NFL Week 14 Stars Off with Falcons’ Mistake-Filled Win









Make no mistake about it, that was a real bungle-fest in Atlanta last night … right?

Okay, so the NBC/NFL Network shills, err, announcers were quick to claim the Falcons’ hang-on-for-dear-life 20-17 win over the 2.5-point underdog New Orleans Saints was a “thriller” but the reality was Atlanta QB Matt Ryan (three interceptions) and Saints’ slinger Drew Brees (ungodly bad INT in game’s closing moments when a field goal would have tied it up) were far from their Pro Bowl selves in this NFC South showdown – hey, we were surprised Ryan showed his face for the on-the-field post-game interview! – and neither team looked like Super Bowl contenders, if you really want to know the truth and nothing but the truth!

And, heck, we haven’t yet mentioned the fact that Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn – he’s no Vince Lombardi, to be sure – for some reason declined a penalty late in the game that would have made it third-and-11 for the Saints and right on the edge of field goal range. Instead, the Saints went for it on fourth down and converted and made Quinn look foolish but then the Brees pick got ‘em off the hook. And what about New Orleans head coach Sean Payton charging onto the field to draw a game-sealing unsportsmanlike penalty?

Folks, it was a disaster of a game and one that was truly frustrating for “over” players, Saints bettors and, for that matter, even Falcons’ backers who had to sweat it out … what a way to get NFL Week 14 jump-started!


Extra, extra …

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 14 Winners continuing on with Saturday’s Army-Navy game in Philadelphia as we put a capper on the regular season for the College Kids.

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Plus, NFL Week 14 rock-n-rolls on Sunday with a slew of big-time games including Seattle at Jacksonville, Minnesota at Carolina, Philadelphia at the Los Angeles Rams and the prime-timer between Baltimore at Pittsburgh – and get all the daily/nightly College Basketball and NBA Winners too!


In other NFL Week 14 News/Notes …

Lots of folks in the New York/New Jersey area will be watching this train-wreck NY Giants team in its final four games of the year – there’s plenty of chatter that says interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo will land the job at year’s end should the “audition” go well but if you choose to “connect the dots” then consider that right now the favorite to grab the vacant general manager job is former Carolina GM Dave Gettleman and he could look to gobble up someone in that Panthers organization – perhaps long-time offensive coordinator Mike Shula finally gets his NFL head-coaching gig? …

Finally, for all the folks out there who claim that betting on the woe-be-gone Cleveland Browns is almost a “lost cause” consider the following: The Browns actually enter Sunday’s home game against the 3-point favorite Green Bay Packers with a rotten-to-the-core 0-12 SU (straight-up) mark but Cleveland’s 3-9 ATS (against the spread) and note a few other miserable NFL teams when it comes to the Las Vegas price tags: Arizona is 3-8-1 vig-wise, Denver is 2-9-1 ATS and Tampa Bay’s 3-8-1 against the odds … so there!



On Saturday, it’s …

ARMY (8-3) vs. NAVY (6-5) – 3 p.m. ET, CBS (in Philadelphia)

You might be surprised to find out that Navy “only” leads this series 60-50-7 – hey, the Midshipmen had won a gazillion in a row until last year Army copped a 21-17 win. Now the Black Knights on the Hudson are “only” a 3-point underdog for this clash and they charge into this game with the better mojo (see six wins in their last seven games) while Navy’s dropped five of its last six games and Ken Niumatalolo’s squad has been held below 28 points in those five losses since mid-October and oft-injured QB Zach Abey (1,322 yards rushing and 14 ground scores) will try to find some creases against an Army stop unit that’s among the top 40 defenses in the country this year.

If the Middies can’t get Abey and the triple-option offense in gear, then they’ll have to batten down the hatches against Army QB Ahmad Bradshaw (1,472 yards rushing with 11 ground scores) and solid backfield that ranks first nationally in rushing yards per game (368.1 yards).

Spread Stats – Army has covered the last three in a row and six of the last eight head-to-head showdowns against Navy. Note that the West Pointers, however, are a composite 17-28 ATS away since the start of the 2011 season while the Midshipmen are a solid 15-9-1 spreadwise as betting favorites the past three years.


In College Bowl News/Notes …

Have you already lost track of all the bowl games that have been affected by coaching moves (or soon-to-be coaching moves)?

Just for the record, Oregon will have a new interim coach for its Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 16) versus Boise State; SMU will have to fill the slot just left vacant by Arkansas-bound Chad Morris for its Frisco Bowl game against Louisiana Tech; and UCLA has interim Jedd Fisch in place for its Cactus Bowl game against Kansas State – and those are just three instances between now and the day-after-Christmas. The bottom line is often times the “distracted” teams simply don’t show up at bowl time, so we’ll be studying extra hard to see if the likes of Oregon, SMU and UCLA – not to mention Florida State, Mississippi State and UCF all of whom will have new head coaches in place for the 2018 season.


NOTE: Catch our key NFL Week 14 game previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.



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