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Their Time To Shine
Many had this tabbed as the year of the New York Giants. Coming off a wildcard playoff appearance, some pegged the NFC East to be the land of the Giants.
Instead, last place has become their place of residence. No one made such grandious predictions regarding the San Francisco 49ers, though. They were expected to be bad but despite their 0-4 slate, have looked better than last year’s 2-14 squad, if that’s possible. Sunday figures to be a day of celebration for the Giants and 49ers, who will get their first wins of the season.
A look at that game, and other key Week 5 NFL matchups, with odds provided by Bovada.lv.
With one win between them, this isn’t exactly going to be a potential Super Bowl LII preview. The Colts will unveil a statue of quarterbacking legend Peyton Manning prior to the game and that seems apprpropriate, because the Indianapolis offense is moving the ball at the pace of a statue minus injured QB Andrew Luck. The team of Manning, Luck and Johnny Unitas ranks 29th in the NFL in passing yardage.
As a bottom feeder, though, the Colts have already proven capable of being a high-end bottom feeder, posting their lone win against the 0-4 Cleveland Browns. The 49ers haven’t won but they’ve gone 3-1 against the spread and the moneyline on them in this game has dropped from +100 to even. They’ve been close and Indianapolis has surrendered an average of 37 points over the last two games. Perhaps this is the week for Brian Hoyer to lead San Francisco to its first win of the season. And you might also want to play the under on the total of 44.5.
The Chargers are proving to be the NFL’s elixir this season. Struggling? Looking for confidence? Get a jolt out of facing the Chargers. Like the Giants, they were supposed to be better this season but that simply hasn’t been the case. Neither the Chargers (29th in the NFL) or the Giants (31st) can run the ball, yet both teams are talking about simplifying their gameplans. If the Chargers, 0-4 like the Giants, want to find a way to win this game, they’ll need to take advantage of the weak Giants offensive line and get pressure on Eli Manning from Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Expect a low-scoring game that will go under the total of 44.5.
Is there a greater long-standing rivalry in the NFL than the Cowboys-Packers, which dates all the way back to Don Meredith and Bart Starr? The last-second heroics of Aaron Rodgers as the Green Bay led the Pack back for a stunning win over the Cowboys here in last year’s playoffs still gnaws at Dallas as a collective. And the Cowboys are 20th in the NFL at defending the pass, so it again looks as if AT&T stadium will be Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood. The total, though, at 52.5, seems a shade on the high side.
The DeShaun Watson coming-out party that reached a crescendo with last week’s rout of the Tennessee Titans figures to get a pump of the brakes this week against the unbeaten Chiefs. Thanks to Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs continue to lead the NFL in rushing (163.5 yards per game), making it easier for QB Alex Smith and his ball control offense to make things happen and keep defenders honest.
Pick: The Chiefs (-105)
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