Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1:33 PM
Jim Proved He's On Top of the NFL Going 7-0-1 This Weekend!!
Won Thursday Side/Total with Steelers & OVER
Blue Ribbon Plays 3-0 Sunday with Vikings, Giants, and Eagles Sunday Night
Hotline wins with Redskins, Buccaneers, and Pushes with Bears
Jim is ready to wrap up another fantastic NFL weekend with the side & totals winners between the Falcons and Seahawks
THE NFL WEEK 11 WRAP-UP - FALCONS-SEAHAWKS CLOSES OUT THE ACTION TONIGHT BUT WE'RE HEAPING PLENTY OF PRAISE ON THE EAGLES ...
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: THE WEEKEND'S WORST PERFORMERS ... AND REMEMBER JIM HURLEY'S ANNUAL "TURKEY SHOOT" IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
One of the fun phrases that we hear all the time is what National Football League team is the "flavor of the week"?
You know the deal as teams can run very hot and very cold inside the NFL but gotta call it the way we see it and that's the now 9-and-1 Philadelphia Eagles have been the "flavor of the week" for a whole bunch of weeks this here-and-now season.
Last night's 37-9 romp over the 6.5-point home underdog Dallas Cowboys didn't start out great for the Birds who trailed 9-7 at halftime and were getting busted pretty good by that sensational Cowboys' offensive line but - in the event you switched to other programming (music awards, late-night news, etc.) -- than you missed a Rocky Balboa-led one-two punch from the NFC East leaders in the second half as they scored 30 unanswered points and bombarded Jerry Jones' crew with touchdown drives covering 75, 90 and 85 yards all in the first 18 minutes of second-half play.
Say goodnight, Jerry!
The Eagles are now a delicious 8-2 ATS (against the spread) and note they exited last night's fun fest having covered their seventh consecutive game (they'll host Chicago this Sunday) and you're starting to get all the "experts" saying that Philly - right now - is probably the best team in football and that might or might not get the folks in New England a tad agitated ... who knows!
The proverbial bottom line is the Eagles have a fearless second-year quarterback in Carson Wentz (a modest 168 yards passing against the 'Boys last night with two TDs), a potent set of runners/receivers and - according to that graphic the NBC folks put up during the second half - the best offensive line in football and we haven't even breathed a single word about a Philly defense that did not allow the RB Ezekiel Elliott-less Cowboys any TDs at all.
"Flavor of the week"? Could be the case when we all get to the first week in February, and now that would be one of the great sports stories in the last hundred-or-so years, right?
Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be banging out the Sides & Totals winners of the Monday Night Football game this evening between the Atlanta Falcons at the Seattle Seahawks -- just check in with us here online or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and remember there's NBA and College Hoops winners too plus there's College Football every night this week beginning Tuesday! We'll get you up to speed with Jim Hurley's Annual "Turkey Shoot" in tomorrow's Jim Sez, so make sure you're all aboard for loads of holiday winners later this week!
On Monday Night Football, it's ATLANTA (5-4) at SEATTLE (6-3) - 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
As we stated last week following the Seahawks' Nov. 9th win/push in Arizona, their "Legion of Boom" turned into the "Legion of Gloom" after CB Richard Sherman (achilles) went down in that game while S Earl Thomas missed that tilt and now S Kam Chancellor has been declared out for the year ... "Legion of Ka-Boom"? No doubt the Seattle pass rush better get it in gear here or else Atlanta QB Matt Ryan - who just went over the 40,000 career passing yards stat category - could carve up this replacement-laden secondary while plenty of eyes will be on Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson who was jarred but good by 'Zona last week ("jaw dis-placement"?) but now may need to run for a bunch of big plays here just to keep the battered 'Hawk secondary a blow or two. Okay, so you've seen this Las Vegas price tag dip from Seahawks minus 3 points down to Seattle minus a point ... they haven't been such a tiny home fav in years.
Spread Stats - Atlanta is a rotten 3-6 against the odds in this post-Super Bowl season and did you know the Falcons have failed to cover four-of-five road games after going 7-2 versus the vig last year. On the flip side, Seattle is a dour 3-5-1 ATS so far in the 2017 season and the Seahawks are 12-18-2 spreadwise when playing non-divisional foes the past two-plus seasons.
In other NFL Week 11 notes ...
Lots of folks rightfully pounding Buffalo Bills' rookie head coach Sean McDermott for his benching of QB Tyrod Taylor for yesterday's 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers - five first-half interceptions of rookie QB Nathan Peterman really made the choice a bad one - but how does McDermott regain his team's faith now? He has to go back to Taylor - right? - and while the first-year coach deserves a tongue lashing the fact is the Bills' front office folks didn't exactly provide him with any quality backup at the position. Maybe that's the real message he was sending out there ...
And what about another "dead item" in the Oakland Raiders? Off their bye week, the silver-and-black were lifeless in that 33-8 loss to 7-point fav New England in yet another Mexico City mess and gotta feel that Raiders' head coach Jack Del Rio might not be long for this job - Oakland's 1-6-1 spreadwise now in its last eight games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE
Hey, UCLA, couldn't you just have allowed sixth-year head coach Jim Mora just to finish out the season?
Geez, the Bruins canned Mora on Sunday after that more-than-respectable 28-23 loss-but-cover at 14.5-point favorite USC - the Uclans' offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch will coach the game against Cal this weekend and the bowl game too should 5-6 UCLA beat the Berkeley bunch - and thus starts the rumor mill that has Chip Kelly the runaway favorite to land this job next. Are you sure about that one, UCLA?
Meanwhile, gotta get nasty for another moment while analyzing last weekend's "worst performers" and we begin with 19.5-point favorite Oklahoma State (8-3) - a 45-40 loser to injury-wracked Kansas State - and let's not hear any crying from the Cowpokes when they are kept out of the January bowl lineup.
And what about a couple of Power 5 teams that were allegedly "playing for their coaches"?
Texas Tech (5-6) was beaten 27-3 at home by TCU - no real disgrace at first glance - but all this chatter about "saving" Kliff Kingsbury's job and all they could muster was a game-opening 21-play drive that produced a mere field goal. If T-Tech doesn't beat 10-.5-point fav Texas the day after Thanksgiving, it'll mark the first time since 1991-92 that the Red Raiders failed to make it to a bowl in back-to-back seasons.
Finally, there's the story of Nebraska head coach Mike Riley - his 'Huskers surrendered 42 first-half points in a deceptive 56-44 loss-but-cover at four-TD Penn State - and there appears to be no saving the coach of this pitiful 4-7 squad.
Want names to fill these soon-to-be-vacant positions?
Texas Tech is said to be interested in USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin; Nebraska may want former star Scott Frost (UCF) but Florida is hot for Frost, so the Cornhuskers might have to "settle" for Iowa State's Matt Campbell.
NOTE: Lots of College Football goodies in tomorrow's edition of Jim Sez.