NFL Twin-Bill on Saturday Plus More Bowls
OUR NFL WEEK 15
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OF SATURDAY SHOWDOWNS PLUS THERE’S
MORE COLLEGE BOWLS AHEAD
Ready or not, the NFL’s “Game of the Year” arrives this Sunday – heck, the TV folks have been dissing on the New England Patriots versus Pittsburgh Steelers for weeks now, right? – but there’s goodies to get to before we get to 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.
Hope you enjoyed the Week 15 “appetizer” – last night’s 25-13 win/cover by the 3-point favored Denver Broncos over the banged-up Indianapolis Colts wound up being a “feel-good” moment for Broncos’ QB Brock Osweiler (194 yards passing with two TDs and one rushing score) who rightfully called his recent experiences “like a roller-coaster” but maybe Denver has re-stumbled back to their QB of the future.
In any event, there’s a pair of Saturday games on the NFL Week 15 docket and we’ll dish y’all quick-hitter previews on them plus get you a couple more College Bowl Games slated for Saturday but first this key reminder:
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NFL WEEK 15
On Saturday, it’s …
CHICAGO (4-9) at DETROIT (7-6) – 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network
No reason to depress you, Bears and Lions fans, but did you know these teams have combined for one single playoff win between ‘em the past 10 years? Well, odds are they’re not gonna add to that post-season win total – the Lions are holding out hope they can run the table and get some outside help to make this year’s post-season party, but don’t count on it! – but that’s pipe dream stuff and especially when you consider QB Matthew Stafford continues to play with a bruised throwing/right hand.
Spread Stats – Chicago is 4-1-1 ATS (against the spread) in its last half-dozen games against Detroit. The Lions, meanwhile, have failed to cover six of their last eight home games.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-6) at KANSAS CITY (7-6) – 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
As the late/great Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise”!
The Los Angeles Chargers were a dead-in-the-water item after the first month of play with an 0-4 SU (straight-up) mark that “featured” losses by 3, 2 and 3 points but here’s QB Philip Rivers (3,611 yards passing with 23 TDs and 7 INTs) and mates looking to jockey their way into an AFC West crown and it’s sure helped that the Chiefs have come “back to the pack”. One key here: Can Kansas City’s oft-disgruntled CB Marcus Peters apply the clamps on red-hot Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen?
Spread Stats – The LA Chargers enter this prime-time affair having covered seven of their last nine games overall while the KC Chiefs are a composite 8-2 ATS in AFC West games.
In other NFL Week 15 News Items …
The return of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has the football world buzzing – whether he’ll be the magic potion for the Pack to make it to the playoff or not is the $64,000 question these days – but what about his presence come Sunday? Some sports books have listed the Carolina Panthers as a 6- or 6.5-point favorite over visiting Green Bay based on the thought Rodgers would miss this game but most books now have the Panthers priced as a 3-point betting favorite. Middle, anyone? …
Speaking of quarterbacks, this NFL Week 15 will bring us some new faces at the all-important QB position with the NFC East champ Philadelphia Eagles replacing the out-for-the-year Carson Wentz with Nick Foles (98 yards passing this year) while Houston goes with long-time backup T.J. Yates for the damaged Tom Savage and the New York Jets are going with Bryce Petty at 15.5-point fav New Orleans after the season-ending broken hand suffered by J-E-T-S slinger Josh McCown.
COLLEGE BOWL BONANZA
On Saturday, it’s …
NEW MEXICO BOWL – at Albuquerque, NM
MARSHALL (7-5) vs. COLORADO STATE (7-5) – 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
There’s nothing like skidding your way to the finish line:
Marshall was 6-1 SU to start off this here-and-now 2017 season but the Thundering Herd lost four of its final five regular-season games and now veteran QB Chase Litton (2,853 yards passing with 23 TDs) must stay step-for-step with opposite number QB Nick Stevens who threw for 3,479 yards with 27 TDs and just 10 INTs – and better keep an eye peeled here on Colorado State WR Michael Gallup (94 catches for 1,345 yards and 7 TDs) who was part of our Jim Sez Heisman Trophy Watch List for a couple of weeks this year. The CSU Rams were belted 61-50 by Idaho in last year’s Potato Bowl (the game was never close) and third-year boss-man Mike Bobo promises this one’s gonna have a far different result … we’ll see.
Spread Stats – Colorado State staggers into this bowl bash on a six-game pointspread losing streak; Marshall is 8-4 versus the vig overall this season and the Thundering Herd’s covered all five of their bowl games since 2009.
CAMELLIA BOWL – at Montgomery, AL
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (6-6) vs. ARKANSAS STATE (7-4) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
The totals price on this clash in ‘Bama has been going up, up and away – it opened at 57.5 points and was 63.5 points at last check – and part of the reason for “over” bettors getting involved is Middle Tennessee State QB Brent Stockstill who’s healthy after missing all/parts of six games this year. The lefty Stockstill threw for 1,006 yards with 9 TDs and just 2 INTs in the Blue Raiders’ past four games and he attempts to stop a bowl skid that’s at four losses in a row under daddy Rick. On the other side of this coin, Arkansas State’s looking to string together back-to-back bowl wins after beating UCF 31-13 in last year’s New Orleans Bowl. Junior QB Justice Hansen (3,630 yards passing with 34 TDs and 15 INTs) was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Spread Stats – Arkansas State is 20-11 ATS as betting favorites the past four years; Middle Tennessee State’s a rotten 1-5 against the odds away this year.
NOTE: Catch our Patriots-Steelers game preview plus more in tomorrow’s Jim Sez.
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