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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:44 AM

Sunday was a MONSTER day for some of our VSM handicappers. Wayne Root, after a huge Saturday that was highlighted by a Perfect Play winner on BYU plus the points against Texas….went 5-1 on his NFL six releases Sunday and hit ANOTHER Perfect Play.


  • Perfect Play: Houston (-9) beat Indianapolis 34-7...WINNER
  • Pinnacle Play: St. Louis (+4) lost to Philadelphia
  • No Limit Play: Dallas (+6) covered in a 27-24 loss to the NY Jets...WINNER
  • Insiders Circle: Buffalo (+5.5) beat Kansas City 41-7...WINNER
  • Billionaire Play: San Francisco (-5.5) beat Seattle 33-17...WINNER
  • Millionaire Play: Chicago (+2.5) beat Atlanta 30-12...WINNER

Buffalo beat the Vegas spread by almost 40 points. Chicago covered by almost three touchdowns, and Houston was right behind them. San Francisco got the money by double digits, which seemed like a nailbiter in comparison. And, THE KING OF UPSETS nailed outright winners on Buffalo, and Chicago….and the Cowboys should have won the Jets game straight up too. Dallas led straight up by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The undisputed KING OF LAS VEGAS is 8-2-1 in Saturday colleges so far in the short season…and now 5-1 on NFL Sundays!

Respected oddsmaker Nick Bogdanovich swept the board AGAIN as his amazing run the past several days continued.


  • Buffalo (+5.5) beat Kansas City 41-7
  • Washington (+3) beat the NY Giants 28-14

Only two plays for clients today. But both were outright underdog winners and double digit covers from your friend behind the line in Las Vegas. You’ll recall that Saturday’s college football sweep featured Central Florida and TCU in what were also double digit covers (plus a push on South Carolina). And, Nick had a couple of baseball board sweeps earlier in the week. Talk about a hot handicapper!

Nick will be finishing his tenure at VSM with the end of baseball…so be sure you take advantage of his exclusive market access while you can!

Jim Hurley had 2-0 board sweeps in both his “Red, White, and Blue” and “Touchdown” Clubs Sunday.


  • 4 units: Dallas (+6) covered in a 27-24 loss to the NY Jets
  • 2 units: Washington (+3) beat the NY Giants 28-14


  • 3 units: Houston (-9) beat Indianapolis 34-9
  • 2 units: Buffalo (+5.5) beat Kansas City 41-7

The Sunday Shocker on St. Louis was a disappointment, but there was more good news than bad news to report on the day. We should mention that Jim Hurley’s Network went 2-0 in baseball with winners on the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays.

Vegas high roller Tony Salinas also joined the fun with a 2-1 Sunday.


  • Chicago (+2.5) beat Atlanta 30-12
  • Washington (+3) beat the NY Giants 28-14
  • Pittsburgh (+1.5) lost to Baltimore

Pittsburgh didn’t show up. But, the other two dogs won their games outright by 14 and 18 points. Another example of “getting the best of it” from a true Vegas legend

Since Dallas was a popular play with Masters today, let’s run the numbers from the first Sunday Night Showcase of the season…


  • Total Yardage: Dallas 394, NY Jets 360
  • Rushing Yardage: Dallas 64, NY Jets 45
  • Passing Stats: Dallas 23-36-1-330, NY Jets 26-44-1-315
  • Turnovers: Dallas 3, NY Jets 2
  • Third Downs: Dallas 33%, NY Jets 43%
  • Vegas Line: NY Jets by 6, total of 40

Dallas led 24-10 in the fourth quarter…but then they remembered they were the Dallas Cowboys. It’s like Wade Phillips never left! The defense allowed a touchdown. The offense stalled…which led to a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown that made it a 24-all tie late in the game. In the final minute, Tony Romo did the inexplicable…he threw an interception to Darrelle Revis! YOU DON’T THROW THE BALL ANYWHERE NEAR REVIS WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE! That set up the game winning field goal for the Jets.

It was a much more exciting game than last year’s Dallas-Washington Sunday Night opener. But, in the end…it was the same result. Dallas lost a game they should have won because of boneheaded errors.

Both Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez passed for more than 300 yards. But, both had some miscues that reminded everyone why they’re not quite amongst the league’s elite yet. Dallas has a short week to get ready for a road game at San Francisco Sunday (tough follow-up travel-wise after a Sunday Nighter!). The NY Jets host Jacksonville in an early kick next Sunday afternoon.

The opening weekend of the 2011 season wraps up Monday Night with a doubleheader on ESPN. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visit the Miami Dolphins in the early game, followed by Oakland at Denver. Brief previews will be available Monday Morning in the Network Notebook right here on the VSM blog. For selections against the Vegas numbers, log in Monday afternoon and check with your favorite VSM handicappers. If you like playing a hot hand…you’ve got a few of those to consider!

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