Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants
Monday 16th October, 1:30am (UK time)
|Broncos v Giants||
The Broncos, who are in second place in the AFC West with a 3-1 record, have had a successful season so far. In fact, they probably could have a 4-0 record considering their only loss came against the unfancied Buffalo Bills. They've already beaten the Cowboys and the Raiders - two top-tier teams - handily. Denver has relied on its defence for the most part, but Trevor Siemian has been a pleasant surprise at the quarterback position. He has 888 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions so far this year. The Broncos use a runningback-by-committee approach, but C.J. Anderson has stood out as the team’s feature back.
Nothing has gone right for the New York Giants this season. Though their schedule hasn’t been easy, their fifth loss came against the lowly Chargers at home. Not only did they lose that game, but they lost Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard to injuries. Shepard may be able to recover quickly, but Beckham’s broken ankle will require surgery and Marshall’s outlook is unclear after he was carted off of the field. On top of those setbacks, starting runningback Paul Perkins sat out Week 5 due to his own injury issues. Eli Manning has struggled to make plays behind a shaky offensive line, and the Giants’ highly touted defence has not lived up to the hype.
This game might be the easiest to pick in Week 5. The Broncos are looking like a play-off team, and the Giants may not win more than a game or two this season. Denver’s defence will most likely decimate New York’s offensive line and get to Eli Manning early and often. With nearly all of New York’s receivers out and considering their nonexistent run game, it would be a surprise if they score in Denver. The Broncos should blow them out in Week 6.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Los Angeles Rams
Sunday 15th October, 9:05pm (UK time)
|Rams v Jaguars||
Though the Jaguars have started this season with an impressive 3-2 record, they haven’t won two games in a row yet. According to their alternating wins and losses pattern, they're set to lose in Week 6. However, all signs point to a different outcome entirely.
Leonard Fournette has been a revelation at the runningback position, racking up 466 yards and five touchdowns on 99 carries. Blake Bortles, who has endured a lot of criticism for his poor play, has turned his season around with a 7-4 touchdown to interception ratio. Also, new additions on defence, like lineman Calais Campbell and safety Jamaal Adams, have made a significant difference on that side of the ball.
The Rams started off the season hot, but fell back to Earth when they suffered their second loss of the season at home to the Seahawks in Week 5. They barely eclipsed 200 yards of total offence against Seattle’s tough defence, and they registered just ten total points. Todd Gurley, who had put up 322 yards in his last three games, ran for only 43 in Week 5. Jared Goff has finally shown some signs of a franchise quarterback, but he’s still adjusting to the NFL and learning how to break down defences. The Rams are a much-improved team, but they haven’t proven they can beat play-off teams just yet.
Though Los Angeles is no pushover, the Jags should handle them fairly easily at home in Week 6. Blake Bortles might have to take over more in this game due to the Rams’ dominant defensive line, but Fournette should still make an impact. Jacksonville’s defence will most likely shut down Jared Goff through the air and limit Todd Gurley on the ground. This game could end up being low-scoring, but the smart stakes are on Jacksonville to get their fourth win of the season.