Another NFL Sunday has returned – this time it is week 5….
Below is your preview of the 5 biggest games.
Dallas (3-1) @ San Francisco (4-0) 8:20 AM EST:
This is arguably the biggest matchup of the year so far.
Two potential Super Bowl contenders will be battling it out on Sunday Night Football.
In the grand scheme of things I think this game is far more important for Dallas than it is San Francisco.
We know what the 49ers are capable of – their biggest issues over the past few years have been untimely injuries.
They have an elite defense and a great offense, so there is not much wrong there.
With Dallas it is a little different.
For all the acclaim the Cowboys get when was the last time they truly won a game that mattered?
Sure, Dallas beats up on bad teams, but how often can you really rely on the defense to score two touchdowns in a game (spoiler alert that will not be happening tonight).
That means more of the burden is on Dak Prescott….
He is a solid NFL quarterback aka you can do worse.
But can he really lead the team to the Super Bowl?
We will know more about that answer tonight as the Cowboys, who are +3.5 underdogs, hit the primetime slate.
Philadelphia (4-0) @ Los Angeles Rams (2-2) 4:05 PM EST:
Despite not playing up to their high standards the Eagles find themselves with a 4-0 record.
The reasoning for their success has to do with their dominance on both the offensive and defensive line.
That is what makes today so interesting.
The Rams have a terrible offensive line so it could get ugly for Matthew Stafford.
Cooper Kupp is back!
And when you combine Kupp with Puka Nacua you have yourself a serious dynamic duo.
Will Stafford have enough time to give them the ball?
He will have to hope head coach Sean McVay can find a way to give him time.
Lastly, the Eagles are -4 favorites but the line has been moving in the Rams favor, so maybe the Rams can pull off the upset.
Kansas City (3-1) @ Minnesota (1-3) 4:25 PM EST:
The Chiefs are only -3.5 favorites against the Vikings, AND the line have moved in Minnesota’s favor (it opened at KC -5.5)
So bettors must like something about the Vikings here….
It’s tough to bet against Patrick Mahomes, especially against a Vikings team with clear defensive issues.
But maybe the Vikings offense can have a great day, especially at home….
With Justin Jefferson the Vikings will always have a great chance to score points.
And, Jefferson is supplemented by T.J. Hockenson and Jordan Addison.
With the spread moving the way it is this will be one to watch – if the Vikings beat the Chiefs that would be a serious upset.
Baltimore (3-1) @ Pittsburgh (2-2) 1:00 PM EST:
Do the Steelers have a pulse on offense?
Kenny Pickett is likely starting again so that doesn’t bode optimism for Steeler nation.
Furthermore, they go up against a Ravens team that is good on both sides of the ball.
That likely means this game will come down to the Steelers defense.
They will have to hold the Ravens to a low point total because the Steelers offense will not be able to keep up in a high scoring game.
The line is currently Baltimore -4.5 so the Steelers are going to have to dig deep here.
Houston (2-2) @ Atlanta (2-2) 1:00 PM EST:
Clearly the week 5 games are lacking since I have to go with this one for my 5th game.
But hey, there are worse things than watching a young and exciting Houston team play a young and exciting Atlanta team.
I will be curious to see if C.J. Stroud can keep up the hot streak that he has been on for the last few weeks.
He has been playing far better than any rookie quarterback has over the last few years.
For Atlanta, it will be interesting to see if they stick with Desmond Ridder through the entire game.
The Falcons offense has weapons, but without a proper quarterback to give them the ball it makes it difficult to win games.
Houston is a +2.5 underdog here so we will see how this shakes out.