Tue, Oct 9, 3:02pm by Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Rams have firmed as Super Bowl favourites after a 33-31 road win against division foe the Seattle Seahawks.
The Rams rallied back from a seven point deficit after three quarters to record the win, their fifth from as many starts.
They are in from $6 to $4 to win the Super Bowl after their unbeaten start to the season. Jared Goff threw for 321 yards in the win and they have a three game lead atop the NFC West standings. Seattle is $101 to win the Super Bowl.
The other two teams in the division each have a win apiece, with the Arizona Cardinals ($501) winning its first game of the season, heading the San Francisco 49ers ($426) 28-18 on the road.
Despite throwing for 349 yards, 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard had two interceptions and two fumbles, with the 49ers’ five turnovers proving the difference.
New England won consecutive games for the first time this season and moved to 3-0 at home after a 38-24 win on Thursday Night Football against Indianapolis ($201).
The Patriots are second favourites to win the Super Bowl at $6. Tom Brady had 341 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the win.
It has been a poor season for the Colts thus far and they have recorded only one win. Quarterback Andrew Luck had 59 pass attempts, connecting on 38 of them for 365 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Houston Texans ($81) won their second consecutive overtime game, defeating the Dallas Cowboys ($34) 19-16 in front of the biggest ever crowd at NRG Stadium. Both teams have won two games this season.
The Texan’s division rivals Tennessee ($51) and Jacksonville ($15) both suffered road losses in week five.
The Titans lost 13-12 to a last second Buffalo ($501) field goal, while the Jaguars were soundly beaten 30-14 by the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs ($8).
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes did not register a touchdown pass and had two interceptions in the win, with four Jacksonville turnovers proving pivotal in the match.
The Chiefs will test themselves against one of the best teams in the NFL when they travel to New England to play the Patriots in Sunday Night Football in week six.
Fellow AFC West team the Los Angeles Chargers ($21) picked up their third win of the season to keep in touch with the division leading Chiefs, beating Oakland ($426) 26-10.
Phillip Rivers had 339 yards, two touchdowns and completed 22 of his 27 pass attempts as the Chargers cruised to victory. It is the Raiders’ fourth loss in five matches.
The Cincinnati Bengals ($21) now have a one game lead atop the AFC North standings after a 27-17 win against Miami ($201).
The Bengals trailed 17-3 after three quarters, but scored 24 unanswered fourth quarter points to win and cover the handicap.
It was a diabolical final quarter for the Dolphins who gave up a pick six touchdown, a fumble touchdown and threw an intercept in the final minutes to lose the game.
Baltimore ($26) lost 12-9 in overtime against Cleveland ($81) to fall a game behind the Bengals. A wobbly overtime field goal by Greg Joseph was decisive, as the Browns played in their third overtime game in five matches this season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers ($34) avenged last week’s Sunday Night Football loss with a dominant 41-17 win against Atlanta ($101).
The Falcons have lost four of five games this season as its defence struggles to be competitive. They are last in the NFC South.
In a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game, the Minnesota Vikings ($13) beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-21.
Both teams have had an indifferent start to the new season, with Minnesota withstanding a late Eagles ($21) onslaught to claim the win.
The Detroit Lions ($101) beat Green Bay ($26) 31-23 behind two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns from quarterback Matt Stafford.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 442 yards and had 52 pass attempts, but the Packers were always chasing the game, down 24-0 at half time.
There were also wins for the New York Jets ($301) and Carolina Panthers ($19) in week five, defeating the Denver Broncos ($201) and New York Giants ($151) respectively.
On Monday Night Football, the New Orleans Saints ($12) took care of Washington 43-19 ($51) to take a one-game lead in the NFC South. Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s NFL career passing record of 71,940 yards in the game, with a 62-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Super Bowl 53 odds
Los Angeles Rams $4
New England Patriots $6
Kansas City Chiefs $8
New Orleans Saints $12
Minnesota Vikings $13
Jacksonville Jaguars $15
Carolina Panthers $15
Chicago Bears $19
Cincinnati Bengals $21
Los Angeles Chargers $21
Philadelphia Eagles $21
Baltimore Ravens $26
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