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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:38 AM



By Jim Hurley:

Hey, what's up with these wacky NFL prime-time games?

Last night the script didn't include any teams trying "not to score" (see Dallas 27, New York Giants 26 last Sunday Night) but it was truly a you-had-to-see-it-to-believe-it finish as the Denver Broncos scored two touchdowns in the game's final 36 seconds to beat 3-point favorite Kansas City 34-27 - at least Broncos' second-year CB Bradley Roby told NFL Network he was "lucky" to pick up that RB Jamaal Charles fumble and rumble 21 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

No doubt Denver QB Peyton Manning (256 yards passing with three TDs) ran hot-and-cold for much of the night at Arrowhead Stadium with a bevy of wobbly throws but hats off for that game-tying 10-play, 80-yard scoring march capped on a third-down, 19-yard scoring fling to dependable WR Emmanuel Sanders.

Right, it's no shock at all to lose a football game when you've turned the ball over five times but the Chiefs - who haven't so much won a playoff game in eons - figure to be looking back at this Week 2 in anger the longer this season wears on and go ahead and blame Charles (who coughed up a red-zone fumble in the first quarter) and a front seven on "D" that lost much of its steam late.

Make it seven straight Broncos wins over the Chiefs - and they won't meet up again till November 15th. Have a nice weekend, KC!

The college kids are back on the gridiron tonight and Jim Hurley and his veteran Handicappers and Bloggers are all revved up for a key ACC game as #9 Florida State plays at Boston College (2-0) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN - and don't forget there's a former Top 25 team in action as four-TD favorite Arizona State hosts New Mexico at 10 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network. Note the Saturday college card is full of big games including #15 Ole Miss at #2 Alabama, #19 BYU at #10 UCLA, #18 Auburn at #13 LSU and #14 Georgia Tech at #8 Notre Dame.

Yes, America's #1 Handicapper is also all revved up for another monster showing in Week 2 of NFL play - so make sure you're banging out lots of winners all this weekend including New England at Buffalo, San Francisco at Pittsburgh, San Diego at Cincinnati, Dallas at Philadelphia and the all-important Sunday Night Game between Seattle at Green Bay in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game. Plus there's still lots to cash in too with Major-League Baseball as it heads down the final two weeks of play in this 2015 MLB regular season with a batch of meaningful games still on the daily dockets. Now, here's what you gotta do to win big: Check with us right here online or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 any time after 1 p.m. Eastern time for the weeknight action and after 10 a.m. ET for the Saturday and Sunday NFL. NCAA and MLB winners!


Hey, don't let everyone get you all caught up in the likelihood that Ohio State, Alabama, TCU and Baylor (or some combination thereof) will be battling it out all this autumn for the four playoff berths in this year's College Football Playoff - for sure, there's other "under the radar" teams that must be watched closely when it comes to "cashing" and so and here's a trio of teams that surely deserve your attention both this weekend and throughout the 2015 campaign …

#16 OKLAHOMA (2-0) - The Boomer Sooners turned back the clock last weekend with that dramatic come-from-way-behind (as in 17-0) win in double-overtime at Tennessee. Head coach Bob Stoops said after the scintillating 31-24 victory that the win felt very much like a key 2000 win against Texas A&M … yes, the last year the Sooners copped a national championship! Now, here's Oklahoma - which began the year ranked #19 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll - laying a 30.5-point price at home versus Tulsa and all we know is that Oklahoma has not started off a season 3-and-oh spreadwise since 2008. If QB Baker Mayfield (see two key TD passes and an OT touchdown run last week in Knoxville) keeps play with an air of cockiness, the Sooners could be KO'ing a whole bunch of teams. Could there be some major magic on OU's side this year? Note the Sooners are at Baylor on Nov. 14th and then host TCU on Nov. 21st in case you're "looking ahead".

IOWA (2-0) - Okay, so right this very minute the Hawkeyes are not part of the above-mentioned Top 25 despite season-starting wins/covers against Illinois State and archrival Iowa State but keep a close eye on Kirk Ferentz's budding bunch. The 'Eyes are a 5.5-point betting favorite against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers this weekend - note that the Las Vegas opening line price tag was just 3.5 points, so somebody out there likes Iowa! - and it's worth mentioning that the last time the Hawkeyes started out 3-0 SU (straight-up) was in 2009 when the team wound up with 11 wins including an Orange Bowl triumph over Georgia Tech -a/k/a, the good ole days! A big win here against a RB James Conner-less Pitt team could catapult Iowa into the top 25 … and then who knows? Hey, count us among the folks that believe last year's two-QB system was a mess and now C.J. Beathard (426 yards passing with 4 TDs and 0 INTs so far) is better for not having to look over his shoulder pads every other down.

#17 TEXAS A&M (2-0) - Gig 'em! When this 2015 season opened, the A&M Aggies were on the outside looking in at a top 25 spot but two weeks into the campaign here's Kevin Sumlin's crew making major noise -- and having scored 94 points already behind an offense that sports two very capable quarterbacks in starter Kyle Allen (324 yards passing with 5 TDs and 1 INTs and kid Kyler Murray (114 yards passing and 65 yards rushing with a bawdy 7.2 yards-per-carry average). Now, Texas A&M doesn't have the biggest challenge on hand this Saturday with 33.5-point pup Nevada comin' to town but our Jim Sez sources say Sumlin is gonna have both Allen/Murray in mid-season form by sharing the wealth and so the Aggies will be uber-dangerous against Arkansas, Miss State and Alabama in the three games beginning Sept. 26th.


Let's get back to the league where they play-for-pay … here's a few of Sunday's top games:

NEW ENGLAND (1-0) at BUFFALO (1-0) - 1 p.m. ET, CBS
First things first: The Patriots do have the extra prep/rest time following last Thursday's 28-21 win/spread push versus 7-point pup Pittsburgh but the two big questions here are can New England's O-line hold back possibly the best defensive line in the NFL (had the potent Indy Colts shut out till the final minute of the third quarter in last week's no-doubt 27-14 win) and will the Pats' revamped D-line be able to play better rush defense after the Steelers' DeAngelo Williams carved 'em up for 127 yards on 21 pops?
Spread Note - New England's covered eight of its last 10 games in Buffalo.

SAN FRANCISCO (1-0) at PITTSBURGH (0-1) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Hats off to the SF 49ers - a big-time Jim Hurley Network Winner here this past Monday Night!!! - as rookie head coach Jim Tomsula had his troops roarin' to go in 20-3 win against 2.5-point fav Minnesota but the $64,000 question here is will the Steelers' rush defense stuff RB Carlos Hyde (26 carries for a Week 1-best 168 yards rushing)? Our sources tell us the Niners plan on allowing QB Colin Kaepernick more downfield chucks against this wobbly secondary … we'll see!
Spread Note - Pittsburgh is a solid 7-3 ATS in home openers the past 10 years.

DALLAS (1-0) at PHILADELPHIA (0-1) - 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Okay, so the Cowboys were "gifted" their above-mentioned one-point non-cover win against the New York Giants but there was plenty not to like for Dallas as ground game sputtered (RB Joseph Randle's 65 yards on 16 carries was the highlight) and now no WR Dez Bryant … but here's a case where former Dallas star RB DeMarco Bryant (8 carries for 9 yards versus Atlanta) will be feeling heavy-duty pressure to prove his old team wrong not for re-signing him. Might it be better strategy for the Eagles to throw deep early and loosen up this Dallas defense? Expect QB Sam Bradford (two INTs versus the Falcons) to hear the howls if Birdies don't start out with better start here.
Spread Note - Dallas covered eight-of-nine road games last year including a late-year 38-27 triumph at 3-point fav Philly.

Editor's Note - In tomorrow's Jim Sez we'll have more NFL Week 2 Sunday Previews including San Diego at Cincinnati, Detroit at Minnesota and the key prime-time game between Seattle at Green Bay.

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