Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 15 MENU –
WE PREVIEW RAMS-COWBOYS,
THERE’S KEY SPREAD STATS FROM
SOME OTHER SUNDAY TILTS
The NFL is getting closer and closer to the regular-season finish line and we’ll have some Week 15 action straight ahead but remember the following:
Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be banging out lots of College Football Bowl Game winners straight ahead -- note the 41 Bowl Games kick off this Friday, Dec. 20th -- and NFL Week 15 is all revved up with 14 games on this Sunday including the big battle in “Big D” between the Los Angeles Rams at the Dallas Cowboys. Go ahead and sign up now for our special Bowl Bonanza Package -- and get in on the special early-bird price, to boot! -- and get all the NFL, NBA and College Basketball winners too. Call us at the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here at www.jimhurley.com.
On Sunday, it’s…
LOS ANGELES RAMS (8-5) at DALLAS (6-7) – 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
No doubt you saw the Las Vegas line shift here: The Cowboys opened up as 3-point home favorites and it eventually moved to Rams minus – 1.5 points. Okay, so the Hollywood gang has gotten it into gear the past two weeks with 34-7 and 28-12 wins / covers against fellow NFC West foes Arizona and Seattle but the $64,000 question here is can the ‘Boys bounce back from back-to-back-to-back losses (versus New England, Buffalo and Chicago) with a hurtin’ QB Dak Prescott (injured pinky finger on throwing hand / sprained non-throwing hand)?
Spread Notes – Dallas is an ugly 9-19-3 ATS (against the spread) when playing non-divisional opponents the past two-plus seasons (that’s a really rotten .321 winning percentage) and that includes last year’s 30-22 loss as 7-point underdogs in the NFC Divisional Playoffs versus these LA Rams. Note that the Rams are a much-better-than-you-thought 9-4 versus the vig this year …go ahead and look it up!
On Sunday Night Football, it’s …
BUFFALO (9-4) at PITTSBURGH (8-5) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Bully for the NBC / NFL folks who “flexed” this game to prime time … we had gotten the feeling that the underestimated / underappreciated Buffalo Bills were gonna be “buried” behind a whole bunch of other stories this year: Truth is, the Bills sport one of the league’s top three or four defenses – one that’s allowed 21+ points just three times this season – and there’s been signs of life from this offense that is averaging a cool 25 ppg the past month of play.
If the Steelers’ pass-rushing fiends J.J. Watt and Bud Dupree hound Bills’ QB Josh Allen, then he’s gonna have to exit the pocket in a hurry and make some hay via the ground route … stay tuned to see if that’s happening.
Spread Notes – Buffalo’s 4-1-1 vig-wise in its last half-dozen games this year and did you know the Bills are a spectacular 5-0-1 against the odds away this 2019 season? On the flip side, Pittsburgh is a solid 7-4-2 ATS overall this year and the Steelers are 4-1-1 spreadwise since the start of November.
In other NFL Week 15 Spread Items …
New England at Cincinnati – Get this: Despite a current three-game spread losing streak against non-AFC East foes, the Patriots are a collective 31-15-2 ATS against non-divisional opponents the past three-plus seasons.
Seattle at Carolina – The visiting Seahawks are an amazing 11-4-2 against the odds away while dating back to late in the 2017 season.
Denver at Kansas City – This ancient AFC West rivalry has produced a 6-1-1 spread log for the KC Chiefs since midway of the ’15 season.
Cleveland at Arizona – The Browns have failed to cover all three of their games this year against NFC West competition.
Atlanta at San Francisco – The Falcons have failed to cover 14 of their last 21 games overall while the 49ers ride a four-game ATS winning streak into this clash.
NOTE: We’ll recap Sunday’s NFL Week 15 action plus it’s our MNF preview – the Indianapolis Colts at the New Orleans Saints – in the next edition of Jim Sez. And don’t forget – our Jim Hurley College Football Bowl Bonanza starts up Friday (there’s 41 bowls in all) and you want to cash in at 1-800-323-4453.