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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM




Folks, we’ve been saying it for years and years now ...National Football League teams/organizations really blow it by not having top-quality backup quarterbacks on their rosters.
And - as everyone knows - more than half of the NFL’s 32 member teams already have been forced to resort to playing a second- (or third-) string quarterback at some point in the year.

Check out the results as we head into NFL Week 11 play:

There are 11 or 12 teams that already gone to a backup plan at quarterback this 2014 season (including the likes of Washington, Arizona and Minnesota who have all played three-or-more different quarterbacks this season) and recently we’ve seen the likes of the Philadelphia Eagles with Mark Sanchez and the Buffalo Bills with Kyle Orton thrive behind their backups - we prefer to call these guys “season-savers” for their franchises.

So why isn’t it the case that NFL teams put more stock in whom their backup quarterbacks are?

Of course, the bottom-line answer is money as in these salary cap days you don’t find a whole lot of clubs that want to pay mega-dollars for a guy that might not play but why not have the insurance policy at that all-important position ... right?

It’s safe to say that with a decent backup quarterback the fates/fortunes of this ’14 season would be different for the St. Louis Rams and/or the Tennessee Titans ... agree?

Hey, if the aforementioned Eagles and Bills can “hang in there” with so-called second-stringers now after the likes of Nick Foles and E.J. Manuel, respectively, either went down with injuries or ineffectiveness than other NFL teams should have adequate backup QB plans to restore order.

Let us ask you this question: Don’t you think in this day-and-age of NFL injuries that spending big bucks on a quality backup QB is more important than spending big bucks on a lot of other starting positions? We do.


Let’s go ‘round the league and get you some quick-hitter insights into some of the NFL Week 11 games beginning with tonight’s tilt:

BUFFALO (5-4) at MIAMI (5-4) - 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Since the Bills turned to Orton to save their season, he’s thrown 10 TDs and only 3 INTs while sporting a QB Rating of 98.4 - but the best thing about the veteran slinger is his rapport with rookie WR Sammy Watkins (42 catches for 617 yards with 5 TDs) and all eyes will be on how Miami’s athletic secondary deals with the star pass-catcher here.

On Sunday, it’s ...
CINCINNATI (5-3-1) at NEW ORLEANS (4-5) - 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Perhaps you heard that stat earlier in the week that says NFL teams that start out 4-5 SU (straight-up) generally make the playoffs only 20 percent of the time - are you sweating it out yet, Saints? It’s been a rough go for veteran slinger Drew Brees who’s aired 10 INTs this year and maybe he’s met his match here as Cincy’s Andy Dalton has just 8 TDs to go along with 9 INTs and nobody played a worse NFL game this year than did Dalton in last Thursday’s 24-3 home loss to Cleveland.

SEATTLE (6-3) at KANSAS CITY (6-3) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
One week after the world champion Seahawks rushed for an eye-popping 350 yards in a resounding 38-17 win/cover against the New York Giants, Pete Carroll’s club goes up against a KC team that ranks a lowly 20th in the NFL in rush defense (allowing 115.6 ypg). Will the Chiefs change any of their looks/schemes on “D” here or will they trust their front seven to hammer RB Marshawn Lynch (140 yards rushing and four TDs versus the Giants) and QB Russell Wilson (110 yards rushing and numerous end runs) and make Seattle chuck it?
P.S., the Seahawks do rank 31st in the NFL in passing yardage (194.4 ypg).

DETROIT (7-2) at ARIZONA (8-1) - 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
These NFC division leaders have combined to go 12-6 versus the vig this year - not bad considering the Lions have played a chunk of time without top-flight WR Calvin Johnson (just 29 receptions and 3 TDs so far this season) while the Cardinals were forced to win games without now gone-for-the-year QB Carson Palmer. Okay, so in yesterday’s Jim Sez we informed you that Arizona QB Drew Stanton has yet to throw an INT in 93 pass attempts this year plus he has not lost a fumble either - but did you know that Stanton’s completed a mere 49.5 percent of his throws and he’s been sacked five times in parts of four games?

My handicappers and bloggers have everything all scoped out and you can get the NFL Week 11 Side & Totals winners beginning with tonight’s game between the Buffalo Bills at the Miami Dolphins when you check with us here at the red-hot Jim Hurley’s Network and then keep rollin’ in the green all week/weekend long with all the NCAA Football, the NFL, the NBA and now NCAA Basketball too! There’s College Football this evening too with a trio of TV games including East Carolina at Cincinnati (7 p.m. ET on espn2), Southern Miss at UTSA (8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network) and California at USC (9 p.m. ET on ESPN). And remember there’s loads of College Basketball action on tap on Friday including the ESPN tilt from Puerto Rico between Minnesota vs. Louisville (that’s Pitino vs. Pitino) and so make sure you’re all aboard for another exciting College Hoops season! Check with us on game days either here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - pile up the profits this November!

Much is being made of the fact that the now third-ranked Florida State Seminoles are “only” a 1.5-point betting favorite for their game this Saturday night in Miami ... but let’s be the first to tell you that the Sems-Hurricanes game isn’t the only one that’s raising eyebrows among gridiron handicappers this week. Let’s shoot through a couple of other games that have piqued our wagering interest:

LSU (7-3) at ARKANSAS (4-5) - The Razorbacks have not won a Southeastern Conference game since 2012 as Arkansas has dropped 16 straight SEC affairs and yet the Hogs are listed as 1.5-point betting favs here. Maybe that’s a product of playing some tough SEC teams close - see 17-10 loss to #1 Miss State two weeks ago - and maybe it’s a product of a potential LSU hangover following last Saturday’s painful 20-13 OT loss to Alabama. Heck, we wouldn’t have been surprised if LSU was listed as your basic FG favorite here ... but we are surprised the Bayou Bengals are not favored at all!

MISS STATE (9-0) at ALABAMA (8-1) - No shock that the ‘Bama Crimson is laying points at home against the nation’s top-ranked team but 8.5 points? The conventional wisdom right after Alabama was snubbed for the #4 spot in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings is that Nick Saban’s club would “show” what it’s got and take it out on the Bulldogs but this is rather pricey when you consider that M-State has beaten five SEC foes by a composite total of 58 points - is Miss State up to the challenge and would you really be all that surprised if Heisman Trophy front-runner QB Dak Prescott and the Dawgs lost this game by less than a full TD?

NOTE: Get more key topics tackled in tomorrow’s edition of Jim Sez - and remember the College Basketball Season starts Friday and we’ll have plenty to say about what’s ahead in the hoops world.

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