NFL Week 7 Menu: Can Vikes Stay Perfect?

HERE’S THE NFL WEEK 7 ROAD MAP AHEAD:

VIKINGS GUN FOR 6-AND-OH START AND PATS-STEELERS ARE “BIG BEN-LESS” IN PITTSBURGH WHILE PACKERS GET BACK ON RIGHT TRACK …

OUR QUICK-HITTER COLLEGE NEWS/NOTES

Okay, so it’s not likely that winning quarterbacks are gonna have to throw 56-or-so passes for their teams to cash this NFL Week 7 – just so happened that was the case last night in Green Bay’s 26-10 win/cover against 7.5-point underdog Chicago when QB Aaron Rodgers completed a whopping total of 39 passes in 56 tries for 326 yards and 3 TDs.

And to think his wide receivers really couldn’t even get open for much of the night!

Hey, Rodgers shook off a little calf injury in the Packers’ important get-back-on-track win following last Sunday’s home loss to the Dallas Cowboys but the truth is injured quarterbacks appear to be the norm, not the exception these days with the Bears last night losing backup-turned-starting QB Brian Hoyer (broken arm) and with the likes of Cleveland, Pittsburgh and perhaps even Baltimore (we’re checking Joe Flacco’s status as you read this Jim Sez column) going to slingers that started off this 2016 season on the bench – and that’s not counting the fact the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos all have dipped into the backup bin too for various other QBing reasons.

Note that we’ll get you all the NFL Week 7 and NCAA Football winners all this weekend long and remember that Jim Hurley’s Handicappers and Bloggers have everything all mapped out you -- check with us here at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or right here online at www.jimhurley.com. on game-day mornings and on weekdays after 1 p.m. Eastern time.

And get Saturday night’s Major-League Baseball tilt too – that’s Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the now down three-games-to-two Los Angeles Dodgers at the Chicago Cubs with the 2016 World Series set to open in Cleveland come Tuesday night.

NFL WEEK 7

MINNESOTA (5-0) at PHILADELPHIA (3-2) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Let’s see if the Minny Vikings lost any of that momentum following last week’s bye as Mike Zimmer’s crew has started off the year perfecto at 5-0 SU (straight-up) and 5-0 ATS (against the spread) while yielding a miniscule 12.6 ppg so far. Of course, we’re talking defense (see 19 sacks and an NFL-best plus 11 in the turnover department) here while the Fox TV talkies will be yakking about the return of QB Sam Bradford to the City of Brotherly Love and whatta homecoming: Bradford has 6 TDs/0 INTs and a QB rating of 109.8 so far – the Eagles better get in his grill on any/all passing downs or he’s gonna come back and haunt his old NFC East team.

Spread Note – Minnesota has covered 14 of its last 18 away games.

NEW ENGLAND (5-1) at PITTSBURGH (4-2) – 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The fact that the Steelers will be without QB Ben Roethlisberger (1,685 yards passing and 16 TDs) really sucks the air out of this otherwise great matchup but may we remind you New England had to play its first four games this year without future politician QB Tom Brady who these days is keeping lots of folks on their toes such as TE Martellus Bennett (three TD receptions a couple of weeks ago in Cleveland) and favorite target TE Rob Gronkowski (7 catches worth 162 yards and one TD in last week’s win/cover against Cincinnati).

Spread Notes – New England’s covered five of its first six games out of the starting gate this year and the Patriots are a nifty 19-9-1 ATS in non-divisional games the past two-plus seasons.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES

Had a little fun here this week at Jim Sez with our first edition of the 2016 Heisman Trophy Watch List – everyone’s chasing Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, in case you didn’t catch our top five – plus there were game previews galore featuring #6 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama and #2 Ohio State at Penn State but let’s dig a little bit with some off-the-beaten-path news:

The Colorado Buffaloes (5-2) haven’t grabbed a whole lot of national attention but oddsmakers have taken notice as the Buffs enter Saturday’s Pac-12 road game at Stanford with a 7-0 ATS mark and now that QB Sefo Liufau is back in the saddle, Mike MacIntyre’s team may make a serious run at a New Year’s Day bowl …

Plus, don’t look now but Air Force (4-2), Army (4-2) and Navy (4-1) could all be bowl-bound at year’s end. Folks, that’s only happened once before – look up the 2010 season – and the Naval gang has the weekend’s toughest task with a home game versus Memphis.

Just down-the-road day-dreaming a bit, here’s service academy bowl matchups we’d like to see but won’t because of all the silly bowl tie-ins:

How about giving the academies their cracks at Top 25-type teams (even though Navy already is #24 in the land):

Just for fun let’s say Navy versus Tennessee; Air Force vs. Oklahoma; Army vs. LSU. Now, that would be fun giant-killer potential material for the early bowls, right?

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