Network Bulletin Sept 12-16

Volume 29, Issue 1 - Thursday, Sept 12 thru Monday, September 16

IS THE NFL ON A RUNAWAY TRAIN TO FAST BREAK FOOTBALL?

Monday Night's victory for the Philadelphia Eagles over the Washington Redskins (which was the first of many Monday night wins here at Jim Hurley's Network) has many in the media wondering now if the whole NFL is on a runaway train to fast break football.

  • Teams increasing tempo are winning
  • Teams incorporating the read option for quarterbacks are winning MORE
  • Defenses, already hurt by rules changes, are flailing and gasping for air

This storyline has been in the making for a few years, given how well Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have performed at high speeds. When the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly from Oregon...where he had been dominating college football with a fast break style...there was a sense that EVERYONE was going to be moving in this direction. Find creativity...even if it's at the college level!

The bookend performances in the NFL for the East Coast media (who didn't stay up for Houston-San Diego because it started after 10 p.m. their time) only magnified the issue. Peyton Manning threw seven touchdown passes in a blowout win for Denver on Thursday Night. Philadelphia led Washington 26-7 at halftime of the Monday Nighter...and it should have been 29-0 or 33-0 given that Washington's only score was on a 90-yard defensive return.

The problem is...there was a lot inside that sandwich that shows you how far the league has to go before it's a wall-to-wall free-for-all.

  • Eyeballs are naturally attracted to action. The NFL's Red Zone channel shows you all the scores. That means, there wasn't much coverage given to all the LOUSY offensive performances last week. Miami and Cleveland were both trying to pick up their pace this year. They only reached 33 points in a dud of a ball game. Jake Locker of Tennessee is supposed to bring a run/pass threat. Tennessee/Pittsburgh ended 16-9 with a late touchdown. Two of the most dangerous run/pass guys in the league...Cam Newton and Russell Wilson squared off in Carolina. The game ended 12-7. It wasn't a week where every game reached 60 points. It was a week where the main TV games reached 60 points

  • There aren't 32 quarterbacks right now who can thrive at this pace! Imagine if Major League Baseball had 10 starting pitchers who could regularly reach 100 mph on their fastballs. That wouldn't necessarily mean the league was trending toward nothing but 100 mph hurlers. Those are rare! There are roughly 150 rotation starters at any given time (5-man rotations for 30 teams). What superstars are doing isn't necessarily what everyone's going to be doing.

  • Running fast break football with a run/pass threat...or even just relying on a run/pass threat in a slower game...can lead to injuries. We've seen that through the years with a variety of running quarterbacks (and RGIII last year). What's happening to young legs before the inevitable ankle and knee injuries...concussions on hard hits...shoulder injuries on hard tackles...can create a false view of reality. Donovan McNabb had escape-ability for awhile. Kordell Steward was "slash" until defenses adjusted and he was slowed by injuries. All these fast young guys will find it hard to play 16 games a season.

It's definitely true that the game is trending faster. The ceiling to what's reasonably possible may be closer than what the mainstream media and the betting markets currently believe. Over/Unders went 8-8 for the weekend...needing Overs in the last five games to force the tie. Not every game is a mix of the old AFL and basketball's ABA.

Something for you to think about as you handicap this weekend's games. Week Two of the NFL began Thursday with the Jets covering the 12-points against the Patriots and in college Texas Tech (+3) beat TCU outright 20-10 for a 2-0 sweep online.

Possible fast-break games this Sunday are San Diego/Philadelphia, Cleveland/Baltimore, New Orleans/Tampa Bay, and Denver/NY Giants. The prime time games Sunday and Monday featuring divisional showdowns...with the possible NFC championship preview of San Francisco/Seattle Sunday followed by Pittsburgh/Cincinnati on Monday Night.

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SEPTEMBER COLLEGE GOLDEN GAME OF THE MONTH
Plus My College Upsetter Completes a Monster Saturday of Non-Stop Winning

All the elements of winning are in place for Saturday for a big play, courtesy of our Vegas pipeline. We've got a situation where the public has bet one game well beyond its value on the line. That's not unusual in of itself and we make money on those spots each week--but in this situation it's so extreme, and it runs directly contrary to what our on-scene sources are telling us, that's it's essentially a free gift!

Last September we had a similar spot when Kansas State was (+16.5) against Oklahoma, but went right to the wire in a 24-19 outright win. We envision another easy double-digit cover on Saturday for September's College Golden Game of the Month!My College Upsetter is a game where we're getting a ton of Free points and this underdog would not surpise us if they won outright.Click here to get my 2 strongest college games so far this season and cash in. Just $50 for both.


NCAA PREVIEWS

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#1 ALABAMA (1-0) at #6 TEXAS A&M (2-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Here's the reality of this much-hyped game in College Station: A loss for either one of these squads doesn't necessarily sink their season in terms of aspiring to play in this year's BCS Championship Game ... but if you look at the respective schedules you surely could make the case there is no other "tough" game for the Crimson Tide until it gets to the SEC Championship Game in December.

Still, 'Bama knows things could have turned out much differently last year after losing 29-24 as two-TD home favorites against QB Johnny Manziel and the Aggies - a game in which "Johnny Football" threw for 253 yards and ran for another 92 yards and 'Bama trailed 20-0 before Nick Saban's crew even knew what hit 'em.

So, with that little history lesson in mind, betting Alabama in the first half minus 4 or 5 points is probably a sound play here and keep in mind we'll have either/both the Side & Totals play on this monster marquee matchup when you check in with us at 1-800-323-4453 or click here to purchase online,

TENNESSEE (2-0) at #2 OREGON (2-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN
Did someone want to know if the here-and-now Oregon Ducks miss former head coach Chip Kelly? Well, it's Kelly's fast-paced offense that this Pac-12 team continues to operate in the great northwest but be sure that Oregon hasn't missed a proverbial beat under rookie boss Mark Helfrich with 66-3 and 59-10 wins against Nicholls State and Virginia, respectively, right out of the starting gate and if you didn't have QB Marcus Mariota on your Heisman Trophy list then you better add 'em right now!

Mariota already has accounted for 433 yards passing and 235 yards rushing with six total TDs through these first two games and not sure that even the new-and-improved Tennessee Vols can keep him in check here - even while grabbing hold of a four-TD price from the good folks in Las Vegas!

Note that Oregon is a collective 13-7-2 ATS (against the spread) whenever laying twin-figure prices while dating back to late in the 2010 season - that's a swift .650 winning rate - and did you realize the Ducks actually have held 10 of their last 13 foes to 21 points or less? You can look it up, Jack!

#16 UCLA (1-0) at #23 NEBRASKA (2-0) - 12 p.m. ET, ABC
Here's the only other game besides Alabama vs. Texas A&M that pits nationally-ranked team against one another and the question we have is this: Are the UCLA Bruins a "sleeping giant" type as we roll our way into the early stages of this 2013 season?

No doubt Jim L. Mora's club is well-rested following its 58-20 win against Nevada two weekends ago when QB Brett Hundley threw for two TDs and rushed for another pair of scores but there remains a question here regarding the overall focus of the Pac-12 team after the tragic auto accident death of walk-on WR Nick Pasquale last Sunday. Mora has not allowed any of his players to talk with the media as the Bruins continue to grieve and not till Saturday will we know if UCLA's hearts-and-minds are in this game or not.

Note: The 'Huskers, meanwhile, have been playing up the revenge angle after UCLA scored a 36-30 win last year in Pasadena.

My Last TV Triple Went 2-1
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There are good games up and down the card in week 3 of the college season.
We're looking at games like: UCLA at Nebraska (3:30 ET, ABC) Tennessee at Oregon (3:30 ET, ABC), Notre Dame at Purdue (8pm ET, ABC), and more.
Our last TV Triple Play went 2-1 cashing wins on Alabama over Virginia Tech and Clemson over Georgia, but missing on TCU vs. LSU.
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#20 WISCONSIN (2-0) at ARIZONA STATE (1-0) - 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
We're looking at snatching up the 5.5 points here with the Big 10's Wisky Badgers .... and we'll tell you why:
First-year head coach Gary Andersen's squad really kept its collective focus throughout earlier-season shutout wins against UMass and Tennessee Tech and the depth this Badgers' bunch has exhibited is key when A-State starts tuning things up with a higher-paced offense.

If Wisconsin's ground game - currently ranked #3 in the land while averaging 390 rushing yards a game - can keep hold of the ball for close to 40 minutes here then there won't be so many opportunities for Sun Devils' slinger Taylor Kelly who fired five TD passes in last week's 52-0 win against Sacramento State. Gotta say the points look inviting in a 27-24 type final ... one way or the other!

#25 OLE MISS (2-0) at TEXAS (1-1) - 8 p.m. ET, Longhorn Network
Hmm, wonder who the Texas "scapegoat" will be here if/when the Longhorns fall to the 3 ½-point underdog Ole Miss Rebels! Following last Saturday's weather-interrupted 40-21 loss at BYU the firing of Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was announced - he's been replaced by oft-recycled DC Greg Robinson - and you do have to wonder how an in-season change such as this will filter down and keep in mind Ole Miss runs a really fast-paced offense with lots of speed-burners at the ready.

It could be that Rebels WRs Evan Engram (the freshman has 7 catches for 131 yards) and veteran Dante Moncrief (7 catches for 130 yards) will burn a secondary that really hasn't been very good for the past few years ... stay tuned.
And don't be shy about gobbling up the points as this Ole Miss team could be head for a double-digit win season.

NFL WEEK 3 PREVIEWS

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NFL WEEK 2 - TOP SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS

SAN FRANCISCO (1-0) at SEATTLE -- 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Is the NFC West - the once-upon-a-time laughingstock of this league - now the strongest division in all of pro football? Sure seems that way as two top-notch and Super Bowl-legit squads from this division square off in the great northwest this Sunday night and our Jim Hurley scouts are strong on the Niners plus the 3-point price.

No doubt Jim Harbaugh's club has a long memory and last year's 42-13 loss in Seattle on the next-to-last regular-season weekend still stings the defending NFC champs and gotta believe QB Colin Kaepernick - fresh off a brilliant 412-yard, 3-TD passing show in that 34-28 win/cover against Green Bay - will be aces here while getting downfield help from WR Anquan Boldin (an amazing 13 receptions for 208 yards last Sunday at Candlestick Park) and friends.

Hey, if Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams didn't lose a fumble inside the Seahawks' 10-yard line last weekend, then Seattle - a 12-7 winner against the Panthers - might right now be looking up at both San Fran and St. Louis as early-season division leaders. We know which side we're on but we'll have a firmed up rating for this game on Sunday morning, It's our NFC Sunday Night Game of the Year.

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WASHINGTON (0-1) at GREEN BAY (0-1) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
There are not many NFL teams in history that find success while starting off the year at 0-2 SU (straight-up) and so - yeah - there's a major sense of urgency here for both the TD-plus underdog Redskins and the equally desperate Packers but now hear this:

Washington is travelling off the short work week following Monday Night's 33-27 loss to Philadelphia and there's loads of rust on QB Robert Griffin III's game even though he scraped some off en route to a 329-yard, two-TD performance against the Birds. Throw into the mix the fact that now Green Bay LB Clay Matthews has had his "manhood" questioned by a certain Harbaugh brother and you get the sense the Packers will be revved-up and quite angry for this important NFC tilt.

If Washington's so-so secondary can't keep up with WR Jordy Nelson here (see 7 catches for 130 yards and one score last week in SF) than it could be curtains early here for the 'Skins. Did anyone say something about Green Bay and the "over"?

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DENVER (1-0) at NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1) - 4:25 p.m. ET
Everyone's making a big deal out of the fact that this is Manning Bowl III - yes, Peyton's won the first two over Eli but both of those wins came when big brother was in Indianapolis (see 2006 and 2010 seasons) - but the big deal here is can the Giants hang onto the football one week after committing an ungodly six turnovers in that 36-31 loss in Dallas?

Now that Giants RB David Wilson has tweeted his feelings out - he called NY Giants fans "irrelevant" - it'll be interesting to see just how many touches G-men head coach Tom Coughlin/offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride gives Wilson here after he lost a pair of fumbles against the Cowboys with one of 'em returned for a score.

Note the extra prep time here for the visiting Broncos who battered Baltimore 49-27 behind P. Manning's seven touchdown passes but what was really intriguing there was the fact three pass-catchers - that's WRs Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker and TE Julius Thomas - combined for 334 receiving yards and all six of the scores.
Hey, the totals price has gone up here from 52.5 to 55.5; and we say go "over" now before it climbs upwards even further ... got it?

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