Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:23 AM
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THE NFL WEEK 4 REPORT - CHIEFS TRY TO STAY PERFECT TONIGHT, WHILE PATRIOTS, FALCONS & COWBOYS ALL BITE THE DUST ON SUNDAY ...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: DOES #2 CLEMSON NOW HAVE CLEAR SAILING RIGHT UP TO THE PLAYOFFS?
We looked it up: Last year the then-Super Bowl bound New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons never lost on the same day ... but it happened yesterday in NFL Week 4 action and both the Pats and Falcs have more than a little bit to worry about when it comes to getting back to the "promised land" (we'll explain momentarily). Yes, we had the Rams over the Cowboys and the Bills over the Falcons, and went 3-0 in NFL Totals on Sunday, with OVERS in Pats/Panthers, Titans/Texans and Eagles/Chargers
In fact, on an NFL day/night when Underdogs rock-n-rolled their way to a 9-5 ATS (against the spread) mark - one week after Dogs frolicked to an 11-4-0 ATS log (with one Pick 'Em game), there were three so-called super-powers that bite the proverbial dust should you also include the Dallas Cowboys.
Heck, the 'Boys - a 35-30 loser at home versus the 5.5-point underdog Los Angeles Rams (and a Jim Hurley Network Winner!!!) - really didn't deserve to win considering their defense never could get a handle on Rams RB Todd Gurley (see 215 offensive yards) and the Dallas ground game was ordinary at best as RB Ezekiel Elliott (21 carries for 85 yards and 1 TD) was held below the 100-yard mark for a third consecutive game.
But back to those Patriots and Falcons here:
New England's been pooh-poohing the public cries that this here-and-now defense is a virtual sieve but consider a rather pedestrian Carolina attack registered 444 yards and four touchdowns in the 33-30 home loss on Sunday and did you know that the Pats allowed scoring drives of 75 and 84 yards to an offense lacking one of its great playmakers (see injured TE Greg Olsen)?
Meanwhile, the Falcons dodged bullets in Chicago and Detroit in Week 1 and Week 3 close wins but Dan Quinn's crew wasn't so fortunate on Sunday when 9-point pup Buffalo bested the Falcons 23-17 thanks in large part to a pair of 55-and-up-yard field goals by PK Stephen Hauschka and two more picks thrown by 2016 league MVP Matt Ryan - and we didn't even mention that freaky third-quarter 52-yard Ryan fumble bring-back for a Bills' TD that pretty much swayed the game in Buffalo's favor.
So, a month into this '17 season last year's conference champs are a tad wounded - true, the Falcons (3-1) are still sitting there tied with Carolina for first place in the NFC South while the Patriots are looking up at aforementioned Buffalo in the AFC East. Not a good day to be an NFL superpower.
Sunday, bloody Sunday!
Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are ready to bang out another big-time Monday Night Football winner - So far we are 4-0 in Prime Time Games with Packers Thursday, Washington State Friday, Colorado Saturday and Seahawks last night.. We'll get you the Side & Totals from Washington at Kansas City when you check in with us today online or 1-800-323-4453. Plus remember to get all of the Major-League Baseball Playoff winners beginning with Tuesday night's American League Wild Card showdown between the Minnesota Twins at the New York Yankees and Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game between the Colorado Rockies at the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hey, we pounded the books this past weekend with College Football winners such as Marshall (+ 3) snagging the game outright against Cincinnati and there was Wake Forest (+ 7.5) getting the cash against Florida State and we sent you to the winner's circle with NFL Week 4 plays such as the LA Rams (+ 5.5) over Dallas and the New York Giants (+ 2.5) sneaking under the price tag in Tampa Bay.
Tonight, it's ...WASHINGTON (2-1) at KANSAS CITY (3-0) - 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Crank up the noise-meter ... Monday Night Football is back at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time since 2014 when back then a Week 4 crowd registered a peak decibel level of 142.2 in a wild win against the New England Patriots.
It'll get unbearably loud for the visiting Redskins here if they can't wrap up hot-hot-hot rookie Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt who entered Week 4 as the NFL's leading rusher with 401 yards and six TDs (including three scores of 50+ yards) or if the Washington O-line can't handle a super-quick defensive front or if 'Skins QB Kirk Cousins decides to challenge top-shelf CB Marcus Peters.
Actually, if KC is gonna cover the heavy 7-point betting price here than Andy Reid's club must limit Cousins' downfield chucks - could this game have "backdoor cover" written all over it or what? - plus Chiefs' slinger Alex Smith likely needs to move the chains with some key runs too.
Spread Stats - Kansas City has bagged three pointspread wins in a row comin' out of the starting gate and note overall the Chiefs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 overall tilts; meanwhile, Washington enters this prime-time bash at 16-8 versus the vig as dogs the past two-plus years and that includes pup covers this year versus the Rams and Raiders.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE
No need to pat ourselves on the back here: True, a few weeks back we were among the first media types to strongly suggest that we appear headed to a Part III title tilt between Alabama vs. Clemson ... and absolutely nothing that happened this past weekend has changed our mind!
In fact, while 'Bama was busy blowing Ole Miss to bits 66-3, the Clemson Tigers were destroying the TD-home underdog Virginia Tech Hokies 31-17 (it was 31-10 before a last-minute, fourth-down TD pass play got it a touch closer on the scoreboard) and hats off to ABC/ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit for correctly pointing out that there might not be any real tough obstacles in Clemson's way right through the regular season: Is the Nov. 4th game at N.C. State gonna be a problem - or how about the home game versus Florida State the following Saturday? Nah.
Dabo Swinney's Tigers are 5-0 SU (straight-up) and 4-1 ATS at the present time and the defending champs have outscored their first five foes 182-to-54 - and, don't look now, but QB Kelly Bryant (94 yards rushing and 186 yards passing against V-Tech) is turning into on-field spitting image of Deshaun Watson ... really!
Pin us down right now and we say Alabama and Clemson will be joined by Penn State and Oklahoma (or Oklahoma State) in this year's college playoffs but we've got a pretty good idea of who's gonna be the last two teams standing.
NOTE: We re-cap Redskins-Chiefs plus lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez!