Monday Night Football Preview
Week 5 Monday Night Football has the Green Bay Packers will traveling to Allegiant Field to take on the Las Vegas Raiders. The Packers (2-2) haven’t lost to the Raiders (2-2) in a regular season game since 1987. Green Bay won their most recent encounter at Lambeau Field by a score of 42-24 in 2019. Both teams enter Monday night’s game in Las Vegas having lost their respective divisions. On the road in AFC West action, the Raiders (1-3) were defeated by the Los Angeles Chargers. On Thursday Night Football in Week 4, the Packers were defeated 34-20 by their division rivals, the Detroit Lions. Aaron Jones (hamstring) and Davante Adams (shoulder) are both uncertain to play for their respective teams.
Prime Time Game Surprises
So far in week 5, the theme has been unexpected outcomes for all the prime-time games. On Thursday night, the Washington Commanders, who were 6-point favorites at home, lost 40-20 to the Chicago Bears. The London Game also included a 6-point dog victory as the Jaguars beat the Bills. The Jags are considered a “fan favorite” when overseas, but the Buffalo Bills odds to win was a favorite with most sports bettors.
Sunday Night Football was a different kind of surprise as the level of competition wasn’t nearly as even as most people assumed. The 49ers laid a whopping to the Dallas Cowboys 42-10 in a game that seemed over by halftime. Many people were pumped for what looked like the game of the week but were disappointed by the lackluster play of Dak Prescott and the Cowboys.
- Packers vs. Raiders spread: Las Vegas -2
- Packers vs. Raiders Over/Under: 45.5 points
- Packers vs. Raiders money line: Green Bay +110, Las Vegas -130
- GB: Packers are 26-10 ATS in road games since 2020.
- LV: Raiders are 7-6 ATS as home underdogs since 2020.
Both defenses are dealing with injury issues in the secondary positions. The Raiders in particular, are giving off the impression of being very underweight.
Nate Hobbs, the backup slot corner, has already been ruled out of the game. David Long and Jakorian Bennett, who play on the outside cornerback positions, were both listed as questionable on the final injury report after being limited in practice all week. If Bennett or Long are unable to play, there will need to be some reorganization of the practice squad in order to find a replacement for the outside corner position. Marcus Peters and Amik Robertson are the only two cornerbacks who are in good shape. Even though he participated in practice with a reduced capacity, Maxx Crosby was not included on the final injury report.
Davante Adams, a wide receiver for the Raiders, is listed as questionable for the game (although it does appear as though he will be good to go), and Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterback for the Raiders, returns after missing last week’s game. The Raiders’ injury concerns are not all on one side of the ball, however.
Eric Stokes, a former first-round cornerback who currently plays for the Packers, is close to making his on-field comeback but is likely still a week away from doing so at this point. Jaire Alexander should be good to go despite the fact that he is determined to compete against Davante Adams, who was a teammate of his in the past. Due to an injury to his oblique, Safety Rudy Ford’s status is also uncertain.
Even though offensive linemen Elgton Jenkins and Jon Runyan as well as right tackle Zach Tom were all limited in practice, none of them was listed as being injured on the final injury report for the Packers. This is despite the fact that all three of these players experienced playing time restrictions.
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