NFL Week 15 Previews -- Plus More Saturday Bowls
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IT’S TIME TO TACKLE MORE NFL WEEK 15 GAMES PLUS
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We know that you’ve checked this week’s NFL schedule – yes, there are Thursday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday Night Football this NFL Week 15 and mix that in with a bevy of College Football Bowl Games – there’s Five (5) Bowls on Saturday and a matinee tilt on Monday (that’s the Miami Beach Bowl) -- and it all spells a very profitable time of the time for Jim Hurley’s Network.
Or, as we like to say, get ‘em while they’re hot!
NFL WEEK 15
On Saturday, it’s …
MIAMI (8-5) at NEW YORK JETS (4-9) – 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
No QB Ryan Tannehill for the Fish here after that blow-to-the-knee cheap shot hit against Arizona last weekend and so long-time veteran backup QB Matt Moore gets the call here although gotta believe the chip temps, etc. means this is a 30-carry-or-more game for RB Jay Ajayi (956 yards rushing and 7 TDs), right? The Jets, meanwhile, turn to still wet-behind-the-ears QB Bryce Petty who has made an instant connection with WR Robby Anderson – good thing because WRs Brandon Marshall (knee/foot/back) and WR Quincy Enunwa (ribs) have been limited in practice this week.
Spread Notes – Miami is 6-5-2 ATS (against the spread) overall this year and the Dolphins enter this prime-time affair with a shabby 0-5-1 spread log versus the J-E-T-S the past three-plus seasons.
On Sunday, it’s …
DETROIT (9-4) at NEW YORK GIANTS (9-4) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Have you ever seen a pair of 9-and-4 teams get “dissed” so much by the national media? We haven’t although gotta say both the Lions (eight fourth-quarter wins this year) and the G-men (seven wins by a TD or less) have plenty of flaws and here it might well be the case of who makes fewer miscues … Detroit is keeping fingers crossed that QB Matthew Stafford (3,447 yards passing with 22 TDs) can shrug off the pain of that damaged middle finger on his passing hand while Giants’ QB Eli Manning (3,290 yards passing, 23 TDs, 13 INTs) must avoid costly picks? Seems to us that Manning – despite the team’s record – is having his worst season in many years. Tell us right now whether Giants’ CB Janoris “Jackrabbitt” Jenkins shuts down one half of the field and we’ll tell you who wins this battle in Jersey.
Spread Notes – Detroit’s covered five of its seven games this year when placed in the underdog role while the NY Giants are 3-4-2 ATS playing non-divisional foes this year.
NEW ENGLAND (11-2) at DENVER (8-5) -- 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
No need to remind the NE Patriots that this has not exactly been a favorite stop – the AFC East team has lost here in the AFC Championship Game in two of the last three years (see 2013, ’15) and fell in a snowy OT game in regulation last year and now come in off short week-plus-travel grind and yet Vegas smart guys/gals have QB Tom Brady and Company the 3-point road favorite … hmm. The Broncos sported 100-yard receiving games last week from both WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in the road loss in Tennessee – can they be stat-sheet stuffers here now in a win? Hey, this is must-win material for Gary Kubiak’s club or else the Super Bowl champs figure to be left out of the playoff party this year.
Spread Notes – New England is a sizzling 10-3 against the odds this year and note the Patriots are 5-1 ATS away in ’16. Meanwhile, Denver’s alternated pointspread W/L’s in its past six games and overall the Broncos are 14-6-2 ATS in non-AFC West games since the start of last year.
And now hear this …
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Make sure to get the Rams-Seahawks Side/Totals winners on this NFL Week 15 tilt on this Thursday night.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWLS
Okay, we remind you that we’ll have quick-hitter previews on all the Bowl Games this year right here at Jim Sez and today we focus our attention on two other Saturday Bowl Previews -- the Camellia Bowl and the New Orleans Bowl. Note that we will always be a couple/few days ahead so you can map out your bowl/viewing schedule:
On Saturday, it’s …
Cramton Bowl – Montgomery. AL
APPALACHIAN STATE (9-3) vs. TOLEDO (9-3) – 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Do the Appalachian State kids have reason to fear a “been-there, done-that” letdown after winning this Camellia Bowl a year ago (see 31-29 non-cover victory against 7-point pup Ohio)? Fourth-year head coach Scott Satterfield says that won’t be an issue but handling a high-octane Toledo offense that scored 31-or-more points in all but one game this year could be a problem: The Rockets have a star in QB Logan Woodside (FBS-record 43 touchdown passes in 2016) as he threw for 3,882 yards. Note Toledo’s looking to win its third bowl game in as many years but if the Mid-American Conference gang’s gonna win than slowing down Appy State RB Jalin Moore (1,367 yards rushing and 10 TDs) is critical stuff.
Spread Notes – Toledo is 9-2-1 ATS away since the start of last year; Appalachian State covered three of its four non-league affairs this season.
NEW ORLEANS BOWL
Louisiana Superdome – New Orleans, LA
SOUTHERN MISS (6-6) vs. UL-LAFAYETTE (6-6) – 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Bowl historians know that UL-Lafayette played in this very bowl game four years in a row (and won all four!) before getting kayoed from last season’s bowl wars with a shoddy 4-8 SU (straight-up) record, so sixth-year head coach Mark Hudspeth and Company want very much to go down “memory lane” here but the USM Golden Eagles are a 4.5-point (and growing) favorite for this indoors showdown and slowing down Southern Miss slinger Nick Mullens (2,926 yards passing with 22 TDs, 10 INTs) won’t be easy now that he’s allegedly fully recovered from a thumb injury suffered late in the year. Note that Mullens also missed a pair of November games with a concussion. On the flip side, Lafayette can always back on RB Elijah McGuire (1,028 yards rushing and 7 TDs this year) who has gone north of 1,000 rushing yards three years in a row!
Spread Notes – Southern Miss is 3-9 against the odds this year and a composite 23-37 spreadwise since the start of 2012; Note that UL-Lafayette rolls into this bowl tilt on a four-game spread winning streak and the Ragin’ Cajuns are 8-4 ATS overall this season.
NOTE: More NFL Week 15 Previews in the next Jim Sez.
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