Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM
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THE NFL WEEK 3 REPORT: TROUBLE IN PARADISE? AFC POWERS NEW ENGLAND AND J'VILLE LOSE SUNDAY, IS PITTSBURGH NEXT TONIGHT? ...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK FEATURES POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN (AND OREGON'S BREAKDOWN TOO!)
Just months ago, the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers were considered the cream of the AFC crop - remember they played each other in a form of round-robin in last year's playoffs: Jacksonville bested Pittsburgh in the AFC Divisional round and then New England came from double digits down to top J'ville in the AFC Championship Game.
Now here we are almost three full weeks into the 2018 NFL season and there's major "trouble in paradise" for all three squads ... let's take 'em one-by-one here:
Okay, so we've all been down this road before with the Patriots who lost their season opener to Kansas City last year and had folks whispering and remember back in 2014 following that Monday Night Football 41-14 loss in Kansas City? Well, Bill Belichick's wound up making it all the way to the Super Bowl in both of those years when naysayers thought the Pats' dynasty might be over and so we won't make such declarations here but after last night's uninspired 26-10 loss at 7-point underdog Detroit you do have to wonder if there's some serious issues with this Patriots club.
There's no downfield pass-catching option outside of TE Rob Gronkowski who was double- and triple-covered all game long against the Lions - yes, Detroit head coach Matt Patricia surely knew all his old team's strengths / weaknesses - and the injuries on defense made NE a pushover to run against as the Motowners actually had their first 100-yard rusher in some 70 games as rookie Kerryon Johnson (16 carries for 101 yards) shredded the Pats' defense. New England's failed to cover two of its first three games outta the starting gate and even 41-year icon QB Tom Brady was high and wide with a few throws last night. Hmmm;
The Jacksonville Jaguars did roll into Sunday's home tilt against banged-up (and 10-point underdog) Tennessee with a snazzy 2-0 SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) and so it's tough to get all the Jaguars for their lackluster showing in the 9-6 loss to the Titans. Still, isn't a team on the rise such as these Jags supposed to win this type of gam going away? Instead, Doug Marrone's club never did find the end zone as QB Blake Bortles (just 155 yards passing) was beset by poor throws and some untimely drops and Marrone's fake punt decision early in this game didn't work out either. This was supposed to be the year the Jaguars took the next step up the ladder and proved to one-and-all they are a legit Super Bowl contender but instead a Week 3 home loss to a down-and-out AFC South divisional foe stained matters for the Jaguars;
Finally, it's the Steelers: No need to spill more ink on all of this team's internal problems though we must say it'll be highly interesting to see how many touches disgruntled WR Antonio Brown gets in tonight's MNF game in Tampa Bay. The yappy wide-out - who publicly undressed his offensive coordinator on the sidelines in last weekend's 42-37 loss against Kansas City - does have 18 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown thus far but apparently that's not enough and we fully expect Steelers' slinger Ben Roethlisberger (787 yards passing with 4 TDs and 3 INTs) to zing it in Brown's direction 15-to-20 times here against a Bucs secondary that has some health issues.
The Steelers are 0-1-1 SU and 0-2 versus the vig thus far and note tonight's price tag has gone from Pittsburgh minus 2 points to Tampa Bay minus 1 and so there are fewer and fewer Pittsburgh believers out there ... stay tuned and make sure you get tonight's Sides / Totals winner as Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will wrap up the NFL Week 3 sked with a blowout night. In fact, get all the College Football, NFL Week 4 and down-the-stretch Major-League Baseball winners all this week as we head towards October. Just call us at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or get the winners right here online- just keep piling up the profits!
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Let's get up to snuff on College Football's Pointspread Breakdown:
Early / Week 1
Wow ... we're 197 on-the-board games into this here-and-now College Football Season and the chalk sides have a mere one-game lead over the dogs while Favorites sport a current .502 winning rate. Folks, we've been telling you for years that the Favs vs. Dogs breakdown is almost always right 'round 50 / 50 and a full month into the current campaign that's exactly the case. In other words, you need Jim Hurley's Network to sort out the weekly Favorites / Underdogs winners, so make sure you get it right beginning with Thursday night action - it's North Carolina at Miami on ESPN to rev up the upcoming college week/weekend and we'll have game-day Sides / Totals winners just for you!
In other College Football News / Notes ...
Talk about breakdowns: The Oregon Ducks suffered a massive breakdown in their 38-31 overtime home loss to archrival Stanford last Saturday night in Eugene. The Ducks had the game salted away but RB CJ Verdell fumbled while trying to get an extra yard with 51 seconds left and the visiting Cardinal quickly marched down to a game-tying Jet Toner 32-yard field goal. Stanford won it - and covered the 3-point price to boot - when quarterback K.J. Costello aired a 23-yard touchdown pass to volleyballer Colby Parkinson in the extra session and then Oregon didn't get a single whistle on its OT possession when it appeared Stanford had committed two and maybe even three different pass interference penalties in the end zone. Getting a little feeling that this might well be a "special season" for Stanford but first things first and that's this Saturday's road game at Notre Dame (note Stanford has won the last three in a year versus the ND Fighting Irish) ...
Finally, we talked last week in Jim Sez about the teams that might be in "hangover" modes after snaring double-digit upset wins the week before and take note that Troy (- 4.5) didn't stumble following its win against Nebraska as the Trojans topped UL-Monroe 35-27; BYU managed to cover the 24-point price against McNeese State in a 30-3 win one week after the shocker at Wisconsin; Akron (+19) slipped under the price tag against Iowa State a week after declawing 3-TD fav Northwestern; but LSU did fail to cover the 19-point price in a 38-21 non-cover win against Louisiana Tech one week after the Bayou Bengals stunned 10-point fav Auburn.
NOTE: Catch our Steelers-Bucs recap and lots more in the next edition of Jim Sez.