NFL week 2 Previews
A Saturday Feast Of Winners!
Covers Club 3-0 With Boston College's stunning Upset of USC (Our Golden Game of the Month as well!), Western Michigan over Idaho, and West Virginia outright over Maryland
Closed Circuit 2-0 With B.C. and South Carolina (+6) over Georgia 38-35!
Gold Key 2-1 Winning with Boise State, and East Carolina upsetting V. Tech!
More Winning Action Coming In Week 2 of the NFL
THERE’S MORE GAME PREVIEWS INCLUDING THE PATS-VIKINGS, COWBOYS-TITANS AND THE BEARS-49ERS ON SUNDAY NIGHT
So, maybe you didn’t take a moment to count ‘em all up but the NFL Week 1 winners included some 10 teams that didn’t make it to the playoffs a year ago – while among the post-season squads from last year that lost their games in Week One play included the New England Patriots, the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts, the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints.
If you heard some evidence of panic in the voices of the fans in those cities that lost their season-opening game a week ago, well that could well be the case.
The fact of the matter is nobody – and we mean nobody – in NFL-land is comfortable with an 0-2 SU (straight-up) start and so there’s a real sense-of-urgency feel to many of these Week 2 affairs and it’s sheer common sense to think that the Chargers and Chiefs are in the biggest trouble with their respective games against Seattle and at Denver.
Jim Hurley and his veteran Handicappers and Bloggers are all revved up for this 2014 NFL season and we’ll continue to storm our way right to the winner’s circle all weekend long: Make sure you’re banging out lots of winners this Sunday/Monday including New England at Minnesota, the New York Jets at Green Bay and the all-important Sunday Night Game on NBC pitting the Chicago Bears at the San Francisco 49ers. Plus there’s lots to cash in too with Major-League Baseball as it heads down the stretch of this 2014 MLB season.
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On Sunday, it’s …
NEW ENGLAND (0-1) at MINNESOTA (1-0) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Hate to say it but in Commissioner Roger Goodell’s league the serious off-the-field trouble is starting to steal all the headlines from the games themselves:
The latest mess involves Minnesota’s mega-star RB Adrian Peterson who was indicted in the state of Texas on a child abuse charge on Friday … great!
So, the Vikes will battle wounded New England without its brightest star – note that Peterson accounted for 93 offensive yards in last Sunday’s easy-as-pie 34-6 win at 3-point favorite St. Louis – and here ex-Patriots QB Matt Cassel will have to chuck it more with WR Cordarelle Patterson a key target … is CB Darrelle Revis up to shutting him down for a full 60 minutes here?
On the flip side, the Patriots better learn to run it better here against a stout Minny defense – in last Sunday’s 33-20 loss at 3 ½-point dog Miami there was New England QB Tom Brady firing off some 56 passing attempts in all and remember he was sacked four times too.
One key for the Pats here is TE Rob Gronkowski who registered just four catches worth 40 yards and a score in Florida last weekend – those stats probably need to read more like 8 or 9 catches for 100-plus yards if the Patriots are gonna get “mission accomplished” here.
Spread Notes – New England is actually 7-9 against the odds overall in its last 15 games but take note that Bill Belichick’s club has covered eight of its last dozen games whenever coming off a pointspread “L”. Meanwhile, Minnesota is no longer playing its home games at the Metrodome but it’s worth noting the Vikings went 9-5-1 ATS (against the spread) at home the past two years.
DALLAS (0-1) at TENNESSEE (1-0) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Hey, we’re sure you’ve heard plenty about the demise of the here-and-now Dallas Cowboys all this week on TV and via the internet – so let’s turn our Jim Sez attention to the “other team” here:
The Titans – shooting for their first 2-0 SU start since 2008 (when Tennessee wound up winning 13 games before getting ousted in its first playoff game that year) – really have big dreams providing still-young QB Jake Locker stays healthy and his Week One showing of 266 yards passing and two TDs in a dominant 26-10 win at 3-point favorite Kansas City was one of his best games as a pro and don’t forget the Titans had the ball for nearly 38 minutes in that tilt at Arrowhead.
One Titans’ key here is replacing star LB Zach Brown – expect Tennessee to often play six defensive backs at once and try to smother all of Dallas QB Tony Romo’s downfield targets … you heard it here first!
Spread Notes – Dallas exited last weekend’s 28-17 loss to San Francisco with a still-solid 10-7 ATS record when grabbing up points the past two-plus seasons but did you know the ‘Boys are 10-16 spreadwise in non-NFC East games while dating back to midway of the 2011 season? Tennessee’s spread win in Kansas City last week snapped an ugly 0-3-2 ATS mark that finished up the Titans’ 2013 campaign.
NEW YORK JETS (1-0) at GREEN BAY (0-1) – 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
The $64,000 question comin’ into this interconference battle at Lambeau Field is just what is the J-E-T-S game plan while trying to keep Green Bay slinger Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines?
No doubt the Jets – who were ultra-sloppy in last week’s 19-14 non-cover win against 6 ½-point dog Oakland – would love to spread the field and allow RBs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory (see 71-yard scoring romp last weekend) to either dart or bang their way up the field with Green Bay playing all year without key DL/run-stopper B.J. Ravi but odds are the Pack will put eight men in the box at many times and dare QB Geno Smith to chuck it – remember Smith threw for 221 yards against the Raiders in Week One but also lost one fumble and didn’t always show a great feel in the pocket.
The Packers, meanwhile, badly want to expose the Jets’ corners here and NYJ boss-man Rex Ryan is keeping fingers crossed that second-year CB Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) will be green-lighted but the real key is a pass rush for the Jets as Rodgers last week was sacked three times in that 36-16 loss in Seattle.
Spread Notes – Green Bay’s a money-making 26-15-2 ATS at home since the start of the 2009 campaign while the NY Jets are a pedestrian 18-16 spreadwise as underdog sides in the Ryan Era that started in 2009 and be aware the Jets last year went 3-0-1 when playing NFC competition (see the NFC South with covers against Atlanta, New Orleans and Tampa Bay).
On Sunday Night, it’s …
CHICAGO (0-1) at SAN FRANCISCO (1-0) – 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Here’s something that you might not have known: The San Fran 49ers are an absolutely ridiculous 27-8-3 versus the vig in non-conference games during the Jim Harbaugh Era (that’s a .771 winning rate) and so if you’re among the many handicapping folks who believe this Las Vegas line looks a tad “tall”, well, that might be just one of the answers why!
The Niners get to break in their new digs – a/k/a Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara – here with a prime-time game against a Chicago Bears bunch still reeling after last weekend’s 23-20 overtime home loss to 7-point dog Buffalo.
If San Francisco wants to keep the Bears down here – and note Chicago’s not dropped back-to-back games to open a season since way back in 2003 – then getting QB Colin Kaepernick to be his efficient self is key as last week he threw for 201 yards and a pair of first-half scoring strikes to TE Vernon Davis in SF’s 28-17 road win/cover at Dallas.
P.S., note Kaepernick is 18-6 SU as a starter in NFL play but he did lose twice at San Fran’s “other home” (that’s Candlestick Park) last year with Indianapolis and Carolina both besting the Niners.
Spread Notes – Chicago is an ugly 4-12-1 versus the vig overall since the start of last season and note the Bears are 3-10 ATS as underdog sides the past two-plus seasons. Meanwhile, San Francisco is 35-19-3 ATS overall in the Harbaugh Era (that’s a for-sure sizzling .648 winning rate) and the Niners enter this prime-time tilt at 11-4-1 ATS as betting favorites since the start of last season.
NOTE: Catch up with all the NCAA Football and NFL Week 2 re-caps – plus our MNF preview between the Philadelphia Eagles at the Indianapolis Colts – in the next edition of Jim Sez.
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