Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season saw the Raiders and 49ers announce themselves while things went from bad to worse for the Jets.
Here Come The Raiders
The Oakland Raiders went over to London as +7 underdogs to the Chicago Bears and wound up claiming the straight up 24-21 win. It moves the Raiders to an impressive 3-2 with plenty of room for improvement considering the injuries they’re currently dealing with.
This game is a good one to dive into from a preparation point of view. The Raiders flew straight to London from Indianapolis after Week 4. They spent the week in London adjusting to the time difference and taking in some of the sights. The Bears, on the other hand, didn’t cross the pond until Friday.
It showed in the first half with the Raiders flying out to a 17-0 lead by halftime. While the Bears did work themselves into the game with an 21-0 3rd quarter, the damage had been done. Preparation is always something for NFL punters to consider, when playing in London, in particular.
How many people used the Kansas City Chiefs as their sure-thing on a multi this week?
As -10.5 favourites, the expecation was for the Chiefs to at least win the game ($1.20) if not cover the spread. However, the Indianapolis Colts had other ideas. On the back of an incedible defence that kept Patrick Mahomes to just one touchdown after he threw 10 in the first four weeks, the Colts managed to walk away from Arrowhead Stadium with a 19-13 win.
They no doubt stuck a knife into a few multis too.
BIG fourth down stop for the @Colts defense!
Indy takes over on downs. #Colts
— NFL (@NFL) October 7, 2019
Jettison Any Hope, Jets Fans
Ah, the New York Jets.
They’re 0-4 to start the season following their 31-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and it isn’t getting easier anytime soon.
Sam Darnold is a chance at returning in Week 6, but he’s walking into a horror three-game stretch.
The Jets face the Dallas Cowboys as $4.10 and +8.5 underdogs in Week 6 before playing the currently unbeaten New England Patriots and dangerous Jacksonville Jaguars.
We might still be talking about a winless Jets team in November…
Are The Niners For Real?
"Are the 49ers for real?" say these announcers.
Yo, it's still only the first quarter. Browns gotta show some fight! Let's make them eat their words!
— Cleveland Sports Talk (@CLEsportsTalk) October 8, 2019
The announcers…didn’t eat their words.
With the 31-3 win over the Cleveland Browns, the San Francisco 49ers have started the season with a 4-0 record for the first time since 1990.
Sure, it’s early days, but they look good.
Matt Breida is dominating on the ground and ran the Browns off it in Week 5. Nick Bosa bossed the Browns offensive line and caused havoc to Baker Mayfield all night. The wide reciever position lacks a genuine number one, but they’re making do at the moment.
There are worse options in the Super Bowl market than the 49ers at $15. That number won’t hang around for very long at this rate.
NFL Against The Spread
The Miami Dolphins didn’t play in Week 5, but this is your weekly reminder to avoid them at all costs. They are far and away the worst team in the NFL, and they’re the worst for punters too. Albeit against the Washington Redskins who have just sacked their coach after an 0-5 start and also awful against the spread, taking the Dolphins at +3.5 in Week 6 is still a brave move.
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