EXTRA, EXTRA – LOOKIN’ AHEAD AT THE REMAINDER OF THIS NFL WEEK 2 CARD (WITH SOME FACTS & FIGURES THAT’S SURE TO BLOW YOUR MIND!) … COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND TIDBITS
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Last year there were 10 National Football League teams that started off the season with SU (straight-up) setbacks both in Week 1 and in Week 2 play … and not a single one of these teams qualified for the playoffs at regular season’s end.
So — knowing that — the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, the Indianapolis Colts, the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (all of whom consider themselves legit post-season contenders here in 2020) gotta realize that this Sunday’s Week 2 games are “must-win” affairs.
Agree? Hey, memo to the Cincinnati Bengals – who lost but covered Thursday Night in a 35-30 setback in Cleveland – you’re behind the proverbial eight-ball already with your 0-and-2 SU start!
Meanwhile, the funny thing is the Colts are hosting the Vikings and so that qualifies that NFL Week 2 tilt as a something’s-gotta-give showdown and there’s real reason for the ‘Boys, Eagles and maybe even the Niners to be quite concerned as we head towards this all-important September 20th date.
We’ll delve into some NFL Week 2 forays shortly but a reminder that we will be cranking out loads of winners right here at VegasSportsMaster.pro or when you call our toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155. Remember we banged the books in NFL Week 1 with big-time winners on Green Bay (+1.5) over Minnesota 43-34, the Los Angeles Rams (Pick ‘Em) over aforementioned Dallas 20-17 and the “totals” winner in the back leg of the Monday Night Football doubleheader as Tennessee’s 16-14 win at Denver was an easy “under” winner at the 41 points price.
And there’s much more where that came from, ladies and gents!
Let’s go ‘round the league and highlight three NFL teams that’ll need a big effort to stay away from going 0-2 SU:
DALLAS – Believe it or not you must go back to the 2010 season to discover the last time the Cowboys started off a season at 0-2 SU … and remember that particular Dallas team finished the year at 6-10 SU and also 6-10 ATS (against the spread). Now, a week after this NFC East team believed it was “hosed” by the on-the-field officials on a highly questionable OPI (offensive pass interference) penalty called on WR Michael Gallup, new coach Mike McCarthy’s squad must dust itself off and lay a fistful of points against the all-offense / no-defense Atlanta Falcons. Is that current 4.5-point price “too short” (and keep in mind Dallas first opened as a 7-point betting favorite)?
Major key here: The Cowboys’ defense must get off the field on third downs as last week’s game against the Rams proved Dallas’ D” spent way too much time on the field and they were gassed late.
MINNESOTA – The truth is the Vikings have been an “every-other-year” team since 2014, meaning that in even-numbered years this NFC North crew doesn’t get to the playoffs but the Vikes did figure in the post-season party in 2015, ’17 and ’19. If Mike Zimmer’s crew wishes to snap that head-scratching trend, then QB Kirk Cousins and mates probably need a “W” here in this road game at Indianapolis. Note that Minnesota last week surrendered 43 points—the most allowed in the Zimmer Era that began in 2014 – and some 522 offensive yards to the high-flying GB Packers.
If 3-point pup Minnesota is gonna even up its SU mark here in Week 2, then DE Yannick Ngakoue (see 6.5 career sacks in eight games against the Colts when he played for Jacksonville) must be a major factor in pass-rushing 38-year-old slinger Philip Rivers who threw for 363 yards in an upset loss to the Jags last weekend.
SAN FRANCISCO – On paper, the visiting SF 49ers should squash the 7-point underdog New York Jets (maybe the most talent-less team top-to-bottom in this man’s football league!) but there’s key injuries here including San Fran TE George Kittle (knee / questionable here after 4 catches for 44 yards in Week 1 action) and CB Richard Sherman (knee / out here) and the defending NFC champions have endured a real soul-searching week with fourth-year head ball coach Kyle Shanahan really getting roasted by the Bay Area (and national) media.
If the Niners “swallow” everything they are hearing about these 2020 J-E-T-S then the west coasters will be counting on a veritable cakewalk but be aware that NYJ’s QB Sam Darnold-to-slot receiver Jamison Crowder combo could cook up some big gainers here.
One final note: San Francisco covered six-of-eight regular-season road games a year ago.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES
Just to get y’all up to snuff:
NCAA Football Betting Favorites entered Saturday’s abbreviated card with a dead-even but vig-losing 15-15 ATS mark so far this season and that’s included a pair of pointspread wins / covers as chalk by the Army Black Knights. Oorah times two!
Now, the only military team in action this still-summer weekend is Navy, a full-TD underdog at Tulane … and do remember the Midshipmen were blown to bits 55-3 as 1.5-point home pups by BYU on Labor Day evening. Ugh!
Here, Navy has some nifty pointspread numbers while heading into this high-noon clash:
The Mids have covered eight of their last 10 away games plus Ken Niumatalolo’s crew is 21-12 spreadwise as point-grabbers while dating back to the start of the 2013 campaign. Va-va-va voom to that!
Finally, when you add ‘em all up the past five years the Air Force / Army / Navy triumvirate is a composite 10-4-1 versus the vig in their first away games of the season – a snazzy .714 winning rate that’s tough to top!