Chicago Bears vs Oakland Raiders - Sunday October 6, 6:00PM - Sky Sports
The first of the London games this year so we could call it Bears v Raiders @ Spurs. This game is interesting because of the subplots.
How will Khalil Mack play against the Raiders? What will happen to the Raiders Defense with the Vontaze Burfict suspension? Chase Daniel?
Ultimately, this game will be about the two sides of the Chicago Bears. Their defense can hold the Raiders offence to under the 16 points on average they have given away this season so far. However, their offense could collapse. Although Chase Daniel had a good game against the Vikings last week, a fit Mitch Trubisky is picked ahead of him. Therefore, we must be sceptical of a repeat.
The Raiders scored 30 points on the Colts last week. However, they take a big step up against this Bears defense. A defense with a fired up Mack.
As a result, expect a low scoring game that either team can win. All in all, the under looks good.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints - Sunday October 6 - 6:00PM
On the back of that crazy performance against the Rams last week, this game would normally be built up as one for the ages. However, Drew Brees’ hand injury renders what would have been a classic into what perhaps could be a damp squib from a scoring perspective.
Tampa Bay’s defense has conceded the third-most points in the NFL this season and the second-highest passing yards. Normally you would expect New Orleans to jump on this. However, without Drew Brees, they are simply not equipped to maximise their return.
You sense that Tampa Bay has momentum.
Browns @ 49ers - Tuesday October 8 - 1:15AM
At the start of the season, many were tipping the Browns as contenders. However, a 2-2 record and mixed performances have led to some revising this opinion. The 49ers have rung up some impressive performances so far. They could be the surprise team of the season.
The 49ers defense against both the pass and the rush has been the main reason for their 3-0 start. The Browns offensive line and Nick Chubb may not have enough to topple the 49ers on the ground. Also, Baker Mayfield and the receiving core may not have the openings at Levi stadium.
Week 5 Schedule
*All times and dates are UK. Odds correct September 19.
Friday 04 Oct, 1.20am; Rams (+1.5) @ Seahawks (-1.5)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Ravens (-3.5) @ Steelers (+3.5)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Cardinals (+3.5) @ Bengals (-3.5)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Jaguars (+3.5) @ Panthers (-3.5)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Vikings (-5.5) @ Giants (+5.5)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Patriots (-15.5) @ Redskins (+15.5)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Jets (+13.5) @ Eagles (-13.5)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Buccaneers (+3.0) @ Saints (-3.0)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Falcons (+5.0) @ Texans (-5.0)
Sunday 06 Oct, 6:00pm; Bills (+3.0) @ Titans (-3.0)
Sunday 06 Oct, 21:05pm; Broncos (+6.5) @ Chargers (-6.5)
Sunday 06 Oct, 21:25pm; Packers (+3.5) @ Cowboys (-3.5)
Tuesday 08 Oct, 01:15am; Browns (+3.5) @ 49ers (-3.5)