By News Team
Last Updated: 9th October 2020
The NFL season is quickly moving into crisis mode for some teams, while others look a formality to make the playoffs already.
With draft talk already picking up and our first coach fired for the season, the 2020 campaign enters a crucial mid-season juncture where teams will need to start finding some form or face January at home rather than in the post-season.
We preview some crucial week five match-ups below, alongside our ambassador Jason Bell.
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
An NFC East match-up, which would normally be surrounded by intrigue and play-off implications, seems to have dire consequences for both sides. The NFC East is comfortably the worst division in American football at the moment, and the Dallas Cowboys have been bitterly disappointing, while the New York Giants are already 0-4 and heading for another poor season.
The Giants are 17/5 to win in Arlington on Sunday, while Dallas are just 5/21 for a home win. The handicap sits at 9.5, but Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy needs a big win to kick-start his side’s season, so expect a show against one of the worst teams in the league. Dallas by 13+ is 6/5 and should be a gimme for the Sunday night showdown.
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
Another week, another vital New England Patriots player is set to miss the game. Last week saw Cam Newton scratched from the important fixture against the Kansas City Chiefs, while this week should see Stephon Gilmore ruled out of the game against another AFC East team, the Denver Broncos.
Gilmore is undoubtedly one of, if not the best cornerback in the league and will be a huge miss for the Pats. But Denver haven’t quite hit the heights this season due to serious injuries to Von Miller and Drew Lock, while tight end Noah Fant will also miss Monday’s fixture.
The lack of offensive weapons for Denver should mitigate the loss for the Patriots, but it could be a low scorer with two backup quarterbacks in charge. Take the Patriots as they look to continue driving towards another play-off berth.
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are 4-0 while the Minnesota Vikings, for some NFC North favourites, are just 1-3 to start the season. Russell Wilson has started the campaign on fire and although the defence leaks points, the offence is potent enough to outscore anybody.
Seattle are 5/16 for a home win to continue their perfect season, with Minnesota 13/5 for a shock away victory at CenturyLink Field. Both teams have been impressive at scoring points in bunches, and the over sits at 57.5 for this fixture. At 10/11, this looks a formality so is well worth jumping on.