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What you need to know to get prepared for Week 4Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; A New York Giants helmet sits on the sidelines against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.
As we get more and more information and data on NFL teams this season, we aren't the only ones getting sharper. The oddsmakers are benefiting as well. Of the 14 NFL games on this weekend's schedule, only three have seen the line move by a point or more since the opening numbers were posted on Sunday night.
Totals have seen more movement and some of the line movement is circling around key numbers, so even if the movement is extreme, it's still important and viable information to keep track of as we place our bets and head into the weekend. All lines are
Minnesota is now a favorite in Carolina
The biggest line movement we've seen so far has been in the Vikings-Panthers game. Carolina opened as a 1-point favorite at home against the Vikings. That is no longer the case as Carolina is now a home underdog and the Vikings are the team
Vikings Pro Bowl RB Dalvin Cook 'expects' to play vs. Browns
Cook was sidelined for the Week 3 win over the Seattle Seahawks because of the right ankle sprain he suffered during the loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 19. © Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook Cook said earlier this week he was "extremely confident" he would be cleared to play in Sunday's home game versus the Cleveland Browns after he returned to practice. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Friday that he spoke directly to the ball-carrier and that everyone should expect to see Cook on the field this weekend.
Carolina has lost two straight games after opening the season 3-0. Dallas and Philadelphia are solid teams, but hardly unbeatable if you wanted to send a message you were the real deal.
The biggest concern for the Panthers is that we saw the Jets' version of Sam Darnold last week. Darnold was solid to begin the year, but it'll take a while to fully trust him after his first three years in the league.
Minnesota escaped the Lions by the skin of their teeth last week and currentlyhave a 2-3 record. This is a big spot for the Vikings if they want to stay in the picture in the NFC.
The hope for Minnesota is that Dalvin Cook will return this week and that with him, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, the offense gets back on track after two lackluster weeks.
49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo not practicing again ahead of Cardinals game
Garoppolo suffered a calf contusion in the Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He then told reporters Wednesday Garoppolo's calf was improving even though the veteran didn't practice. © Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo According to ESPN's Nick Wagoner, Garoppolo was missing from practice again on Thursday, which suggests rookie and third overall draft pick Trey Lance will take first-team reps for the second straight day ahead of Sunday's matchup versus the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals.
No end to the Bills love
Letdown spot? Never heard of it.
After putting an absolute thumping on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, the Billsin Tennessee on Monday night. The line opened with the Bills as 4.5-point favorites.
The Bills are now the favorites to win the AFC and Josh Allen is the current frontrunner for MVP. After a slow start to the season, the Bills are absolutely running through opponents.
The Titans have a 3-2 record, but they've been inconsistent on a week-to-week basis. Derrick Henry remains a real issue, but the Titans' passing attack has faltered. Bettors are not expecting Ryan Tannehill to be able to keep up with Allen.
Fade Geno Smith at your own peril
The Seattle Seahawks were set to be road favorites against the Steelers, but then Russell Wilson went out with a finger injury. With Geno Smith now in control, the oddsmakers opened the Steelers as 3.5-point home favorites.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson '101 percent' ahead of Colts game
How is the Ravens QB feeling ahead of this coming Monday's matchup versus the 1-3 Indianapolis Colts? "I'm 101%," Jackson said.How is the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player feeling ahead of this coming Monday's matchup versus the 1-3 Indianapolis Colts?
However, it seems like bettors don't believe that Smith is a viable NFL option in 2021. He wasn't exactly a viable option when he first entered the league in 2014, but there was some excitement around the quarterback when he came out of West Virginia.
Currently, the Steelersagainst Seattle. Pittsburgh's offense has been disgusting for most of the season, but they showed flashes of being competent last week against the Broncos. Seattle's defense has struggled for most of the season.
Will the undefeated go down?
The Arizona Cardinals are the last undefeated team in the NFL. Surprisingly, they're underdogs in Week 6. Arizona is aagainst the Cleveland Browns.
The line hasn't moved, though it did go down to 2.5 points for a little bit before jumping back up to three. However, the total has seen significant movement.
After the Browns played a 47-42 thriller in Week 5, the total for this game against Kyler Murray opened at 53.5 points. The under has received the majority of the sharp bets, as the total is
Panthers want to see Stephon Gilmore play before offering him an extension
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We know Cleveland will try and run the ball to shorten the game and keep the ball out of Murray's hands. If the Browns are able to execute that game plan, a low-scoring game makes sense.
Movement around key numbers
Four games have seen minimal line movement, but the movement has been around a key number, which makes it much more important.
Tampa Bay opened as a 6.5-point favorite for Thursday night against the Eagles. That line has moved in favor of the Buccaneers and they are
Miami opened as a 3-point favorite against Jacksonville, but the current number sits with the DolphinsThis move might be in part due to a potential return for Tua Tagovailoa.
Baltimore opened as a 3.5-point favorite against the LA Chargers. However, if you're interested in backing the underdog, the hook is no longer available. The line
Denver opened as a 3-point favorite at home against Las Vegas. After a hectic week surrounding the Raiders, that line has moved to the Broncos
Key movement on totals
Outside of the Browns-Cardinals game, five other games have seen the total move at least two points.
The total for Miami-Jacksonville isafter opening at 45. As mentioned, Tagovailoa's potential return might be a reason.
Report: Panthers, Aleksander Barkov agree to eight-year, $80 million extension
The 26-year-old native of Finland is currently under a six-year, $35.4 million contract. During the 2018-2019 season, Barkov posted a career-high 35 goals and 96 points, while also earning the Lady Byng Trophy, which goes to the most gentlemanly player in the league. Barkov earned the Selke Trophy last season as the NHL's best defensive forward and currently has 465 points in 529 career games.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.
Justin Fields will play his first game against the Packers, but the total for that game has dropped two points, down to its
Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson both put on a show this past weekend, while the Chargers' and Ravens' defenses struggled. The total in this game isafter opening at 49.
Dallas' offense has been explosive to begin the year, but this week they'll be going up against Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Despite the defensive genius of Belichick, the total for Cowboys-Patriots isafter opening at 48.5.
Minnesota has struggled offensively the last two weeks and Sam Darnold showed flashes of his old scary self last week. The total for Vikings-Panthers isafter opening at 48.5 points.
Jimmy Garoppolo will remain 49ers' starting QB when healthy .
Of course, if the rookie impresses Sunday, Shanahan could change his tune in a hurry. But if Lance should struggle, then look for Garoppolo to be reinserted into the starting lineup in two weeks’ time.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.