Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 12 REPORT –
WILL WE ALL BE WATCHING THE
LEAGUE’S TOP SUPER-POWER TONIGHT?
(AND WE MEAN THE RAVENS, NOT THE RAMS!) …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S DOG-CENTRIC WEEKEND IN REVIEW
Sorry to be so blunt, but are there really any “superpower” teams out there in this 2019 NFL season?
It could well be that we’ll be eyeballing the league’s top team this evening – the Baltimore Ravens are 8-2 SU (straight-up) as John Harbaugh’s squad rides a six-game SU winning streak into this evening’s game at the 3-point underdog Los Angeles Rams. Okay, the Ravens also have covered their last four games in a row too!
Meanwhile, the TV talking heads could all explode talking about “great teams” but let us tell you what we watched here in NFL Week 12:
The New England Patriots (10-1) may be the reigning Super Bowl champs but hardly wowed us in that 13-9 non-cover win against Dallas. Forget the rain, wind and cold temps, this Pats’ offense just ain’t functioning very well these days;
How about the Green Bay Packers (8-3)? Well, anyone that watched last night’s utterly non-entertaining 37-8 loss at 3-point home fav San Francisco realizes this Packers’ team is hurting along the O-line and the defense leaves far too many pass catchers wide open. Heck, we’re not sure the Pack’s even a good team right now, forget a superpower;
And both New Orleans (9-2) and aforementioned San Francisco (10-1) simply don’t strike us as elite teams despite those glittery records: The Saints were life-and-death on Sunday to put away 9.5-point pup Carolina 34-31 while the Niners may have a great defensive line and a super tight end in mouthy George Kittle, but you think that offense is elite? We don’t.
So, play close attention to these Ravens tonight … you might well be watching (by year’s end) the NFL’s only super-power around:
On Monday Night Football, it’s …
BALTIMORE (8-2) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-4) – 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Funny how things can fall out of style so fast: Last year it was the Sean McVay-coached Rams who were wowing the football world with a pass-first offense that scored 30+ points in 12 different regular-season games but right now all the talk’s about Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson who has the Ravens averaging an eye-popping 34.1 points per game this year while he’s thrown for 2,258 yards with 19 TDs while running for a team-best 781 yards and 6 scores.
The chess match that is Rams’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips against the ever-elusive Jackson takes center stage tonight in SoCal but, on the flip side, remember that WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) is back for the Hollywood kids tonight and Rams’ RB Todd Gurley might well be getting his mojo back.
So, are you a superpower or not, Ravens?
Spread Stats – Baltimore is 13-6-1 ATS (against the spread) away since the start of the 2017 campaign; the LA Rams have covered 11 of their last 15 overall games dating back to late last season.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S WEEKEND NOTEBOOK
Your attention, please:
For the second time in the past three weekends, College Football Underdogs struck up a winning tune:
Note that wagering pups went 32-24-1 with 1 Pick ‘Em game this past weekend after having registered a 30-17-0 ATS log with 1 Pick ’Em game back on the weekend of November 9th. In between the College Football Betting Favorites ruled the roost with a 32-19-0 pointspread record.
What made the doggies’ .571 winning rate so darn interesting this past week / weekend is that a batch of “in-the-hunt” playoff-hopeful teams played tight, afraid to lose. Exhibit A, B and C for our demonstration are #4 Georgia (-12.5) slipping past Texas A&M only 19-13, #9 Oklahoma barely scratching its way past 18-point pup TCU 28-24 and #6 Oregon losing the “whole game” as 13.5-point road betting favorites in that 31-28 loss at Arizona State.
If you need to be reminded, these “superpower” or “elite” teams often play with the weight of the proverbial world on their shoulders at this stage of the season – hey, we don’t even exclude #2 Ohio State from our little list ‘cause the 20.5-point Buckeyes suffered their own little third-quarter meltdown the other day en route to a challenged 28-17 non-cover win against #8 Penn State.
If you’re keeping track, right here and right now for the 2019 season, College Football Betting Favorites are a collective 331-309-15 ATS with 4 Pick ‘Em games for a winning percentage of .517. Don’t be surprised if that’s closer to a .500 mark by year’s end.
In other College Football, News & Notes …
Don’t dismiss the fact that many on-the-hot-seat coaches simply can’t afford to either lose or be embarrassed in these late-year games and so we’re thinking about the futures of Boston College boss-man Steve Addazio – a 40-7 loser at Notre Dame last weekend – and Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin, who’s U of A Wildcats were beaten in their own backyard 35-7 by Utah.
Note that Arizona is 4-7 SU with no bowl hopes on the horizon; BC (5-6) must beat host Pittsburgh this Saturday or else the Eagles will have their bowl streak ended at a modest three years. Not to play judge / jury here, but we’d go in “other directions” and axe both Addazio (an awful in-game coach) and Sumlin (who team is a rotten 2-8-1 ATS this season).
Two names to bounce out there: How about UCF’s Josh Heupel for the BC job; and Memphis’ Mike Norvell for the ’Zona gig? …
Finally, stat of the weekend goes to Virginia Tech for its second consecutive shutout win – the Hokies blanked Pittsburgh 28-0 and it marked the 31st career shutout win for soon-to-be-retiring defensive coordinator Bud Foster. P.S., V-Tech has covered its last five consecutive games while heading into Friday’s tilt at archrival Virginia.
NOTE: There’s Heisman Trophy talk and a whole lot more including Thanksgiving Day Previews in tomorrow’s edition of Jim Sez, so don’t dare miss it!