NFL Week 5 Spreads, Money Lines and Totals
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields represents potential dreams of glory and nightmares for fans. Fields was Chicago’s first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. His selection set off pandemonium in the Windy City. But after the party, a stark reality was confronted. The Bears were not a good football team. Chicago lacked the depth and talent necessary for Fields and then-rookie head coach Matt Eberflus to succeed. Fields was thrown to the wolves. And he was caught dead to rights by experienced NFL defenses and coaches.
Following the 2022 campaign, there was talk that the Bears would try to move Fields to land a new starter in the 2023 NFL Draft. But in the end, Chicago decided to stay the course. The Bears believe that Fields can thrive with a better supporting cast.
On August 9, 1974, when Gerald Ford was sworn in to replace Richard Nixon as President of the United States, he said, “Our long national nightmare is over.” And while the Watergate days ended mercifully, a more painful scandal for Commanders football fans in the nation’s capital was Dan Snyder's ownership.
Throughout the offseason, there was word that Snyder’s reign of error was about to end with a $5 billion sale. But as Memorial Day approached, no deal was made. For Commander fans, it remains a cruel and heartbreaking tease. Regardless, not much is expected from the Commanders this season.
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Bye Week Teams: Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Once upon a time, one of the greatest rivalries in pro football was the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. The two teams will renew hostilities in the early Sunday window at Pittsburgh. After much posturing on both sides, Baltimore finally extended oft-injured superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson this spring. Meanwhile, the Steelers are coming off an impressive finish to the 2022 campaign. Many gamblers see Pittsburgh as a team on the come.
Another emerging young contender is the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Buffalo Bills will host the Jags in what could be an AFC playoff preview. Buffalo will feel pressure after their epic home flop in the 2022 AFC Playoffs.
On NBC Sunday Night Football, fans and gamblers will be treated to a marquee name-brand matchup that will generate massive TV ratings and betting activity. The San Francisco 49ers will host the Dallas Cowboys in a playoff rematch from last year and a potential playoff preview for this season.
The San Francisco quarterbacking situation will be watched closely, as Brock Purdy should be available from rehab by the time this game is played. However, if Trey Lance gets the opportunity to play and succeeds, sending him back to the bench will be difficult.
Meanwhile, head coach Mike McCarthy is in a critical fourth season for Dallas. Overall, McCarthy has been a coaching upgrade, but he has not been able to move the needle in the playoffs. McCarthy has taken over the play-calling for 2023. By the time this game kicks off, gamblers will be able to get a read on his progress.
Speaking of marquee name-brand matchups, ESPN gets one for Money Night Football in Week 5. The Las Vegas Raiders host the Green Bay Packers, who will bring a large contingent of hearty Wisconsinites to Sin City.
The Packers will be deep into their first season with Jordan Love as the starting QB. So too, will the Raiders have a read on their new QB, Jimmy Garoppolo.
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