Seahawks Clinch NFC West (Again); and More Week 15 Goodies


Maybe Seattle Seahawks’ CB Richard Sherman will change his mind regarding these oft-criticized Thursday Night Games:

After all, Sherman was his Pro Bowl self in last night’s 24-3 win/cover against the 15.5-point underdog Los Angeles Rams – great coverage all night and one mighty sideline hit on rookie QB Jared Goff too – but the proverbial bottom line is the NFC West champs now get 10 days to idle down and look to slide into that all-important #2 seed in the upcoming NFC Playoffs.

Are we staring at a Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys free-for-all come the NFC Championship Game next month? Wow, that’d be a whole lotta fun!

And now hear this …

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On Sunday, it’s …

TENNESSEE (7-6) at KANSAS CITY (10-3) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Get this: The KC Chiefs have lost only one game since Oct. 2nd (a 19-17 home setback against Tampa Bay in Week 11) and so Andy Reid’s guys really have “the hang of it” despite the fact this AFC West crew ranks 23rd in the league in total offense and 27th in the NFL in total defense … yes, the Chiefs are the NFL’s third-best team in terms of turnover margin per game and that’s the key here ‘cause DL Dontari Poe and mates must turn over QB Marcus Mariota (only 88 passing yards last week in that 13-10 home win/cover versus Denver) and RB DeMarco Murray (1,135 yards rushing and the best fantasy league guy nobody talks about!) or else this could be paper-thin close at the finish line.

Spread Notes – Kansas City’s 6-2-1 ATS (against the spread) since the team’s Week 5 bye and note the Chiefs are a decent 13-8-1 spreadwise as betting favorite since late 2014. Tennessee is just 5-8 against the odds overall this year and 7-15 ATS under second-season boss Mike Mularkey.

OAKLAND (10-3) at SAN DIEGO (5-8) – 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Amazing thing about this year’s Raiders is that they are seven games above .500 and yet the silver-and-black is only a + 38 in the points differential category. Okay, so Oakland squeezed out a 34-31 non-cover home win against the SD Chargers back in Week 5 – one of seven wins by a touchdown or less this year -- when QB Derek Carr threw for 317 yards and two TDs with WR Amari Cooper proving to be the super-hero there with 138 yards receiving. The Chargers, on the flip side, have been the NFL’s biggest snake-bit team with six setbacks by 7-or-fewer points. Cover Cooper and the Bolts may get their in-season revenge, we’ll see.

Spread Notes – Oakland has not sported a winning pointspread record since 2011 but right now the Raiders are 8-5 versus the vig in 2016 … but just 1-3 vig-wise in their divisional games. San Diego, meanwhile, is 7-6 against the big board this year and did you know the Chargers are a profitable 24-16-1 ATS as pups since late in the 2012 campaign?


We’ll take a one-day break from feeding y’all Bowl Previews – over the weekend we’ll get you Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl (that’s Central Michigan vs. Tulsa) and Tuesday’s Boca Raton Bowl (that’s Memphis vs. Western Kentucky) – so let’s spend a few moments on overall Bowl News/Notes:

Obviously, there are a slew of storylines when you get to the pre-playoff bowls and one of ‘em – of course – is the movement of head coaches.

Did you know that the following bowl teams won’t be going to battle in their December bowls with the same coaches who led them this season:?

Here’s the rundown in chart form …

TEAM     BOWL            NEW HC                   FORMER HC

Houston Las Vegas     Major Applewhite  Tom Herman

Indiana   Foster Farm  Tom Allen              Kevin Wilson

Temple   Military          Ed Foley (int.)       Matt Rhule

USF         Birmingham  T.J. Weist (int.)     Willi Taggart

West Ky. Boca Raton  Nick Holt (int.)      Jeff Brohm

Hey, here’s some interesting pointspread tid-bits as they relate to specific bowls this month …

BELK BOWL – Betting Favorites are 9-4 ATS here and that includes chalk covers the last five years in a row.

This year’s Belk Bowl matchup: Virginia Tech (- 7) vs. Arkansas (Dec. 29th)

CACTUS BOWL – The underdog sides have covered 13 of the last 20 games here including last year when 2.5-point pup Arizona State slipped under the number en route to a 43-42 SU (straight-up) loss to West Virginia.

This year’s Cactus Bowl matchup: Baylor (+ 7) vs. Boise State (Dec. 27th)

HOLIDAY BOWL – Again the dogs have ruled the day in this San Diego-based bowl game that usually includes lots of fireworks. Underdogs are 13-7 ATS the past 20 Holiday Bowls including dog covers each of the past four years.

This year’s Holiday Bowl matchup: Minnesota (+ 9.5) vs. Washington State (Dec. 27th)

SUN BOWL – Believe it or not, point-taking sides are an electric 16-4 against the odds in the last 20 Sun Bowl bashes although truth is the favorites have covered two of the last three games.

This year’s Sun Bowl matchup: North Carolina (+ 4) vs. Stanford (Dec. 30th)

NOTE: Catch our NFL Week 15 Sunday Night Preview – that’s the Tampa Bay Bucs at the Dallas Cowboys – plus more Bowl Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.


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