NFL Week 16 Previews -- Plus More Bowls Too
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PREVIEWS OF THURSDAY’S POTATO BOWL & FRIDAY AFTERNOON’S BAHAMAS BOWL
The die-hard football fans in the nation’s capital surely wasn’t expecting that on Monday Night when the host Washington Redskins laid a major egg in the 26-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers – never mind that the ‘Skins were the ones chasing after a playoff spot and yet that reshuffl bd secondary couldn’t cover a soul. Washington’s roller-coaster season just added one more “down” turn and so things just got a whole lot better for the likes of Green Bay and Tampa Bay … check out the Washington skid and what’s left is a road game this weekend in Chicago and then a Week 17 home tilt versus the New York Giants.
Nobody with any football sense would be banking on a playoff spot now for Jay Gruden’s club – but maybe that roller-coaster will go up just when you think the ‘Skins are buried?
In any event, no time to waste on this short holiday week – remember most of the NFL Week 16 menu will be played on Saturday – so we’ll get to some key previews right away:
On Thursday, it’s…
NEW YORK GIANTS (10-4) at PHILADELPHIA (5-9) – 8:25pm ET, NBC/NFL Network
The Giants won Round I in this NFC East matchup with a 28-23 win/cover against then 3-point underdog Philadelphia back in Week 9 play though the G-men were aided-and-abetted by a bevy of fourth-down failures by the Birds (blame it on go-for-it crazy head coach Doug Pederson). Here, expect the Giants’ rock-solid defense – which may be minus cover corner Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins – to come hard after kid QB Carson Wentz who threw for 364 yards but two INTs in that first go-round.
The Giants had a four-TD passing game from veteran QB Eli Manning in that Week 9 affair – but you are starting to see more balance in NYG’s attack these days, so Manning may not have to deliver a Hall of Fame-type game to win here. Note the Giants are – again – a three-point fav for this Philly matchup.
Spread Notes – The New York Giants are 4-11-1 ATS (against the spread) in head-to-head showdowns against Philly dating back to the 2008 campaign.
On Saturday, it’s…
MIAMI (9-5) at BUFFALO (7-7) – 1pm ET, CBS
Remember way back when the Dolphins were 1-4 SU (straight-up) this season?
Geez, that seems like a lifetime ago ‘cause rookie head coach Adam Gase has been pushing all the right buttons ever since – Miami’s 8-1 SU since Week 5 – and now he just needs his club to “think warm” here in this rough road test in western New York: No doubt that last Saturday’s easy-as-pie 34-13 win at the 2.5-point underdog New York Jets showed long-time veteran QB Matt Moore (four TD passes) still has the goods to deliver and he goes up against a Bills’ defense that’s allowed 27-or-more points in a half-dozen games this year. Now you know why you’re on the firing line, Rex Ryan!
Spread Notes – The Dolphins are an electric 6-1-2 against the odds since Week 6 play and that includes three-of-four road covers. Meanwhile, Buffalo has covered five of its last seven head-to-head showdowns versus Miami.
MINNESOTA (7-7) at GREEN BAY (8-6) – 1pm ET, Fox
Maybe we all should have trusted Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers a few weeks back when he claimed the Packers were gonna “run the table” on this 2016 season: Since that rotten Sunday Night Football showing in Washington back on Nov. 20th, the Pack’s won four in a row straight-up while going 3-1 against the odds and – better yet – those magical Rodgers plays have re-emerged as in last Sunday’s epic 60-yard middle-of-the-field strike to favorite WR Jordy Nelson that set up the game-winning FG by PK Mason Crosby. If the Packers have a big play or two in ‘em here, it could get ‘em even in the standings with Detroit (9-5) who has the tall task of playing in Dallas come Monday Night – and it could ice the Vikes once and for all.
Spread Notes – Green Bay’s covered both of its divisional home games this year after going 0-3 versus the vig in NFC North home tilts a year ago
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On Thursday, it’s …
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL
Albertson’s Stadium – Boise, ID
COLORADO STATE (7-5) vs. IDAHO (8-4) – 7pm ET, ESPN
Just say this: Both Colorado State and Idaho could’ve made us all rich the past two months as neither team has lost a bet since very early October (see our Spread Notes here for proof) and now the Las Vegas numbers-crunchers have placed Colo State as a 13.5-point betting favorite here thanks in large part to a red-hot offense that’s averaging 47.4 ppg in in its last five games. Check out State slinger Nick Stevens (14 TDs, 3 INTs) who usually is eye-balling top-shelf WR Michael Gallup (70 receptions, 1,164 yards and 11 TDs). Idaho QB Matt Linehan – the son of the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator – had a glittery year too with 2,803 yards passing and 15 TDs. Is this one gonna be closer than the “experts” think? We will have the Side/Totals winners for you on game-day afternoon at the Jim Hurley Network at 1-800-323-4453 or right here online. Got it?
Spread Notes – Colorado State roars into this bowl bash on a seven-game pointspread winning streak and overall the CSU Rams are 10-2 against the odds this year while Idaho’s just as hot also with a seven-game ATS win streak and note the Vandals have covered eight of their last dozen games when placed in the underdog role.
On Friday afternoon, it’s…
Thomas Robinson Stadium – Nassau, Bahamas
EASTERN MICHIGAN (7-5) vs. OLD DOMINION (9-3) – 1pm ET, ESPN
Talk about your bowl novices!
Eastern Michigan is bowling for the first time since 1987 and relative FBS newcomer Old Dom is making its first-ever bowl appearance and so this could get lively considering both offenses sport some real firepower. Watch for Old Dominion RB Ray Lawry (1,112 yards rushing and 11 TDs) and Eastern Michigan QB Brogan Roback (2, 394 yards passing with 16 TDs). Note that the first two editions of the Bahamas Bowl produced 97 and 76 points!
Spread Notes – Eastern Michigan is 8-4 ATS overall this year and the Eagles have covered 5-of-7 games as dogs after having gone 15-29-1 spreadwise as pups between 2012-15. Old Dominion, meanwhile, is a heady 8-3-1 against the odds this season and the Monarchs have posted an 11-4-1 ATS log since the final month of play in 2015.
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