Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 13 MENU GETS ALL REVVED UP WITH COWBOYS-VIKINGS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
PLUS WE WEIGH IN ON HOW COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S “FINAL FOUR” SHOULD TURN OUT
Just think about it for a moment or two …
The Dallas Cowboys did not lose a football game in the month of October… They did not lose a football game in the month of November either.
Now, we’re set to start the month of December and the Cowboys – who the Las Vegas/offshore “experts” claimed would win either 8 or 9 games this year – are gunning to go 11-1 on this here-and-now 2016 season.
Go ahead and say it … How ‘bout them Cowboys!-
Hey, we’ll get to Thursday’s monster matchup between the Cowboys at the 3½-point home underdog Minnesota Vikings in just a moment plus we’ve tallied up the game-by-game chart for the NFL’s best team but first this key reminder …
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It’s a monster week/weekend on tap for the college kids with all the Conference Championship Games – they get kicked off Friday night in the Mid-American Conference with unbeaten Western Michigan versus Ohio plus later that night it’s the Pac-12 Championship Game between Colorado versus Washington and then Saturday there’s Six (6) more conference crowns to hand out including the SEC, ACC and Big 10.
Plus it’s a busy week ahead for the NBA and NCAA hoopsters too!
Make sure you’re all aboard for all the winning action featuring Thursday’s NFL Week 13 showdown between the Dallas Cowboys at the Minnesota Vikings and all the hoops too!
NFL WEEK 13
On Thursday Night, it’s …
DALLAS (10-1) at MINNESOTA (6-5) – 8:25 p.m. ET, NBC/NFL Network
Whether it’s the rookie tag-team of QB Dak Prescott (2,835 yards passing with 18 TDs and 2 INTs) and RB Ezekiel Elliott (1,199 yards rushing with 11 scores) that gets you all juiced up regarding this current Cowboys crew or maybe the underrated defense that has held opponents to 21 points or less on eight different occasions this year, the fact of the matter is this Dallas team has been – by far – the numero uno story in the National Football League this year and no doubt visions of the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 21 years keeps creeping into the national consciousness.
Imagine the hype for a Dallas vs. New England Super Bowl? Heck, heads would explode at the league office on Park Avenue in New York City!
Okay, so that’s a down-the-road possibility but right here Jason Garrett’s club wants/needs to win the first-down battle here – if Elliott and Company can avoid getting Prescott into third-and-longs than this Minnesota pass rush will be hamstrung a bit and we see that as the top key to victory here: The Vikings want/need to make big defensive plays with sacks/hurries/forced fumbles etc. here or else the purple gang will be relying too much on a pedestrian offense that currently ranks 32nd (that’s dead last) in the league in rushing (averaging a meager 7.1 ypg) and 24th in passing (223.8 ypg).
Can Minny QB Sam Bradford “win” this game in the fourth quarter? The answer is not likely but if things stay low-scoring come crunch time the Cowboys may well have this 10-game SU (straight-up) winning streak stopped.
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Spread Notes – Dallas is an electric 9-2 ATS (against the spread) this season and note the ‘Boys are a perfect 7-and-oh spreadwise versus non-NFC East squads after going 2-7-1 vig-wise in those games a year ago. On the flip side, Minnesota is just 6-5 ATS overall this year and remember the Vikings started the season at 5-0 against the numbers. Minny’s a healthy 16-6 against the odds at home under third-year head coach Mike Zimmer.
Now, here’s a game-by-game chart version look at the Cowboys this year (note home teams in CAPS below and Spread relates to whether Dallas was the favorite or the underdog):
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One final Cowboys-related spread note: Dallas entered this year at 40-48-2 ATS under head coach Garrett (a .454 winning rate) and this year they’re playing to a .818 spread winning percentage.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were due out on Tuesday night – yes, we’ll have plenty to say about how the committee folks handled this hot potato issue in our next edition of Jim Sez – but we wanted to take a few moments here to lay out how we think things will turn out come this Sunday when the final rankings are announced:
ALABAMA – The Tide’s a shoo-in for one of the four playoff spots even if they happen to lose against 24-point underdog Florida in this Saturday’s SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome.
CLEMSON – Last year’s national championship runners-up are “in” with any sort of victory this Saturday against 10-point pup Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game in Orlando … no style points needed. If the Tigers happen to lose, it opens the door for a second Big 10 team.
WASHINGTON – Forget about all this chatter regarding the Huskies’ week non-league schedule, if the UW gang beats TD-underdog Colorado on Friday night in the Pac-12 Championship Game in Santa Clara than they’re in … no buts about it!
Ahh, now for the real intrigue. Sure, we believe – like most others – that Ohio State’s in the playoff mix even though the Buckeyes won’t even play in the Big 10 Championship Game in Indianapolis this weekend but gotta say that if two-loss Wisconsin blows out Penn State in that title tilt (say 42-7 or so), we do believe the Badgers might get rewarded that final slot over the ‘Eyes… really.
Say that scenario does not happen and we believe this is how the rankings will shake down (okay, so we’re having some fun):
#1 Alabama vs. #4 Washington; #2 Clemson vs. #3 Ohio State.
And if this is how things land come Sunday, we’ll have been correct – no two-loss teams will be in the mix and you won’t have a pair of Big 10 teams either.
But Colorado, Virginia Tech and Penn State all could have lots to say between now and Sunday at noon!