The 2014-15 NFL season is almost a third of the way over as Week 6 is set to roll along. The first five weeks have gone as expected for some of the best teams in the league, most notably the ones in Seattle and Denver, where the Seahawks and Broncos are looking good at 3-1. Meanwhile, perennial contenders in the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots are all 3-2 after working out some early season issues.
The Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints were picked by many to join that group of possible Super Bowl contenders in the NFC, but both have started the season just 2-3. QB Jay Cutler and the Bears offense have been erratic all season, and the Saints defense continues to be a major Achilles heel. In contrast, the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals have carried on where they left off from last year, where they won their respective divisions. The Eagles, despite a shaky running game, are 4-1 and the Bengals are 3-1 after coming down to earth with a big loss to the Patriots in Week 5.
The biggest surprises among the current crop of contenders are the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys, who are both 4-1. The Chargers offense has been a well-oiled machine with QB Philip Rivers at the helm, while RB DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys’ running game have been bulldozing opposing teams. The Chargers already have a win over the Seahawks this season, showing they are indeed for real. The Cowboys will look to do the same when they go to Seattle in Week 6.
As of today, the NFL odds remain tight for the Seahawks and Broncos who are front runners respectively listed as +400 and +450 on the TopBet site. But there are still 11 more weeks in the season, enough time for other contenders to rise and for more twists and turns to come out of nowhere and catch everyone by surprise.