Through Week 5, the 2019 season has tied for the most games decided by seven points or fewer in league history. Forty-two of 78 overall games (53.8 percent) have been decided by seven-or-fewer points, including nine of 15 games in Week 5.
This season, road teams are a combined 43-34-1 (.558) through five weeks, the highest road winning percentage at this point in a season in 36 years. The last time NFL teams were more successful on the road through five weeks was 1983, when they were 40-30 (.571).
For the first time since 1984, the San Francisco 49ers are the NFC’s lone undefeated team through Week 5. Behind quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who owns a 10-2 career record as the 49ers’ starter, the club is off to its best start since opening 10-0 in 1990.
All four teams in the NFC North have winning records. That hasn’t happened in an NFL division since 2012, when the four NFC West clubs also were above .500 entering Week 6.
The second of five international games appears on the Week 6 slate in an NFC South clash between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game kicks off at 9:30 AM ET and will appear exclusively on NFL Network.