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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM




Maybe you've checked it out already but "if the season was to end today" than the #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC would be the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, respectively; in the AFC they'd be the Kansas City Chiefs and then the tie-break winner between New England/Miami/Cincinnati/Baltimore.

Note that nowhere up above is there any mention of the Denver Broncos - the Super Bowl winner just three seasons ago and a proud franchise that's won six post-season games in the past seven years.

On this NFL Week 7 Thursday Nighter, it's strictly an S.O.S. game for the Broncs (2-4) who have lost four in a row SU (straight-up) and enter this prime-time desert clash with a really rotten 1-4-1 ATS (against the spread) record ... ugh.

You could say it's also an S.O.S. game for the host Arizona Cardinals (1-5) too although the Redbirds probably were dead before they knew what hit 'em here in this here-and-now '18 campaign - the NFC West crew started off the year at 0-4 SU amid a punch-less offense and over-his head new coach (see Steve Wilks) and so they get center stage on this October night:

DENVER (2-4) at ARIZONA (1-5) - 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox
Hard to believe but this Broncos' defense ranks dead-last in the NFL in rush defense (161.3 yards per game allowed) while the home-town Cardinals are 32nd and dead-last in the league in rushing offense (just 64 ypg) ... talk about the immovable offense against the show-no-resistance defense! Maybe this one'll come down to whether or not Arizona rookie QB Josh Rosen (626 yards passing with 2 TDs, 2 INTs and sacked seven times) can avoid pass-rushers Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb here.
Spread Stats - Denver is a dismal 1-11 versus the vig in its last dozen away games dating back to late in the 2016 season; Arizona is a dead-even 3-3 against the odds so far this season and overall the Cards are 8-15 ATS when playing non-divisional foes.

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So, who've been "road warriors" in the league where they play for pay so far this season? Here's the three teams that stand out through the first six weeks of action:

The aforementioned Kansas City Chiefs are 4-0 against the Las Vegas odds on the NFL road this year (and 6-0 ATS overall) with covers at the Los Angeles Chargers, at Pittsburgh, at Denver and at New England and take note that KC swiped outright upsets wins against both the Bolts and Steelers;
The Detroit Lions - who play at 2.5-point underdog Miami this Sunday afternoon - have scooted out of the starting gate at 2-0 ATS away with covers at San Francisco and Dallas and;
The New Orleans Saints have cashed both of their road plays this year at Atlanta (in OT) and at the New York Giants. The Saints are 2.5-point pups in Baltimore this Sunday.


Who's hot and who's not in the NCAA Football universe these days ... here's your answers:

Appalachian State has covered its first five games of the year;
Army is 4-0-1 spreadwise ever since a season-opening loss at Duke;
Cal has dropped its last four consecutive spread verdicts;
Florida has notched its last five consecutive pointspread decisions;
Fresno State's covered its last four straight games since mid-September;
Miami-Ohio is currently riding a five-game ATS winning streak;
Navy has lost its last four games in a row to Mr. Vig;
Purdue - after an 0-2 spread start - has rung four consecutive ATS victories;
Rice has been burnt with four straight spread losses dating back to Sept. 22nd;
Temple sports a robust five-game ATS winning streak while heading into Saturday's home game against unbeaten Cincinnati;
UAB has banged out four consecutive pointspread "W's" ...
Utah State has ramped to a 6-0 ATS start including covers against Michigan State and BYU;
Vanderbilt's trending downwards with four straight spread setbacks;
Washington State's 5-0-1 against the numbers so far in '18;
And Wyoming is limping along on a six-game spread losing streak while heading into Saturday's Homecoming Game against Utah State.

NOTE: Catch all our NFL Week 7 previews later this week right here at Jim Sez.

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