Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 2 UPDATE –
BREES & BIG BEN AMONG KEY QB INJURIES
PLUS, A MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW
AS BROWNS-JETS CLASH IN NEW JERSEY …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BIGGEST WEEKEND BUSTS
Let’s be real …
If you’re a big fan of the National Football League – and more specifically, a big fan of the New Orleans Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers and / or the Philadelphia Eagles -- then you really didn’t want to hear the names of Teddy Bridgewater (Saints), Mason Rudolph (Steelers) and Josh McCown (Eagles) this past weekend … but you did!
No offense to those three fine gentlemen, but they are the second-stringers or backups to “name” starters on these three teams and they should be for “emergency use only”!
True, McCown only played a handful of plays while subbing briefly for Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz (ribs) but both Bridgewater and Rudolph were hurled into the action and were forced to play major minutes in their teams’ respective losses. Heck if you knew Saints’ iconic slinger Drew Brees (thumb) basically was gonna miss more than three-quarters of his team’s game at the Los Angeles Rams, you think you would have been happy taking just 1.5 points?
As it turned out, Bridgewater – who completed 17-of-30 passes for 165 yards – was serviceable but didn’t get the Saints to click in their 27-9 loss and the outlook for Brees appears bleak at this point in time. Fingers crossed, Who Dat fans!
As far as the Steelers, QB Ben Roethlisberger (right elbow) played less than a half en route to the 28-26 home loss to the 4.5-point pup Seattle Seahawks. The two-time Super Bowl-winning signal-caller grimaced after a few second-quarter passes and was forced to exit. Rudolph wound up completing 12-of-19 throws with two TDs and one INT and did a decent job – just not enough to prevent the Steelers from starting off 0-2 SU (straight-up) for just the second time in head coach Mike Tomlin’s 13-year tenure.
And now hear this …
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have the Side / Totals winners in tonight’s Browns vs. Jets game plus straight ahead there’s a load of College Football, NFL Week 3 and Major-League Baseball winners! Go ahead and call us at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or get the winners right here online at www.jimhurley.com – just keep on cashin’ all month long and note we won Sunday with Atlanta (- 1.5) topping Philadelphia 24-20 and Indianapolis (+ 3) getting the loot in a 19-17 outright win at 3-point fav Tennessee. Plus, we cashed in the colleges with Air Force (+ 4) over Colorado and Iowa State (+ 1.5) over Iowa!
Tonight, it’s …
CLEVELAND (0-1) at NEW YORK JETS (0-1) – 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Remember that old 1990’s rap tune … “Don’t Believe the Hype”?
Well, folks in / around the NFL are wondering if that’s what fits when it comes to these here-and-now Cleveland Browns. After a summertime filled with pro-Browns noise, the AFC North crew promptly fell flat on its collective facemasks in that 43-13 loss in Week 1 against the Tennessee. Okay, so they’ve fallen … but can they get up here?
Cleveland’s gone from a 2.5-point betting favorite to a 6.5-point betting favorite since the word was released that Jets’ QB Sam Darnold (mono) would be out for this tilt and – apparently – a few more games but now there’s a shot that NYJ running back Le’Veon Bell (should) could be out here too (check those injury updates throughout the afternoon and evening, folks) … so what will be Cleveland’s excuse if it happens to lose here in the swamps of New Jersey?
Last week’s blunder-fest against the Titans “featured” 18 penalties, some of the worst throws QB Baker Mayfield is ever gonna make and a heavy dose of rotten tackling on “D” … otherwise, things went A-OK in head coach Freddie Kitchens’ debut!
The Jets will go with Trevor Siemian at quarterback here but, unless Bell plays and the kicking problems are solved, the J-E-T-S are gonna go to 0-2 for only the second time in the last decade.
Spread Notes – Cleveland’s a rotten 12-20-1 ATS (against the spread) in non-divisional games since the start of the 2016 season while the New York Jets enter this prime-time affair at 2-6-2 spreadwise as hosts while dating back to late in the ’17 season.
In other NFL Week 2 News / Notes …
Note that NFL Betting Favorites enter MNF at 6-7-0 ATS with two Pick ‘Em games tossed into the mix, so now chalk sides are 12-17-0 ATS so far this year (a .414 winning rate) …
One of the seven underdog sides that cashed in NFL Week 2 was the Arizona Cardinals who easily slipped under the bloated 13-point price in a 23-17 loss at Baltimore. Hey, rookie QB Kyler Murray threw for an eye-popping 349 yards in the game and sported two 100-plus yard pass-catchers in Christian Kirk (6 grabs for 114 yards) and legendary WR Larry Fitzgerald (5 catches for 104 yards) …
Finally, any reason why QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were still throwing the ball late in Sunday’s 43-0 beat-down win over the hapless Miami Dolphins? Nice to see Pats’ boss Bill Belichick showing some love for former assistant-turned-Fish head coach Brian Flores, eh?
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
Let’s get you started with some pointspread facts / figures from this past weekend:
College Football Betting Favorites registered a 27-21-0 ATS mark (a .563 winning percentage) this past weekend and so the up-to-the-minute spread stats reveals College Favs are 73-61-5 ATS this year (.545). Not bad at all.
Meanwhile, as we all look towards the Saturday night showdown in Athens between #7 Notre Dame at #3 Georgia – you’ve noticed the Bulldogs are double-digit favs, haven’t you? – a few ranked college teams went bust this past weekend:
In fact, three of ‘em – that’s #21 Maryland, #24 USC and #18 Michigan State -- were beaten outright as betting favorites.
For Sparty fans, the 10-7 home loss against 15-point fav Arizona State was particularly stunning (especially when you consider Michigan State was taking all the money after opening as just an 11-point favorite).
The Michigan State attack piled up 400 yards – with veteran QB Brian Lewerke throwing for 291 yards with 0 INT – but any shot at knotting the game in the closing seconds went pfft as a 12-men-on-the-field penalty killed one made FG and then kicker Matt Coghlin misfired on the next attempt. Let’s just say it wasn’t the best-ever game coached by M-State’s Mark Dantonio who finally may be wearing out his welcome in East Lansing …
Finally, hey Notre Dame at Georgia won’t be the only marquee matchup on this weekend’s card – check out #11 Michigan at #13 Wisconsin, #8 Auburn at #17 Texas A&M and Oklahoma State at v#12 Texas. All good stuff and we’ll be on it here at the Jim Hurley Network … get ‘em on game day at 1-800-323-4453 or right here online.
NOTE: Get more College Football updates plus NFL Week 3 goodies in the next edition of Jim Sez and remember to bang out Side / Totals winners tonight with Cleveland at the NY Jets!