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THE NFL WEEK 15 MENU: THERE'S SATURDAY NITE ACTION AS JETS-COWBOYS CLASH PLUS WE CHECK OUT A PAIR OF SUNDAY TILTS

THE COLLEGE BOWL TEAM-BY-TEAM POINTSPREAD CHART

Scratch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) off your list of "potential playoff teams" in the NFC - last night's 31-23 loss at St. Louis (a pick 'em affair after some wild mood swings by the Las Vegas pointspread) kayoed TB from having any post-season hopes and here's to the Bucs maybe getting a bit more disciplined in time for 2016 as a slew of penalties and a couple of costly second-half turnovers didn't allow Lovie Smith's crew to come all the way back.

It was another Prime Time win for Jim Hurley, who had the Rams, after Monday's win on the Giants/Dolphins OVER.

Gee - from all reports the Rams will be staying put in St. Loo, so the home folks get a "W" and a pre-Christmas gift (that's if they really want the Rams in the first place!).

It's Bowl Season and my handicappers and bloggers have everything all mapped out and you can get the upcoming College Football Bowl Games beginning with Saturday's Five (5) games including BYU versus #22 Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl plus all the NFL Week 15 games too when you check with us here at Jim Hurley's Network - make sure you're all aboard for the week/weekend action here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Hey, sign up right now and get the discounted price rate on the College Bowls and the NFL- do it today! Plus don't forget all the daily/nightly action on the hardwood as there's NBA and NCAA Hoops action all winter long right here with Jim Hurley!

On Saturday, it's
NEW YORK JETS (8-5) at DALLAS (4-9) - 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Gotta believe that when this one was scheduled way back in May, the TV big-wigs likely assumed Dallas would be one of the NFC's elite teams and the Jets might well be scrambling for a rare "W" but first-year NYJ coach Todd Bowles has this AFC East team in the wild card hunt with a three-game SU (straight-up) winning streak and who'd have thunk it that journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would be having a career year (see 25 TD passes)?

If there's any "FitzMagic" working here for the 3.5-point road-favored gang green, than look for more big stat-sheet stuffing games from WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker (they combined for 13 catches for 199 yards receiving and two scores in last week's 30-8 home win/cover against Tennessee) and let's not forget Jets' DL Muhammed Wilkerson who comes off a three-sack game against the Titans (and now he's got a dozen for the year).

Yes sir, that could be particularly bad news for Dallas QB Matt Cassel (just 13-of-29 passing for 114 yards with one pick in last week's 28-7 loss at 6.5-point fav Green Bay) who simply isn't grasping this Cowboys' offense - still! -- and often making the wrong read.

Hey, it would help matters if Dallas WR Dez Bryant held onto a few of the passes thrown in his direction, eh?

Spread Notes - The Jets zip into this prime-time tilt on a three-game pointspread winning streak but overall NYJ's just 2-4-2 ATS (against the spread) when playing NFC teams dating back to mid-2013. Dallas, meanwhile, is 4-9 against the odds this year and 4-11 ATS at home since the start of last year.

On Sunday, it's ...
CAROLINA (13-0) at NEW YORK GIANTS (6-7) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
The naysayers make it a point to tell you the Carolina Panthers have beaten only two teams that right now sport winning records (that's Seattle and Green Bay) but we prefer to take a more positive approach to this what-could-be historically great season for the NFC South squad:

And now here comes QB Cam Newton -- fresh off a 3-TD/0-INT showing in a 38-0 Week 14 win against Atlanta - looking to cement his place as the league's MVP this year but keep in mind there's some flies in the proverbial ointment with RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) out and dependable TE Greg Olsen (knee) may be a game-time decision or even sit this one out.

So, will Ron Rivera's club stay perfect here against a Giants' club that is operating on a "short week" following Monday's 31-24 win in Miami? No doubt that the Giants' ground game finally showed some life with RB Rashad Jennings getting 81 yards but it doesn't take a scientist to know that the QB Eli Manning-to-WR Odell Beckham Jr. combo must hit a couple of "home runs" here. May we suggest the Giants go "no huddle" at the start and try to catch Carolina off guard?

Spread Notes - Carolina's a spiffy 10-3 versus the vig overall this year and note the Panthers have covered seven of their last nine away games since late last season. On the flip side, the NY Giants are 7-5-1 ATS this season and 5-2-1 spreadwise as dogs since the middle of 2014.


DENVER (10-3) at PITTSBURGH (8-5) - 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Maybe you've been reading those stories about a couple of members of the Denver defense that's been talking tough this year - sure, everyone knows that Denver's stop unit ranks first league-wide against the pass and third against the rush but is slowing down a red-hot Steelers' offense that's scored 30-or-more points in its last five consecutive games just too much to ask here?

Go ahead and concentrate on those WR vs. CB matchups including Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown vs. Chris Harris (who hasn't allowed a TD to be scored on him for the past two years!) and birthday boy Martavis Bryant (he's turning 25 on Sunday) against Aqib Talib - as those two Steeler pass-catchers have combined for 13 TDs but tell us whether or not Broncos QB Brock Osweiler is gonna make the key red-zone plays (and avoid getting sacked/five times last week against Oakland) and we'll tell you whether the 6.5-point road dogs have a shot to steal this one here at Heinz Field.
By the way, projected passing attempts for Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger ... 50!

Spread Notes - Pittsburgh is 7-4-2 odds-wise on the year but did you know that Mike Tomlin's club is 52-55-1against the numbers when laying points since his arrival in 2007? Note that Denver enters this AFC tilt with a strange-but-true 6-4-3 ATS mark this year and overall the Broncos are 7-11-2 ATS in non-divisional games since the start of last year.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BOWL POINTSPREAD CHART

Step right up ... it's the team-by-team pointspread chart for all 80 college teams playing in a bowl game this year. Below is the 2015 pointspread records for all of 'em:

TEAMWLP PCT
USF921.818
Bowling Green1030.769
Southern Miss1030.769
Oklahoma930.750
Washington St.930.750
Toledo830.727
Cent. Michigan831.727
Air Force940.692
Stanford940.692
Temple940.692
Arkansas St.840.667
BYU840.667
Florida St.840.667
Geo. Southern840.667
Georgia St.840.667
Middle Tenn. St.840.667
Navy840.667
Northwestern840.667
Notre Dame840.667
Ohio840.667
West. Michigan840.667
Northern Illinois841.667
Nevada741.636
Houston850.615
Iowa850.615
North Carolina850.615
Florida851.615
West. Kentucky640.600
Akron750.583
Arkansas750.583
Indiana750.583
Marshall750.583
Miami750.583
Miss State750.583
Ole Miss750.583
Oregon750.583
San Jose St.750.583
Tennessee750.583
Texas Tech750.583
Washington750.583
San Diego St.751.583
Colorado St.651.545
Kansas St.651.545
Memphis651.545
Tulsa651.545
Alabama760.538
Appalachian St.660.500
Arizona660.500
Boise St.660.500
Cincinnati660.500
Duke660.500
Louis. Tech660.500
Louisville660.500
Michigan660.500
Minnesota660.500
N.C. State660.500
Nebraska660.500
New Mexico660.500
Oklahoma St.660.500
Pittsburgh660.500
TCU660.500
Virginia Tech660.500
USC670.461
Clemson671.461
LSU560.454
UCLA561.454
Arizona St.570.417
Baylor570.417
California570.417
Connecticut570.417
Ohio St.570.417
Texas A&M570.417
Utah570.417
Utah St.570.417
West Virginia570.417
Wisconsin570.417
Michigan St.580.385
Georgia470.364
Penn St.480.333
Auburn390.250

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