Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay in London)
The Panthers have won three straight and go to London where they will get a rematch with the Buccaneers. Carolina is a two-point favorite. Our power ratings are in agreement with that on a neutral field, with Carolina 2.3 points better than Tampa Bay, and our models give the Panthers a 54-percent chance of winning the game. The public, though, is slightly on the side of the Buccaneers in this one, taking Tampa Bay 52 percent of the time.
Maybe that's because the Buccaneers won the first matchup in Carolina back in Week 2. It's also possible that some people do not realize this is a neutral site game since it is technically one of Tampa Bay's home slots. But whatever the reason, you are getting a Carolina team at some value here as the slight favorite based on early pick popularity numbers.
Favorites at a Reasonable Price
Most favorites are overrated by the public, but the team below looks more fairly valued in Week 6. You should think twice about picking against them, not because we think they are a lock to win (no one ever is), but because other games offer more compelling upset opportunities.
Minnesota Vikings (vs. Philadelphia)
Minnesota is a three-point favorite at home against Philadelphia. Our models give the Vikings a 59-percent chance of victory. That is virtually in line with their 59.6-percent pick popularity to start the week. Minnesota also came at a reasonable price last week as a favorite and rolled to the win, but maybe the public is still harboring some ill will based on how the Vikings played against the Bears and Packers (both on the road) in their two losses.
The Eagles are certainly a solid team that can win this one on the road, but Minnesota has home-field advantage and enough people are picking the upset that staying with the favorite makes sense here from a value perspective. For contrast on why this is value, compare the pick percentage here for the Vikings to the two games below, where the public is heavily on two teams that are not favored by as much as Minnesota.
When a matchup is pretty much a 50/50 proposition, it usually makes sense to pick the less popular team. To win an NFL pick ’em pool, you’re probably going to need some luck in these “coin flip” games, and when you get it, you want to maximize the upside by scoring points the majority of your opponents miss.
Cleveland Browns (vs. Seattle)
Cleveland laid an absolute egg in San Francisco. How much of that is Cleveland and how much of it is because the 49ers are really good? Our predictive ratings have San Francisco as the third-best team in the NFL entering Week 6 and Cleveland at slightly below average.
Seattle has not been a powerhouse, so just looking at their record likely causes some public overconfidence here. Seattle beat the Bengals and Steelers by a combined three points and just survived against the Rams on a late missed field goal. Our power ratings have Seattle at 1.1 points over average and Cleveland at 0.9 points below average, so factoring in home-field advantage, this one is close to a toss-up.
The early point spread has Seattle favored by 1.5 points, making it the second-smallest line of the week so far. But the public is going with the Seahawks 81 percent of the time. Our models give Cleveland a 48.9-percent chance of winning at home, so this one is very attractive as a toss-up or value underdog play in weekly prize pool formats. It is also a consideration in seasonal prize pools depending on size and scoring.
Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. New Orleans)
Minshew Mania or Bridgewater Buzz? At least for one week, it seems like the public is more enamored with how the Saints have responded to the Brees injury. Last week was the first week with Minshew starting that the Jaguars failed to cover the spread. It was through no fault of his, as the Jaguars offense had over 500 yards. Minshew was efficient in throwing for 374 yards and two touchdowns. The problem, for one week, was the rush defense, as Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey exploded for a big game.
This one is on the road for the Saints. As a result, the Jaguars are actually a slight one-point favorite. Our models give Jacksonville a 47.9-percent chance of winning, while the implied win odds from early money lines put Jacksonville at 51.5 percent to win. Either way, it's close to a toss-up, and the public is picking the Saints heavily here (85-percent pick popularity).
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