Last week there were SEVEN straight-up moneyline upset wins by underdogs over the favorites! The Titans beat the Falcons in Atlanta. Oakland went to Indy and whooped the Colts. Cleveland rode into Baltimore and took control of the AFC North by beating the Ravens. Carolina topped Houston. The Bucs scored 55-points on the Rams. The Jaguars stole one in Denver. And on Sunday Night Football the Saints shut down Dak, Zeke and the Cowboys. Now let’s look at all of the NFL Week 5 games that are primed for a straight-up moneyline upset.
NFL Straight-Up Moneyline Upset Alerts Week 5
Arizona Cardinals +180 at Cincinnati Bengals
So far, Kyler Murray hasn’t set the NFL on fire the way that so many believed he would. Murray has thrown 4 interceptions to go along with 4 TD passes. He has rushed for 113 yards, a 6.3 average, and a TD.
Murray’s rushing ability is why they’re an excellent choice to knock off the Bengals. Cincinnati allows 168.7 rushing yards per. If Kliff Kingsbury is creative with his play-calling, the Cards will take this one straight up.
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants +190
Minnesota heads to New York off a heart-breaking 6-16 loss to the Chicago Bears. On paper, the Vikings should dominate the Giants. Games aren’t played on paper. The Giants are 2-0 with Daniel Jones as the starter. Minnesota should find it difficult to stop the Jones Train from moving the football and getting the Giants into the end zone. Giants make it 3 in a row.
Atlanta Falcons +190 at Houston Texans
The Falcons are 1-3 this season. The supposedly best QB/WR hookup in the NFL, Matt Ryan to Julio Jones, hasn’t paid many dividends. More importantly, Dan Quinn’s defense is ridiculously bad. It allowed Marcus Mariota to throw 3 TD passes in the first half in the home loss to the Titans.
Why, then, are the Falcons a choice to cover against the Houston Texans? Carolina figured out how to contain DeShaun Watson in Week 4. The Panthers held the Texans to only 10 points. Hopefully, Quinn studies the tape of that game and comes up with a plan for Sunday. If he does, the ATL can notch a victory.
Green Bay Packers +165 at Dallas Cowboys
The New Orleans Saints defense dominated the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 29. Green Bay’s defense had exceeded all expectations until it yielded a ton of yards and points to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football last week. The problem Dallas has is stretching the field. Until Michael Gallup returns to the starting lineup, Dak Prescott can’t go deep with Amari Cooper being stood up at the line of scrimmage and then double-teamed. That should put this game into the Packers’ win column.
Indianapolis Colts +400 at Kansas City Chiefs
Sure, the Colts couldn’t stop Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders offense in a stunning home loss in Week 4. And, yep, they play against the best quarterback in the NFL on Sunday. But, KC might be coming up to a dud game. They didn’t look great against Detroit until the very end. The problem for the Chiefs is that Patrick Mahomes doesn’t play defense. So, as long as the Colts go tit-for-tat on the scoreboard in the first three quarters, they might find a way to pull off the straight-up victory in the fourth quarter.