Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:07 AM
THE NFL REPORT - WE'RE QUICKLY HEADING TOWARDS TURKEY DAY, SO LET'S TAKE A MOMENT TO SEE WHO'S BEEN GOBBLING UP THE POINTSPREAD WINS LATELY ...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE: OUR HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
Folks, in tomorrow's edition of Jim Sez we're gonna get you absolutely stuffed with loads of Thursday/Friday Football Previews - plus let's take a moment right now to remind you that it's once again time for the Jim Hurley Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot and that means tons of winners comin' your way this holiday weekend. Call us at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or get the games online right here online and make sure your belly is full of WINNERS all week long (more comments below).
Meanwhile, as we head to Thanksgiving Day we wanted to take a few moments to see what NFL teams have been gobbling up pointspread winners in recent weeks but first an observation regarding the Monday Night Football game just played:
The Atlanta Falcons' 34-31 hang-on-for-dear-life win against the one-point underdog Seattle Seahawks may first be a referendum on just how banged up the Seahawks defense is these days but let's give the Falcons some love: The back-to-back wins/covers against Dallas/Seattle these past two weeks might just be a sign that the defending NFC champions are "coming around". The Falcons (6-4) - who are very much in a position of making hay down the stretch with three consecutive home games on the upcoming agenda the next three weeks (versus Tampa Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans) - could wind up being a "dark horse" of sorts after that Super Bowl-hangover rough start that included now-inexplicable home losses against Buffalo and Miami and it appears that QB Matt Ryan (195 yards passing with two TDs against Seattle) is starting to "feel it" while new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian called some great plays in the MNF win.
Can we possibly get Falcons vs. Patriots Part II in Super Bowl 52? Hmmm!
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The Thanksgiving Day/Night sked kicks off with the Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions and that's followed by the Los Angeles Chargers at the Dallas Cowboys and your night-time action is the New York Giants at the Washington Redskins plus there's a ton of great College Football Games including Ole Miss at Mississippi State on Thursday Night and 15 Games on Friday - and that's even before we get to a jam-packed Saturday card plus there's NFL Week 12 winners on Sunday. What a Turkey Shoot it's gonna be, friends!
Now, here's some key NFL Pointspread Notes as we head into Week 12 action ...
Two teams coming off Week 11 byes - Carolina and Indianapolis - zoom into Sunday play each riding three-game ATS (against the spread) winning streaks. The Panthers have re-discovered their ground game in recent weeks; the Colts may not be making their wide receivers happy (see moaner/groaner T.Y. Hilton) but the defense has been stout while allowing less than 20 ppg the past three games;
The Minnesota Vikings have ripped off five consecutive spread wins since mid-October and now Mike Zimmer's club looks for Thanksgiving Day revenge in Motown (see 16-13 loss there a year ago in a Turkey Day tilt);
Surprise, surprise! The New England Patriots have reeled off four straight spread wins and now they're laying two-plus TDs in Sunday's home game against Miami. Will the fact Pats' head coach Bill Belichick claims his club is "exhausted" following the rollover win against Oakland in Mexico City really matter in this one?;
Last but certainly not least, the Philadelphia Eagles have banged out seven consecutive ATS wins including that runaway 37-9 triumph over Dallas last Sunday night. The Eagles have allowed just 32 total points in their last three games while the Philly offense has averaged 34.7 ppg during this recent seven-game stretch. Yowie!
HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
Let's get right to this week's "top five" of Heisman Trophy contenders ...
BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, Oklahoma - College football's newest "bad boy" better clean up his act if he wants Heisman voters to treat 'em good but tough to ignore the growing stat pile here that now includes 3,816 yards passing with 34 TDs and only 5 INTs. Love his passion; hate his immaturity.
BRYCE LOVE, RB, Stanford - A bum ankle continues to nag at his starry season but the Cardinal runner does have 1,723 yards rushing (a silly 8.8 yards-per-tote average) with 16 TDs and he could make major Heisman noise this Saturday in the home game versus Notre Dame.
LAMAR JACKSON, QB, Louisville - It's too bad that the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner had such a blasé first few weeks to his current campaign or else we'd be busy bringing up Archie Griffin's name at this time of the year. Jackson's thrown for 3,273 yards with 23 TDs and 6 INTs and he's rushed for another 1,287 yards with 17 TDs. Hey, if the voters sneer at Mayfield because of his behavior and Love's ankle bothers him this weekend, then Jackson could be a late-bloomer in this field.
JONATHAN TAYLOR, RB, Wisconsin - We've dropped this Badger star a spot in our "Watch List" though no fault of his own: Taylor comes off a 19-carry, 132-yard game against Michigan and his stat line for the year now reads 1,657 yards rushing (7.0 ypc) and 12 TDs.
MINKAH FITZPATRICK, S, Alabama - This is our fifth week of the "Watch List" and we've included this 'Bama superstar somewhere in the mix all five weeks - a great Iron Bowl showing this Saturday versus Auburn might even more 'em up the charts!
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