Cowboys Win 11th in a Row, Don’t Cover



Eleven in a row?

Wow the Dallas Cowboys (11-1) didn’t “get the cash” as 3-point road favorites last night in that tooth-pulling 17-15 victory in Minnesota and so, if you happen to be keeping tracking, that’s 11 consecutive SU (straight-up) wins for “America’s Team” but that’s also two consecutive pointspread losses now – remember Dallas didn’t cover the price tag in that 31-26 triumph over Washington on Thanksgiving Day.

Still, it has that feel to it now that it’s the Cowboys’ year – they beat a Vikings’ squad that self-destructed on special teams and one that didn’t get the call when QB Sam Bradford took a legit blow to his head on that late-game unsuccessful two-point conversion try and so now Dallas gets 10 days off before a monstrous Week 14 game at the New York Giants and everyone else in the NFC this weekend keeps playing “chase the ‘Boys”, right?

In other NFL Week 13 action this Sunday, it’s …

KANSAS CITY (8-3) at ATLANTA (7-4) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS

No doubt this is a major challenge for the visiting KC Chiefs – they come off that “five-quarter” OT win against Denver late last Sunday night and now trek across the country to play a Falcons’ team that has scored 30-or-more points on seven different occasions this year. Sure, it seems the “MVP talk” for Atlanta QB Matt Ryan has quieted down lately – we don’t know why! – but Ryan brings his 26 TD-6 INT stat line into this game and he won’t be afraid to challenge CB Marcus Peters.

Spread Note – Atlanta is 3-11 ATS (against the spread) as betting favorites the past year-plus.

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-3) at PITTSBURGH (6-5) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

Some snickering folks are calling this here-and-now NY Giants team the “least impressive 8-and-3 team” in the league but, hey, rookie head coach Ben McAdoo has gotten the Jints to sport the NFC’s second-best record and now this high-salaried defense is coming through big-time with DL Jason Pierre-Paul fresh off a 3-sack, fumble-recovery-for-TD performance – can he get in (and stay in) Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger’s grill here?

Spread Note – The New York Giants are 4-1-2 versus the vig since early October.

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On Saturday, it’s …


At Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA

#15 FLORIDA (8-3, 6-2 SEC) vs. #1 ALABAMA (12-0, 8-0 SEC) – 4 p.m. ET, CBS

Guess the Las Vegas sharpies can’t make this price high enough, eh? The ‘Bama Crimson Tide is an off-the-wall 24-point betting favorite for this title tilt and the biggest question we have is whether or not the heavy-duty dog Florida Gators will even score a single touchdown. Keep in mind that Alabama’s defense has held half of its dozen foes this season to six points or less and the Gainesville gang ranks 114th in total offense. If Alabama QB Jalen Hurts can drop an early bomb or two on this gambling Gators’ defense, it could be blowout city even before the Dr. Pepper halftime stunts ever happen!

Spread Notes – Alabama is 8-4 ATS overall this year and 71-55-1 spreadwise all-time under 10th-year head coach Nick Saban (that’s a solid .564 winning rate) while Florida’s just 5-6 against the Las Vegas prices this year and a composite 12-11-2 ATS under second-year boss Jim McElwain.


At Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL

#23 VIRGINIA TECH (9-3, 6-2 ACC) vs. #3 CLEMSON (11-1, 7-1 ACC) – 7:45 p.m. ET, ABC

Win and you’re in, Clemson Tigers. Simple as that as Dabo Swinney’s crew will indeed be heading back to the College Football Playoffs with a “W” here against the 10-point pup Virginia Tech Hokies but do keep in mind the Tigers struggled mightily in this game a year ago (a 45-37 taffy-pull win versus North Carolina) and the Tech defense will be coming full bore at QB Deshaun Watson (34 TD passes) here. One X-factor to watch is whether Hokie QB Jerod Evans can shake loose for some chain-moving runs – he did rush for 713 yards and 8 TDs this year and his legs were instrumental in big wins against North Carolina and Notre Dame.

Spread Notes – Clemson is just 13-18-1 against the odds as betting favorites the past three years; Virginia Tech is an underwhelming 20-29 ATS in ACC play since the start of the 2011 campaign.


At Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN

#7 PENN STATE (10-2, 8-1 Big 10) vs. #6 WISCONSIN (10-2, 7-2 Big 10) – 8 p.m. ET, Fox

The soon-to-be-infamous CFP committee folks will be paying very close attention to this game although odds are both Penn State and Wisconsin will be locked out of the upcoming four-team playoff party – the only way we see either side getting the nod is with a blowout win here and a Washington or Clemson loss … that’s it. In any event, Penn State has been largely ignored despite the fact James Franklin’s crew hasn’t lost since late September and here a rollicking offense that’s averaged 40.4 ppg during this eight-game SU (straight-up) winning streak must get a big game from QB Trace McSorley (2,976 yards passing with 21 aerial scores) especially considering star RB Saquon Barkley (1,219 yards rushing and 15 TDs) has a bum foot. The Badgers key? Get RB Corey Clement (1,140 yards rushing/13 TDs) some 25-or-more touches and count on him busting a few for big chunks … or else.

Spread Notes – No kidding: Penn State rolls into this title bash on a seven-game pointspread winning streak while Wisconsin’s a blistering 9-2-1 against the odds in 2016. The teams didn’t square off against one another this year but note the last time the Nittany Lions battled the Badgers – back in 2013 – Wisky was a 25-point home favorite and lost 31-24!

Also on Saturday, it’s …

#10 OKLAHOMA STATE (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) at #9 OKLAHOMA (9-2, 8-0 Big 12) – 12:30 p.m. ET, Fox

Nope, there isn’t a Big 12 Championship Game per se (there will be one next year!) but this is a bona fide title tilt with both teams holding out hope that a big win and some outside help from the likes of Virginia Tech/Colorado this weekend could pave the way to a playoff spot … just don’t count on it! Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (3,381 yards passing with 35 TDs) has loads of weapons including speed demon WR Dede Westbrook (70 catches for 1,354 yards and 15 TDs) and this may be a case of whomever gets to 40 points first. Watch Oklahoma State run lots of draws/traps against a super-aggressive Oklahoma “D” but Cowboys slinger Mason Rudolph (3,591 yards passing with 25 TDs) probably will have to try and win it with a late flurry.

Spread Notes – Oklahoma has notched pointspread wins in eight of its last 10 head-to-head matchups versus Oklahoma State plus note the OU Sooners have covered seven of their last 11 homes games dating back to the start of last season.


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