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NFL Week 5 Betting Lines
This is the first week of the 2020 season where we don’t have a full slate of games as the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are the first two teams to take their byes. There are still plenty of exciting matchups though, and several divisional games to crank up the tension. We saw one of the best games of the season in Week 5 last year when the Seattle Seahawks edged the Los Angeles Rams 30-29 on Thursday Night Football.
NFL Week 5 Schedule & Lines
BYE WEEK: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers
The Thursday night clash between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicks off the week. Tampa Bay will be happy that this game in the Windy City is in October, as the franchise’s struggles in cold weather are infamous. Chicago’s defense is one of the best in the NFL with Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith starring in the linebacking corps, while Tampa Bay has excellent pass catching options in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, and Rob Gronkowski. That will test this secondary.
Buffalo and Tennessee gave us one of the most memorable playoff games in the history of the NFC with the ‘Music City Miracle’ a little more than two decades ago, and both the Bills and the Titans are poised to make the playoffs this year. These teams are both led by their defense, and they love to keep the ball on the ground. Josh Allen is one of the best running quarterbacks in the league, so don’t be surprised to see some big gains out of the big quarterback from Wyoming.
The Keystone State will be locked into Pittsburgh’s tilt with Philadelphia in another early afternoon Sunday game. The Eagles have dominated this series historically, but both these teams have high hopes coming into the 2020 season. In an interesting bit of trivia, these teams merged for one season in 1943 to make the Phil-Pitt Steagles because of World War II.
Tony Romo will certainly love a rare chance to be in the booth when his former team is on the field in the nationally televised late game. Although the Dallas Cowboys’ clash with the New York Giants would normally be on FOX, this game will be broadcast on CBS. Jason Garrett will be back in the Metroplex too as the new offensive coordinator for the New York Giants, meaning that there will be plenty to discuss even if the new look Cowboys blow the Giants out of the water.
Both Minnesota and Seattle made it out of the Wild Card Round last year, but neither team could go any further. The Vikings shocked the Saints in the New Orleans but were crushed by San Francisco in the Bay Area, while the Seahawks ground out a win against Philadelphia before falling to Green Bay in a close game. These teams will have some familiarity as they will meet in the final week of the preseason.
New Orleans will be in primetime for the third time in the first five weeks when the Saints host the Los Angeles Chargers in the last game of Week 5. The NFL’s all-time passing leader (Drew Brees) will eclipse 80,000 career yards at some point in 2020 if he plays the whole season, but this secondary is very good with Casey Hayward, Derwin James, and Chris Harris Jr.
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