Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 8 UPDATE: RAMS, SAINTS WIN AGAIN AS THEY HEAD TOWARDS SUNDAY'S SHOWDOWN IN THE DOME ...
OUR MNF PREVIEW: PATS ARE 2-TD ROAD FAVS TONIGHT ...
THE WORLD SERIES REPORT: ALL HAIL THE BOSOX
Just wait! Truth is we have not yet exited NFL Week 8 - there's the matter of the New England Patriots at the 14-point underdog Buffalo Bills tonight and we'll get to that one shortly - but NFL Week 9 has a couple of real doozies on the docket and we're already champing at the bit to get to Sunday's Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints tilt in the Big Easy (a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff there) followed by the prime-timer between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Tom Brady and the aforementioned N'England Patriots (8:20 p.m. kick) ... better order an extra jar of barbecue sauce for those ribs!
Can you blame us for looking ahead?
Okay, first things first and that's digesting what just did happen in NFL Week 8 play - yes, the Rams (8-0) won again but didn't cover the almighty Las Vegas pointspread in that 29-27 donnybrook victory against TD dog Green Bay and so take note the Rams will enter Sunday's game inside the Louisiana Superdome with a 4-3-1 ATS (against the spread) mark ... yes, good but not all that great and especially when you consider the Rams started off the season at 3-0-1 versus the vig.
The Saints (6-1), meanwhile, were on the proverbial ropes more than once in Sunday night's 30-20 win/cover against the 2.5-point home pup Minnesota Vikings - hey, the "sharpies" were right on there as that price moved from Vikings minus a point-and-a-half to Saints minus two-and-a-half - and so N'Orleans goes into Week 9 at a rock-solid 5-2 ATS mark that also features wins/covers against Washington and Baltimore. Just sayin'.
There's gonna be major buildup for that Packers-Patriots affair too and worth mentioning Green Bay's inside an NFC North Division that sports three teams (Chicago, Minnesota, Green Bay) with three SU (straight-up) losses and one team with four losses (see Detroit) while the above-mentioned LA Rams could well clinch the NFC West by Thanksgiving! One thing about the Rams: They are the only NFL team with a points differential that's triple digits ... the Rams are +109 and that's often-times been a good barometer of who's gonna win it all.
One last pointspread-related note from this past Sunday's action: As you all know, the Kansas City Chiefs - finally - lost a pointspread verdict with that 30-23 non-cover win against the 8-point road underdog Denver Broncos (a game that was bet down from 10 points in the middle of the week). So, the Chiefs are now 7-1 against the odds this year and still lead the way as we post the best bets so far in the here-and-now '18 season:
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have the Side & Totals plays for tonight's New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills game plus get all the NFL Week 9 games and the College Football winners (note there's games from Tuesday thru Saturday) and all the NBA stuff too - just call us at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or else get the winners right here online and keep on piling up the profits. This past weekend the Jim Hurley Network bombed the books with NCAA Football winners on Georgia Tech, Nevada and Northern Illinois (among others) and with NFL Week 8 winners such as Seattle over Detroit and the "under" in San Francisco at Arizona.
Tonight, it's ...
NEW ENGLAND (5-2) at BUFFALO (2-5) - 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Did you happen to blink when you read that Mr. Brady is 28-3 SU lifetime against these Bills? Egads! Brady last lost a "meaningful game" to Buffalo back in 2011 (we ain't counting the season finale in 2014 when the Pats had nothing to play for) and putting up 30-plus points is almost a given for the future Hall of Fame slinger. However, if Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski plays here he'll be limited while the Bills are banking on a stern defense that's allowed 22 points or less in four of the team's last five games. No QB Josh Allen (elbow) here and RB LeSean "Shady" McCoy is a game-time decision (concussion protocol) for Buffalo ... so where do the punchless Bills (averaging 11.6 ppg) get their pop from? Note Buffalo has scored a grand total of three touchdowns via the passing game this year.
Spread Stats - New England's a nifty 9-4 against the odds in divisional games since the start of the 2016 season; Buffalo is just 4-8 ATS when playing fellow AFC East foes the past two-plus seasons.
THE BASEBALL REPORT
Okay, so we've sung the praises of the now World Series Champion Boston Red Sox plenty of times in these Jim Sez columns in 2018 but let's give 'em a final salute but toss in some things that bothered us too ...
Yes, LHP Chris Sale was a key component for this club despite not pitching much from early August on but did the Bosox really have to "throw him a bone" with a ninth-inning appearance in last night's 5-1 clincher win in Game 5 against the sad-sack Los Angeles Dodgers? ...
No doubt that the work done this year and this post-season by first-year manager Alex Cora was among the best ever in the bigs, but gotta be wondering if LHP David Price and RHP Nathan Eovaldi are gonna be OK next year with all this post-season stress? Sure, after last night's game Price told Fox interviewer Tom Verducci that he felt "fine" with no sign of fatigue but Boston better keep fingers crossed for next year ...
Finally, all the pieces fit just right for a Red Sox team that totaled 119 wins between regular-season and post-season play but remember GM Dave Dombrowski made some slick late-summer moves - no guarantee that's gonna happen again in 2019, right? Three cheers for Series MVP Steve Pearce who knocked in seven RBI combined in the Game 4 / Game 5 tilts and word is Boston beat out both Houston and Cleveland to the punch with the trade deadline acquisition of the 35-year-old hitter. What would this World Series been like if Pearce didn't get moved to the Sawx?
NOTE: Lots of College Football goodies in the next edition of Jim Sez.