Only two undefeated teams remain in the NFL heading into week six, with no-one able to live with either the Kansas City Chiefs or Los Angeles Rams.
The Chiefs knocked off one AFC Championship contender last week in Jacksonville and now head to the home of the defending champions, New England, looking to make a big statement.
Chiefs win @ 8/5
The Jaguars’ defense had been expected to put Chiefs quarter-back Patrick Mahomes through his paces last Sunday, arriving at Arrowhead with the best defensive record in the NFL. While not producing his best game, Mahomes withstood the test as they wrapped up a 30-14 victory.
The 23-year-old looks a natural and should relish the chance to take down the Patriots on their own patch on Sunday night. The Chiefs came away from Gillette Stadium with a 42-27 win last season, their first triumph in Foxborough since 1990.
New England have improved in recent weeks, helped by an offense addition of Josh Gordon and the return of Julian Edelman. The Pats have scored 38 points in each of their last two matches and, given the Chiefs’ high-powered offense, it is no surprise the total points line has been set at 59.5.
This could be a shootout for the ages and the price for a Kansas City win at 8/5 is too tempting to ignore given how well they have performed this season.
LA Rams -6.5 @ 25/28
The Rams had their first wobble of the season at Seattle last week as they narrowly kept their perfect record intact. They had to lean on running-back Todd Gurley heavily following injuries to wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp and he didn’t let them down, rushing for three touchdowns.
For the fifth week running, the offense put up 30 points and should have few issues when they travel to Denver. The potential absence of Kupp and Cooks is a worry but head coach Sean McVay is the man with a plan for every situation.
After winning their opening two matches, the wheels have come off for the Broncos and their defense looked a shadow of the one that lead them to a Super Bowl just two years ago when they lost to the New York Jets last time out. The defense is now ranked 26th in the league, while a Case Keenum-lead offense has also begun to slow down.
Head coach Vance Joseph is a man under pressure once more and will have no answer for what the Rams throw at him on offense or defense.
Ravens v Titans under 41.5 totals points @ 25/28
A slightly negative selection to round off this week’s NFL tips as two top-10 defenses get ready to go head-to-head in Nashville. The Ravens have allowed the fewest points per game so far this season, shutting up shop in the second half of matches.
The Titans are not far behind in the points-per-game standings, while both sides will be looking to bounce back from surprise losses to the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills respectively.
Under 41.5 points has landed in three of the Titans’ five matches this season, partly due to a struggling offense, while the last two Ravens games have seen 40 points or less. Expect a tight and low-scoring tussle in Tennessee.
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