Jim Sez NFL Week 6 and NLCS Previews



Yesterday's edition of Jim Sez previewed the NFL's undefeated teams in their respective games this weekend - note that we saved the 4-and-0 New England Patriots and their Sunday Night game in Indianapolis for this column space today - but how about the fact the Houston Texans (1-4), the Kansas City Chiefs (1-4), the Baltimore Ravens (1-4) and the Detroit Lions (0-5) all could pretty much have their seasons officially in a "dumpster" with Week 6 losses?

Betcha didn't count on that happening way back in August!

It's amazing that this quartet of teams has underachieved so badly - for one reason or another - and look at 'em while heading into Sunday's play and they are a collective 3-16-1 ATS (against the spread)! Gotta say we have a touch of sympathy for the Lions who got royally screwed in that recent MNF loss in Seattle but the Texans can blame themselves for not figuring out their quarterback situation while coming out of camp, the Chiefs proved that this defense couldn't cover a soul and the Ravens are paying for the fact QB Joe Flacco has no dependable/healthy downfield targets.

Nothing like being out of playoff contention two weekends before Halloween!

My handicappers and bloggers have everything all scoped out and you can get the NFL Week 6 Side & Totals winners when you check with us here at Jim Hurley's Network and then keep rollin' in the green all week/weekend long with all the NCAA Football, the NFL Week 6 games and the on-going MLB Playoffs. Get into action with Jim Hurley's Network and win big and remember the NFL Week 6 menu is chock full of great tilts including all of those unbeaten teams looking to stay that way - Cincinnati, Denver, Carolina, Green Bay and New England all try to stay perfect this weekend and we'll have loads of Sides/Totals winners from those big games. And remember the American League Championship Series is underway in Kansas City with the hard-hitting Toronto Blue Jays battling the defending AL champion Royals while the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs versus the New York Mets gets started Saturday night (see preview below). Check with us on game days either here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - make this an October to remember.

On Sunday, it's ...
WASHINGTON (2-3) at NEW YORK JETS (3-1) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Gonna be really interesting to see how the J-E-T-S respond off a bye week and that dominant 27-14 win in London against rudderless Miami two weeks ago ... the green gang has 13 takeaways this year (including five by CB Darrelle Revis) and keep in mind DL Sheldon Richardson is back here following a four-game suspension.
The 'Skins?

Well, save for that slip-turned-pick-six in OT last week in a 25-19 loss to Atlanta, Jay Gruden's club could have a winning record and now here the major challenge is to keep QB Kirk Cousins upright against a Jets' defense that blitzes plenty on obvious passing downs.

Hey, did you know that Washington is playing its second game at MetLife Stadium since September 24th while the Jets have played at home just once since that date?

Spread Notes - The NY Jets are just 4-8-1 ATS (against the spread) when playing non-divisional foes since the start of last year while Washington's a money-losing 10-18 vig-wise as underdogs the past two-plus seasons.

On Sunday Night, it's ... NEW ENGLAND (4-0) at INDIANAPOLIS (3-2) - 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Think the Las Vegas oddsmakers believe this prime-timer could be a Patriots rout? The defending Super Bowl champions are up to a 10-point road favorite against a Colts' club likely playing a third straight game without QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) and what does Pats' devilish head coach Bill Belichick have in store for the team that "ratted out" the Pats for their alleged deflated footballs scheme?

Well, one way the Colts can hang in there is hang onto the football - with Luck on the field Indy tossed 7 INTs and so 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck is simply hoping for a mistake-free game with born-again target WR Andre Johnson (6 receptions worth 77 yards and two TDs last week versus the Texans) making things happen but the Patriots - averaging a haughty 37.3 points per game this year with wins against Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Dallas - have shown no mercy on their opponents with the NFL's top-ranked passing offense (331.2 yards per game) starring QB Tom Brady who has an 11-to-0 TD/INT ratio but has been sacked 11 times ... and no LT Nate Solder who's now gone for the year with an arm injury.

Spread Notes - New England is 3-0-1 spreadwise out of the starting gate this year and did you know the Patriots are a collective 11-4-1 ATS in non-divisional games since the start of last year? On the other hand, Indianapolis has failed to cover four of its first five games this year with the lone cover coming in last Thursday's 27-20 win at 5-point fav Houston.



CHICAGO CUBS at NEW YORK METS - Black cats and billy goats ... longtime rivals from the original (see 1969) NL East Division clash here for the first time ever in a post-season series and you've all been hearing about how the Cubs beat the Mets in all seven of their regular-season matchups but how NYM wasn't the same team with all of the games played well before the late-July trade deadline.
Okay, but the facts are Joe Maddon's team scootched the Mets seven times in a row and Chicago outscored the Mets 27-to-11 in the games with RHP Jake Arrieta winning twice and LHP Jon Lester pitching two monster games (and they are the two starting pitchers in Games 1 and 2 at Citi Field this weekend).

Suffice to say, the Mets need 3B David Wright and 1B Lucas Duda to wake up after they hit .063 and .111, respectively, in that NLDS five-game win against the Los Angeles Dodgers but if you're looking for an under-the-radar element here than the Mets' outfield defense with LF Yoenis Cespedes and CF Juan Lagares (a late-inning defensive replacement when h doesn't start against lefty hurlers) could be key in running down deep flies at Citi Field. 

The Cubs' big bats went boom in their four-game NLDS win against St. Louis - does Chitown hit three or four dingers in every game these days or does it just seem that way? - and how the Mets' young starting rotation deals with "baby bull" OF Kyle Schwarber will be key because he can't be pitched to these days (see. 500 average against the Cards).

Watching the Mets' starters Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard going up against Scwarber, 3B Kris Bryant and Company will be uber-special.

Put it this way ... we'll be surprised if there is not a Game 7 in this NLCS.

Note: Catch our MNF Preview - that's the New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles - plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.


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