The Patriots' expectations have been simmered this season after losing quarterback Tom Brady in Week 1 but the team has rallied to a 2-1 mark behind backup Matt Cassel. The Chargers have been more down than up this season, evidenced by their 2-3 mark. Last week, the Bolts came out flat and were upset by the Dolphins 17-10 on the road. Miami was off a bye week and listed as a six-point underdog, two big assets in the handicapping world.
Another rested live ‘dog on tap this week is Cleveland, who hosts the defending champion Giants. Along with Tennessee, New York (4-0) is the only other undefeated club left in the NFL. The Giants' victories have come against clubs with a combined record of 5-13. The Browns (1-3) are still searching for their first win of the year at home and hoping that their offense can finally bust out as well. The attack is averaging 11.5 points per game, which is the second worst in the league. Meanwhile, New York's offense is posting a league-best 31.8 PPG.
Other intriguing matchups on tap for Week 6 include the Bears and Falcons, who both own surprising 3-2 records. Atlanta hasn't lost at Georgia Dome this year, but Chicago is 2-1 on the road and that mark could easily be 3-0 if it didn't fall to Carolina 20-17 in Week 2.
Since we mentioned the Titans and Giants as the only unbeaten teams in the league, it wouldn't be fair not to talk about a pair of winless teams in Detroit (0-4) and St. Louis (0-4). The Lions and Rams are both listed as two-touchdown underdogs this weekend, when they travel to Minnesota and Washington respectively. Laying points to Detroit and St. Louis has been golden for gamblers this year, considering the teams are a combined 0-8 against the spread, losing all eight by double digits.
Chris David is the Sports Editorial Director for http://www.VegasInsider.com, which is the home for all of your sports gaming information, featuring Las Vegas odds, matchups and winning selections