Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1:37 PM
JIM SEZ NFL WEEK 9 KEY PREVIEWS ... PLUS POINTSPREAD TIDBITS TOO AS WE CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH FALCONS, BILLS & STEELERS (AMONG OTHERS)
Hey, you can forget about that notion that "nobody's perfect"! We're entering the first full weekend in November and there are still four NFL teams without a loss - okay, so maybe we're all getting a bit dizzy listening to all the talk surrounding the now 8-and-oh Cincinnati Bengals along with the trio of 7-0 SU (straight-up) sides that includes New England, Carolina and Denver.
Still, we wanted to update you on what we really feel is important - and that's the collective pointspread mark of these four unbeaten squads and now hear this: The Bengals, Patriots, Panthers and Broncos enter Sunday with a collective pointspread record of 21-4-4 and that's good for an absolutely amazing .840 winning percentage.
In other words, it's not as if this quartet of teams is just "getting by" their respective opponents thus far as all of the above are hammering out big-time seasons spreadwise and anyone riding 'em through the season's first two months of play probably is sipping lots of champagne these days.
No bologna-on-white-bread for these folks, eh?
Remember that we previewed the Green Bay at Carolina tilt in Thursday's edition of Jim Sez (see our archives) and so here today we'll get you looks at Washington at New England and Denver at Indianapolis - plus we'll chat about the Sunday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys too - but first this key reminder:
My handicappers and bloggers will have all the weekend winners and you can get NCAA Football, NFL Week 9 play and all the NBA action too when you check with us here at Jim Hurley's Network at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or right here online. Hey, don't forget there's plenty of key College Football action on tap this weekend including #2 LSU at #4 Alabama, #8 TCU at #14 Oklahoma State and Florida State at #1 Clemson plus all the NFL Week 9 matchups. Check in with us after 1 p.m. ET for weeknight action and after 10 a.m. ET for the Saturday/Sunday games ... got it?
Now, here's some key NFL Week 9 previews ...
WASHINGTON (3-4) at NEW ENGLAND (7-0) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Nice to see that New England Patriots' mega-star QB Tom Brady was able to "get away from it all" for a few days in paradise (a/k/a The Bahamas) with his wife and kids.
What, now you think we're gonna say something about this game being a "day at the beach"?
No doubt Brady - who comes off a Thursday Night showing against Miami that featured 356 yards passing and four TDs in a rocking-chair 36-7 win - may be salivating at the very thought of chopping up a Washington defense that has allowed 30-plus points in three of its last five games but look for N'England to attack more via the ground game as the 'Skins rank a dismal 29th in the NFL in rush defense (allowing 128.4 yards per game) while the flip side is the Pats' defense will bring heavy-duty pressure against QB Kirk Cousins.
Hey, whatever happened to Washington RB Alfred Morris (see 41 yards rushing on 25 carries) ... have to admit we thought he'd be a top five "fantasy league" running back prior to the start of the year but instead the dude's apparently in the witness protection program!
Strange-but-true note ... The last time the Pats were 7-0 to start a season they blasted Washington 52-7 back in 2007. We know that Joe Gibbs remembers that bash!
Spread Notes - New England is a sizzling 5-1-1 ATS (against the spread) so far this year and did you know the Patriots are 16-6-1 versus the vig at home since the start of the 2013 campaign? On the flip side, Washington's 3-4 against the numbers so far this 2015 season and the 'Skins have registered a shoddy 10-19 ATS mark as underdogs the past two-plus seasons.
DENVER (7-0) at INDIANAPOLIS (3-5) - 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Did you really ever think you'd see a day when Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck ranked #31 and #32, respectively, in the league's quarterback passer ratings? Okay, so Manning - who here is looking to break the NFL's all-time career passing yardage mark of 71,839 yards set by one-time Green Bay icon QB Brett Favre - has nothing to apologize for after helping the Broncos generate 500 offensive yards in last Sunday night's 29-10 win against Green Bay.
And Luck almost pulled a proverbial rabbit out of his hat in the fourth quarter/overtime this past Monday Night en route to a painful 29-26 loss-but-cover in Carolina as the Indianapolis gunslinger rallied the "Horseshoes" but wound up tossing a key OT pick that cost Indy a win and cost offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton his job.
The sub-story on all this Manning vs. Luck drama is that Indianapolis has installed former Cleveland Browns' head coach Rob Chudzinski as its new play-caller and gotta wonder whether that's gonna "shake up" Luck here ... or might it wind up waking up a Colts team that has exceeded the 30-point mark just once this year?
Spread Notes - Denver is 4-1-2 against the odds thus far in 2015 and the Broncos are 3-1-1 ATS in non-divisional games after going 3-8 spreadwise outside the AFC West last year. Meanwhile, Indianapolis is just 3-5 against the Las Vegas price tags this year but the Colts are a collective 19-9-2 ATS at home the past three-plus seasons.
PHILADELPHIA (3-4) at DALLAS (2-5) - 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
It's no laughing matter - the winner of the woe-be-gone NFC East could be a .500 team at year's end and that's only if things heat up!
The visiting Philly Eagles - who failed in their first crack at beating the Cowboys this year (see Dallas 20, Philadelphia 10 in Week 2 play) - may not be saying so publicly but you can bet that former Dallas RB DeMarco Murray will be a major part of the action here especially since last year's NFL rushing leader exceeded the 100-yard rushing mark a couple of weeks back in a prime-time win against the New York Giants.
Murray is surely the missing puzzle piece for Dallas this year - yes, even with star QB Tony Romo out the past five-plus games and even with WR Dez Bryant just getting back into the swing of things after missing a handful of games with a broken foot.
The Cowboys' star-studded O-line isn't blocking for much-troubled RB Joseph Randle - just the latest bad apple to get waived in this league - and no Murray means more problems for Dallas.
Anyone for a "crownie"?
Spread Notes - Philadelphia is just 3-4 versus the vig so far this season and note the Eagles and Cowboys have split their last 20 head-to-head showdowns. P.S., Dallas is 4-9 vig-wise at home since the start of last season and that does include last year's 33-10 home loss to 3-point dog Philadelphia.
KEY NFL POINTSPREAD TIDBITS
Let's go 'round the league and get you some NFL Pointspread Tidbits along with our Jim Sez commentary on a slew of teams playing here in Week 9 ...
ATLANTA may rank as the NFL's streakiest spread team this year as the Falcons opened up the Dan Quinn Era on a four-game ATS winning streak but now this NFC South club has lost its last four spread verdicts. Up Next: Laying a TD price at San Francisco
BUFFALO games have been good to the dog side this year as point-grabbing sides are 5-1 ATS in Bills' games so far (with one pick 'em). Up Next: Buffalo's a FG home favorite against a Miami team it crushed 41-14 back in Week 3
MINNESOTA has piled up six consecutive pointspread "W's" since that Week 1 loss in San Francisco and how about the fact the Vikings have covered 14 of their last 17 games while dating back to early last year? Up Next: The Vikes are just a 1.5-point betting fav for Sunday's home game against RB Todd Gurley and the St. Louis Rams. Doesn't that look like a "short price"?
NEW YORK JETS -- The Todd Bowles Era has hit a little bump in the road with back-to-back SU/ATS losses to New England and Washington and the J-E-T-S now are 5-9-1 ATS in non-divisional tilts since the start of last year, but that was still the Rex Ryan Error, err, Era. Up Next: TD favorite against off-the-bye-week Jacksonville Jaguars
PITTSBURGH has weird 4-2-2 ATS mark so far this season but favored only once (see 43-18 win/cover against 6-point dog San Francisco back in Week 2 action). Up Next: A dwindling 4.5-point favorite at home versus Oakland on Sunday
NOTE: Plenty of re-cap action from the weekend's College Football and NFL Week 9 play plus a Monday Night Football preview as we check out the Chicago Bears at the San Diego Chargers.