Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 5 REPORT - PLAY IT AGAIN AS KC STAYS PERFECT WHILE DEFENDING CHAMP EAGLES LOOK AWFUL ...
MNF QUICKIE PREVIEW: SKINS-SAINTS SQUARE OFF IN N'ORLEANS
Talk about how history repeats itself!
Last year on this very day - October 8, 2017 - we here at Jim Sez wrote all about how the Kansas City Chiefs were "perfect" with a 5-0 SU (straight-up) and 5-0 ATS (against the spread) record following a 42-34 win at Houston. Remember?
Well, here we are writing a very similar script after the KC Chiefs bombed Jacksonville 30-14 on Sunday afternoon at rainy / noisy Arrowhead Stadium ... yes, once again the Chiefs are 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS and very much the talk of the NFL but here's the caveat: Kansas City's Week 6 game this coming Sunday night is at New England and don't you just know how the Patriots want a little payback after getting crushed 42-27 in Week 1 of the aforementioned '17 campaign?
In any event, the Chiefs exited the blowout win against Jacksonville having covered nine of their last 10 games overall - the only spread blemish is the 22-21 home loss to 9-point underdog Tennessee in the AFC Wild Card round last January - and Andy Reid's crew managed to spank the Jags without the best stuff from QB Patrick "Showtime" Mahomes who finished up with 313 passing yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs to go along with a rushing touchdown.
Hey, the day after last week's come-from-behind 27-23 win/ cover at Denver, we asked aloud right here at the Jim Hurley Network whether or not the Chiefs were "for real" ... guess we all know the answer following five sacks of Jaguars' QB Blake Bortles who also aired four INTs (including one that first bounced off his own offensive lineman's helmet!). The Chiefs are nowhere close to becoming "America's Team", mind you - they're definitely the heartland's team, though - but Reid's exotic play calls, Mahomes' rocket-launcher arm and maybe the best tight end in the land (Travis Kelce registered five catches for 100 yards versus the Jags) all add up to a "for real" squad that's been cashing left and right.
Will it continue in Foxboro this Sunday night? We've got all week to examine the matchup, so make sure you're all aboard with Jim Sez.
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers banged out plenty of winners in the NFL Week 5 card and we're ready to roar with tonight's Monday Night Football winner as the Washington Redskins battle the New Orleans Saints. Then later this week/weekend get all the College Football, NFL Week 6 and Major-League Baseball Playoff winners -- call us at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or get the winners right here online and pile up the profits.
Tonight, it's ...
WASHINGTON (2-1) at NEW ORLEANS (3-1) - 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Is this gonna be a dome, sweet, dome game for the New Orleans Saints? Fact of the matter is the Saints have played two rotten home games (see Weeks 1 and 2) while not able to cash against either Tampa Bay or Cleveland and now here's Sean Payton's squad laying nearly a full TD while all the headline-writers get ready for QB Drew Brees to get his 201 passing yards so as to become the NFL's all-time leading passing yards leader ... lots of storylines on tap, as you can see. Hey, if the visiting DC Redskins have any say tonight then perhaps it'll come down to the "other" quarterback: Alex Smith only thrown only one pick in his team's first three games and gotta believe his legs will be a major factor here.
Spread Notes - New Orleans is 19-11-1 against the odds in non-divisional games since early in the 2016 season; Washington's covered its last five consecutive games played against the Saints while dating back to the 2008 season.
In other NFL Week 5 News ...
Well, if the KayCee Chiefs are the kings of the league - remember the Los Angeles Rams are 5-0 SU but just 3-1-1 versus the vig - then the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are the biggest frauds. Hey, we ain't buying any of this "hangover" talk now that we're five weeks into the current campaign but Sunday's sloppy-as-sin 23-21 home loss against the 3.5-point dog Minnesota Vikings had Philly head coach Doug Pederson spittin' mad in the post-game presser (he took all the blame but we know better!) and whether it's QB Carson Wentz taking too many sacks, the three illegal formation penalties that stalled drives or the fact nobody really did any downfield damage (and Philly was trailing 20-3 at one point and so there were plenty of opportunities to throw), the proverbial bottom line is the Eagles are 2-3 SU / 1-4 ATS but likely being kept afloat these days only because the NFC East is so mediocre (check standings) ...
Did you happen to play a four-team parlay on the teams that started rookie quarterbacks in Sunday's Week 5 tilts? If you did put together a Buffalo (Josh Allen) / New York Jets (Sam Darnold) / Cleveland (Baker Mayfield) / Arizona (Josh Rosen), then congrats! Truth is we may not have another NFL Sunday quite like it as the Bills, Jets, Browns and Cardinals all wound up SU / ATS winners (and Jim Hurley had 3 of the 4, taking the BBills, Jets and Cardinals!), and just so you know this quartet of first-round slingers combined for 5 TD passes and only 3 INTs. Job well done, kiddies! ...
Finally, loved it that NBC announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth brought up the fact that entering Week 5 this year, NFL games were averaging better than 48 ppg after last year the average NFL game averaged slightly under 43 ppg - 'cause Sunday night's rock-'em, sock-'em 19-16 non-cover win by the 3.5-point favorite Houston Texans over the Dallas Cowboys featured a slew of body-blow hits. Okay, so worth telling you that Sunday's NFL Week 5 games featured six "Overs", seven "Unders" but overall this year it's "overs" 41, "unders" 36 so even with the increase in totals prices, "overs" still are "in the lead".
NOTE: Catch our College Football report in the next Jim Sez.