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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 

 

IT’S PACKERS VS. BEARS TO

KICK OFF NFL’S 100TH SEASON …

BEST & WORST NFL SPREADS FROM LAST YEAR

PLUS, THE SUPER BOWL 54 ODDS TO WIN IT ALL …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS / NOTES

 

Play it again, guys!

Tonight, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears usher in the start of the 2019 season – yes, the beginning of this 100th year of the National Football League – and they’ll be playing one another for an NFL-record 199th time.

Still, nobody ever gets tired of this rivalry and so the NFL is putting it up first on this Week 1 card – enjoy and make sure you cash in!

 

Note …

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Tonight, it’s …

GREEN BAY at CHICAGO – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Here’s the straight facts: Last year the Bears finished first in the 32-team NFL in points allowed (just 17.7 ppg) while the Packers finished a middle-of-the-pack 14th in scoring (23.5 ppg) – no doubt all the talk this past summer was about new Green Bay boss Matt LaFleur and his “relationship” with veteran QB Aaron Rodgers but if G-Bay is gonna improve on that pedestrian points-per-game average then maybe LaFleur should just let Rodgers “cut it loose” while hoping the O-line can keep pass-rush fiend OLB Khalil Mack at bay for much of this evening. P.S., we’re hearing the Pack’s gonna run it a whole lot more than they did a year ago when they rushed the ball less than any other NFL squad.

If the Bears – a 3-point betting favorite here – are to cover this price tag, then third-year QB Mitchell Trubisky better make things happen with his legs (see 421 yards rushing / a 6.2 yards-per-carry average last year) as this could come down to whether or not Trubisky converts on third down with his planned and unplanned runs out of the pocket.

Spread Notes – Green Bay is an electric 8-3 ATS (against the spread) when playing at Chicago since the start of the 2009 season and that includes the Packers’ 21-14 win / cover as 3.5-point road favorites in the 2010 NFC Championship Game. On the flip side, the Bears covered all six of their divisional games last year and finished the 2018 campaign with a sparkling 9-4 spread log as betting favorites.

 

 

NFL’s BEST / WORST SPREAD SIDES FROM 2018

In case you were wondering, here were the Best Bets – and the Worst Bets – in the NFL last year (note includes all post-season games):

 

BEST –

TEAM                     ATS RECORD         PCT

Chicago                  12-5-0                    .706

Seattle                    10-5-2                    .667

New England        12-7-0                    .632

Cleveland               10-6-0                    .625

Kansas City            10-7-1                    .588

 

WORST –

TEAM                     ATS RECORD         PCT

Atlanta                            5-11-0           .313

San Francisco                5-11-0            .313

Ny Jets                           5-10-1            .333

Jacksonville                   5-9-2              .357

Oakland                         6-10-0            .375

 

 

NFL ODDS TO WIN IT ALL – SUPER BOWL LIV

(Note all figures below are based on $100 per-play wagers)

 

TEAM                     ODDS TO WIN IT ALL                  

New England                + 550

Kansas City                    + 650

New Orleans                 + 700

LA Rams                        + 750

LA Chargers                   + 1000

Philadelphia                  + 1000

Cleveland                       + 1200

Chicago                          + 1400

Green Bay                     + 1600

Dallas                             + 1800

Houston                         + 1800

Pittsburgh                     + 1800

Seattle                            + 1800

Atlanta                           + 2000

Minnesota                     + 2000

Jacksonville                   + 2500

Baltimore                      + 2800

San Francisco                + 2800

Carolina                         + 3300

Tennessee                     + 4500

Denver                           + 5000

Indianapolis                  + 5000

Detroit                           + 6000

NY Jets                           + 6000

Tampa Bay                    + 6000

NY Giants                      + 6600

Oakland                         + 6600

Arizona                          + 8000

Buffalo                           + 8000

Washington                  + 8000

Miami                            + 10000

Cincinnati                      + 11000

 

 

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT

There’s a pair of Top 25 head-to-head matchups on this weekend’s college gridiron card – that’s #12 Texas A&M at #1 Clemson and also #6 LSU at #10 Texas – and we’ll have plenty to say about these marquee matchup games in tomorrow’s edition of Jim Sez – but let’s get you a couple of quick-hitters on Saturday games involving two other Top 25 squads:

 

ARMY (1-0) at #7 MICHIGAN (1-0) – 12 p.m. ET, Fox

Everyone remembers last year when the Army Black Knights went into Norman as 28.5-point underdogs and nearly pulled off the shocker of the season before losing 28-21 in overtime … could the West Pointers really make Michigan (a 22-point favorite) sweat bullets here? The Big 10 team will let Dylan McCaffrey – the co-starting quarterback – run it 10-to-12 times, so Army better set the edge or else!

 

#25 STANFORD (1-0) at USC (1-0) – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Let’s face it ... the gambling gods were smiling on anyone that backed the Stanford Cardinal last week when David Shaw’s crew fell on a strip-sack fumble by Northwestern in the game’s final 20 seconds to provide the 17-7 win / cover as 6.5-point home favs. Conversely, the football gods weren’t smiling on USC – they lost starting signal-caller J.T. Daniels for the year with an ACL tear – and did you know that the Trojans have covered only seven of their last 19 games played against Pac-12 foes?

 

NOTE: Get all the College Football weekend previews – and much more – in the next Jim Sez.

 

 

 

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