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NFL capsules for Week 5


Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks


Week 5 kicks off with an intriguing NFC West battle as the Los Angeles Rams (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) are coming off their first loss with Matthew Stafford. They visit the Seattle Seahawks (2-2 SU and ATS) for “Thursday Night Football,” and the Rams are 1.5-point favorites on the road. Despite winning, the Seahawks were not ultra-impressive in their victory over the 49ers. The Seahawks were outgained by 223 yards and held to just over 4 yards per play, compiling only 234 yards. The Rams were handed their first loss in convincing fashion, allowing 216 rushing yards to the Cardinals and losing 37-20 even with a meaningless touchdown in the final minute to narrow the deficit. Both teams are looking to keep pace with the 4-0 Cardinals in the NFC West. The total is 53.5. These teams played three times last year, with each winning at home in the regular season and the Rams winning in Seattle on wild-card weekend.


New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons


For the first time since 2019, London games return to the slate as the New York Jets (1-3 SU and ATS) are the road team against the Atlanta Falcons (1-3 SU and ATS). The Jets come in off their first victory and first cover as they upset the Titans 27-24 in overtime. But the Jets still rank 30th in the league in yards per play. While the Jets have struggled on offense, they have played respectably on defense and held the Titans to 4.5 yards per play. They face a Falcons team that is near the bottom of the league on both sides of the ball at 26th and 27th, respectively, in yards per play and yards allowed per play. The lookahead line was Falcons laying 4.5 but is now at 3.5, with a total of 42.5.


Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers


The Miami Dolphins (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) won’t have to travel far for this intrastate matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1 SU, 1-3 ATS). The Dolphins have been inept on offense and will still be without starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is expected to return after the Week 6 bye. At 4 yards per play on offense, the Dolphins are dead last in the NFL. They put up just 203 yards in last week’s loss to the Colts, with most of those yards coming in a lopsided fourth quarter. The final score was 27-17, but both Dolphins touchdowns came late after they trailed by 17 points. The Buccaneers will be off an emotional win over the Patriots in which they allowed -1 rushing yard but suffered a few injuries to an already banged-up secondary that included Richard Sherman starting just four days after signing. The Bucs are favored by 10, with the total at 49.5. Dolphins wide receiver Will Fuller has been ruled out with a broken finger.

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