Week 5 Upset Alert: Jags & Cowboys Ready to Rumble

The Tennessee Titans did exactly what we knew they would do and not only covered the number but brought back a return for all of those who backed them on the money line against the Eagles. The Browns, however, done us dirty in their loss to the Raiders. Let’s check out Week 5 and get both of these pups to cash.

 

Jaguars at Chiefs – Sunday, 1 PM ET

The Chiefs will be working on a short week after their Monday night showdown at Mile High where they bested the Broncos 27-23, while the Jaguars blasted the Jets 31-12. The public is infatuated with the passing heroics of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, and why wouldn’t they be as the Texas Tech product has 14 touchdown strikes over the first four games of the season. However, when faced with a solid defense, as he was last week in Denver, he managed just one touchdown pass yet still threw for over 300 yards.

This week Mahomes will get up close and personal against the best defensive unit in the league and the going will be tougher than it was in Denver. Jacksonville is the No. 1 ranked pass defense, allowing just 164 yards per game, and 10th in run defense. The Chiefs rank 28th and 31st, respectively, in those categories. And although some might belabor the point that the Jaguars’ primary offensive threat, running back Leonard Fournette, will not suit up due to injury let’s not forget that T.J. Yeldon has performed admirably in his stead with a 4.2-yard rushing average and a pair of touchdown receptions.

The best online sportsbooks are dealing the visiting Jags between +3 to +3½, and if you’ve been betting football for any length of time then you know how critical the number 3 is in regards to the point spread. And for that reason it is always best to have multiple accounts at the various premier online sportsbooks in order to insure you get the most advantageous number.

Cowboys at Texans – Sunday, 8:20 PM ET

The Texans escaped Indianapolis with a victory due entirely to Colts coach Frank Reich rolling the dice on a fourth-and-4 at his own 43 with 24 seconds remaining in overtime. The quick pass from Andrew Luck failed and the game was essentially Houston’s to claim, which they did off the foot of kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, who drilled a 37-yard field goal through the uprights that sealed the 37-34 OT victory.

The Cowboys were also in a hotly contested battle last week with the Lions and also needed a game-clinching field goal as time expired to secure their 26-24 win over Detroit. So what do we make of this intrastate clash between two teams that have had relatively slow starts? Well, the Cowboys have the seventh-ranked defense in the league, allowing 19.3 points per game, while owning the No. 4 rushing attack due to the stellar play of Ezekiel Elliott.

But here’s what makes them different heading into Week 5 – the passing game. It has been dormant in Dallas all season long, but offensive coordinator Scott Linehan retooled it last week to include Zeke in the passing attack.  That change resulted in Dak Prescott having his best passing game of the season, as Elliott had four catches for 88 yards and a TD, but more importantly it opened up opportunities for his other receivers.

If you like trends check these out. The Cowboys are 7-1 ATS in Weeks 5-9 over the last two seasons while Houston is 0-6 ATS off a win against a divisional rival in their last six in that scenario and are 2-10 after a divisional game regardless of outcome over the last dozen. We’re not impressed with this Texans’ defense despite the star-studded names on the defensive line. Go with Dallas +3, or even +3½ in some of the best online sportsbooks and bet them on the money line at +150 to get the upset and cash a ticket.

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