Week 6 Previews + Examining Rookie Coaches

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IT’S OUR NFL WEEK 6 NEWS/NOTES & PREVIEWS AS WE EXAMINE ROOKIE HEAD COACHES PLUS LOTS MORE!

By Jim Hurley

As folks out there in NFL-land know, there were eight new head coaching hires make last off-season – yes, one-quarter of the league’s teams replaced their former sideline bosses – and we thought it to be a good time now to examine how the “new kids on the block” have fared thus far while entering the NFL Week 6 schedule:

Here’s a SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) look at the new coaches with our Jim Sez comments to follow below …

TEAM
HEAD COACH
ATS
Arizona
Bruce Arians
4-1-0
Kansas City
Andy Reid
4-1-0
San Diego
Mike McCoy
3-1-1
Buffalo
Doug Marrone
3-2-0
Cleveland
Rob Chudzinski
3-2-0
Philadelphia
Chip Kelly
2-3-0
Chicago
Marc Trestman
1-4-1
Jacksonville
Gus Bradley
0-5-0

Interestingly enough, the NFL’s new coaches this year are a composite 20-19-2 ATS (a .513 winning percentage) and, while your knee-jerk reaction might be to say that’s nothing special, consider that these teams last year finished with a 50-74-4 spread mark that equates into a lowly .403 winning rate. Yikes!

Last year everyone wanted to talk about (and rightly so) the rookie quarterbacks that took the NFL by storm as Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, Washington’s Robert Griffin III and Seattle’s Russell Wilson all shined brightly, but how about a round of applause for the work done already by this year’s rookie head coaches?

It’s not easy to turn the beat around so quickly – and especially with teams such as a 2-14 KayCee club and 5-11 Cleveland and 6-10 Buffalo.

Okay, so the verdict’s not in yet with the rookie bosses as we have more than half a season still left – but gotta say these are better-than-you-thought pointspread numbers right now.

Your attention please …

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Now, here’s more NFL Week 6 Sunday Previews/Forecasts …

PITTSBURGH (0-4) at NEW YORK JETS (3-2) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS

There’s J-E-T-S fever spreading throughout the “Big Apple” these days as Monday Night’s stunning 30-28 win against 9 ½-point favorite Atlanta really put rookie QB Geno Smith on the proverbial map.

Okay, we know that we’re talkin’ about the same kid who entered Week 5 win with a league-worst 11 turnovers (see 8 INTs and 3 lost fumbles) but Smith didn’t cough up the ball once inside the noisy Georgia Dome and he spearheaded the game-winning drive capped by PK Nick Folk’s 43-yard field goal.

Now, Geno and the Jets must fend off a desperate Steelers team that has not won a game since last year’s final regular-season weekend – that’s 0-4 SU in the preseason and 0-4 SU in regular-season play -- and now we’ll see if that bye week off the 34-27 loss to Minnesota (in London) helped here.

One key: It’s been Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger bitten with the turnover bug lately (six in his last two games) and either that changes right here/right now or Mike Tomlin’s club digs their grave a little bit deeper.

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TENNESSEE (3-2) at SEATTLE (4-1) – 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Couple of scheduling quirks at work here:

The host Seahawks are playing their only home game during a five-week stretch – Pete Carroll’s club is at Houston and at Indianapolis these next two weekends – while the Titans finally hit the road after nabbing two-of-three on a long home stand with triumphs over San Diego and the aforementioned NY Jets to go along with last week’s 26-17 loss to Kansas City.

Let’s see if the Tennessee ground game travels – it hasn’t done real well the past two weeks as RB Chris Johnson’s been held to 38 yards on 25 carries overall the past two weekends.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks – coming off last Sunday’s 34-28 loss at Indianapolis – have won their last 10 in a row SU at home (and note Seattle is 9-1 versus the vig at home since the start of last season), but it would be nice to see QB Wilson gets more productive through the air.

The ‘Hawks rank 25th in the league in passing offense (207.4 ypg) and sometimes it appears Wilson is more content to “tuck-and-run” then to wait for a receiver to get open.

ARIZONA (3-2) at SAN FRANCISCO (3-2) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

Let’s just say that it appears the “Super Bowl hangover” has been lifted from the San Francisco 49ers:

Following an ugly 1-2 SU/ATS start that included 26- and 20-point losses to Seattle and Indianapolis, respectively, the Niners have righted a once-sinking ship with back-to-back impressive wins against St. Louis and Texas (by a combined 55 points, mind you) and even a batch of injuries, illnesses and rehab assignments for some key defensive players has not hurt Jim Harbaugh’s squad the past couple of games.

If the Niners are to cover this current twin-figure pointspread (it’s bounced back and forth between 10 ½ and 11 ½ points the past 24 hours) then we need to see healthier passing stats from QB Colin Kaepernick, who completed just 6-of-15 aerials last week against the Texans – including a 64-yard scoring strike to born-again TE Vernon Davis in the fourth quarter of last Sunday Night’s 34-3 win against Houston.

On the flip side, Arizona ranks a lowly 28th in the NFL in scoring (18.2 ppg) and QB Carson Palmer has to “get a grip” as he’s already thrown 9 INTs to go along with his 5 TD strikes – if Palmer can’t double-up his TD-to-INT number here, the Niners will roll.

NOTE: Lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez including a Monday Night Football Preview/Forecast – that’s the Indianapolis Colts at the San Diego Chargers.

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