Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 9:26 AM
OUR JIM SEZ MID-WEEK REPORT:
WE BEGIN OUR ANNUAL SUMMERTIME QUICK-HITTER LOOKS AT ALL 32 NFL TEAMS AS WE GET ROLLIN' WITH THE TITANS, SEAHAWKS & PANTHERS, PLUS THE UP-TO-DATE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL IN BASEBALL
NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES
It's summertime and that means the annual Jim Sez report on all 32 NFL teams with our quick-hitter looks and today it's the Tennessee Titans, the Seattle Seahawks and the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers ... note that we list the SU (straight-up) mark including post-season games after the team name below plus check out our quickie pointspread ditties on each/every team along the way too!
TENNESSEE (3-13) - Did you realize that last year's rookie QB Marcus Mariota only ran with the ball 34 times (for 252 rushing yards and two TDs) in the dozen games he played for the woe-be-gone Titans? Mariota - who has bulked up a bit so he can play at 225 pounds this year - didn't get much help from a tattered offensive line but rookie OT Jack Conklin (Michigan State), the eighth overall pick in this spring's NFL Draft, should lend a hand and ditto for new C Ben Jones. If the Titans get their way, they'll have Mariota run the ball four or five times a game with sprint-option plays made available to him. Now, we'll soon see whether a heftier Mariota can stand the heat or will he resort to handing it more to RB DeMarco Murray who has his own sights set on 25-or-more carries per game. Stay tuned.
Pointspread Notes - The Titans are a collective 25-49-6 ATS (against the spread) since the start of the 2011 season (that's a dour .338 winning percentage) and note this AFC South squad ended last year on a rotten 0-7-1 spread skid.
SEATTLE (11-7) - The Marshawn Lynch Era is officially over in the Emerald City, so forgive "fantasy league" owners for fighting hard to get RB Thomas Rawls. True, last year's snazzy out-of-left-field rookie season included a team-leading 830 rushing yards - remember Lynch rushed for just 417 yards while starting only six games - did end with a thud as Rawls suffered a broken ankle late in the year and so expect plenty of summertime reps for the likes of RBs Christine Michael, third-round draft pick C.J. Prosise (Notre Dame) and fifth-round pick Alex Collins (Arkansas).
Pointspread Notes - Go back to the start of the 2011 campaign and you'll see the Seahawks are an electric 20-7-2 ATS when placed in the underdog role. Overall, Seattle's 12-6-1 versus the vig in NFC West games the past three years and that includes a snappy 5-0-1 ATS mark against rival San Francisco.
CAROLINA (17-2) - It's safe to say that the Panthers overcame some early adversity last year when star WR Kelvin Benjamin went down with a knee injury and never did play a single down in 2015 but this club now is not only counting on a big comeback from Benjamin, but a solid season from second-year WR Devin Funchess who scored five touchdowns in his final nine games and is expected to be a QB Cam Newton target right from the start. Still, should folks expect the Panthers' passing game to make a major leap after ranking 24th in the NFL last year (averaged 224.3 ypg)?
Pointspread Notes - The Panthers have registered a .500-or-better pointspread mark in each of the past five years including last season's snazzy 13-6 spread log. Note that Carolina is a cumulative 49-36-1 ATS the past five years (a .576 winning rate) including a spread split in six overall post-season games.
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of Major-League Baseball daily winners these days and all you need to do is check in either 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, after 11 a.m. ET for weekday games and after 10 a.m. ET for Saturday/Sunday/Holiday Winners. Plus, the Football Season isn't that far off as NFL Preseason action swings into gear in early August - can't wait!
Just about ready to flip the calendar page to read "July" and so let's take a look at the up-to-the-minute Odds to Win the 2016 World Series:
|Chicago Cubs||7-2||Will the Cubs sag under the huge expectations and can this bullpen survive the post-season?|
|San Francisco||5-1||The every-other-year Jints are "due" but C Buster Posey must stay healthy|
|Cleveland||10-1||Tribe rotation may be best in bigs and boss-man Tito Francona is a top 3 manager|
|Texas||10-1||Lots of pop up and down this lineup and Rangers could ride LHP Cole Hamels come October|
|Baltimore||12-1||The O's may not get a whole lotta national attention but you want to navigate this lineup?|
|Washington||12-1||Beltway guys need to get RF Bryce Harper hitting again but there's a few other All-Stars on this roster|
|Boston||16-1||Maybe DH David "Big Papi" Ortiz will add a fourth World Series ring to his collection in swan song season|
|New York Mets||18-1||Terry Collins' club can't hit a lick and now young hurlers are starting to go down with arm/elbow ailments|
|Toronto||18-1||Maybe the Blue Jays can make a deadline deal for a big-time hurler a la 2015 David Price|
|Miami||22-1||Maybe we're crazy but we consider the Marlins a real sleeper to get to this year's Fall Classic|
|Houston||25-1||The 'Stros have climbed out of the basement in AL West and now just need to get LHP Dallas Keuchel right|
|LA Dodgers||25-1||No question the Dodgers can hang in wild card hunt but offense has to perk it up (10th in NL runs scored)|
|Kansas City||28-1||Defending champs are 13-25 away and starting rotation is a mess; not this year, folks|
NOTE: More NFL team-by-team quick hitters in the next edition of Jim Sez plus NBA Free Agent goodies and Major-League Baseball too!