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Week 5 of the NFL season is nearly complete and we're finally starting to write the narratives we'll carry out for the rest of the year. The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs appear to be the two best teams in the league. The Cleveland Browns are at least a mediocre team. The New England Patriots are back in first place.
In the NFC, the surprise Washington Redskins can increase their divisional lead with a win on Monday night, while the Saints can position themselves as one of the top teams once again with a win. More importantly, Drew Brees is just 201 yards from setting the all-time NFL passing record. Not only are we on record-watch with Brees, but this is an elite matchup that pits the Saints offense against the Redskins No. 1 defense.
If that's not enough, there are entertaining prop bets available to keep everyone else invested.
1. Washington Redskins Win by 1-13 Points (+270)
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The peculiar thing about this bet is that Washington's two wins this season came by 14 and 22 points, so technically they have yet to hit this bet once all year. However, this is by far the toughest opponent they've faced, so a two-touchdown victory does seem unlikely.
2. Mark Ingram Rushing Over/Under 45.5 Yards (Over: -102 / Under: -124)
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After missing the first four weeks with a suspension, Ingram is finally back, but it's unclear how many carries he'll get right away. To make matters more confusing, Alvin Kamara has gone bananas in Ingram's absence and the Saints might not want to take too many touches away from their young star. Still, 45 yards isn't that much for Ingram, even in a limited capacity against a team that only gives up 90.7 yards per game on the ground.
3. Alvin Kamara to Score First Touchdown of the Game (+430)
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With Ingram back, this is no longer as solid of a bet as it would have been during the last four weeks. Some of Kamara's goal line touches will surely be poached, making it increasingly likely that Ingram might be the first to score a touchdown. Of course, if Kamara catches a touchdown or runs it in from outside the red zone it still counts.
4. Adrian Peterson to Rush for 75+ Yards & Washington Redskins to Win (+480)
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This bet works great because these two things go hand-in-hand. In Washington's two wins this season, Peterson rushed for 96 yards and 120 yards, but in their loss to the Indianapolis Colts he rushed for only 20 yards. If Washington beats New Orleans, it is going to come on the back of Peterson and more than 75 rushing yards.
5. Both Teams to Score 3+ TDs in First Half (+10000)
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This one is tough. Even in the high flying Vikings-Rams Thursday night game a couple weeks ago, both teams didn't score three touchdowns in the first half. Surely these two offenses are capable of scoring three times each in the first half, but it's still an unlikely occurrence even in this era. Still, Washington has done it twice this year and the Saints have done it once, so it's not totally out of the question.
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