Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL REPORT - VIKES-SEAHAWKS WRAP UP A WILD WEEK 14 (SEE A PAIR OF OVERTIME GAMES PLUS SEVEN OUTRIGHT UPSET WINNERS!!!) ...
THE HEISMAN TROPHY RESULTS: WHY THE VOTERS GOT IT ALL WRONG
Hey, do you know anyone out there in the wagering world that had a Miami Dolphins / Oakland Raiders money line parlay in Sunday's NFL Week 14 action?
If you do, they're likely still sipping champagne after those crazy tilts - note the Dolphins were + 350 and the Raiders were + 425 - in their respective 34-33 and 24-21 wins against New England and Pittsburgh.
It only seemed that every NFL game on this past Sunday's card was won by the dog - and there were, as the headline says here, seven different outright pup winners including: Indianapolis (+ 4) over Houston, Cleveland (+ 1) over Carolina, the New York Jets (+ 4) over Buffalo, Miami (+ 9) over New England, San Francisco (+ 3) over Denver, Oakland (+ 10) over Pittsburgh and last night's bare-knuckle 15-6 win by host Chicago (+ 3) over the Los Angeles Rams.
Still, the proverbial bottom line here is that NFL Week 14 Betting Favorites somehow escaped with a 6-9 ATS (against the spread) mark while heading into tonight's showdown between the Minnesota Vikings (+ 3.5) at the Seattle Seahawks and so - for the year - NFL Betting Favs now are 91-105-7 ATS with 4 Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix and that's a lowly .464 winning rate for NFL chalk sides this season.
The most exasperating losers in Week 14?
Try the Eagles who likely saw their playoff hopes blown to bits with that 29-23 overtime loss at 3-point fav Dallas - hey, we know the Philly secondary is banged up but can anyone stay with a receiver goin' deep? - and anyone that had Tampa Bay plus the 9.5-point price against the visiting New Orleans Saints were pulling their hair out afterwards as the Bucs once-upon-a-time owned a 14-3 lead. Who knew a Taysom Hill blocked punt would turn the beat around in that NFC South battle?
In any event, we move on to tonight's game preview but first a quickie reminder that ...
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Tonight, it's ... MINNESOTA (6-5-1) at SEATTLE (7-5) - 8:20 p.m. ET, ESPN
Get a load of this: Since Pete Carroll has been the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks (2010), his team has not lost either SU (straight-up) or ATS in the four head-to-head showdowns against these Vikings and that includes the rather infamous 10-9 NFC Wild Card Round Game back in the 2015 season when a "gimme" field goal late was missed by Minnesota.
When these clubs clash this evening in the great northwest, the visiting Vikings officially are in the desperate stage following two-of-three post-bye losses at Chicago and at New England. The Vikes may have a glittery-looking pass game starring QB Kirk Cousins (3,490 yards passing with 23 TDs and 9 INTs) with WRs Adam Thielen (98 catches for 1,166 yards) and Stefon Diggs (84 receptions for 839 yards) combining for 15 TDs, but we wanna know why Minnesota's scored more than 30 points just two times this whole year?
If Seattle plays another bend-but-don't break pass defense here, then Carroll's crew could "figure it out" with some help from QB Russell Wilson (29 passing TDs and 5 INTs) who has guided the Seahawks to a 6-1-1 spread mark in their last eight games ... now that deserves a wow!
Spread Notes - Seattle is 7-3-2 versus the vig overall this year and note the 'Hawks have not enjoyed a winning spread season since 2014 (10-8-1 ATS). On the flip side, Minnesota's 6-5-1 against the odds this year but the Vikes remain a solid play overall under fifth-year head coach Mike Zimmer (see 50-26-2 ATS for a .658 winning rate).
THE HEISMAN TROPHY REPORT
Memo to this year's Heisman Trophy voters ... you blew it! Okay, gotta admit that's the first time in some 20 years that we wholeheartedly believe the Heisman Trophy voting group "got it wrong" as they just named Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray this year's clear-cut winner over Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa. Just how can a guy (see Tagovailoa) go from being the heavy-heavy-heavy duty favorite to win the hardware to second place based on two late-year pass-fest games from Murray and an injury to the 'Bama slinger?
Another memo to the Heisman Trophy voters: The Big 12's wackadoo passing stats shouldn't overwhelm you 'cause everyone in that league throws for at/around 4,000 yards and so Murray's 4,053 passing yards and 892 ground yards - with 51 TDs combined - is eye-catching stuff for sure but we never, ever, thought he had a better overall year than Tagovailoa who barely played in a fourth quarter this year and shouldn't have been penalized the way he was for a bad game / injury game against Georgia in the recent SEC Championship Game. Note that Murray finished with 517 of a possible 878 first-place votes - what, did the 90 percent of the voters that forwarded their ballots after championship game weekend ALL place Murray on top in their final ballots? Geez.
Okay, so now history's been made as Oklahoma becomes the first-ever school to sport back-to-back quarterbacks as Heisman Trophy winners but we're wondering if the voters out there really paid attention to this whole 2018 season ... and, if they did, then they really blew it!
Hey, looking ahead to 2019 we'll mark down the following as our favorites to win the next Heisman Trophy ... The aforementioned Tagovailoa (of course), Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins (the third-place finisher this year) and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.
NOTE: Lots more College Football talk in the next Jim Sez as we start to tackle the bowl games ... all 40 of 'em!