Week 6 of the NFL sees the first game of the season in London, England. One team looks more ready than the other, and history tells us that's normally the team that wins. The best football bets for this weekend have a little something for everyone. And remember, betting on the NFL is as easy as 1,2,3.
The Raiders are seemingly doing all they can to get the number one pick next season, so the Seahawks should give the English fans something to cheer about. Odell Beckham Jr. ruffled a few feathers after the Giants' narrow loss last week. Everyone knows he can perform, it's just whether he can receive the ball where he wants. But the matchup that's got all football fans excited has to be the Patriots welcoming the Chiefs. If Patrick Mahomes can lead his team to victory, he'll surely have one hand on the MVP trophy.
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
Over 44 points (1.93)
Both teams have points to prove as they have hugely underwhelmed with their play so far. However, there are enough offensive stars to shine bright in this game that the Totals line looks a little light. The Eagles offence has been consistent so far, scoring no less than 18 and no more than 23 in every game this season, regardless of the Quarterback. They're struggling a little for depth but with Alshon Jeffrey getting healthier stats, it gives Carson Wentz four good options in the passing game on every down and will be very difficult to contain, especially for the Giants.
The Eagles won the Super Bowl last year due to their elite pass rush, which hasn't been as strong this season. However, the Giants have a wobbly offensive line, which will make life difficult for Saquon Barkley out of the back-field, but expect them to be behind early and playing catch-up with quick release drives and getting the ball in the hands of OBJ as much as possible. Make sure to check out our NFL player specials markets on this match too.
Seattle Seahawks @ Oakland Raiders
Seahawks -3 (1.97)
The first game of the 2018 NFL season to be played at the world famous Wembley Stadium in London. The dysfunctional Raiders are already whinging about having to travel across the Atlantic, which is a good window in to their mental preparation for the game. This by the way, is from a coach they gave a 10 year, $100m deal to.
These games have a habit of being one-sided when one team isn't up for the travel, the closest game from last year's four London games had a fair substantial 17 point margin. If you combine this with the 'hawks showing signs of life against arguably the best team in the league this weekend, they have a great opportunity to pick up their third win of the year.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Cleveland Browns
Under 45 points (1.92)
We must say this every week but the Browns defence is good, it's very good. The defensive line has had its way with everyone and anyone, led by the former number one pick Myles Garrett. Jabrill Peppers and Denzel Ward are playing like the first round picks they are and forming a great Michigan-Ohio State partnership. Joe Schobert's leadership from his Linebacker position is still criminally under rated.
It's difficult to bet on the Chargers as they have such a wide range of players but when put in a corner, you shouldn't back Philip Rivers on the road and against a stout Defence. Baker Mayfield looks like he will be a stud Quarterback in this league and the Browns made a good choice picking him up at 1, but he isn't Drew Brees yet and hasn't looked like being the source of a big scoring offence.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Dallas Cowboys
Jaguars -2.5 (1.86)
Jacksonville are a very good team and Blake Bortles melting down in Arrowhead (as predicted in last week's post) last weekend does not change that. The Cowboys are not a very good team and it is hard to see how they score more than 10 points against this Jags defence. Dak Prescott will find it very difficult to find his receivers as 1) he's not very good, and 2) the bag of wet towels that they call a receiving corps will be able to get zero separation from the elite secondary.
Their one hope is for Zeke to carry them on their back but that will be hard as Myles Jack will be on his. Bortles won't have as hostile an atmosphere at the luxury AT&T Stadium so should be able to call audibles at the line and get one of his talented young receivers open on most downs.
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
Chiefs on the ML (2.63)
It's The King vs The Young Pretender as Tom Brady welcomes Patrick Mahomes to New England. You only have to look as far back as opening night for the 2017 season for when KC rolled in to town and deposed the best team of the 21st century but this time they have a good QB. It's a difficult game to call because it's tough to bet against either one of these Quarterbacks, which means there value on the underdog. Last year, the Patriots struggled to contain the playmaking ability of Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt and there's no reason to think this will be any different.
This game has all the hallmarks of a shootout but the one good part of the Chiefs defence is the pass rush and that is Brady's achilles heel. If he is given time he will pick apart any defence in the world. If he is pressured he struggles hugely, as evidenced in almost every loss the Patriots have suffered over the last few years. All the talk is rightly on the two QBs but if Chris Jones and Dee Ford bring a strong pass rush then they could be the story afterwards.