Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Network Hotline Sweeps 5-0 This Weekend! Blue Ribbon Adds 3 More Winners
THE NFL WEEK 2 REPORT - COWBOYS CRUSH G-MEN ON SUNDAY NITE ... PLUS, OUR MNF PREVIEW: SEAHAWKS-BEARS WILL CLASH IN CHITOWN ...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND WRAPUP: MORE DOUBLE-DIGIT DOGS STEALING THE SHOW
No matter how you slice it, NFL Week 2 has been really rough on former Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks ... check it out:
Five-time Super Bowl winner QB Tom Brady of the New England Patriots took more than a few hits in his team's 30-21 loss in Jacksonville;
Two-time Super Bowl winner QB Ben Roethlisberger and his Steelers were beaten 42-37 at home by Kansas City while two-time SB MVP Eli Manning was battered in Dallas on Sunday night;
Then chuck into the mix that Baltimore's Joe Flacco lost in Cincinnati this past Thursday night, Philadelphia's Nick Foles and Company lost in Tampa Bay on Sunday and Green Bay's still-hobbled QB Aaron Rodgers suffered through a 29-all home tie against Minnesota.
So, does all of that mean tonight's gonna be a rough time for Seattle QB Russell Wilson? Hmmm.
Here's this evening's prime-time preview before we get to plenty of other NFL Week 2 News / Notes:
SEATTLE (0-1) at CHICAGO (0-1) - 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Don't 'ya just love when folks declare that the Seattle Seahawks' "window" is closing ... or has, in fact, already closed?
Truth is the above-mentioned QB Wilson (see 298 yards passing with 3 TDs / 2 INTs in last week's back-and-forth 27-24 loss at 3-point favorite Denver) still is very much in the prime of his gridiron career but it's hard to say whether or not the rest of the Seahawks will "show up" here at Soldier Field:
Consider that this leaky Seattle O-line must hold the fort against a new-and-improved Bears' defense starring OLB Khalil Mack who spearheaded last week's defensive effort that produced four sacks, five tackles for losses and that pick six by Mr. Mack himself - and, still, that wasn't good enough as Chicago blew a 20-0 second-half lead to the GB Packers.
One major key here is how the Seattle defense - one that is far removed from "Legion of Doom" fame - handles second-year Bears' slinger Mitchell Trubisky who had a silent second half in last week's loss-but-cover at Lambeau.
Spread Notes - Seattle is a dreary 7-12-2 versus the vig away while dating back to late in the 2015 campaign; Chicago's a dead-even but vig-losing 6-6-1 ATS in its last baker's dozen games following a showdown with archrival Green Bay. However, note that the Bears are a 10-5-1 at home since the start of 2016.
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have the winner in tonight's Seahawks vs. Bears game plus straight ahead there's a load of College Football, NFL Week 3 and Major-League Baseball winners! Go ahead and call us at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or get the winners right here online just keep on cashin' all month long and note we went 2-0 on Hotline Sunday with Atlanta (-5.5) topping Carolina 31-24 and Detroit (+6) getting the loot in a 30-27 backdoor cover in San Francisco.
In other NFL Week 2 News / Notes ...
The Dallas Cowboys' workmanlike 20-13 win/cover against the 2.5-point underdog NY Giants last night featured plenty of Mr. Manning on his back (see six sacks and a ferocious open-field hit by LB Jaylon Smith) as the dreadful Jints' offensive line was exposed for a second straight week. And, hey, we ain't blaming the loss of Giants' WR Odell Beckham Jr. but wasn't that the quietest 4-catch /51-yard receiving game you've seen in a long, long time? ...
Okay, so you heard all the TV talking heads reveal the fact that since 1990 some "62 percent" of NFL teams that started out a season 2-0 SU (straight-up) go on to make the playoffs but betcha didn't think the here-and-now Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be one of the seven NFL squads with a perfect record after two weeks of play (see also the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins).
True, fill-in QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (402 yards passing, 4 TD strikes and one hairy chest) has been an absolute godsend for Tampa Bay while stepping in for the suspended Jameis Winston but while you're doling out kudos let's not forget that T-Bay nowadays sports an hellacious pass-catching corps that stars WR DeSean Jackson and Michael Evans (a combined 14 receptions worth 212 yards and two TDs) and thus the Bucs have started off their season 2-0 ATS (against the spread) for the first time since 2012. P.S., Tampa Bay's not made it to the post-season since 2007 ...
No doubt that NFL Week 2 underdogs were "lights out" - pups pounded out an 11-4 ATS mark including last night's aforementioned 20-13 Cowboys win against the 2.5-point dog New York Giants and so we'll enter this evening's Seattle at Chicago clash with NFL Betting Favorites at 11-18-1 ATS with one Pick 'Em game and so far the back-to-back dog winners in this year's NFL have included Cleveland, Kansas City and above-mentioned Tampa Bay.
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
Let's get you started with some pointspread facts / figures from this past weekend:
College Football Betting Favorites went 23-26-0 ATS - and note that included double-digit betting favs going a bumpy 10-16 against the odds - and so your up-to-this-minute mark now is College Favs are 69-71-2 with 1 Pick 'Em game (a .493 winning rate).
Okay, so BYU's stupendous 24-21 at 22-point fav Wisconsin was the real news-breaker for the weekend past but how about Temple (+ 16) over Maryland, Troy (+ 11.5) over Nebraska, LSU (+ 10.5) over Auburn and Akron (+21) over Northwestern - outright wins all and don't you just know that all the twin-figure favorite losers in these games just had their 2018 seasons "ruined" one way or the other. Hey, you can chuck Wisky and War Eagle right out of any national championship discussion and if Nebraska and/or Northwestern don't go bowling at year's end, you'll know why! ...
Unsung NCAA football Player of the Weekend? How about Duke QB Quentin Harris who stepped in for injured star Daniel Jones and threw three scoring strikes in a no-doubt-about-it 40-27 win at 6-point fav Baylor. You would have thought the Blue Devils might have come out flat in Waco after losing Jones (he's likely for the year) and saddled with travel issues after leaving Hurricane Florence. Instead, Duke built on top of last weekend's road win at Northwestern (a Jim Hurley Network winner!) and Harris' first career start was terrific.
NOTE: Get more College Football updates plus NFL Week 3 goodies in the next edition.