The injuries and sackings have continued through to Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season with Prescott and Quinn on the wrong end.
Welcome back, Alex Smith
While it’s already been an NFL season full of injuries (and we will get to another big one soon), it’s not all bad in 2020.
Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture in his right leg back in 2018. It’s one of the more gruesome injuries we’ve seen in recent years, and given his age – he’s now 36 – most assumed his career was over. But with Dwayne Haskins benched and Kyle Allan going down with an injury in the second quarter, Smith ran out onto the field to complete one of the great comebacks in Week 5. He hadn’t been hit in practice yet looked relatively calm on the field taking shots.
So good to see Alex Smith take the field again. A blessing to be able to return after the journey you’ve been on over these past couple of years. Only you, your family and the ones closest to you truly what it took to get back, amazing. A true fighter.
— Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) October 12, 2020
He didn’t go nuts and write a fairy tale. He finished up with 37 yards on 17 pass attempts as the Washington Football Team lost 30-10 to the Los Angeles Rams. Still, it’s a story many will remember for years to come.
Oh Dear, Dak
As much as Smith’s comeback is one to applaud, seeing Dak Prescott go down with a serious injury came with the gut-wrenching realisation of his contract situation. It goes without saying that the NFL world hopes for the best and Prescott’s health and recovery come through the other side. However, the elephant in the room is the five-year deal he turned down to start the 2020 NFL season. While being paid $31.4 million this year, Prescott was playing for hundreds of millions more, and playing exceptionally well.
btw Dak Prescott hasn't lost the bet on himself. He got hurt and he'll recover and the Cowboys will still need to tag him and/or get a long term deal done.
Dak will still win his bet.
— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) October 12, 2020
Prescott’s injury all but ends the Dallas Cowboys hopes of competing for Super Bowl LV; they’re out to $41 and will no doubt drift further in the coming weeks. However, it does offer some potential value on the Philadelphia Eagles at $2.30 to win the NFC East. While 1-3-1 through five weeks themselves, Philadelphia has a similarly rated schedule to Dallas and should pick up a couple of extra wins from here on out.
Seahawks Continue To Shorten
With the Kansas City Chiefs falling 40-32 to the Las Vegas Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens not looking all that convincing on the offensive end in their 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, a last-gasp win over the Minnesota Vikings has seen the Seattle Seahawks shorten to $8.50 in the Super Bowl market.
Seattle had just a 33.9% chance of victory at the two-minute warning.
🏈 Russell Wilson ➡️ DK Metcalf ➡️Game Winner! 🤯
Seattle's win probability was only 33.9% with two mins left in the game.
— Stats Insider (@StatsInsider) October 12, 2020
Cincinnati then opted to find the inches on 3rd down only to come up short. That gave Russell Wilson 1:57 to go 95 yards to find the winner – a big mistake. He started by getting up the field on his feet before finding DK Metcalf in the air. Now 37 yards from the endzone, it took Wilson just 20 seconds to get the Seahawks to the 6-yard line. Metcalf spilt a potential match-winner before reeling in a Wilson pass to seal the 27-26 win with 15 seconds to play.
After highlighting that 59% of non-overtime games had finished Over the points total across the first four weeks of the 2020 NFL season, six of the first eight games in Week 5 finished Under.
The trend continued from there with Overs now coming in at 56.9% for the season.
Another Week, Another Coach
Add Dan Quinn to the scrapheap of NFL coaches. The Atlanta Falcons fell to 0-5 following their 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers with Quinn relieved of his duties shortly after.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank didn’t mince his words when explaining the decision: “It’s called lack of winning.”
Falcons fired Dan Quinn. He now becomes the second HC in a week to be dismissed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2020
Le’Veon Bell’s release leaves behind $15M of dead cap in 2020, & another $4M in 2021 to the #Jets.
— Spotrac (@spotrac) October 14, 2020
NFL Against The Spread Standings
After Week 5
|Top 16||Bottom 16|
|Packers (4-0)||Browns (3-2)|
|Seahawks (4-1)||Ravens (3-2)|
|Chargers (4-1)||Dolphins (3-2)|
|Broncos (3-1)||Patriots (2-2)|
|Steelers (3-1)||49ers (2-3)|
|Bills (3-2)||Buccaneers (2-3)|
|Cardinals (3-2)||Saints (2-3)|
|Rams (3-2)||Washington (2-3)|
|Panthers (3-2)||Jaguars (2-3)|
|Vikings (3-2)||Lions (1-3)|
|Bears (3-2)||Titans (1-3)|
|Giants (3-2)||Falcons (1-4)|
|Raiders (3-2)||Eagles (1-4)|
|Chiefs (3-2)||Texans (1-4)|
|Colts (3-2)||Cowboys (0-5)|
|Bengals (3-2)||Jets (0-5)|