chicago Bears (3-2). Da Bears stunned the Raiders in Las Vegas with a 20-9 ass kicking. The Packers won four in a row with an overtime thriller against the Bengals during an insane kicking exhibition that featured five consecutive missed field goals. Rookie Justin Fields will start once again, but he gets his first taste of what it’s like to battle against an NFC North GOAT like Rodgers.
Detroit Lions +3.5
The Detroit Lions had another close loss last week in a game they should have won. The Lions are 0-5, but they could easily be 2-3 if they caught a couple of breaks. The Lions are “home cats” against the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2). Joe Burrow and the Bengals nearly pulled off a sick win against the Packers as home dogs in Week 5. After the game, Burrow was hospitalized with a throat injury, but he wants to play in Week 6. The Lions are due for a win, but not this week.
New York Giants +9.5
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, the New York Giants (1-4) pulled off a stupendous feat when their starting quarterback, running back, and wide receiver were all knocked out before the end of the second quarter. Two of them — Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones — needed assistance and were carted off the field with their injuries. Barkley is out with a sprained ankle and Jones entered concussion protocol. It doesn’t matter who plays quarterback for the Giants though — they’ll get crushed by Matthew Stafford and the LA Rams. The line opened at -10, but some brave souls bet the G-Men early to move the line.
Washington Football Team +7
If you think the Kansas City Chiefs are overrated and skidding off the rails on mega-tilt, then hammer away at the Washington Football Team. Washington (2-3) is one of the three big home dogs in Week 6 that are spotted at least a touchdown. The Chiefs want revenge after a 2-3 start and an ugly loss at home against the Buffalo Bills.
New England Patriots +3.5
Dak Prescott has the inside track to winning Comeback Player of the Year, and he’s got the Dallas Cowboys offense humming. They lit up the Giants for 44 points last week, but will face a tougher defense against the New England Patriots. The Pats survived a close game against the Houston Texans last week after a terrible first half, but they don’t get a breather with the Cowboys coming to town. The Pats are rare home dogs once again in Week 6, with the Cowboys favorites by three and the hook.
Tennessee Titans +5.5
The Buffalo Bills (4-1) boast the NFL’s top offense and top defense. The Titans have a horrendous defense, so you can expect another high-scoring affair from MVP-candidate Josh Allen and the Bills in Week 6. The Titans (3-2) opened as +3.5 home dogs, but the line moved two points to 5.5. The Bills have been steamrolling everyone in their path and should be laying a touchdown in this one.