Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 - HERE'S THE SUNDAY SKED WITH SAINTS-CHARGERS, SEAHAWKS-VIKINGS ON TAP ...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE NOTEBOOK: IT'S THE MIGHTY-MIGHTY SEC
Let's catch you up-to-date with a few pointspread-related items when it comes to this here-and-now 2019 NFL Preseason:
Through the games of Friday, August 16th, NFL Preseason Betting Favorites are a dead-even and vig-losing 11-11-2 ATS (against the spread) with one Pick 'Em game tossed into the mix - and that was Buffalo's easy-as-pie 27-14 win against Carolina, a big-time winner for Jim Hurley's Network this weekend, as were the Giants (-2) over Chicago 32-13 on a perfect 2-0 Friday! Now 9-3 for 75% winners this preseason.
So far, the Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, the New York Giants and those aforementioned Bills are all 2-and-oh versus the vig this summer while the Atlanta Falcons are an ugly 0-3 against the odds (and now 0-12 ATS in their last dozen preseason games overall) while the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears each are 0-2 against the spread so far this summer.
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will go on bashing the books plenty this NFL preseason with lots more winners straight ahead as this weekend's card rolls on with Five (5) games on the Saturday menu plus there's Sunday / Monday action too! Plus, don't forget that Jim keeps piling up the profits with Major-League Baseball - so go ahead and get all the NFL Preseason / MLB winners at www.jimhurley.com or via our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. And one more note: The 2019 NCAA Football Season swings into gear on Saturday, August 24th with Florida vs. Miami (in Orlando) and Arizona at Hawaii and then Thursday, August 26th begins a full-fledged card for the college kids.
Here's some NFL Preseason Week 2 What-to-Watch items for Sunday's games ...
NEW ORLEANS (0-1) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (0-1) - 4 p.m. ET, CBS
The injuries - and bad news - just keeps on piling up for the LA Chargers who really can't be considered legit Super Bowl contenders these days - not now that S Derwin James (broken right foot) has been added to the "hurts" list along with LT Russell Okung (pulmonary embolism) and WR Keenan Allen (ankle) and we haven't even said a word yet about RB Melvin Gordon (contract holdout). Meanwhile, the Saints - a 1-point underdog at press time, with N'Orleans taking late money to knock it down from Bolts - 2.5 points - figure to let backup QB Teddy Bridgewater play a batch of series here after he completed 14-of-19 passes for 134 yards and a TD in last week's 34-25 home loss versus Minnesota.
SEATTLE (1-0) at MINNESOTA (1-0) - 8 p.m. ET, Fox
We noted earlier this week right here in a Jim Sez column that both Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (.680 winning rate spreadwise in the preseason) and the Vikings' Mike Zimmer (a league-best .682 winning rate in these exhibition games) have been major profit-makers in these summertime affairs ... so what gives here with host Minny listed as a 3.5-point betting favorite? The Seahawks' offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer wants more receptions by running backs this season - paging RB Chris Carson - and so watch out for that short passing game against Minny's active LBs here. Hey, the Vikes - as usual—have some issues along the O-line and so maybe starting QB Kirk Cousins doesn't play more than a couple of series here.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE REPORTS - THE SEC
Gonna spend the next week or so getting you quick-hitter comments from 'round the NCAA Football universe and our conference-by-conference updates continue here with the SEC:
THE CONTENDERS - Who else? Alabama and Georgia won't surprise anyone if they happen to head into this year's SEC Championship Game ranked #1 and #2 (in either order, if you will) as both are favorites to get into this year's national title four-team playoff field. There's growing "love" for an LSU team that hasn't beaten 'Bama since the 2011 regular season (that's eight wins in a row for the Tide against the Bayou bunch!) but LSU will need some major breaks to win the SEC West.
THE DARK HORSE - One poll we saw had seven different SEC teams within the Top 25's first 16 teams but if you're looking for someone to slip through the cracks and make a run at the SEC Championship Game then it's Missouri. Fact: The Columbia kids believe Clemson transfer QB Kelly Bryant will be a star right out of the gate - and it doesn't hurt that Mizzou has five straight home games following a road opener in Wyoming beginning Sept. 7th.
BEST PLAYER - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama. Call 'em the co-favorite - along with Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence - to snag this year's Heisman Trophy and ask the pro scouts and they say "Tags" is gonna be the numero uno pick in next year's NFL Draft.
CIRCLE THE DATE - Nov. 2, Georgia vs. Florida (in Jacksonville). Winner more-than-likely lands in the SEC Championship Game and remember the Bulldogs have won the last two games in this rivalry by a combined score of 78-to-24.
NOTE: Catch our NFL Preseason Week 2 news / notes in the next Jim Sez.