Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:04 PM
THE NFL WEEK 9 REPORT - CHECKIN' OUT SOME KEY SHOWDOWNS PLUS POINTSPREAD DITTIES TOO
If you go ahead and check out the NFL Week 9 slate for this first Sunday in November, you'll notice there's a half-dozen teams that are enjoying their bye week - that's Chicago, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England and Pittsburgh - but there's plenty more in what we'll call "put-up-or-shut-up" games and so let's get right to it following this quick-hitter reminder:
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In NFL Week 9 action on Sunday, it's ...
ATLANTA (4-3) at CAROLINA (5-3) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
No doubt that we've been asking the Falcons to "put up or shut up" on a weekly basis this 2017 post-Super Bowl season and the numbers don't lie: Atlanta's a crummy 2-5 ATS (against the spread) so far and the fact is the Birds have not covered a pointspread since Week 3 ... egads! Last week the rainy weather in New Jersey caused QB Matt Ryan to fumble four different snaps from center (two turnovers only cost Atlanta three points in all in the 25-20 non-cover win against the New York Jets) and here no such shenanigans will be tolerated! If Carolina's staunch defense (one that's held foes to 3 points in three different games this year) can keep WR Julio Jones in check, then the Panthers will enjoy their third different two-game SU (straight-up) winning streak of the year.
KANSAS CITY (6-2) at DALLAS (4-3) - 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
True, the Cowboys are just one year removed from a fabulous 13-win season but this year's been roller-coaster stuff from the get-go and now there's no RB Ezekiel Elliott for the next six games - so count us among the folks that are a wee bit surprised that "America's Team" is the betting favorite for this high-profile clash against a KC Chiefs' team coming off a 29-19 win against Denver. The Chiefs' Monday Night Football win means it's a "short week" for Andy Reid's crew and so it's worth mentioning the last time Kansas City operated off a short week it came up a 31-30 loser in Oakland back on Oct. 19th. Just sayin'. Still, it's "put-up-or-shut-up" time for the Cowboys here - even without Elliott who's rushed for 690 yards in his previous seven games. Expect the Dallas game plan to include some draws/traps run for RB Alfred Morris but better believe Dallas QB Dak Prescott (14 TDs, 4 INTs) needs to steer clear of an opportunistic KC defense that last week collected three picks and one fumble return for a score in the aforementioned victory against Denver. How about the fact the Cowboys have not covered a home game since the 19-3 triumph over the 6-point underdog New York Giants!
On Sunday Night Football, it's ...
OAKLAND (3-5) at MIAMI (4-3) - 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Let's be clear about this: It's "put-up-or-shut-up time" for the visiting and very desperate Raiders; but it's close to "put-up-or-shut-up time" for the host Dolphins when you stop to consider the Fish come off a dreadful 40-0 loss to Baltimore - boy, that game seems like eons ago, right? - and Adam Gase's club has remaining road games against the likes of Carolina, New England, Buffalo and Kansas City so Miami better win its home games if it wants a return to the post-season. The Dolphins shook things up at the trade deadline earlier in the week when they jettisoned RB Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia for a lowly fourth-round draft pick and that means Miami is now counting on a ground attack that offers up zero players with as many as 33 total rushing yards FOR THE YEAR.
On the flip side, Oakland's failed to cover five of its last six games overall and the silver-and-black has surrendered 34, 30 and 30 points in three of its last four outings - maybe that makes the key to this game a more ball-control passing attack by Oakland with WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree (67 receptions and 9 TDs between 'em) needed very much to moving the chains. Hey, can you believe the Raiders and Dolphins - two of the league's premier franchises way back in the 1970s and '80s - have not won a single playoff game between 'em while dating back the past 10 years? Good grief!
NFL Week 9 Pointspread Ditties
Let's rumble 'round the league where they play for pay and get you some quick-hitter ATS notes:
The Arizona Cardinals are 0-4 versus the vig away this year with pointspread setbacks in Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and in London against the Los Angeles Rams. The Redbirds are road favorites in San Francisco on Sunday;
The Cincinnati Bengals are 4-7-1 ATS away since the start of the 2016 season and this weeken visit 6-point fav Jacksonville;
The New York Giants have covered their last four games against the LA Rams;
And Washington has failed to cover its last four games in a row but overall the 'Skins have covered seven of their last 11 games as underdogs while heading into Sunday's tilts.
NOTE: Get the Monday Night Football preview - that's the Detroit Lions at the Green Bay Packers - in the next edition of Jim Sez plus get all the weekend roundups in college football and the NFL too!