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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

 

 

EXTRA, EXTRA:

WE WRAP UP NFL WEEK 15

WITH THE SAINTS’ PASS-HAPPY 34-7 WIN

AGAINST THE SAGGING COLTS …

THE LATEST VERSION

OF THE NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS …

OUR COLLEGE BOWL GAME PREVIEWS

KICK IT OFF WITH THE PAIR OF FRIDAY GAMES:

THE BAHAMAS BOWL AND THE FRISCO BOWL

 

Sure enough, ESPN almost had themselves another episode of “30 for 30” – but this one really would have taken the cake!

When New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 29-of-30 passes for 307 passing yards and four touchdowns in his team’s never-in-doubt 34-7 win / cover against the 8-point underdog Indianapolis Colts, he capped off a brilliant end to NFL Week 15 play and told ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters that his one incompletion would “haunt” him for a while.

Hey, easy does it, Drew!

The big picture from that MNF win is that the Saints stayed on even footing with fellow 11-3 teams Seattle, San Francisco and Green Bay in the wild NFC playoff picture while Brees stole all the thunder by breaking Peyton Manning’s all-time touchdown passes mark – the 40-year-old Brees now has 541 TD throws but New England’s Tom Brady is hot on his trail.

As far as these Saints, they upped their pointspread mark this year to 9-5 ATS (against the spread) overall to remain in the upper crust of NFL teams versus Mr. Vig as you can see from our Jim Sez chart below:

 

NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS

Okay, so we have not updated our NFL Pointspread Standings in more than a month, so here goes with a team-by-team account while heading into NFL Week 16 play:

 

TEAM                     WON      LOST       TIE           PCT.

Buffalo                   9              4              1              .692

Green Bay             9              5              0              .643

Kansas City            9              5              0              .643

LA Rams                9              5              0              .643

New Orleans         9              5              0              .643

San Francisco        9              5              0              .643

Baltimore              8              5              1              .615

Pittsburgh             7              5              2              .583

Arizona                  8              6              0              .571

Minnesota             8              6              0              .571

New England        8              6              0              .571

Dallas                     8              6              0              .571

Denver                   8              6              0              .571

Indianapolis          7              6              1              .538

Seattle                    7              6              1              .538

Tennessee             7              6              1              .538

Houston                 7              7              0              .500

Miami                    7              7              0              .500

Carolina                 6              7              1              .462

Atlanta                   6              8              0              .429

Jacksonville           6              8              0              .429

NY Giants              6              8              0              .429

Oakland                 6              8              0              .429

Washington          6              8              0              .429

Cincinnati              5              8              1              .385

Tampa Bay            5              8              1              .385

Cleveland               5              8              1              .385

Detroit                   5              9              0              .357

NY Jets                   5              9              0              .357

Philadelphia          5              9              0              .357

LA Chargers           4              9              1              .308

Chicago                  4              10           0              .286

 

 

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be banging out lots of College Football Bowl Game winners straight ahead and NFL Week 16 gets all revved up with a trio of games this Saturday – that’s Houston at Tampa Bay, Buffalo at New England and the Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco – before a busy Sunday slate. Go ahead and sign up now for our Bowl Package and get all the NFL, NBA and College Basketball winners too … just call us at the toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here at www.jimhurley.com.

 

 

COLLEGE BOWL BONANZA

On Friday, it’s …

 

BAHAMAS BOWL – at Nassau, Bahamas

BUFFALO (7-5) vs. CHARLOTTE (7-5) – 2 p.m. ET, ESPN

The bowl blitz officially swings into action here and the bottom line is can / will near-TD betting favorite Buffalo be able to fend off Charlotte sack-master Alex Highsmith (15 sacks) who trails only Ohio State’s Chase Young (16.5 sacks) in that stat category. P.S., neither program has ever won a bowl game.

Spread Notes – Buffalo has covered six of its last seven games this year following a shabby 1-3-1 ATS start; Charlotte’s failed to cover four-of-six away games.

 

FRISCO BOWL – at Frisco, TX

KENT STATE (6-6) vs. UTAH STATE (7-5) – 7:30 p.m. ET, espn2

The big news here is Utah State slinger Jordan Love (3,567 yards passing with 32 TDs and 6 INTs this season) will be forgoing his final year of college eligibility and heading off to the NFL Draft following this clash but dealing with Kent State CBs Jamal Parker and Elvis Hines won’t be a party.

Spread Note – Utah State is 12-4 ATS as betting favorites the past two seasons; Kent State is 6-2 vig-wise as dogs in 2019.

 

In other Bowl / Playoff News & Notes …

Folks, here’s the team-by-team pointspread rundown for the Four (4) teams in this year’s College Football Playoffs:

 

TEAM                     WON                      LOST                       TIED                        PCT

Clemson                10                           3                              0                              .769

Ohio State             9                              4                              0                              .692

LSU                         8                              4                              1                              .667

Oklahoma             5                              8                              0                              .385

 

How about that? If you wagered every week on the four teams that made it to this year’s College Football Playoffs then you’d be 32-19-1 for a sizzling .627 winning rate – and at $100 per play you’d be plus $1,110 … not bad at all!

 

 

NOTE: Get your daily dose of College Bowl Game Previews in the next edition of Jim Sez.

 

 

 

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