THE NFL WEEK 2 REPORT – SEAHAWKS CAP A HIGH-SCORING SUNDAY WITH SCINTILLATING 35-30 WIN/COVER AGAINST THE PATS (AND THE NFC WEST ZOOMS TO A 7-AND-1 SPREAD START IN 2020!) …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S GONNA GET A REAL JOLT WITH THIS WEEKEND’S RETURN OF THE SEC BUT THERE WERE PLENTY OF NOISY NEWSMAKERS OUT THERE THIS PAST WEEKEND
Hey, who said that National Football League offenses would “need a little time” to warm up here in this Covid-19 season?
In case you didn’t know – while heading into this Monday Night Football clash between the New Orleans Saints at the Las Vegas Raiders — NFL Week 2 games have gone “over” the number 11 times (and pushed once) in the 15 overall games and so the “overs” stand at a sizzling 20-10-1 (a .667 winning rate) so far in this 2020 campaign.
And Jim Hurley indeed saw the points coming and Named The Scores with a 4-1 Totals Bonanza Performance yesterday…Jaguars/Titans Over 42.5 – 30-33 WIN…Panthers/Bucs OVER 47.5 – 17-31 WIN…Lions/Packers OVER 49.5 – 21-42 WIN and Falcons-Cowboys OVER 52.5 – 39-40 WIN…only Vikings/Colts failed to go over.
One more scoring fact: There have been 15 teams that have scored 30-or-more points here in NFL Week 2 and four of ‘em actually lost their games in SU (straight-up) fashion … see the Cincinnati Bengals (a 35-30 loss-but-cover at 6-point favorite Cleveland last Thursday night); the Atlanta Falcons (a hard-to-believe 40-39 loss-but-cover at 2.5-point fav Dallas); the Jacksonville Jaguars (a 33-30 loss-but-cover at full-TD favorite Tennessee); and – last but not least – the New England Patriots (a 35-30 loser at 4.5-point home chalk-eater Seattle).
Will there be points aplenty in this MNF tilt between the Saints and Raiders?
Jim is wrapping up the information now and ill have Another Prime Time Winner, just as he did last night with Seattle’s (-4) win over the Patriots.
Find out as you get the Side & Totals plays game-day right here at VegasSportsMaster.pro or when you call our toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155. Remember we banged the books hard in NFL Week 1 with big-time winners on Green Bay, the Los Angeles Rams and “under” in Tennessee at Denver and then followed it up with such big-time Sunday winners in NFL Week 2 as the aforementioned Falcons and the 4.5-point underdog New York Giants who slipped under the price tag in that 17-13 loss at Chicago … so there!
But let’s go back to Seattle on Sunday Night …
The Seahawks are hot-hot-hot out of the proverbial starting gate with 38 points scored in a Week 1 win/cover at Atlanta and uber-star QB Russell Wilson – and a nifty goal-line stand by the Seattle defense on the game’s final play – downed the Pats by a fistful in prime-time Sunday. Heck, Wilson aired five scoring strikes – to five different pass-catchers, no less – and shook off an early-game deflected pick-six play to steer the ‘Hawks to a three-way tie for first place in the NFC West.
Better yet – as our headline above states – the NFC West is now 7-1 ATS (against the spread) so far this year with only San Francisco’s 24-20 upset loss against Arizona in Week 1 the division’s only spread blemish.
Okay, so we’re only two weeks in (minus the MNF game) but here’s how to stack up the NFL divisions from a point spread viewpoint:
DIVISION WON LOST TIE PCT
NFC West 7 1 0 .875
AFC West 6 1 0 .857
AFC North 4 4 0 .500
NFC South 3 4 0 .429
AFC East 3 5 0 .375
AFC South 3 5 0 .375
NFC North 3 5 0 .375
NFC East 2 6 0 .250
In other NFL Week 2 News & Notes …
A final comment on Seahawks 35, Patriots 30: No, we weren’t at all surprised that New England called for a quarterback run by Cam Newton (397 yards passing) on that final play from the Seahawks’ two-yard line but can someone tell us why Pats’ WR Julian Edelman (8 catches for 179 yards) at least wasn’t on the field as a “decoy”. Geez, sure seemed as if Pete Carroll’s defense knew what was coming …
No need to grill the poor Atlanta Falcons any more than necessary regarding that onside kick scooped up by Dallas – but can someone out there tell us the last time an NFL team owned a 20-0 lead after the first quarter of play and then blew it? If Falcons’ head coach Dan Quinn is still employed by Oct. 1, we’ll be surprised …
Finally, it didn’t take long for quarterback injuries to begin piling up:
Among the Week 2 casualties were Denver’s Drew Lock (right/throwing shoulder); San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo (high ankle sprain); and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Tyrod Taylor (pre-game chest injury).
One final note on Jim’s terrific Sunday in the NFL. His SHOCKER OF THE DAY, Falcons (+3.5) over Cowboys got the job done in a 39-40 last play loss but cover and joined the Giants (+5) over the Bears (13-17) as another dog cover for a 2-0 day on the Premier Service, the BLUE RIBBON CLUB. (Check Out The Winning Details Here.)
THE COLLEGE GRIDIRON UPDATE
Thank goodness for the Southeastern Conference:
The country’s numero uno football league – finally – swings into action this weekend with seven games on the docket including: #2 Alabama at Missouri; #4 Georgia at Arkansas; #5 Florida at Ole Miss; Miss State at#6 LSU; #23 Kentucky at #8 Auburn; Vanderbilt at #10 Texas A&M; and #16 Tennessee at South Carolina.
Whoa … that’s a lot of top10 teams from a league that hasn’t had a single snap this year, eh?
Among the ranked teams that made noise this past September weekend was #17 Miami – a wire-to-wire 47-34 win at 2.5-point home dog Louisville. The Hurricanes grabbed all the pre-game betting money (the ‘Ville had been a 2.5-point fav earlier in the week and even a 1.5-point fav on game-day morning before the sudden shift) and then stomped on the Cardinals, thanks in large part by three scoring strikes from Houston transfer D’Eriq King and what about PK Jose Borregales (four field goals) who could be a major weapon for second-year head coach Manny Diaz’s club …
Then there was Marshall: The Thundering Herd listened all week long to folks hyping up #23 Appalachian State – note the App State side took all the loot as the line drifted up from 3.5 to 5.5 points – and then Doc Holliday’s team threw down the hammer in a muscle-flexing 17-7 triumph that featured RB Brenden Knox rushing for 138 yards and a “touch”
Maybe it’s Marshall that should be getting the hype among the non-Power 5 schools the rest of the way.