The Cleveland Browns will be looking to open their season on a 4-1 straight-up run for the first time since 1994 when they host the surging Indianapolis Colts on Sunday as slim 1.5-point underdogs on the Week 5 NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Cleveland has been red hot since suffering a 38-6 season-opening loss to Baltimore, racking up 39.33 points per game in three straight victories ahead of Sunday afternoon’s matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Now squarely in the thick of the race for top spot in the AFC North, the Browns sit as a solid +500 wager on the divisional odds at online betting sites. However, they face a tough test against the Colts. In addition to losing outright in each of their past five home dates with Indianapolis, the Browns will be without star rusher Nick Chubb, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
The Colts arrive in Cleveland looking to win two games in a row on the road for the first time since October of last year. Indianapolis is coming off a 19-11 victory in Chicago in Week 4, extending its current SU win streak to three games. The Colts have been effective at shutting down opposing offences during their current surge, surrendering just 29 total points.
Elsewhere on the NFL Week 5 odds, the Ravens look to keep pace with the Browns as they take on Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals as big 13-point home favourites. The Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants as 9.5-point chalk in a clash of struggling NFC East rivals, while the injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers are favoured by nine points in their home date with the Miami Dolphins.
After suffering a 34-20 loss in prime time to the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago, the Ravens rebounded with a decisive 31-17 win in Washington as 14-point road chalk, and they have limited opponents to an average of just 13 points per game in their three SU victories this season.
Burrow earned his first NFL win last week as the Bengals outlasted Jacksonville to claim a 33-25 victory. While Cincinnati sports a middling 1-2-1 SU record, they have rewarded bettors by going 3-0-1 against the spread so far this season.
The Cowboys enter Week 5 as the third highest scoring team in the NFL, but rank last in the league on defence. With last week’s 49-38 loss to Cleveland, the Cowboys have now allowed 38 or more points in three straight games. That is good news for the Giants, who have mustered just 11.75 points per game during a dismal 0-4 SU start to the season.