NFL Week 5 Look-Ahead Lines: 49ers Favored To Beat Cowboys Once Again

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Written By Mo Nuwwarah | Last Updated
NFL Week 5 look ahead lines

NFL Week 5 look-ahead lines are out. The premier Week 5 game will pit two NFC powerhouses against each other as the Cowboys travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers in a double-playoff revenge spot. Early markets favor the 49ers by slightly more than a field goal.

Every week, usually on Friday, TheLines will post look-ahead lines for the following week’s games, pulled from NFL betting sites. These look aheads give an early snapshot of the current market opinions of teams absent the week-to-week bias that can take hold following weekend results. Scroll to the bottom of the page for info on how to use them.

NFL Week 5 Look-Ahead Lines

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Thursday Night Football Odds

It seems Caesars has decided to be a bit more conservative adjusting their power number for the Bears even as others — including TheLines’ staff — have nearly unanimously moved them to No. 32 in the league.

This number seems a bit more likely to move toward the Commanders, seeing as they are expected to lose to Philly this week. Any competitive effort there probably holds their power number, while the Bears are home underdogs to a poorly regarded Denver team. Another putrid effort would sink their perception to rock bottom if they haven’t already reached that.

Sunday Night Football Odds

The big one, which could have been even bigger had the Cowboys showed up to play in Week 3. Coming off two consecutive years of playoff eliminations at the hands of the 49ers, Dallas has surely had this one circled for months.

Dallas has a much tougher Week 4 matchup hosting New England. If they can reassert themselves on defense, we could see this settle at 49ers -3. Remember that the Cowboys were widely regarded as the class of the NFL early this season before flopping in Arizona.

Monday Night Football Odds

This line is stuck in a little bit of no man’s land and doesn’t seem likely to see an impactful move. The Packers get some extra rest after playing on Thursday Night Football in Week 4, and they might inch this line up to -2.5 with an impressive win over a highly regarded Lions team. However, keep in mind that David Bakhtiari will likely sit this one out.

Raiders odds could depend on the return of Jimmy Garoppolo from concussion protocol. Keep an eye on this and ensure he doesn’t get reinjured, as the Raiders backup QBs are among the league’s worst.


Bengals At Cardinals

The Bengals have yet to put together a strong game and have another closely lined contest in Week 4 against a Tennessee defense that has been lopsided (fourth in EPA/play allowed rushing, 26th in passing). Joe Burrow looking like himself would go a long way toward reinstating market confidence in this team. But through three weeks, we have yet to see it.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals just keep playing competitive games and covering. This number could definitely drop south of a touchdown if that continues in perhaps their toughest test yet in San Francisco.

Jets At Broncos

Another QB situation in flux, though not due to injury, is that of the Jets. The team brought in Trevor Siemian to give an alternative option if Zach Wilson continues to be unable to get the ball downfield. If Wilson bombs again, which seems likely against a strong Chiefs defense on national TV, expect Denver to lay more than field goal here. After all, they have a plum bounce back spot this week against the disintegrating Bears.


The look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.

Many bettors tend to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The NFL Week 5 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker. They sometimes offer a clear, unbiased snapshot of perceived team strength.

Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines once the weekend results take hold. See if you can find any over- or under-reactions by the market.

Of course, always take note of key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths and weaknesses, against-the-spread angles, and personnel matchups.