Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM
IT’S THE 34thANNUAL JIM HURLEY
THANKSGIVING TURKEY SHOOT –
AND WE’RE LINING UP A BATCH OF WINNERS
THIS HOLIDAY WEEK / WEEKEND!
Step right up and get a plate full of winners – courtesy of Jim Hurley, America’s #1 Handicapper, of course!
That’s right, the Annual Jim Hurley Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot is back and we’re serving up Five (5) full days /nights of NFL, College Football, NBA and College Basketball winners and all you have to do is sign up right now at our toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or online right here at www.jimhurley.com and we’ll make your holiday a whole lotta fun!
Last year Jim skinned the books with a bunch of gridiron winners – you can look it up as we cashed in the colleges with Washington, BYU, Arizona and Baylor (among others) and snagged NFL winners last Thanksgiving weekend with the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos and “under” in Atlanta-New Orleans. In terms of the hoopsters, among our Turkey Shoot winners last year were a day-after-Thanksgiving winner with the Phoenix Suns and college b-ball winners with Texas and Harvard. So, go right ahead and “gobble” up lots more winners all this week!
NFL WEEK 13 – THANKSGIVING DAY
On Thursday, it’s …
CHICAGO (5-6) at DETROIT (3-7-1) – 12:30 p.m. ET, Fox
Okay, so the Bears have a pulse once again following last Sunday’s 19-14 non-cover win against the New York Giants as all-too-sensitive QB Mitchell Trubisky used his legs for one key TD and now that’s the story here: Can Trubisky convert some third-down plays with his legs against a Lions squad that hasn’t won in a month and has turnover-prone QB Jeff Driskel running the show?
Spread Note – The Lions enter this Thanksgiving Day game on a six-game pointspread losing streak and the Motowners have failed to cover six of their last nine games versus NFC North foes.
Here’s the last 5 Thanksgiving Day games played by the Detroit Lions:
YEAR FAV ATS DOG SCORE
2018 Chicago - 3 DETROIT Bears, 23-16
2017 Minnesota - 2.5 DETROIT Vikings, 30-23
2016 DETROIT - 1.5 Minnesota Lions, 22-16
2015 DETROIT - 3 Philadelphia Lions, 45-14
2014 DETROIT - 7 Chicago Lions, 34-17
BUFFALO (8-3) at DALLAS (6-5) – 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Give it to Cowboys’ owner / GM Jerry Jones to stir the pot following his club’s 13-0 loss-but-cover at New England last Sunday: The pompous Jones blamed coaching (and shoddy special teams) for that loss in rainy / windy Foxboro but the truth is the ‘Boys won’t win or cover here if WR Amari Cooper comes up with zero catches again … yikes! Note the visiting and TD-underdog Bills have surrendered a grand total of 51 points in their last four games combined as this AFC East crew is off to the franchise’s best start since the 1990s.
Spread Note – Dallas is 7-4 ATS (against the spread) overall this year and the ‘Boys are a decent 9-6-3 ATS when playing AFC opponents the past few years.
Here’s the last 5 Thanksgiving Day games played by the Dallas Cowboys:
YEAR FAV ATS DOG SCORE
2018 DALLAS - 7 Washington Cowboys, 31-23
2017 LA Chargers - 1 DALLAS Chargers, 28-6
2016 DALLAS - 5.5 Washington Cowboys, 31-26
2015 Carolina - 1 DALLAS Panthers, 33-14
2014 DALLAS - 3 Philadelphia Eagles, 33-10
On Thursday Night, it’s …
NEW ORLEANS (9-2) at ATLANTA (3-8) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Revenge! The N’Orleans Saints were roasted 26-9 at home versus these woe-be-gone Falcons back in Week 10 action and so we’re not surprised the Las Vegas price tag for this clash jumped from Saints – 5 to -7 faster than you can say Mardi Gras! If New Orleans slinger Drew Brees (311 yards passing with 3 TDs in last weekend’s 34-31 non-cover win against Carolina) doesn’t have to shuffle his way out of the pocket much here, then the Saints might be scoring all night long. Pass the pumpkin pie and let’s finish Thanksgiving with a blast!
Spread Note – The Saints have notched pointspread wins in six of their last nine head-to-head games against the rival Falcons.
HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
It’s our latest installment of the Jim Sez 2019 Heisman Trophy Watch List as we bring you the top candidates for College Football’s most coveted individual award: Note that the 85th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14th in New York City:
JOE BURROW, QB, LSU – Let’s face it: It’s a done deal this whole Heisman Trophy bit unless this former Ohio State transfer crashes in his final games against Texas A&M and (most likely) the SEC Championship Game versus Georgia. On the year, Burrow’s thrown for 4,014 yards with 41 TDs and 6 INTs while completing 79 percent of his chucks. Get your speech ready, Joe!
JUSTIN FIELDS, QB, Ohio State – We’ve kept this former Georgia transfer sitting pretty at #2 in our Jim Sez Heisman Trophy Watch List right from the start and not gonna change now just ‘cause Fields threw for only 188 yards and 2 TDs in the non-cover win against Penn State last Saturday afternoon. Overall, Fields has 2,352 yards passing with 33 TDs and 1 INT and he’s completed slightly more than 69 percent of his throws.
CHASE YOUNG, DE, Ohio State – Okay, okay so we’ve finally added this pass-rushing fiend to our 2019 Heisman Trophy list and we’ve even shot ‘em up to third place following his monstrous showing in last Saturday’s 28-17 non-cover win against Penn State. Young registered 9 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in that high-profile home win and on the season he owns 16.5 sacks and 7 tackles for losses.
JONATHAN TAYLOR, RB, Wisconsin – This Badgers’ back is staying strong in terms of getting a NYC invitation: Taylor’s rushed for 1,685 yards and 18 TDs with a nifty 6.5 yards-per-carry average and he’s run for 200+ yards in each of his past three games.
JALEN HURTS, QB, Oklahoma – This former Alabama star has dropped to the back of this Heisman Trophy list following his wobbly showing in last weekend’s 28-24 non-cover win against TCU (see 11-of-21 passing for 145 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT). On the year, Hurts has thrown for 3,184 yards with 30 TDs and 6 INTs.
On Thursday night, it’s …
OLE MISS (4-7, 2-5) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (5-6, 2-5) -- 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
It’s an important Egg Bowl game for the Miss State kids: A win here and the program goes to a 10th consecutive bowl game but a suspension-riddled roster has caused this to be a trying time for second-year boss Joe Moorhead – who may or may not be dashing off to Rutgers at year’s end. On the flip side, no bowl for Ole Miss but the Rebels would love to play spoiler and doesn’t that + 2.5-point price look a tad suspicious? Key here is erratic Miss State QB Tommy Stevens (9 TDs, 5 INTs) who is true hit-or-miss guy.
Spread Note – Dogs have covered five of the last seven Rebels versus Bulldogs tilts dating back to 2012. Hmmm.
NOTE: More College Previews comin’ your way in the next edition of Jim Sez.