What to expect from week 6 of the NFL
This NFL season has already been quite intriguing and exciting, being held as it is with the backdrop of a global pandemic. The absence of fans in the stadiums has already had an impact on team performance, and is likely to continue doing so. At the same time, the action on the field has not been inferior to previous seasons in any way, and there is quite a lot to look forward to as the NFL enters Week 6.
There are quite a few teams which are yet to pick up a win this season, including the New York Giants and the New York Jets, who share the MetLife Stadium between them. Elsewhere, there have already been two coaching changes in the league, while the Dallas Cowboys will be without quarterback Dak Prescott for the season after he picked up a serious injury. These are the prevailing storylines, along with many more, as we go into Week 6 in this season’s NFL.
It is also interesting to note how the popularity of online sources of entertainment has not fallen, even after fans now have live football action to watch. Online casino websites, for example, are still going strong, while many online slots have football themes, endearing them to football fans as well as gambling pros. All of this has meant that there has been a strong wave of online gambling during this year due to the pandemic, and with many states in the USA having legalized sports betting, the return of the NFL has also helped, as fans and punters now have live odds and markets to place their bets on.
In fact, the existence of sports betting in New Jersey, where it was recently legalized, is probably one of the reasons why the Jets and the Giants are still being followed as heavily as they are despite their poor starts to the season. There have been zero moneyline payouts for both teams thus far, and their upcoming matches do not really inspire confidence. The Jets play against the Miami Dolphins, who just delivered a hammering to the San Francisco 49ers 43-17, while the Giants go up against the Washington Football Team, who are the favourites in early betting for the first time this season.
Elsewhere, the loss of Prescott for the Cowboys has swung betting odds quite a bit – by six points, to be exact, almost the value of a touchdown. They take on the Arizona Cardinals this week, with their signing of Andy Dalton in the off-season looking like a shrewd piece of business due to this injury to Prescott. While he is nowhere near as mobile as Prescott, the hope is that he can come in and do a job, with the likes of Zeke Elliott and CeeDee Lamb raising their game, among others, to help the Cowboys prevail.
The Super Bowl champions from last year, the Kansas City Chiefs, were brought back to earth after being beaten 40-32 by the Las Vegas Raiders last week. This ended their unbeaten run this season, while they had been looking shaky both offensively and defensively during their first few games, despite a convincing 34-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.
The Los Angeles Chargers have been on the wrong side of a few close games, first against the Chiefs and then against the New Orleans Saints last week, where they lost in overtime. Justin Herbert was superb for them in that match, and given these performances, it is likely that the Chargers will put a beating on a team sooner rather than later this season.