2018 NFL Week 5 Games , odds, picks and TV schedule

xWelcome to week
five of the NFL season.It has been a tough go from the betting
persepective.Let’s take a look at the first four weeks.Week 1: 8-3-1Week 2:
6-6Week 3: 6-6Week 4: 6-6Let’s see what we find in week five of the NFL
season.Atlanta Falcons (+3) at Pittsburgh Steelers, 10am, FoxOver/Under:
57.5Falcons 29Steelers 27Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Cleveland Browns, 10am,
CBSOver/Under: 45.5Ravens 26Browns 20Denver Broncos (-1) at New York Jets, 10am,
CBSOver/Under: 42.5Broncos 24Jets 20Green Bay Packers (+1) at Detroit Lions,
10am, FoxOver/Under: 51Packers 34Lions 30Jacksonville Jaguars (+3) at Kansas
City Chiefs, 10am, CBSOver/Under: 48Jaguars 21Chiefs 20Miami Dolphins at
Cincinnati Bengals (-6), 10am, CBSOver/Under: 48Bengals 31Dolphins 24New York
Giants at Carolina Panthers (-6.5) Youth
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, 10am, FoxOver/Under: 43.5Panthers 23Giants
14Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (+5.5), 10am, CBSOver/Under: 40Bills
18Titans 17Oakland Raiders (+5) at Los Angeles Raiders, 1:05pm, CBSOver/Under:
52.5Chargers 31Raiders 29Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (+7.5), 1:25pm,
FoxOver/Under: 50Rams 25Seahawks 21Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
(-3), 1:25pm, FoxOver/Under: 47Eagles 21Vikings 17Dallas Cowboys at Houston
Texans (-3), 5:20pm, NBCOver/Under: 45.5Houston Texans 38Cowboys 34Stock up,
stock down for Preseason Game 3 vs. the Dallas Cowboys There’s a lot of great
things that came out of the Arizona Cardinals’ 27-3 preseason win over the
Dallas Cowboys last night.It’s bound to happen when your team forces eight, yes
eight turnovers.But there were negatives as well.Who killed it and who got
killed?Let’s take a look:Stock Rising: DE Vontarrius Dora “the Explorer”With
Markus Golden out and unable to play or be cleared to practice Youth
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, the DE spot across from Chandler Jones has
needed a playmaker to step up.They might have found one tonight in Vontarrius
Dora, who seemed to match and battle against Cap Capi for sacks and quarterback
pressures on plays, making it an entertaining match.Benson Mayowa might still be
the starter for now, but if Dora keeps up his play, he’ll be cutting into it
shortly.Stock Down: OT D.J. Humphries and OT Andre SmithPerhaps the easiest
stock down of the night, Smith had penalties, let pass rushers get by him, did
very little in the run game, and all but looked like he didn’t belong out there
with the starting unit.On the other side, Humphries had difficulty blocking a
motivated Randy Gregory and gave up his first pressure and sack of the
preseason.If he has a good season and can prove himself to be a suitable tackle,
the Cardinals and Steve Keim will reward him.But if his pass protection
struggles like tonight continue, they’ll have an opportunity to move on and find
a better blindside protector for their future franchise quarterback in Josh
Rosen moving forward.For tonight, the stock was down for Humphries.Stock Up: CB
Patrick PetersonYou’d think we wouldn’t have to list this one, but if Peterson
keeps making plays and getting picks on the ball like he did tonight Youth
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, it’s going to be like watching Deion Sanders
in his prime again with the crazy athleticism and ball skills that Peterson can
make use of in Steve Wilks’ defense.The “Best CB in the NFL” debate this season
will be a fun one with Peterson headlining it again.Stock Down: J.J.
NelsonNelson’s trying to play himself onto a roster that lacks a true deep
burner with speed at the position.His problem is that in order to be a wide
receiver, you have to catch the ball.He had two more drops tonight and seems to
have turned into a one-trick pony who can catch it when he’s open deep but
elsewhere, not that much.He might be running out of chances to stick onto the
final 53 man roster.Stock Up: RB T.J. LoganWith 3rd string running back D.J.
Foster carted off with a potentially serious knee injury, it was up to T.J.
Logan to carry the rock in the second half of the game.And boy, did he make an
impression.Logan was electric at times, breaking a long 59-yard run and showing
up all over the field with his breakaway speed:While there’s a lot of value that
Foster has, Logan proved that Arizona has excellent depth at the running back
position.Honorable mention goes to Rudy Ford here as well for his excellent punt
coverage that forced a Cardinals special teams recovery touchdown.Stock Down: CB
Brandon Williams Williams was nowhere to be found on the field, and was in
street clothes for the entirety of the game.Perhaps he was injured, but even if
so, his struggles in coverage and tackling the last few preseason games hasn’t
gone unnoticed.Given that the Cardinals saw a number of players step up on
special teams in this game, that being Williams’ biggest strength, it’s tough to
see him continuing to get chances if he’s not going to be available to prove
himself.And you know what?I wouldn’t have even noticed he was gone if it hadn’t
been pointed out.If his injury isn’t serious enough where he can play in
Thursday night’s final preseason game, it might be that his time on the roster
has run out.Here’s hoping that he can make an impact and finally live up to the
athletic talent he’s always possessed.You can follow @blakemurphy7 on
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