Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 6 REPORT -
EAGLES-GIANTS DUKE IT OUT TONIGHT IN KEY NFC EAST CLASH ...
OUR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS ...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS /NOTES: WEEKNIGHT ACTION AHEAD
Folks, we're starting to wonder if a .500 mark will be good enough to win the woe-be-gone NFC East this year ... go ahead and check out the standings and you'll see that the Washington Redskins at 2-and-2 are sitting atop the division but don't you dare bury Dallas (2-3), Philadelphia (2-3) or even the New York Football Giants (1-4). And tonight from MetLife Stadium it's time to see if the defending champs can - finally - shake out of their early-season doldrums:
PHILADELPHIA (2-3) at NEW YORK GIANTS (1-4) - 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox
Sometimes all you have to do is find out what a team didn't do in a loss: In last Sunday's 23-21 home setback against the 3.5-point underdog Minnesota Vikings, the defending Super Bowl champion Philly Eagles didn't make things happen in the red zone and thus two PK Jake Elliott field goals - from 30 and 28 yards out - told the tale as the Birds didn't do enough damage when they got close. On the flip side, the Giants surrendered the late-game lead they had worked so hard for when NYG's defense allowed Carolina QB Cam Newton to march 30 yards to set up that dynamic 63-yard Graham Gano field goal. Oddsmakers have the visiting Birds favored by a full FG with a totals price of 44.5 points with wind/rain in the forecast ... it could be a messy one in the Meadowlands.
Spread Stats - Philadelphia skids into this prime-time clash on a four-game ATS (against the spread) losing streak and you have to go back to the 2012 season to find the last time the Eagles lost five-or-more in a row spreadwise. On the flip side, the NY Giants now 2-8 versus the vig as hosts dating back to the start of last year. The G-men already have failed to cover home games this season against Jacksonville and New Orleans. Overall, Philly's 12-7-1 ATS in its last 20 hoedowns in this rivalry.
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NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS
Okay, so the KC Chiefs are pointspread kings through the first five weeks of this here-and-now NFL season while the Denver Broncos have yet to cash a single bet ... ugh! Let's delve a little deeper into these numbers and you'll see the division-by-division breakdown as we head into Week 6 play:
Hey, if you're betting simply on the "North" Divisions in both the NFC and AFC, you'd be sitting at 24-14-1 ATS so far for a dandy .632 winning rate and who would have thought that the division sporting the 2017 champion Philadelphia Eagles would be at the bottom of the barrel while covering just 37 percent of their games thus far.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES
We'll have our Jim Sez College Football Previews in tomorrow's column but let's spend a few moments here on some Thursday/Friday games:
Tonight, it's ...
TEXAS TECH (3-2, 1-1) at TCU (3-2, 1-1) - 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Big 12 bash in the Lone Star State where the $64,000 question is whether or not this TCU defense can slow down a T-Tech offense that averages 48.4 ppg ... the Red Raiders do rank first in the country in total offense and second in the land in passing offense and did you know WR Antonie Wesley (38 catches, 16.3 yards per grab) already has scored five times in his team's first five games? Note that TCU is a rotten 7-14 against the odds in conference games the past two-plus seasons.
On Friday night, it's ...
#23 USF (5-0, 1-0) at TULSA (1-4, 0-2) - 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
No wonder it's so difficult for the USF Bulls to get attention: There's three teams in the state of Florida alone that are ranked higher than this American Athletic Conference crew - that's #10 UCF, #14 Florida and #16 Miami - but make no mistake this Tampa-based team is the real deal (averaging 37.2 ppg) and RB Jordan Cronkite (a Florida transfer) is fresh off a 302-yard rushing game in last weekend's 58-42 win/cover at 15.5-point pup UMass. For your pointspread demons, USF is a solid 15-9-1 vig-wise in conference games the past three-plus seasons.
ARIZONA (3-3, 2-1) at UTAH (3-2, 1-2) - 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Hey, not every single team from the Pac-12 will be goin' to a post-season bowl game and so this almost falls into the "must-win" category for these underachieving teams. Did you know Utah is just 6-10-1 ATS when hosting fellow Pac-12 teams in recent years or that the 'Zona Wildcats are 6-18 against the odds when grabbing points since the start of the 2015 campaign?
NOTE: Get more College Football Previews in tomorrow's Jim Sez.