Fri, Oct 13, 8:18am by Staff Writer
Five weeks have come and gone in the 2017 National Football League season, with the Kansas City Chiefs holding the only undefeated record at 5-0.
Our week 5 best bets yielded a win, a loss and a push. The Los Angeles Rams were the most disappointing of our wagers, failing to deliver offensively against the Seattle Seahawks.
An Aaron Rodgers fourth quarter master class got Green Bay over the line against the Cowboys.
Keen bettors may have been able to snap up some of the +5.5 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which appeared briefly on Friday morning, before that handicap closed at +4. The Buccaneers lost by 5, with errant kicking from Nick Folk proving costly.
Here are our best bets for week six of the NFL:
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins
Monday, 16 October 2017, 4am AEDST at FedEx Field, Maryland
The 49ers are playing their third straight road game when they visit the Redskins on Monday morning. Washington is coming off a bye week, whereas the 49ers have had to endure two heart breaking overtime losses against the Cardinals and the Colts over the past fortnight.
Three consecutive road games for a West Coast team in the NFL is unheard of. The Redskins will be rested and shouldn’t take the 49ers lightly, who have gone down narrowly in all of their defeats so far this season.
49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer remains limited as a passer, completing at under 60 per cent so far this season.
Conversely, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins play in 2017 has been helped by his running back’s who have contributed 130 yards per game, ranking 7th in the NFL for rushing.
This is a bad spot for the 49ers. The Redskins handicap looks the most obvious play here.
Best bet: Washington Redskins handicap -10.5 at $1.97 (Sportsbet)
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars
Monday, 16 October 2017, 7:05am AEDST at EverBank Field
After a tough loss in a division game against the Seahawks last weekend, the Rams have to cross the country and take on a Jacksonville Jaguars team that is rolling at the moment.
The Jags lead the AFC South and notched an impressive 30-9 win at Pittsburgh last weekend.
The Rams have been an offensive juggernaut this season; with last weeks 10 points not in line with a trend which has seen them average 30.4 points per game, 2nd in the NFL this season.
Where the Rams come unstuck is in turnovers, where they are averaging five per game.
The Jaguars tough defense will be too much to handle for a Rams team who take too many chances with the ball on offense. The Jags forced Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger into throwing a career high five interceptions last weekend, showcasing their defensive prowess.
Jags quarterback Blake Bortles has struggled this season and the team have relied on young running back Leonard Fournette, who last week ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
The Jaguars at home should be too much defensively for a bruised Rams team after last week’s tussle with Seattle.
Best bet: Jacksonville Jaguars handicap -2.5 at $1.86 (Sportsbet)
New York Giants at Denver Broncos
Monday, 16 October 2017, 11:30am at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
The 0-5 New York Giants are having one of their worst seasons in recent memory. Their offensive line was battered to open the season, and now their receiving stocks have been decimated.
The loss of Odell Beckham Jnr to a season ending ankle injury is a cruel blow for a Giants offense, which has struggled all season long.
The Denver Broncos are free of a bye and playing at home in a prime-time game on Sunday Night Football.
The Broncos are again one of the best defensive teams in the NFL, allowing a league best 261 yards per game. They also defend the rush better than any team in the NFL, allowing only 51 yards per game.
The Broncos have their next three on the road after this; so will be looking to secure a dominant victory.
The Giants are a disaster at the moment and simply unbackable, particularly on the road.
Best bet: Denver Broncos handicap -11.5 at $1.98 (Sportsbet)
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