It’s Chiefs-Pats in NFL Kickoff Showdown
NFL ’17 SEASON KICKS OFF
IN FOXBORO TONIGHT AS THE DEFENDING
SUPER BOWL CHAMP PATRIOTS ARE LAYIN’
A BUNDLE AGAINST KANSAS CITY …
MORE NFL WEEK 1 NEWS/NOTES INCLUDING
THE ELLIOTT SITUATION IN DALLAS …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE
Here’s a little something to keep in mind when it comes to the New England Patriots:
The last time they were fresh off a Super Bowl-winning season (see 2014) they started off the next year with a pointspread push in a 28-21 prime-time win against the Pittsburgh Steelers … then the Pats went on to win/cover their next three in a row.
In other words, for all of those folks expecting (hoping?) that New England is gonna suffer any sort of post-SB hangover early in the ensuing year, your most immediate results from the start of 2015 appear to show the Patriots are immune to such things.
Still, this 9-point price tag of the Pats over the Kansas City Chiefs for the NFL’s Kickoff Game is a whopper – consider that last year’s KC club was an underdog on four different occasions (note they covered three-of-four) and none of the pointspreads was higher than + 5. Just sayin’!
We’ll get you our Jim Sez quick-hitter preview of Chiefs-Patriots in just a moment but first this key reminder …
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NFL WEEK 1 –
On Thursday Night, it’s …
KANSAS CITY at NEW ENGLAND – 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
As we pointed out in yesterday’s Jim Sez column, the Patriots are odds-on favorites to cop Super Bowl LII come the first Sunday in February (basically a 2-to-1 price at press time) and – from all reports – there’s major optimism in New England that this is the “best team” the Pats have had in years.
New England’s 40-year-old QB Tom Brady is minus his best pass-catcher/security blanket WR Julian Edelman who tore up his knee in a Preseason Week 3 game in Detroit but there’s weapons galore with TE Rob Gronkowski back to wreak havoc against a KC secondary that needs step-up games from everyone there including S Eric Berry.
So, are the Pats good enough here to cover this close-to double-digit price tag against a KayCee squad that was a 12-game winner itself last year?
Well, if the Chiefs can get the ball into the mitts of WR/return specialist Tyreek Hill seven-to-10 times here – we’re wondering if QB Alex Smith can launch it deep to the speedy Hill – than the Chiefs could make this nail-biter city.
Spread Notes – New England banged out a scintillating 11-1-1 ATS (against the spread) record in non-AFC East games last year and overall the Patriots are 25-10-3 vig-wise as hosts dating back to the start of 2013. On the flip side, Kansas City’s covered 13 of its last 19 away games the past two years.
In other NFL Week 1 News/Notes …
Now that the Dallas Cowboys know superstar RB Ezekiel Elliott will indeed be in uniform for Sunday Night’s home game against the New York Giants, you wonder just how much this has been a distraction for “America’s Team”. The alleged six-game suspension – apparently – is on hold till further notice but if Elliott plays Sunday and then is suspended for anywhere from four-to-six games it’ll look as if the league/television partner NBC wanted him suited up for this prime-time tilt.
Hey, Major-League Baseball just pulled this same stunt with New York Yankees catcher/DH Gary Sanchez allowed to hold off his 3-game suspension till after last weekend’s four-game set with the rival Boston Red Sox (where three of those games were nationally-televised events) …
Finally, postponement of Tampa Bay at Miami game thanks to Hurricane Irma was a no-brainer and we don’t want to hear any complaints about both teams “losing their bye” in Week 11. Hey, what were the odds both the Bucs and Dolphins would share the same bye week in the first place?
COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE –
CHECKING OUT A COUPLE OF KEY REVENGE GAMES
Have you noticed how the Las Vegas pointspreads have been going up, up and away in some of these “revenge games”?
Note that the Penn State Nittany Lions – a 42-39 loser at Pittsburgh last year – have shot up from an opening-line of minus 17 points to 22 points at last check. The Nittanies know that last year’s loss to Pitt cost ‘em a shot in the College Football Playoffs … will they post 50-plus points on ‘em here?
And how about the under-the-radar tilt between TCU at Arkansas? Note last year the 10-point road underdog Hogs snagged a wild 41-38 win – Arkansas opened as a 2.5-point favorite for Saturday’s clash in Fayetteville and it’s turned all the way around with TCU currently favored by 3.5 points. Let’s see if “revenge” is sweet for Horned Frog backers who have bet this number up, up and away.
Note: Catch up with more NCAA Football and NFL Week 1 News & Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.
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