The first full week of October is usually a busy one in sports. We have the MLB playoffs, the NFL and college football are in full swing and the NHL season gets underway. As far as surprises go across all of the sports, the performance by the Rays is right up there. They defeated the A’s in the AL Wild Card game and have now pushed the Astros to Game 5 in their Division Series. The 49ers defeating the Browns might not have been a huge surprise, but the fact that they won 31-3 was. The Saints and Vikings took care of business and dispatched inferior opponents in the Buccaneers and Giants, respectively.
The goal of this series is to rank the plays that made DraftKings Sportsbook users the most money during the week while analyzing the most compelling storylines. With the outcomes being recorded every week from Wednesday to Tuesday, this breakdown includes everything played from October 2-8.
1) Indianapolis Colts (1-0 Straight Up)
2) New York Yankees (3-0 SU)
3) Green Bay Packers (1-0 SU)
4) Tampa Bay Rays (3-2 SU)
5) Arizona Cardinals (1-0 SU)
6) San Francisco 49ers (1-0 SU)
7) New Orleans Saints (1-0 SU)
8) Florida (1-0 SU)
9) Minnesota Vikings (1-0 SU)
10) Cincinnati (1-0 SU)
Colts Stifle Chiefs’ Offense in VictoryComing into their Week 5 matchup, the Chiefs were a perfect 4-0 while the Colts were only 2-2. Jacoby Brissett has been able to keep the Colts competitive despite the retirement of Andrew Luck, but winning on the road against Patrick Mahomes and company was going to be a tall order. As a result, the Colts were 10.5-point underdogs with a +460 money line.
The Colts certainly hung with the Chiefs in the first half, compiling a 13-10 lead after two quarters on the strength of two field goals and a Brissett touchdown run. Their defense further put the clamps on the Chiefs in the second half, leaving both teams to produce a scoreless third quarter. The Chiefs did manage a field goal late in the fourth quarter, but the Colts had already built a 19-10 lead at that point, ultimately completing the upset with a six-point victory.
Yankees Continue Playoff Domination Over TwinsDespite a seemingly never-ending list of injuries, the Yankees finished the regular season not only as the champions of the AL East, but with the second best record in the American League. That set them up with a series against the Twins, who they had won 10-straight playoff games against.
With how well the Yankees have played against the Twins, it’s no surprise that they were heavy favorites in all three games of the series. They burst out of the gate with a 10-4 victory in Game 1 (-200 ML) and then kept their offense rolling with an 8-2 victory in Game 2 (-195 ML) that was fueled by a grand slam from Didi Gregorius. They remained favorites on the road for Game 3 (-143 ML) and completed the sweep thanks to excellent work from their bullpen and some strong defensive plays that thwarted Twins’ rallies.
Aaron Jones Leads Packers Over CowboysComing off of a disappointing loss at home against the Eagles, the Packers were faced with yet another tough NFC East foe in Week 5. This time they had to take on the Cowboys in Dallas, which wasn’t going to make things easy for them to get back to their winning ways. With both teams sporting 3-1 records, the Packers were listed as 3.5-point underdogs (+155 ML).
While the final score might not have indicated it, this game was never really in doubt for those who either took the points or went with the Packers to win outright. They built a 17-0 lead at the half and were up 31-10 after three quarters. Jones was the driving force behind their eventual 10-point victory, compiling 182 total yards and a whopping four touchdowns.
Cardinals Earn First Win of SeasonIn one of the least appealing matchups of Week 5, the 0-3-1 Cardinals faced the 0-4 Bengals. Both teams have been terrible on defense and the Bengals have been ravaged by injuries at wide receiver. The Bengals have also been plagued by horrible offensive line play, but the Cardinals were still three-point underdogs (+143 ML) in large part because of the game being played in Cincinnati.
There wasn’t a lot of offense early in this contest with the Cardinals carrying a 13-9 lead after three quarters. They looked to be pulling away when Chase Edmonds scored a 37-yard rushing touchdown nearly midway through the fourth, which vaulted them to a 23-9 lead. However, the Bengals answered with two touchdowns of their own to tie the score. The Cardinals then generated a 62-yard drive that was capped off by a 31-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez as time expired, resulting in some extra cash for those who backed them.
Florida and Cincinnati Pull Off UpsetsIt was a battle between two undefeated teams in the world of college football when Florida took on Auburn at home last week. Despite being at home, Florida was a three-point underdog (+125 ML). Most of the scoring in this game came in the first half with Florida building a 17-13 lead. They went on to hold Auburn scoreless in the second half and put the game away on an 88-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Another underdog looking to emerge victorious was Cincinnati (+4, +140 ML) in their matchup against UCF, who had won 19 straight conference games. UCF looked to be on their way to another win with a 16-10 lead at the half, but Cincinnati responded with 10 unanswered points in the third quarter. The big play was an interception for a 16-yard score. Cincinnati then expanded their lead to 11 points early in the fourth quarter and hung on for a three-point victory, providing some juicy payouts in the process.
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