Chiefs Win, Grab AFC’s Top Seed
CHIEFS TOP RAIDERS 21-13 AND (FOR NOW)
TAKE OVER AFC’S #1 SEED AND THUS GET NFL WEEK 14
STARTED PLUS WE PREVIEW TWO KEY DIVISIONAL DUELS:
THAT’S TEXANS-COLTS, SAINTS-BUCS …
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:
CHECKING OUT SOME KEY BOWL SPREAD STATS
Okay, so it wasn’t always edge-of-the-seat viewing last night when the 3.5-point favored Kansas City Chiefs held off the Oakland Raiders 21-13 at Arrowhead Stadium – but, hey silver-and-black, you had your opportunities.
When the Chiefs turned the ball over twice in the matter of mere minutes early in the third quarter, the Raiders had their shot to pounce – remember KC led 21-10 at halftime – but instead came away with a mere PK Sebastian Janikowski field goal and it could be that Jack Del Rio’s bunch from the Bay Area may never get back into that #1 seed slot again.
The Raiders – who are never gonna win when digit-damaged QB Derek Carr throws for only 117 yards – sported the 3-to-oh turnover advantage but kissed away a shot to gain a season series split with the Chiefs and those long-time rivals go into the final three weeks with Oakland still to play at San Diego, home to Indianapolis and at Denver while the Chiefs’ remaining sked is home to Tennessee and Denver and then a Week 17 game in San Diego.
Ding-ding … advantage Chiefs!
We’ll get you loads of previews/goodies on upcoming College Bowl Games in the days/weeks but first this key reminder:
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NFL WEEK 14
On Sunday, it’s …
HOUSTON (6-6) at INDIANAPOLIS (6-6) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
You say mediocrity, the NFL says parity: Hey, what’s the diff as the reality of the situation is somebody’s gotta win the watered-down AFC South whether it be one of these .500 teams or fellow 6-and-6’er Tennessee?
The guts of this game here at Lucas Oil Stadium is all about keeping Colts’ QB Andrew Luck in the upright position – he aired four scoring strikes (often to totally wide-open pass-catchers) In last Monday’s 41-10 win/cover at the New York Jets but can the Texans get in his grill here?
Spread Notes – Indianapolis is 6-3-1 ATS (against the spread) in its last 10 head-to-head showdowns with Houston. Keep in mind the Texans are 12-22-1 vig-wise as underdogs since the start of the 2013 campaign.
NEW ORLEANS (5-7) at TAMPA BAY (7-5) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
How does that old song go … gettin’ to know you, gettin’ to know all about you?
Well, the Saints and Bucs will get to know each other quite well these next few weeks as they play here at Raymond James Stadium and then inside the Superdome come Week 16 but here’s the short-and-sweet of it as it pertains to this Sunday’s game:
The Bucs are riding high with four successive wins/covers but they’ll be facing an ornery QB Drew Brees who didn’t throw a single TD in last week’s home loss to Detroit. Gut feel is Brees will chuck it 45-to-50 times here and so TB’s downfield cover guys will get challenged all day long.
Spread Notes – Tampa Bay’s rollicked its way to four consecutive pointspread wins since mid-November but overall the Buccaneers are just 7-15 ATS at home the past two-plus seasons. New Orleans has covered seven of its last nine divisional games dating back to the start of last year.
COLLEGE BOWL SPREAD STATS
Let’s take a few moments to check out what College Football bowl-bound teams either have been booms – or busts – in these post-season games … note the bowl games they’re headed in parentheses below:
AUBURN (Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma, Jan. 2) – War Eagle is a rock-solid 6-2 against the odds in bowl games dating back the past 10 years and that includes pointspread wins in both dog appearances.
BOISE STATE (Cactus Bowl vs. Baylor, Dec. 27) – Forget the blue turf in Boise, these Broncos are money in these neutral site games as evidenced by a 7-3 ATS mark in their last 10 bowls.
CLEMSON (Fiesta Bowl/CFP vs. Ohio State, Dec. 31) – Remember the Tigers cashed twice in the post-season a year ago and so Dabo Swinney’s ACC crew is now 5-and-oh in its last handful of bowl games/playoffs.
GEORGIA (Liberty Bowl vs. TCU, Dec. 30) – The Dawgs have been sweet in bowls the last 10 years with a sizzling 7-3 ATS log but will first-year head coach Kirby Smart keep the train rollin’?
GEORGIA TECH (Taxslayer Bowl vs. Kentucky, Dec. 31) – The Yellow Jackets are the flip side of the state-of-Georgia coin as this ACC club has failed to cover six of its last eight bowls dating back to 2007.
MIAMI (Russell Athletic Bowl vs. West Virginia, Dec. 28) – No foolin’, the Hurricanes have dropped their last five consecutive pointspread verdicts at bowl time including last year’s 20-14 defeat versus 1.5-point fav Washington State (2015 Sun Bowl).
PITTSBURGH (Pinstripe Bowl vs. Northwestern, Dec. 28) – No, we’re not picking on the ACC but the Pitt Panthers have lost four of their last five bowl spread decisions since 2011.
NOTE: Catch our NFL Week 14 Sunday Night Football Preview – that’s the Dallas Cowboys at the New York Giants – in the next edition of Jim Sez.
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