Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 12:00 AM
NFL WEEK 3 –
HOT PREVIEWS AHEAD
AS WE FOCUS ON THE “DESPERATE” 0-AND-2 TEAMS
There are seven of ‘em … seven NFL teams that enter Sunday’s NFL Week 3 card with 0-2 SU (straight-up) records. Go to 0-3 and you can just about forget any/all post-season aspirations.
Folks, we’ve long held the belief that means desperation time has sunk in for these clubs – especially for those 0-2 teams that considered themselves possible/probable playoff teams prior to the start of the season.
Among them are the New York Giants, the Houston Texans, the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions – they all entered 2018 with the feeling this was gonna be a big year but it sure hasn’t gotten off to a good start – while the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals were being more reasonable but go ahead and ask last year’s Cleveland Browns and they’ll tell you that 0-3 can turn into 0-16 real fast.
Okay, so we’ll make some of these 0-and-2 squads the centerpiece of our Jim Sez focus for NFL Week 3 play but first this key reminder …
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NFL WEEK 3
NEW YORK GIANTS (0-2) at HOUSTON (0-2) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
No need to chew up and spit out all the stats regarding these two teams and how they’re having so much trouble scoring: The Giants – who’ve scored a grand total of 28 points in season-starting back-to-back losses against Jacksonville and Dallas – may have the single-worst offensive line in the league and it’s getting thinner with last week’s season-ending knee/ankle injury to C Jon Halapio just the latest blow. Did you realize the Jints have started off 0-2 (or worse) now in five of the last six seasons? On the flip side, Houston – a 4-12 SU squad a year ago – has scored just 37 total points in losses at New England and Tennessee. Even last week’s 310-yard / two TD passes by rehabbed QB Deshaun Watson against the Titans wasn’t enough to get Bill O’Brien’s crew over the top. Hey, we don’t mean to scare these teams but the Giants host New Orleans next week and then travel to Carolina, then it’s home to Philadelphia and at Atlanta … yes, 0-7 is a distinct possibility – while the Texans go to improved Indianapolis next week and then it’s home for the Lone Star State shootout against Dallas. Hmmm.
Spread Notes – Houston is 0-7 ATS (against the spread) dating back to last year; The NY Giants are actually 10-3-1 ATS when playing AFC teams in recent years.
DALLAS (1-1) at SEATTLE (0-2) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Take it from the Seattle Seahawks: They really don’t believe that “all is lost” just because they started off the here-and-now campaign 0-2 with setbacks in Denver and Chicago. No doubt the bar was lowered for this ’18 Seahawks squad but if they don’t start picking up the blitzes and protect QB Russell Wilson (see 12 sacks already) then this whole year could get really ugly. Watch for new Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. to stuff the box with eight defenders and take away Dallas RB Zeke Elliott – a real gamble considering Seattle S Earl Thomas is a likely no-go here.
Spread Notes – Seattle has covered just three of its last 10 home games; Dallas is 3-7-1 ATS when playing non-NFC East teams.
On Sunday Nite, it’s …
NEW ENGLAND (1-1) at DETROIT (0-2) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
All the hype surrounding this prime-time affair has to do with current Lions boss / long-time Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia but the real story is whether or not the Lions – who are 0-3 SU in the playoffs during the QB Matthew Stafford Era – even make it to the promised land as they’ve stumbled out of the starting gate 0-2 for the fifth time since 2008. True, Detroit’s registered eight sacks in its first two games but getting to QB Tom Brady (511 yards passing with 5 TDs and 1 INT so far) is never easy … and now the Pats may just flood receivers into the area where blitzing LBs / DBs are coming from and expose a Detroit defense that’s allowed a fistful-plus TDs already this young season.
Spread Notes -- The Lions are 12-17 spreadwise as pups the past three-plus seasons; the Patriots are 19-7-2 vig-wise when playing outside the AFC East.
NOTE: Catch our Monday Night Football preview – that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – plus all the weekend recaps in the next edition of Jim Sez.