Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:23 PM
Okay, so east coasters had to stay up till nearly 1:20 a.m. to watch the Denver Broncos' 24-21 win/pointspread push against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night - yes, we continue to absolutely hate the rule that allows coaches up to the last nano-second to call a time out to freeze a kicker - but at least if you had the Chargers (+ 3) you got out with the shirt on your back after being down 24-7 in the early stages of the fourth quarter.
In the wagering world, that's almost like a win, right?
From the what-else-is-new department, the Chargers fell SU (straight-up) in yet another close game - last year the then-San Diego Chargers lost nine different one-score games including that painful season-opening OT loss in Kansas City where the host Chiefs came from way, way behind to force the extra session and then win 33-27 in overtime.
As one oldie-but-goody Led Zeppelin tune went, "The Song Remains the Same" when it comes to the Bolts.
The proverbial bottom line with the Chargers is that they continue to tease their fans/bettors - they did turn a pair of fourth-quarter Bronco turnovers into touchdowns to draw near and that included a QB Philip Rivers beautiful high-arcing 38-yard TD pass to WR Travis Benjamin to get 'em within three points with some seven minutes left in the game but they continue to flunk when it comes to all the little things ... like blocking the middle of the Denver D-line (albeit for a second time) on that game-ending blocked FG of kicker Younghoe Koo's 44-yard attempt after the kid made the first try a moment after the above-mentioned Broncos time out.
What else did we take from that AFC West showdown in the Mile High City? Well, we found out that Denver QB Trevor Siemian (219 yards passing with two TDs, one INT) has more freedom to audible this year and if this Northwestern alum is as smart as everyone says, well, then he'll continue to figure out NFL defenses and probably hurl a lot more touchdowns than any fantasy owner thought he might here in the 2017 season.
As far as the other MNF game, Minnesota's 29-19 smack-down win/cover against 3-point road underdog New Orleans was an early-year "vindication" of sorts for oft-criticized Vike QB Sam Bradford who wound up completing 27-of-32 aerial attempts for 346 yards with 3 TDs and 0 INTs. Hey, if you were watching closely than you know Bradford at one point had completed 21-of-25 passes and three of the four incompletions at the time were drops - can't be a whole lot more accurate than that, right?
And we don't want to hear that he "did it against the Saints' defense" - the dude was spot-on and may be the single-most accurate passer in this league and something tells us Minnesota WRs Adam Thielen (9 receptions for 157 yards) and Stefon Diggs (7 catches worth 93 yards and two TDs) can be absolute bust-out players this year.
Finally, don't make much of the Saints' sideline situation where RB Adrian Peterson (6 carries for 18 yards in his return to Minnesota) was caught by television cameras yelling something at head coach Sean Payton. Peterson afterwards dismissed the scene and said he never "disrespects" a head coach. If the guy isn't happy and doesn't produce in what's apparently a part-time role, he'll be a goner - that's all! The truth is the Saints have bigger issues than that like trying to patch up an already banged-up offensive line.
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There's a slew of great College Football Games this week including some Thursday/Friday tilts ... and note Saturday's menu features #23 Tennessee at #24 Florida and the real biggie - that's #3 Clemson at #14 Louisville. Plus get the Major-League Baseball down-the-stretch winners too!
COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
In case you were wondering, College Football Betting Favorites produced a lackluster 19-25-1 ATS (against the spread) record last weekend with one Pick 'Em game - that was our Jim Hurley Network big-time winner with Wake Forest's 34-10 triumph at Boston College - and so far this '17 season the chalk sides are a sub-par 40-47-2 versus the vig (a .460 winning rate) but what really stands out to us are some of last weekend's faves ... like what is Rutgers (-6) against Eastern Michigan, Kansas (- 3) versus Central Michigan and Oregon State (- 2.5) against Minnesota doing as favorites in the first place? All three bombed out in that role last weekend and one especially early-season handicapping tool we use here is don't ever lay points with what we suspect is a bad team - plain and simple ...
No doubt part of losing an early-year game you're expected to win really ramps up the pressure the following week - so how is Notre Dame gonna handle things this Saturday as twin-digit betting favorites at Boston College right after blowing that prime-time home game against Georgia?
The Irish - who probably needs to win nine games and get to a January bowl to save head coach Brian Kelly's job this year - blew four separate leads in the 20-19 setback against the Dawgs and now Las Vegas is asking you to cover 11.5 points on the road? Hmmm ...
And we don't mean to pick on the UMass team - the other day we mentioned the Minutemen could be 0-4 SU before we even get to Saturday morning (at Temple on Friday night) - but UMass is one of two teams already staggering along with 0-3 ATS records.
The other is a terribly disappointing BYU bunch that's already failed to get the cash against Portland State, LSU and Utah. The once-potent Coogs were out-yarded 430-to-233 by 5.5-point favorite Utah last week in that 19-13 Utes' win/cover as BYU slinger Tanner Mangum aired three INTs.
And don't look now but in comes #10 Wisconsin this Saturday - a two-TD road favorite in Provo.
Somewhere up in heaven, former BYU legendary head coach LaVell Edwards has that famous scowl on his face, right?
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