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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!).
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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:
|Middle Tenn. St.||8||4||0||.667|
|San Jose St.||7||5||0||.583|
|San Diego St.||7||5||1||.583|
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