NFL Week 16 Quick Hitters + Beef O'Brady's Bowl Preview
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By Jim Hurley
Let’s zip ‘round the NFL for a handful of games on this Week 16 card, and remember in yesterday’s Jim Sez column we weighed in on New Orleans at Carolina, New England at Baltimore and Chicago at Philadelphia:
On Sunday, it’s …
MIAMI (8-6) at BUFFALO (5-9) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Everyone’s jumping on the Dolphins’ bandwagon, but can the Fish trust QB Ryan Tannehill to play another near-flawless game here one week after throwing for 312 yards with 3 TDs and no picks in that heart-stopping 24-20 home win against New England? Stay tuned!
INDIANAPOLIS (9-5) at KANSAS CITY (11-3) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
The KC Chiefs have scored 167 points in their past four games (that’s 41.8 per) and RB Jamal Charles (1,181 yards rushing and 655 yards receiving) has to get some MVP votes after his five-TD game in Oakland last Sunday, but we’ll be watching NFL sack leader DE Robert Mathis of the Colts (16.5 sacks this year) to see what impact he has on this AFC tilt.
DALLAS (7-7) at WASHINGTON (3-11) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Did you realize the Cowboys have lost three games by one point apiece this year? Last week’s major meltdown in that 37-36 home loss to Green Bay might stick to Dallas’ ribs for a long time, but QB Tony Romo (3,602 yards passing) could well feast on this ‘Skins defense that ranks 21st in the league in pass defense. Yikes!
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In other NFL Week 16 action, it’s …
ARIZONA (9-5) at SEATTLE (12-2) – 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox
Just how dominant have these here-and-now Seahawks been in recent weeks: They’ve won four of their last five games in all and each of the victories was by 21-or-more points, and off that five-theft game at MetLife Stadium last week we must inform you that Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer already has thrown 17 picks this year.
PITTSBURGH (6-8) at GREEN BAY (7-6-1) – 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
The "Aaron Rodgers Watch" is on full blast – the body language by the Pro Bowl slinger suggested he won’t get medical clearance, and that could change – but one thing worth mentioning here is that rookie RB Eddie Lacy is a 1,000-yard rusher (1,028 yards with 8 TDs) and this could well be a 30-carry venture against a Steelers’ defense that ranks a sub-standard 18th in the league in rush defense.
THE COLLEGE BOWL REPORT
On Monday afternoon, it’s …
BEEF O’BRADY’S BOWL – at St. Petersburg, FL
OHIO (7-5) vs. EAST CAROLINA (9-3) – 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
Matinee action this Christmas Week as heavy-duty favorite East Carolina takes center stage inside Tropicana Field, but will Conference USA Most Valuable Player QB Shane Carden (3,866 yards passing with 32 TDs) have a feast here against an Ohio defense that allowed opponents to score on average 36.5 ppg in the final four games of this regular season?
Carden will eyeball WR Justin Hardy (105 receptions and 8 TDs), but if you’re looking for a possible star for the two-TD underdog Ohio Bobcats, then consider QB Tyler Tettleton who bounced back from some late-season sour showings to throw for 243 yards and two scores in a 51-23 romp over UMass.
Spread Notes – East Carolina is 6-6 ATS (against the spread) this season and the Buccos are just 4-5 vig-wise as twin-figure favorites while dating back to the start of 2012. Meanwhile, Ohio is also just 6-6 against the odds this season but did you know the Bobcats are 21-12-2 ATS as underdogs since 2007?
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