Sunday Recap and MNF Preview
Talk about how history repeats itself!
Last year on this very day - October 8, 2017 - 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.
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.
Can Saints QB Brees Destroy Redskins Tonight?
New Orleans Has Secret Weapon In Monday Night Football In QB Drew Brees Who Has Passed For 3,461 Yards And 34 Touchdowns In 10 MNF Home Games
The Washington Redskins (2-1) are 6-point underdogs tonight at New Orleans (3-1) and will be working overtime to snap a three-game losing to the Saints while also battling an established trend that says latter’s quarterback Drew Brees is a true secret weapon in Monday night games.
Brees has thrown for 3,461 yards and 34 touchdowns, with just five interceptions, in his last 10 Monday games. To say he excels in these games is quite the understatement and to add to the drama tonight is the fact he needs just needs 201 yards passing to become the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yardage.
In a counterpoint, Washington QB Alex Smith has a solid record in road games. In his last 10 he has thrown 23 touchdown passes with just four interceptions.
Many angles were explored in handicapping this contest and I am confident I have the winner. Get the cash with me on this 25-unit bet for just $10, charged to your major credit card or to Pay Pal. For the record I hit both the side and total last Monday night when the Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) won at Denver, 27-23.
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
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".