Every week, plenty of bad beats happen across all the NFL games. Some weeks are more heartbreaking than others, and this one had its fair share of heartbreaks. Today we’re going over the worst NFL week 5 bad beats.
Cade York kicks bettor’s hopes and dreams down the gutter
This list would not be a proper week 5 bad beats list if we did not first include possibly the worst bad beat from all of week 5. The Browns hosted the Chargers for their week 5 battle, and Los Angeles was favored by -1.5. The final score ended up being 30-28 in the Chargers’ direction, with the Browns just barely not covering the spread. However, with 16 seconds left to go in the ball game, Browns’ kicker Cade York missed a game-winning 54-yard field goal, resulting in the Browns’ loss.
But, that wasn’t the only chance that Cleveland had to win the game. With 2:44 left in the fourth quarter, the Browns got down to the Chargers’ nine-yard line and looked like they were in prime position to cover, however Browns’ QB Jacoby Brissett threw an interception, denying the Browns of any points. Cleveland was +100 on the ML as well, so bettors have to really be disappointed with the Browns’ inability to score points late in the ball game.
Falcons’ furious comeback helps them remain undefeated ATS
I talked about how the Falcons are the hottest team to bet on in the NFL right now here, but nevertheless, I want to include them here as well. The Buccaneers were favored by -10.0, which I stated I thought was a bit high anyway due to the fact that Atlanta was on a two-game winning streak. Regardless, it looked like Atlanta would finally fail to cover the spread.
However, to the dismay of those who did not pick the Falcons to cover, Atlanta roared back in the second half, with their comeback bid of winning outright falling just short, in part to one of the worst calls I have ever seen. The Buccaneers were up 21-0 with 13 minutes and 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter, meaning that they only had to not let the Flacons score a MINIMUM of 12 points in 13 minutes and 39 seconds. But you already know how this ends, and they of course let the Falcons do exactly that.
The Falcons scored one touchdown to bring the score to 7-21. Then, the Bucs three-and-outed in just 42 seconds. The Falcons punted soon after, and that looked as though it would surely do it. However, the Bucs three-and-outed AGAIN, this time in 36 seconds. The Falcons then went 70 yards in 12 plays to bring the score to 13-21, and then went for two to make it 15-21. Then, after the terrible roughing the passer call, the Bucs were able to just kneel out the clock and secure the 21-15 win.
The Bucs were -550 on the ML, and Atlanta was +400 on the ML, so for some, Atlanta’s comeback was soul crushing. For once, the Falcons were on the opposite end of where they usually are on choking a game away in some form or fashion.
Blown opportunities in Buffalo lead to bad day for backers of the over
The Bills destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-3 in Buffalo on Sunday, giving Kenny Picket a harsh dose of reality of what it is truly like to be an NFL starting quarterback. However, bettors were not quite as happy as Bills fans watching this game. While there was not one singular moment, there were lots of moments that led to this.
The over for the game was 44.5, and the final score ended up being 3-38. The Steelers had their worst offensive performance in years, making the Ben Roethlisberger-led offense of 2020 and 2021 look like the Greatest Show on Turf. If just five more measly points could have been scored in this game, the over would have been hit, however not that did happen, due to the reasons I’m about to list.
Taking the stats from both teams combined, there were two interceptions, one fumble, three missed field goals, and three turnover on downs. The game could not have started any better for the Bills, as after they scored a touchdown on their opening drive, the Steelers fumbled the kickoff away, giving the Bills the ball at Pittsburgh’s 21 yard line. However, the Bills went backwards ten yard in four plays, and Tyler Bass’ 49-yard field goal was blocked. Then, the Bills were yet again at Pittsburgh’s 21 yard line, and Josh Allen through an interception in the end zone to give the ball right back to the Steelers.
After the most impressive drive of the game for the Steelers, Chris Boswell missed a measly 33-yard field goal, which would have made the score look a little more respectable, bringing it to 6-24. Instead, another chance to gain points was blown.
Then, in the second half, it got even more bizarre.
The Steelers failed to convert on 4th down from Buffalo’s 20 yard line on the first drive of the third quarter. The Bills then fumbled the ball on their next possession at the Steelers’ ONE YARD LINE. Then, the Steelers went all the way to the Buffalo 27 yard line, and MISSED another field goal, this time from 45 yards. The next offensive drive for the Steelers, they went for it on fourth down from Buffalo’s 30 yard line and did not get it.
Then, three straight three-and-outs, two from the Bills and one from the Steelers, and then Steelers got all the way to the Buffalo 16 yard line and had a makeable third and six. However, Pickett was sacked on third down, leading to a fourth and 14 for Pittsburgh, which the Steelers did not convert. And just to add one final bit of wackiness, Kenny Pickett got called for an unnecessary roughness penalty on that final play, as well as Buffalo pass rusher A.J. Epenesa, who got ejected for his own penalty.
I have never seen so many opportunities blown in a game that failed to get the over by only five points. For those of you who took the over for this game, you have my absolute deepest condolences.
Football is a wacky sport, so as always, be careful with your hard-earned money!
As we’ve seen, football is wacky on a week-to-week basis. Always be careful your money, as who knows how the football gods will be feeling that day. All jokes aside, betting can be super fun when done reasonably and safely. Be responsible, have a great time, and one more sorry to all of you who suffered from the worst NFL week 5 bad beats.
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