The NFL’s Thursday Night Spread Stats



Folks, we’re rolling out an oldie-but-goody in today’s Jim Sez column as we begin things with a quickie look at how NFL Betting Favorites versus Underdogs have fared in the prior nine Thursday Night games … so, what have we all learned from these work-night/week-night games?

Check it out and note all home teams are in CAPS below


Week      FAV         SPREAD  DOG       SCORE

#1            Carolina         - 3   DENVER   DENVER 21-20

#2            NY Jets           PK   BUFFALO  NY Jets 37-31

#3            NEW ENGL    - 1   Houston    NEW ENGL 27-0

#4            CINCINNATI   - 7   Miami       CINCINNATI 22-7

#5            Arizona          - 3.5 SAN FRAN  Arizona 33-21

#6            Denver           - 3   SAN DIEGO    SAN DIEGO 21-13

#7            GREEN BAY   - 7.5  Chicago        GREEN BAY 26-10

#8            TENNESSEE    - 3     Jac’ville        TENNESSEE 36-22

#9            Atlanta           - 4.5  TAMPA BAY  Atlanta 43-28

So, what about all this talk that the “short week” is a major disadvantage to road teams in these oft-criticized Thursday Night games? Well, check for yourself and you see that road teams are indeed just 3-6 ATS (against the spread) and dig a little deeper and you see from the chart above that Thursday Night road underdogs enter tonight’s Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens tilt with an 0-4 ATS mark – not good news, Brownies, right?

Ladies and gents …

Jim Hurley’s Handicappers and Bloggers have everything all scoped out and you can get the NFL Week 10 Side & Totals winners beginning with tonight’s game between the Browns at the Ravens when you check with us here at the red-hot Jim Hurley’s Network and then keep rollin’ in the green all week/weekend long with all the NCAA Football, the NFL, the NBA and now NCAA Basketball too!

There’s College Football this evening too with a trio of TV games including North Carolina at Duke (ESPN), UL-Lafayette at Georgia Southern (ESPNU) and Utah at Arizona State (Fox 1). Don’t forget it’s Boston College at Florida State tomorrow night (7:30 p.m. ET on espn2).

And remember there’s loads of season-opening College Basketball action on tap on Friday including the Armed Forces Classic … that’s Michigan State vs. Arizona and Indiana vs. Kansas in Honolulu at Pearl Harbor.

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In other NFL Week 10 previews …

DENVER (6-3) at NEW ORLEANS (4-4) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Let’s face it … suddenly the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos don’t look so super as Gary Kubiak’s squad has dropped three of its last five games and QB Trevor Siemian has taken some backwards steps along the way. If the N’Orleans defense that’s allowed just 23.3 ppg the last three weeks shows up here, the 2-point fav Saints should get to the other side of .500. Keep a close eye on New Orleans QB Drew Brees (2,689 yards passing with 21 TDs) who wants to stay away from classy CB Chris Harris here (especially if opposite CB Aqib Talib is done with back problems).

Spread Note – The Broncos are 8-3-1 versus the vig since the start of last year’s post-season.

GREEN BAY (4-4) at TENNESSEE (4-5) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Maybe you heard about the latest news from Packers-land – Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre basically told his old team (and specifically QB Aaron Rodgers) to stop yapping and start playing better ball. Hey, we couldn’t agree more as Green Bay allowed an opening-game kickoff in last week’s 31-26 home loss to 7.5-point dog Indianapolis and then unsuccessfully played “chase” the rest of the day. If GB wants to get out to the early lead, our suggestion is to “bring the house” against Titans QB Marcus Mariota who last week threw a pick six and had a fumble returned for a touchdown. Yikes.

Spread Note – Green Bay’s a rock-solid 9-4 against the odds in away games since the start of last year.


Let’s check out some of this weekend’s College Football games where one side or the other’s sported major pointspread advantages in recent times:

LSU at ARKANSAS – The Razorbacks have roared in this SEC rivalry game with an 8-1 ATS mark in the last nine head-to-head meetings and that includes four consecutive home covers against the Bayou Bengals.

Kentucky at Tennessee – Color this SEC rivalry game orange-and-white as the UT Volunteers have notched pointspread wins in eight of the last nine meetings and note all of the showdowns (save for the 2006 game) had the Vols in the betting favorite’s role.

Miami at Virginia – Let’s head to the ACC where, surprise, the Virginia Wahoos have covered five of the last six games in this series including last year when the Hurricanes were unable to get the cash with a 27-21 non-cover win as 6.5-point favorites.


We’re back with the latest Installment of the 2016 Heisman Trophy Watch List where we offer up our top five weekly contenders for college football’s most coveted individual award … now here’s how we see things shaping up as we get set to head into another big-time gridiron week/weekend:

LAMAR JACKSON, QB, Louisville – Should we hand the kid the shiny trophy already? C’mon, this U of L Cardinals’ megastar exited last weekend’s 52-7 win at Boston College with 26 passing TDs and 19 rushing scores with 3,934 combined passing/rushing yards.

JAKE BROWNING, QB, Washington – Solidly in second place, this Husky hurler last week threw six scoring strikes in the demolition of California. Browning sports a stat line of 2,273 yards passing with 34 TDs and 3 INTs and yet he still needs binoculars to find Jackson ahead of ‘em in this Heisman race.

DESHAUN WATSON, QB, Clemson – This multi-faceted star could be headed back to college football’s championship game for a second straight year and he’ll head into Saturday’s home game against Pittsburgh with 2,497 yards passing/370 yards rushing and a combined 26 TDs.

JABRILL PEPPERS, LB/WR, Michigan – Okay, so we broke down and finally put this two-way star in our top five. Peppers has 33 solo stops this year and a handful of sacks plus don’t b surprised if he gets more “touches” the closer we get to the Ohio State game.

DONNELL PUMPHREY, RB, San Diego State – We’ve kept this SDSU Aztecs star right there at #5 again in our Watch List. Pumphrey has 1,581 yards rushing with 13 TDs for the best left coast that nobody talks about!

NOTE: More Football Previews in tomorrow’s Jim Sez.


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