Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 10:29 AM
THE NFL UPDATE: CHIEFS STAY PERFECT AT 4-0 BUT IT'S THAT GAME-ENDING PLAY THAT HAS EVERYONE TALKING TODAY
NFL POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN AT THE QUARTER-POLE OF THIS 2017 SEASON
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES & THE MLB POST-SEASON IS HERE!
Okay, so we're not even gonna attempt to estimate the amount of cold hard cash that changed hands with the final play of Kansas City's 29-20 win/cover against the 6.5-point underdog Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.
The side and totals were both affected (naturally) with the game's total price holding firm at 48 points at kickoff plus consider all the prop plays too - did you have a non-offensive touchdown being scored at + 185 (to $100)?
It was one for the ages in the wagering world and the question that should be asked - no matter who you had - is why did Chiefs' head coach Andy Reid have his rookie PK Harrison Butker boot the go-ahead 43-yard field goal with eight seconds left on the game clock when KC could have taken it down to one or two seconds and then let Butker attempt the game-winner?
The fact that Reid left any time on the clock - and thus allowed the Redskins one last offensive play from scrimmage (the ensuing kickoff after the Butker FG was a touchback) - was absolutely mind-boggling stuff and something most/all NFL coaches would never have allowed to happen.
When Chiefs LB Justin Houston picked up a fumble off one of many laterals he was off and running in for a 13-yard game-clinching score that changed the fates/fortunes of millions of folks.
Chiefs 29, Redskins 20 … yes, the only time all night that Kansas City was ever covering the 6.5-point price.
Feel free to be outraged, if you must but remember that if Washington WR Josh Doctson had only held onto that QB Kirk Cousins pass in the end zone with 50 seconds left if would have given the 'Skins a 24-20 lead but instead Washington was forced to go for the FG and the tie. So, there's plenty of blame to go around if you happened to wager on the 'Skins here.
End of the day: Kansas City remains the NFL's one-and-only unbeaten team and so the 1972 Miami Dolphins must wait at least another week before they pop those champagne bottles!
We had covered 5 straight Prime Time college & NFL games but were caught on the wrong side of Lady Luck with the Redskins Monday Night. Overall we had a great weekend…
Hotline Football Sweeps 3-0 Saturday (South Carolina, Wake Forest, Marshall) and sweeps 2-0 Sunday with Rams and Giants!
Blue Ribbon Football 6-1 since Friday with a perfect 3-0 Sunday (Titans, Bengals and 49'ers)
Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are ready to bang out another big winning week on the gridiron and don't forget there's lots of Major-League Baseball Playoff winners too when you check in with us online or of 1-800-323-4453. It continues with Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game between the Colorado Rockies at the Arizona Diamondbacks. And there's loads of Football Winners straight ahead with NFL Week 5 getting started with New England at Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football and the college kids kick it into overdrive with a Wednesday night tilt on espn2 between Arkansas State at Georgia Southern. Hey, we pounded the books last 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.
NFL POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN
As our Jim Sez headline points out, we have reached the quarter-pole of this here-and-now 2017 season and so let's get you straight to our up-to-the-minute NFL Pointspread Breakdown Chart … we'll save you the trouble of counting and let y'all know there are 19 NFL teams with 2-and-2 spread marks so far:
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES
How bad are things for fifth-year Tennessee head coach Butch Jones? Well, there are sportsbooks placing odds on who's gonna be the next coach of the Volunteers - out-of-work Chip Kelly is the favorite at +325 - but we believe that Tennessee will reach back into its past and eventually name Tee Martin - the quarterback of that national championship team back in 1998 and the current offensive coordinator at USC - to be Tennessee's next boss (he's listed at + 900). Martin is a proven play-caller who comes with rave reviews and the one-time successor on the field to Tennessee icon Peyton Manning will beat out Manning (if he's indeed interested) in the head coach position but probably not until 2017 is finished. You can hold us to this prediction!
THE BASEBALL POST-SEASON
If the oddsmakers are correct, then we should be witnessing a Los Angeles Dodgers versus Cleveland Indians showdown in the upcoming World Series … but in case you're of the mind that the Chicago Cubs are gonna repeat their World Series championship, than note you could be getting a generous 6-to-1 win-it-all price right here at the very start of this post-season.
Meanwhile, we'll go record to state there will be three really key pitchers that will either make-or-break their teams this post-season:
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers - Whether the National League West champion utilizes him as a Game 4 type starter, a middle reliever or a get-one-lefty-batter-out hurler this fall, Ryu will be a key figure as the Dodgers attempt to win their first World Series since 1988.
Brad Peacock, RHP, Houston Astros - Let's face it, Astro fans are gonna expect righty Justin Verlander to win all his post-season starts after shining bright since his acquisition at the end of August but Peacock (13-2, 3.00 ERA) figures to pitch in those "swing games" in the playoff series such as Game 3 in Round I versus Boston.
Jose Quintana, LHP, Chicago Cubs - No doubt that Cub fans are a little spooked by Quintana's recent outings (he could fall apart without notice as evidenced versus Cincinnati last Friday afternoon) but he's a major piece to this puzzle and could be a North Side hero if his strikeouts (207 Ks in 188.2 innings this year) come at the right time here.
NOTE: Catch NFL Week 4 and College Football Previews all this week here at Jim Sez.