Bears-Packers Get The NFL 4 Week Off-and-Runnin’
NFL WEEK 4 –
IT ALL GETS KICK-STARTED WITH BEARS-PACKERS
SHOWDOWN TONIGHT FROM LAMBEAU FIELD …
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
CHECKS OUT THE BEST TEAM BETS (SO FAR)
Just one week after NFL Underdogs banged out an uber-impressive 11-4-0 ATS (against the spread) record that featured outright upset wins by Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Chicago, the New York Jets, Buffalo, New Orleans and Washington ‘ya gotta wonder if the “chalk” will have their collective say here in NFL Week 4 play.
One thing we noticed is there are seven games on the docket where the Las Vegas pointspread is 6.5 points-or-more – that’s a little more than usual – but check out the fact that there’s a couple of pretty decent teams taking a bundle of points (we’re talking about Carolina + 9 at New England; Washington + 7 at Kansas City on MNF) and you might be thinking these prices are a bit tool “tall” or maybe Vegas’ number-crunchers are letting you know not that many folks are keenly interested in wagering against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots or the red-hot Chiefs these days, right?
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NFL WEEK 4
On Thursday, it’s …
CHICAGO (1-2) at GREEN BAY (2-1) – 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
If you happen to be a believer in “momentum”, than consider the Packers rallied last Sunday from a 21-7 deficit to down the gritty Cincinnati Bengals 27-24 in overtime – so does that mean QB Aaron Rodgers and Company will be hot-to-trot right from the start of this NFC North showdown? Well, Green Bay has some serious O-line problems – two and maybe even three regulars along Rodgers’ blocking wall could be out here – and so Bears’ fans no doubt must believe this is a “winnable” game but Chicago’s gonna have to get a shot in the arm from QB Mike Glennon who currently ranks a lowly 25th in the NFL in passer rating.
The Bears are fresh off their own OT win – they topped Pittsburgh 23-17 last Sunday at Soldier Field – and for John Fox’s gang to nab back-to-back outright upsets they’re gonna need RBs Jordan Thomas and Tarik Cohen to explode for some big chunk plays.
Hey, did you know this ancient NFL rivalry currently stands at 94-94-6 … really!
Spread Stats – Green Bay is 25-12 ATS in NFC North games since the start of the 2012 season. Chicago’s failed to cover seven of its last nine road games since the start of 2016.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
The college kids are a full month-plus through this here-and-now 2017 season and so let’s take a gander at a batch of clubs that – so far – are absolutely perfect versus the vig:
DUKE – The ’17 Blue Devils are no fluke as this ACC crew has covered all four of its pointspread verdicts thus far and that includes double-digit SU (straight-up) triumphs against fellow Power 5 sides Northwestern, Baylor and North Carolina. Hey, it’s not just a potent offense (averaging 40.5 ppg) that’s driving this bus as the defense ranks 11th nationally in overall defense and the Dookies are second nationally against the rush (65.3 ypg).
What’s Next? Duke hosts 6.5-point favorite Miami on Friday night.
GEORGIA TECH – Here’s another ACC gang that’s been better than expected as the Yellow Jackets have banged out three consecutive season-opening pointspread W’s” and give Paul Johnson’s crew a pat on the back for bouncing back from that one-point/twin-OT loss versus Tennessee on opening night. The ground game ranks #1 in the land while averaging a haughty 393.7 ypg and that ain’t bad considering Johnson chucked star RB Dedrick Mills off the squad just prior to the start of the campaign.
What’s Next? The GT Jackets are a solid 9.5-point betting favorite for Saturday’s noon home game against North Carolina.
IOWA STATE – We’ll get an up-close and personal look at these ISU Cyclones tonight when they host Big 12 rival (and 6.5-point fav) Texas as Matt Campbell’s crew shoots for a dashing 4-and-oh ATS start. Nobody talks about ‘em, but fiery QB Jacob Park has completed 67 percent of his passes and has 8 TD tosses.
What’s Next? Yup, a major prime-time showdown with the Texas Longhorns and note Iowa State’s 10-3 spreadwise as hosts the past two-plus seasons.
SMU – If you knew these Mustangs were riding a four-game spread winning streak to start the year, then treat yourself to a frosty beverage! The truth is this American Athletic Conference crew actually has covered nine of its last 11 games while dating back to last year.
What’s Next? SMU is currently an 18-point betting favorite against visiting UConn this Saturday.
In other College Football News/Notes …
Did you happen to notice who slipped into the Associated Press Top 25 the other day?
The #22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-1) jumped into the Top 25 fray following last Saturday’s dominant 38-18 win at 3.5-point fav Michigan State and, whether or not the college football world really “believes” that this ND team has the goods to make a run for the playoffs, the truth is eighth-year head coach Brian Kelly deserves a heap of credit considering he lost not one but two “starting” quarterbacks off last year’s team when DeShone Kizer took his stuff to the NFL’s Cleveland Browns while lefty Malik Zaire dashed off to Florida State. Now, kid QB Brandon Wimbush (173 passing yards with 1 TD and 0 INT last week against Sparty) is showing this stage isn’t too big for him and wins against Miami-Ohio and North Carolina these next two weekends could have ‘em sitting pretty for the Oct. 21st home against USC.
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