Every season, there seems to be at least one supposed lock in the NFL that loses when almost everybody is on them.
In Week 5, one team that has already failed to come through for the masses is the Houston Texans (1-4), who were 1-point home favorites on the SuperContest Card but closed at -4.5 after news broke that quarterback Andrew Luck would miss his second straight game for the Indianapolis Colts (3-2) due to a shoulder injury.
The Texans were selected by 427 contestants for their Thursday Night Football matchup with the Colts and lost 27-20, disappointing all who picked them, including Clay Travis, Jon Anik, Randall the Handle and Rob Pizzola of Team OddsShark.
Overall SuperContest leader The Right Reasons also had Houston, suffering just their third loss of the season after going 18-2 over the first four weeks. There were 445 contestants who chose that game total in Week 5, so a whopping 96 percent took the Texans.
In addition, Houston qualified as one of the Top 5 consensus picks overall, tied for fourth with the New York Giants (2-2), who are 7-point home favorites against the San Francisco 49ers (1-3) on Sunday Night Football.
Cardinals Top Consensus Pick for Week 5
The top Week 5 consensus pick is the Arizona Cardinals (3-1) as 2.5-point road chalk visiting the winless Detroit Lions (0-4), picked on 710 entries, which is the second-most ever behind the Carolina Panthers (4-0) in Week 3. The Cardinals were the top consensus pick in Week 4 as well.
The unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals (4-0) did not crack the Top 5 consensus NFL picks for Week 5, but they were the most popular play by the 21 members of Team OddsShark, including the Super Computer.
The Bengals were picked 11 times by the group, and they are hosting the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) as 3-point favorites off Seattle’s lackluster performance against the Lions on Monday Night Football.
The New England Patriots (3-0) were tied for the second-most popular pick by the group, selected 10 times as 8.5-point road chalk versus the Dallas Cowboys (2-2).
There were also 10 group members who picked the Tennessee Titans (1-2) as 2.5-point home underdogs against the Buffalo Bills (2-2). It’s worth noting that both the Patriots and Titans are coming off byes.