Vegas Sports Masters Blog
Back to Blog Home…

Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:09 AM


Score one for New York Jets' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick over the chubby guy - sure, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan owned a career 8-1 SU (straight-up) mark against the veteran slinger while heading into last night's prime-time bash in Orchard Park but it was a whole lot of "Fitz-magic" that helped carry the J-E-T-S to their gritty/gutty 37-31 win.

Now, the Jets (1-1) can exhale; the Bills (0-2) and their blabbering coach may soon be on NFL life support what with upcoming games against Arizona and at the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots the next two weeks. Gulp!

Jim Hurley and his Handicappers and Bloggers are all revved up for a monster showing this week/weekend as we rock-n-roll our way to a big College Football and NFL 2 weekend - there's Three (3) college games on tonight's docket including the ESPN bash between #21 Baylor at Rice and you already know what a jam-packed great Saturday is on tap with a slew of nationally-ranked matchups featuring #3 Ohio State at #14 Oklahoma in prime-time. Plus there's a great Week 2 Sunday card too including Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Indianapolis at Denver and the Sunday Night game between rivals Green Bay at Minnesota. For all the winners - and Baseball too -- just check with us right here online or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 on game-day weekend mornings after 10 a.m. ET or after 1 p.m. for weeknight action.



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

CINCINNATI (1-0) at PITTSBURGH (1-0) - 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Short work week for the Steelers off that dominant 38-16 win/cover in Washington on Monday Night Football and tell us right now RB De'Angelo Williams (143 yards rushing and 2 TDs) is gonna find the creases in the stingy Bengals defense and we'll tell you Mike Tomlin's team will "hold serve" here. Hey, does Pittsburgh have any answer on "D" for fast-starting wide out A.J. Green (12 catches, 180 yards in 23-22 win at the Jets)?
Spread Note - The Steelers are 9-4 ATS (against the spread) in last baker's dozen versus the Bengals.

DALLAS (0-1) at WASHINGTON (0-1) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Oddsmakers say the 'Skins are less-than-a-FG favorite here (- 2.5 at press time) and we wonder aloud whether that price tag is "too short" considering Cowboys have that all-rookie backfield of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott. Still, the numero uno item for the 'Boys here is getting Week 1 MIA wide receiver Dez Bryant (1 catch for 8 yards against the NY Giants) involved while Washington QB Kirk Cousins had real phony stats (329 yards passing) in that MNF loss to Pittsburgh.
Spread Note - Since the middle of 2006, the 'Skins are a rollicking 14-5 versus the vig when playing Dallas.

SEATTLE (1-0) at LOS ANGELES (0-1) - 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox
Don't tell anyone but the Rams are gonna play rough-and-tough on defense against the Seahawks' gimpy QB Russell Wilson (ankle) here and may we remind you LA's defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been known for preaching nasty play. The question here is whether Seattle goes more shotgun and has Wilson "protected" a bit more here - but will it matter if the punchless Rams can't score? Remember the Rams won both games against the 'Hawks a year ago.
Spread Note - Seattle is a healthy 12-4-1 ATS in divisional games dating back to the start of 2013.



Let's zip through a batch of Saturday games - if you missed it, in yesterday's Jim Sez we brought y'all Ohio State-Oklahoma, Alabama-Ole Miss and Florida State-Louisville:

COLORADO (2-0) at #4 MICHIGAN (2-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, Big 10 Network
The Wolverines have won their first two games this year by a combined 114-17 score and new sensation QB Wilton Speight (7 TD passes) may wind up being a better passer than coach/one-time star Jim Harbaugh. No Kordell Stewart sightings just yet!
Spread Note - Michigan is 6-3 ATS as double-digit favs under Harbaugh.

#22 OREGON (2-0) at NEBRASKA (2-0) - 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
In case you're wondering, Nebraska boss Mike Riley - the one-time coach at Oregon State - has dropped his last seven straight verdicts to Oregon and if Big Red's gonna win/cover as 3-point favorites here than it better corral the Ducks' talented "triplets" of QB Dakota Prukop, RB Royce Freeman and Olympian WR Devon Allen.
Spread Note - Oregon is a sparkling 25-8 ATS away the past five-plus seasons.

#12 MICHIGAN STATE (1-0) at #18 NOTRE DAME (1-1) - 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC
The rivalry's back after a two-year break and you'll be hearing plenty about how this is the 50th anniversary of that epic 10-10 game in 1966 ... heck, we may get 20-plus points in this game's first five minutes as Irish QB DeShone Kizer already has thrown five red-zone TDs this season while Sparty is banking on QB Tyler O'Connor (three TDs in season-opening non-cover win against Furman) ... note the totals price has come down from 54.5 to 51.5. Hmmm.
Spread Note - Notre Dame has covered six of its last seven home games since the start of '15.



Hey, you better believe that these NFL divisional games among superpowers are treated like war-time missions ... lots of back-room secrets, lots of subterfuge. Case in point is Sunday Night's gigantic Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings bash from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis:

The Vikes -- and specifically third-year head coach Mike Zimmer -- have been "playing dumb" when it comes to who will quarterback his team in this NFC North tilt but reports leaked out that recently-acquired QB Sam Bradford was taking practice snaps with the first team although we won't be totally surprised if 36-year-old Shaun Hill (236 yards passing and no INTs in 25-16 win at Tennessee in Week 1) gets the nod at the start here.



On Sunday night, it's ...
GREEN BAY (1-0) at MINNESOTA (1-0) - 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No matter who starts at quarterback for the Vikings, they ain't gonna win if RB Adrian Peterson (19 carries for 31 yards against the Titans) is putting up pedestrian numbers here ... Peterson's had some monster games versus the Pack in his NFL past but be sure he'll be facing lots of eight-men-in-the-box looks in this clash.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers (199 yards passing with 2 TD passes last week in the 27-23 win at Jacksonville) completed a dozen passes between 'em to WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb but where was the explosiveness last week? Sure, Nelson's making a slow-but-sure return from missing 2015 with a knee injury but if Rodgers can't spot these guys deep a time-or-two here than G-Bay's in trouble.
Spread Notes - Green Bay has covered 10 of its last 13 away games while dating back to late in the 2014 campaign while Minnesota's 12-5 ATS (against the spread) at home the past two-plus seasons.

Here's what else we'll be watching in NFL Week 2 action:

NEW ORLEANS (0-1) at NEW YORK GIANTS (1-0) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Everyone's chatting up a storm regarding last year's wild 52-49 Saints win against the Giants but the $64,000 question here will it take one of these offenses to score six-or-more TDs to win this Week 2 affair in the Meadowlands? Gut feeling is the G-men will get the ball to Louisiana native WR Odell Beckham, Jr. more than his four catches for 73 yards a week ago in Dallas.
Spread Note - The Giants have failed to cover their last four consecutive home openers.

INDIANAPOLIS (0-1) at DENVER (1-0) - 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
It's the age-old question after defending Super Bowl champs have played that season-opening Thursday Night game: Does the extra "down time" help or hurt in Week 2? We'll say this ... in the past 10 years the defending champs (whomever they may have been) are just 3-7 versus the vig in their Week 2 game and so maybe that 6-point home price here is dicey. P.S., Indy secondary extremely banged up one week after Colts allowed 332 passing yards in 39-35 loss to Detroit.
Spread Note - The Broncos are just 7-12-2 ATS as betting favorites since late 2014.

NOTE: Get our Monday Night Football preview - that's the Philadelphia Eagles at the Chicago Bears - plus lots more goodies in the next edition of Jim Sez.

Join the discussion


Forgot password

Keep me logged in