Chiefs Batter Pats in NFL Kickoff Game -- Plus College Previews Ahead
THE NFL ’17 SEASON SWINGS INTO HIGH GEAR
WITH A REAL STUNNER AS KC BAGS 42-27 UPSET WIN
OVER 9-POINT FAV NEW ENGLAND …
PLUS WE SAMPLE SOME OF WHAT’S AHEAD
ON THE FRIDAY & SATURDAY COLLEGE GRIDIRON CARD
Now, that’s no way to defend a Super Bowl championship, eh?
The New England Patriots – who wowed the sports world last February with the greatest comeback in SB history and entered this 2017 season as odds-on (as in 2-to-1) betting favorites to win it all again this year – were on the short end of a 42-27 loss to Kansas City last night and how about the fact the heavy-duty favored Patriots yielded 21 points in the fourth quarter alone, surrendered some 368 passing yards to Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith and a whopping total of 537 yards (that was 8.3 yards per play, folks) to a KC team that once-upon-a-time was considered a merely pedestrian offense.
If you wish to go back to the pair of short-yardage plays that the Pats didn’t convert in the first half, so be it but it wound up being some sight watching New England QB Tom Brady get sacked a few times late and watching that NE defense grasping for air on a few of those long-gainer plays by Kansas City playmakers.
Yes, KayCee rookie RB Kareem Hunt – lost fumble and all on his first-ever pro carry -- finished with 246 all-purpose yards and the aforementioned Smith (4 TDs, 0 INTs) experienced a magical night and so there won’t be any chatter regarding a “perfect season” unless, of course, it’s the Chiefs who create any sort of 16-and-oh buzz … you never know!
P.S., Kansas City was listed as an 18-to-1 price to win it all this year – sure, it’s a long way to cashing but those look like neat odds just one week into its ’17 campaign.
The Jim Hurley Network is ready to cash in big-time with yet another slam-bang NFL Season straight ahead and we want you to come along for the ride! Cash in with all the NFL Week 1 games this weekend as the sked includes a monster Sunday Nighter between the NY Giants at Dallas and a Monday Night twin-bill with New Orleans at Minnesota followed by the Los Angeles Chargers at Denver.
And there’s another big week of College Games on tap too featuring the much-hyped #7 Oklahoma at #2 Ohio State tilt in prime time along with #14 Stanford at #6 USC, #13 Auburn at #3 Clemson … and much more!
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THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND MENU
On Friday, it’s …
#11 OKLAHOMA STATE (1-0) at SOUTH ALABAMA (0-1) – 8 p.m. ET, espn2
Last week the Okie State Cowboys delivered a big-time “totals” winner for Jim Hurley Network fans in that rollicking 59-24 win/cover versus Tulsa and now slinger Mason Rudolph (three long TD strikes last Thursday) looks to strike it rich again but there could be lots of scoring on both sides here -- check with us online here at www.jimhurley.com or at 1-800-323-4453 to see if there’s another “totals” play on tap.
On Saturday, it’s …
PITTSBURGH (1-0) at #4 PENN STATE (1-0) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
No question that the “revenge angle” has helped to move this Las Vegas price tag as the host Nittanies Lions are now a 22-point fav (again, the opening line here was -17 points) after Pitt cost ‘em a shot at being part of last year’s College Football Playoffs with 42-39 Panthers’ win. If Penn State’s terrific tandem of QB Trace McSorley and RB Saquon Barkley – the former threw for 280 yards and 2 TDs in 52-0 win against Akron last week; the latter rang up 246 all-purpose yards and two scores – are playing their “A” games, than this could be a name-the-score special.
#23 TCU (1-0) at ARKANSAS (1-0) – 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Delicious matchup of long-time-ago Southwest Conference clubs – remember the Razorbacks squeezed out a 41-38 twin-OT win last year in Fort Worth – and we’ll be keeping special tabs on Arkansas QB Austin Allen who scored the game-winning TD versus the Frogs with a five-yard run. Can the Hog defense snap up a couple of picks against oft-erratic QB Kenny Hill?
#13 AUBURN (1-0) at #3 CLEMSON (1-0) – 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Hey, Clemson fans, let’s not put QB Kelly Bryant into any Hall of Fame yet, okay? Last week Bryant accounted for 313 yards of offense and a pair of TDs in a 56-3 walkover win/cover against Kent State but this is a true test for Deshaun Watson’s heir and – for what it’s worth – last week Auburn’s defense stopped all 15 third-down plays run by the Georgia Southern offense.
#14 STANFORD (1-0) at #6 USC (1-0) – 8:30 p.m. ET, Fox
In case you didn’t realize, Stanford’s a heady 7-3-1 ATS (against the spread) in its last 11 showdowns with USC and that includes last year’s convincing 27-10 win as TD favs at “The Farm”. Maybe you think quarterbacks first/foremost in this Pac-12 rivalry but we say team that runs it better wins here as Stanford’s RB Bryce Love churned out 180 ground yards in the 62-7 season-opening win against Rice in Australia while SC’s Ronald Jones II had 159 rushing yards with three TDs in last week’s tougher-than-it-looked 49-31 non-over win against Western Michigan. Yes, you read it right at Trojans QB Sam Darnold didn’t throw a single TD last week.
Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to be back with us as tomorrow’s Jim Sez gets you a #5 Oklahoma vs. #2 Ohio State preview along with NFL Week 1 previews/notes.
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