Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM
OUR JIM SEZ MID-WEEK REPORT –
NFL WEEK 14 KICKS OFF WITH ‘BOYS-BEARS BASH
ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL …
PLUS, IT’S OUR HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
AS LSU’S BURROW IS THE RUNAWAY LEADER
HEADING INTO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WEEKEND
Here’s a not-so-gentle reminder to the football fans of the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears:
Both your teams were supposed to be a whole heckuva lot better than 6-and-6 at this stage of the 2019 NFL season.
In fact, we looked it up and the Cowboys entered the current campaign at 18-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl 54 while the Bears were priced at 14-to-1 and both sides were supposed to win 9-or-more games depending on where you go for your season “win totals” plays.
No doubt that Dallas has more leeway in terms of locking down a playoff berth these final four weeks of regular-season play ‘cause the Cowboys are part of the woe-be-gone NFC East where a 6-6 SU (straight-up) record actually has ‘em atop the division and one game ahead of underachieving Philadelphia (5-7) while Chicago in three full games back of NFC North leader Green Bay (9-3) and thus the only pathway for “Da Bears” for a post-season berth is via the wild card and they’re two games back of Minnesota (8-4 SU) for that sixth and final playoff seed in the conference.
We’ll get to ‘Boys vs. Bears in just a moment but first this important reminder …
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are gonna slam the books this last quarter of the NFL ’19 season and go right into the playoffs and we’ll have all the NFL Week 14 action along with the College Football Championship Game Winners plus the NBA and College B-Ball too – just call us every day at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or get the winners right here online at www.jimhurley.com.
On Thursday Night, it’s …
DALLAS (6-6) at CHICAGO (6-6) – 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox
Nothing like being the king of the NFC East with a .500 record!
Hey, that’s the deal for the dazed-and-confused Dallas Cowboys who stagger into this prime-time affair in Chitown having lost three of their last four games and wondering if Jason Garrett is gonna be their head coach in the morning. The ‘Boys ain’t gonna win here as 3-point road favorites if RB Zeke Elliott pulls another disappearing act (see Thanksgiving Day 26-15 loss to Buffalo) and if the defense can’t wrap up.
On the flip side, not a whole heckuva lot going right for Chicago this year despite this little three-out-of-four run as QB Mitchell Trubisky must use his legs here to make some plays (only four rushing yards in Turkey Day win at Detroit) … or else!
Spread Stats – The Cowboys are 8-18-3 ATS (against the spread) when playing non-NFC East opponents the past two-plus seasons while the Bears are a collective 3-10 versus the vig overall dating back to last year’s playoff loss to Philadelphia.
THE JIM SEZ 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 – Told you last week that this Bayou Bengals’ star should “get his speech ready!” and nothing here in this SEC Championship Game against touchdown-underdog Georgia will change anyone’s mind that he’s the slam dunk winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy: “Burreaux” has thrown for 4,366 yards with 44 TDs and 6 INTs (note he’s thrown 28 TDs / 3 INTs against SEC competition).
JUSTIN FIELDS, QB, Ohio State – This former Georgia transfer has been running in second place in our Heisman Trophy chase for all seven weeks (yes, behind Burrow the entire time) and last week’s injury scare at Michigan in that rollicking 56-27 win / cover was temporary en route to a 302-yard / 4-TD passing performance that kicked Fields up to 2,654 passing yards and 37 TDs (just 1 INT) for the year.
JONATHAN TAYLOR, RB, Wisconsin – This Badgers’ star has been in and out of our Jim Sez Heisman List for the past seven weeks but he’s climbed up to third place here (his highest mark this year) following on the heels of Wisky’s dominant 38-17 win / cover at Minnesota where Taylor rushed for only 76 yards and two TDs. On the year, the stats read 1,761 yards with 20 TDs and a sterling 6.3 yards-per carry average.
CHASE YOUNG, DE, Ohio State – Our one-and-only defensive player on this Heisman List stays on despite an invisible showing against Michigan: On the year, Young has 16.5 sacks with seven forced fumbles. No doubt his recent two-game suspension cost ‘em any real shot of getting his hands on this hardware.
JALEN HURTS, QB, Oklahoma – Say this for the former Alabama star: He’s consistently stayed on our list all seven weeks and his season stats remain really juicy with 3,347 passing yards with 31 TDs and just 6 INTs to go along with 1,217 rushing yards and 18 TDs.
NOTE: Catch our NFL Week 14 key previews later this week here at Jim Sez and make sure you’re cashin’ -- and not trashin’ -- all week and weekend long right here at our toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or online at www.jimhurley.com