Basketball and hockey have crowned their champions, and baseball is mere weeks from doing the same, leaving football front and center. Much as in baseball, we’ve had positive tests, postponements and all the uncertainty that comes with playing through a pandemic. On the bright side, we not only have games, but the rescheduling due to COVID-19 has given us odd start times and dates. What’s better than Tuesday night football?!
The last (and only) Tuesday game I can remember was in the 2010 season. A collapsed roof in Minneapolis and a blizzard in Philadelphia forced the Vikings to rejigger their schedule to place them in a memorable Tuesday night tilt with the Eagles, who were favored by over two touchdowns. The Vikings (+ 700 on the moneyline), behind quarterback Joe Webb, stunned the Eagles and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NFL regular-season history. For all the quirkiness this season is providing, we are lucky to have football, and the more days we can watch it, the better -- regardless of which day of the week it is.
While Weeks 2-4 were chalk-laden, with very few significant underdogs winning outright, Week 5 provided some major upsets as well as a few close calls. Las Vegas residents who backed their hometown team on the moneyline got a + 500 payday when the Raiders shocked the Chiefs. The Dolphins not only defeated the 49ers, but the 8.5-point underdogs won in San Francisco by nearly four touchdowns. The Vikings and Chargers were seven-point dogs, yet both covered. However, each team surrendered a big lead and fell short of pulling off the road upset, losing heartbreakers in games they should have won.
Let’s hope this week brings more of the same excitement. On to the picks for Week 6 …