Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 12:15 PM
THE NFL WEEK 7 REPORT - TRACKING THE SPREAD "STREAKERS" ...
A SUNDAY NIGHT PREVIEW AS EAGLES AND UNBEATEN PANTHERS COLLIDE
Think about it: Most - if not all - National Football League teams go on pointspread streaks of one kind or the other in the course of a 16-game regular season and so let's take a few moments in this weekend edition of Jim Sez to track the current spread "streakers" and what they face here in Week 7 play ... but first:
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NFL WEEK 7 SPREAD "STREAKERS"
DALLAS - Hey, don't look now but the Cowboys stagger into MetLife Stadium this Sunday for their annual New Jersey showdown with the hated Giants and "America's Team" has failed to cover its last three in a row. In fact, Dallas has suffered through four-game spread losing streaks twice already since head coach Jason Garrett came on board during the 2010 season but interesting to see this Las Vegas price tag comin' down from an opening line of Giants minus 6 points to just 3.5 points. Note that Dallas has covered five of its last seven NFC East road games (in case you were wondering) but that spread success didn't happen with a third-string quarterback! Let's see if the Cowboys' losing spread streak lasts at least one more week.
KANSAS CITY - Hail to the Chiefs? Hardly! Gotta admit we thought this was gonna be a special season for KayCee but instead the football season's over long before the baseball season is over in this great city and here's the Chiefs reeling with a five-game ATS (against the spread) losing streak while heading into Sunday's game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers (another team starting a third-stringer at quarterback this weekend). Red-zone scoring woes have been a major problem for Kansas City as all you need to know is the Chiefs have relied on PK Cairo Santos to boot 12-of-15 field goals while KC ranks a dismal 27th in the league in red-zone scoring with TDs scored on just 42 percent of the visits inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Not good, Andy Reid!
MINNESOTA - Let's turn this "streak" talk positive, alright? The Vikings zoom into Sunday's game in Detroit riding a nifty four-game ATS winning streak that just so happens to include a 26-16 win/cover against the 2.5-point underdog Lions back in Week 2. One major key to spread success for Minny is that the 83 points allowed is second-best to the New York Jets (75) among all NFL defenses as Mike Zimmer's pride-and-joy unit has surrendered two TDs or less in all five of its 2015 games. Note that Minnesota's longest spread winning streak last year was five in a row late in the year - the Vikes now actually have covered nine of their last 11 games overall since the home loss-but-cover versus Green Bay a year ago.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW
PHILADELPHIA (3-3) at CAROLINA (5-0) - 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Are there still gonna be five undefeated teams in the NFL come night's end? The Carolina Panthers hope to hold up their end of the proverbial bargain - remember only the New England Patriots are the other unbeaten in action in Week 7 with Green Bay, Cincinnati and Denver all unbeaten and all in their bye week - and they have more than a little revenge in mind for this prime-timer against the hot-and-cold Philly Eagles.
Remember that during the midst of that seven-game winless skein last year, the Panthers were mauled 45-21 at Philadelphia (it wasn't even that close as the Eagles once sported a stunning 38-point lead) and so Carolina head coach Ron Rivera has been dropping all kinds of not-so-subtle hints about that game and so would expect - if nothing else - a quick start here from Carolina QB Cam Newton who threw three INTs and lost a fumble in that aforementioned prime-time game but keep in mind last week Newton engineered a brilliant game-winning touchdown drive in Seattle with his picture-perfect 26-yard scoring strike to wide-open TE Greg Olsen the highlight so far of this '15 season for the 5-and-oh Panthers.
Hey, memo to Philadelphia QB Sam Bradford: Care to throw fewer passes to the guys in enemy uniforms? Bradford aired three picks in that sloppy-as-heck 27-7 win/cover against the New York Giants this past Monday Night and now he enters this tilt having thrown nine INTs on the year ...triple-ugh!
Spread Notes - Philadelphia is a dead-even but vig-losing 3-3 against the numbers so far this year and note in the Chip Kelly Era the Eagles are a collective 20-19 ATS. On the flip side, Carolina has covered four of its first five spread verdicts this year including covers against Jacksonville, Houston, Tampa Bay and Seattle and the Panthers are 13-8-1 ATS as betting favorites since late 2012 and they're a perfect 3-and-oh spreadwise against non-NFC South Division clubs this year.
NOTE: Lots of goodies in our next Jim Sez as we preview the Monday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens at the Arizona Cardinals plus we catch you up with all the NCAA Football notes, the NFL Week 7 re-caps and we get you a World Series preview too!