NFL Week 6: Cowboys Do Their Own Lambeau Leap
NFL WEEK 6 –
HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS, INDEED!
PLUS EIGHT TEAMS LOSE ONE-SCORE
GAMES ON SUNDAY BUT NONE OF ‘EM WORSE
THAN THE INDY COLTS’ PRIME-TIME DEFEAT …
OUR MNF PREVIEW:
JETS-CARDINALS CLASH IN THE DESERT …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:
THE ‘EYES HAVE IT BUT NOT BEFORE
CLOSE-CALL OT WIN AT WISCONSIN
Sorry, but we’ve never grown tired of that famed video from back in the early 1990s when then-Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson shouted out to the world, “How ‘bout them Cowboys”?
Maybe current Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett will have a “video moment” for himself this year but right now he’s dang happy to have his NFC East squad sitting pretty at 5-and-1 and all alone on top of what’s the best division in pro football … what, you wanna argue with that one?
The Cowboys’ squashed a rather lifeless Green Bay Packers team 30-16 at Lambeau Field yesterday and – what else is new – Dallas rookie QB Dak Prescott (247 yards passing with 3 TDs) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (157 yards rushing on 28 carries) were the stars of the show once again but there’s something else that’s setting the ‘Boys apart from practically everyone else these days (save for the Minnesota Vikings, that is):
Dallas has covered five games in a row following that 20-19 heartbreak home loss to the New York Giants way back in Week 1 and that includes three double-digit margin wins. Throw in the fact that this oft-maligned Dallas defense forced four Packers’ turnovers on Sunday – yet another rotten showing by discount double-check dude QB Aaron Rodgers – and no wonder “America’s Team” is having its most fun season in decades.
Now, the Cowboys get to grab some down time – they have a Week 7 bye – before hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in a Sunday Night game two weeks from now. Please, we’ve avoided any of this “will it be Prescott or will it be Tony Romo at quarterback” contrived controversy to this point.
Do you (or anyone else out there) really have to ask?
It’s Dak’s team … case closed!
P.S., take note that since 1990 when the NFL came up with this current-day playoff format, teams that start a season 5-1 SU make it to the post-season a rollicking 81 percent of the time!!!
Meanwhile, there were eight NFL Week 6 games yesterday decided by 7 points-or-less with truly painful losses suffered by the likes of the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers, the Chicago Bears, the Los Angeles Rams and the Atlanta Falcons but nobody had it worse than the Indianapolis Colts:
Really, a 14-point lead with three-plus minutes left in the game and Indy winds up on the wrong end of a 26-23 overtime loss that will have the wolves out for head coach Chuck Pagano as sure as the sun rises in the East. Truth is you can’t blame Pagano for this mess as his defense simply wore down and became exposed late and anyone that wagered a bob or two on the Colts came away with one of the most painful “pushes” in gambling history!
And how about the fact NBC’s Al Michaels – with some help from his researches – claimed it was the first time in 10 years that Indy had blown a fourth-quarter lead on the road. Next stop … Tennessee!
Now hear this …
We’ll get you our Monday Night Football preview/forecast of tonight’s game between the New York Jets at the Arizona Cardinals in just a moment but first this key reminder and that’s Jim Hurley’s Handicappers and Bloggers have everything all mapped out for this evening’s big game and you can get the Side & Totals winners when you check with us here at Jim Hurley’s Network at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or right here online at www.jimhurley.com.
Then remember to get all the NCAA Football, NFL Week 7 and Major-League Baseball Playoff winners all this week/weekend and don’t miss a beat as we continue to tear it up this month of October!
Note the college kids kick it into high gear this week on Thursday night with an ESPN tilt between Miami at Virginia Tech plus there’s lots of goodies ahead on Friday/Saturday too!
Tonight, it’s …
NEW YORK JETS (1-4) at ARIZONA (2-3) -- 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Naturally, much is being made of the teacher/pupil relationship here between Arizona head coach Bruce Arians and New York Jets’ second-year boss Todd Bowles but the hugs/handshakes are gonna have to wait: It’s must-win time for both disappointing teams and here’s the important facts:
The Cards welcome back veteran QB Carson Palmer (concussion) who missed last Thursday’s 33-21 win/cover at 3.5-point dog San Francisco but will be without both veteran starting guards Evan Mathis and Mike Iupati while the J-E-T-S are hoping CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) is close to 100 percent even though a healthy Revis has been torched plenty in 2016.
If the 7.5-point underdog Jets are gonna put the brakes on this three-game losing streak, then QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (a league-worst 10 INTs) must be sharp and must get a monster game from chatty WR Brandon Marshall (24 receptions for 363 yards and 2 TDs).
Hey, the Cards were 20-5 SU (straight-up) at home under Arians in his first three years in the desert and yet they’ve already lost a pair of home games this season (versus Tom Brady-less New England in Week 1 and the LA Rams in Week 4).
Spread Notes – Arizona is just 2-3 ATS (against the spread) so far this season but the Cardinals are a collective 32-23-1 spreadwise under fourth-year boss-man Arians. The NY Jets, meanwhile, have failed to cover their last three consecutive games and now are 10-15-3 ATS away since late 2012.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
The most important result of this past weekend in the College Football universe? That’s easy:
Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 23 (OT)
Sure, the Buckeyes were staggering along there with only six first-half points before they enjoyed a batch of “come alive” moments with savvy signal-caller J.T. Barrett throwing the game-winning score on a seven-yard flick to WR Noah Brown and consider this still-very-young O-State team is getting better, gaining maturity and remaining right there near the top of the polls (#2 and likely staying put there behind Alabama for the next few/several weeks) and combine that with the best coach in the land – we give Urban Meyer the edge of fellow multi-champ Nick Saban – and here’s the deal:
You don’t want to be playing Ohio State in the national championship semifinals on Dec. 31st because they’re liable to spoil your New Year’s Eve.
Hey, right now we’d say the playoffs should be:
#1 Alabama vs. #4 Michigan; #2 Ohio State vs. #3 Clemson but we won’t get both Big 10 powerhouses into the mix unless Washington loses a game.
One final college football note from the weekend past …
Is this gonna be the curtain-comes-down season for Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly? His club’s 17-10 home loss versus 3-point pup Stanford was dispiriting stuff for the 2-5 team but what was Kelly doing inserting rarely-used QB Malik Zaire into the game for three series? Even NBC’s “in-house” announcers bashed Kelly for that (and good for them!).
Ask us right now and we say Kelly is a goner at year’s end and here’s the three major candidates that will run – not walk – to South Bend for the soon-to-be-vacant job opening:
Houston’s Tom Herman (even though he’s the odds-on favorite to be LSU’s next boss);
Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck – hey, his club is 7-0 SU/6-1 ATS and he’s the hottest young coach in the land;
And here’s a dark horse: Current San Fran 49ers coach Chip Kelly.
NOTE: Catch our Mid-Week Report in the next edition of Jim Sez and get our NFL Week 7 Thursday Night Preview – that’s Chicago at Green Bay – plus lots of College Football news/notes/previews.
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