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Falcons, Bengals, Ravens All To Win NFL Week Five

October 5, 2018

Week five of the NFL season began with the New England Patriots easing past the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. The teams that will be in the battle for playoff places are slowly beginning to flex their muscles in both conferences.

It’s another important round of matches for sides that are in a desperate battle to find their form to match with the early pacesetters. We’ll now break down the five teams that you should in your teaser for week five’s action.

Can Ryan lead the Falcons to victory on the road?

Atlanta Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are in real trouble at 1-2-1 in their season. Pittsburgh’s offense has lacked their usual swagger without the presence of Le’Veon Bell. James Conner had a bright start to his NFL career, but defenses have started to clamp down on his presence in the running game. Antonio Brown has not been at his best in the passing game, heaping pressure on Ben Roethlisberger.

The problems were on full display against their AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens last week. Baltimore went up and down the field with ease. Joe Flacco was on point, although a fumble kept the Steelers in the game. Roethlisberger led them back in the first half, but he and his offense were held to 14 points in the game. That is a worry for the team, considering the defense has been putrid.

They cannot generate a pass-rush, while their coverage has been brutal in the secondary. Matt Ryan and the Falcons have been decimated by injuries on the defensive side of the ball. However, the offense has been impressive and has kept them competitive despite their 1-3 record. Expect Julio Jones and the exciting rookie Calvin Ridley to have big games. It may be a shootout between the sides at Heinz Field. Take the Falcons on value at odds of +159  with BetOnline.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

The Ravens put forward a dominant performance on the road to stun the Steelers at Heinz Field. Flacco was able to strike with regularity down the field to his receivers, and it could have been a blowout had an Alex Collins’ fumble on the goalline not given Pittsburgh life. A potential comeback from their rivals was strangled out of them by Baltimore’s dominant defense. In a season where defenses have struggled on the whole, boasting a unit that could be dominant give John Harbaugh’s men a huge advantage in the AFC North and their conference. Flacco has been solid enough to put points on the board and that could be a winning combination to end the club’s playoff drought.

Cleveland endured a familiar heartbreaking loss to the Oakland Raiders last week. Baker Mayfield did his utmost in the passing game, throwing two touchdowns, although he also committed two interceptions. The Browns situational gameplan was poor towards the end of the contest, even though they were on the receiving end of a debatable first-down call that was ruled short. Mayfield does not have the weapons to contend with the Browns, although their defense might have the quality to keep it a close game. Baltimore should edge the contest on the road at odd of -165  with Bovada.

Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals fought hard last week to defeat the Falcons on the road. Marvin Lewis’ men put forward a gutsy performance, despite losing tight end Tyler Eifert to a broken ankle. Andy Dalton was able to keep his team on track to go score-for-score with Ryan. Dalton threw three touchdowns to take his tally to 11 for the campaign. AJ Green has continued to be excellent in the passing game, but support this term has come from Tyler Boyd, who is enjoying a breakout in the receiving corps. With Eifert out for the rest of the campaign they’re going to need to rely on him to maintain his form. The Bengals have managed to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. However, they’re also giving up a lot of points, which has put the onus on their offense to score with regularity.

Miami’s unbeaten run to start the campaign came to an end last week with a hammering at the hands of the Patriots. The Dolphins were poor on offense as well as defense, allowing their rivals to dominate. Adam Gase’s men have to respond to keep control of the AFC East. Their defense has to bounce back from allowing 38 points as the Bengals will test them all over the field. Cincinnati should have the weapons to put up the points to secure the win on home soil at odds of -250  with TopBet.

Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills

Tennessee produced an excellent win over the Philadelphia Eagles last time out. The Titans were down 14-3 in the contest, but Marcus Mariota orchestrated a comeback. The quarterback led his team down the field in overtime to secure the win, firing a strike to Corey Davis for the game-winning score. Mike Vrabel’s men are now 3-1 in their campaign, backing up their efforts from their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Titans are rounding into a solid team on both sides of the ball, playing impressive complementary football. Their defense has been stout, with Jurrell Casey starring on the defensive line, while Harold Landy notched his first sack of his career. A win over the Bills could see them take an outright lead in the AFC South, therefore there is huge incentive for Vrabel and company.

Buffalo came back down to earth following their win over the Minnesota Vikings. They were hammered by the Green Bay Packers, although the 22-0 scoreline was not quite as damaging as it could have been. Josh Allen endured rookie struggles, committing three turnovers. He will face days like those without a great deal of talent around him. Allen could be in line for another difficult spell against a good team even on home soil. Back Tennessee to claim the win -220  with TopBet.

Oakland Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers have been up and down to start the term. They struggled to see off the San Francisco 49ers last week even though they were without their starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Anthony Lynn’s side have been without their own star man on defense Joey Bosa, which has resulted in their propensity to give up points. They’ve allowed over 20 points in all four of their fixtures thus far, heaping pressure on Philip Rivers and company to keep the scoreboard ticking. Rivers has been able to fire, using his talent receiving corps, while Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler have been effective in the ground game. The offense is going to have to keep operating at a high level unless the Chargers’ defense start to find their feet.

Oakland secured a massive win to get off the mark in the campaign. They were down to the Browns on home soil, but somehow managed to dig out the victory in overtime. Derek Carr had one of the best games of his career, throwing for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. The Raiders’ defense is also ailing – a theme that has been common throughout the NFL this season. It could be a shootout that Los Angeles will just edge at odds of -215  with BetOnline.

Tips Summary

Atlanta Falcons To Beat Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday 7th October 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: +159

Baltimore Ravens To Beat Cleveland Browns
Sunday 7th October 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: -165

Cincinnati Bengals To Beat Miami Dolphins
Sunday 7th October 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: -250

Tennessee Titans To Beat Buffalo Bills
Sunday 7th October 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)
Odds: -220

Los Angeles Chargers To Beat Oakland Raiders
Sunday 7th October 2018 16:05 ET (21:05 BST)
Odds: -215

Five Team Teaser With Bovada10.38

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Los Angeles Chargers
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  • Tennessee Titans

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    Simon Sinclair
    Simon Sinclair

    Sports Writer

    Simon is a freelance sports writer from the UK. He passionately writes about all kinds of sports, sharing his predictions on everything from the latest cricket matches and golf tournaments to major horse racing events and popular American sports.