IT’S A MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL MONSTER MATCHUP – CHIEFS-RAVENS COLLIDE IN PRIME TIME PLUS, WE LOOK AT THE NFL WEEK 3 “HARD-LUCK LOSERS” VERSUS THE VIG …
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES: WE TOLD ‘YA THOSE HEFTY SEC FAVORITES WERE OVERPRICED! …
THE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS ARE HERE – OUR QUICK-HITTER COMMENTS ON THESE BEST-OF-THREE OPENING-ROUND SERIES
Okay, so who’s gonna be joining Buffalo, Chicago, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennessee as 3-and-oh SU (straight-up) sides in this year’s National Football League as we head – already – to the quarter pole later this week?
The Kansas Chiefs? The Baltimore Ravens? We’ll find out tonight with kick time at 8:15 p.m. ET.
The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs are in a rather rare underdog role for their Monday Night Football shindig at 3.5-point favorite Baltimore and — just so you know – Andy Reid’s club has been a point-grabber just 10 times since the start of the 2017 season (that’s 56 games in all) and last year KayCee covered two-of-three underdog appearances including a 23-16 win at 3-point fav New England.
Sure, all the media folks are hyping up the “showdown” between SB MVP Patrick Mahomes and 2019 league MVP Lamar Jackson but try on these pointspread numbers for size: The Ravens are 11-2 ATS (against the spread) overall since the middle of last year while the Chiefs are a composite 10-1 versus Mr. Vig since last November.
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In NFL Week 3 News & Notes …
No doubt there are “hard-luck losers” each and every week in the NFL but anyone that financially backed the Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons and/or the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday really got the shaft.
Wow, the Rams are gonna be peeved for a long time regarding that red-zone defensive pass interference call in the team’s climb-way-way-back-before-losing 35-32 at 2-point favorite Buffalo;
The Falcons – who seemingly invent ways to blow games – this time surrendered 20 fourth-quarter points in their 30-26 home loss versus 2.5-point pup Chicago;
And the Cowboys appeared headed to a 34-31 loss at 5.5-point favorite Seattle before the gutsy Seahawks went for all the marbles on a QB Russell Wilson-to-WR D.K. Metcalf 29-yard scoring strike (so much for setting up for a game-winning field goal!) and pfft there went the Dallas cover.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS / NOTES
The return of the mighty Southeastern Conference was certainly welcome last weekend but – forgive us for saying we told you so! – those overhyped betting favorites really bit the dust.
In one of last week’s Jim Sez columns, we more than wondered aloud regarding some hefty Las Vegas prices and, sure enough, 29-point favorite Alabama, 28-point fav Georgia, 31-point favorite Texas A&M and – of course – 16.5-point chalkie LSU all cost their backers some loot with the Bayou Bengals’ stunning 44-34 home loss against K.J. Costello (623 yards passing ) and Miss State the day’s biggest story.
Overall, SEC betting favorites registered a shoddy 2-5 ATS record on its opening weekend with only 14-point fav Florida and 6.5-point favorite Auburn getting paid.
Here’s an overall update this 2020 NCAA Football Season:
NCAA Betting Favorites now are just 34-47-1 against the odds so far (a measly .420 winning rate) after this past weekend in which Favs went just 13-18-1.
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TEAM ODDS TO WIN IT ALL
Los Angeles Dodgers + 300
New York Yankees + 650
Tampa Bay Rays + 650
San Diego Padres + 1000
Atlanta Braves + 1200
Chicago White Sox + 1400
Cleveland Indians + 1400
Minnesota Twins + 1400
Oakland A’s + 1400
Chicago Cubs + 1600
Cincinnati Reds + 2000
Houston Astros + 2500
Miami Marlins + 3300
Toronto Blue Jays + 3300
Milwaukee Brewers + 3500
St. Louis Cardinals + 4000
Now, our Jim Sez quick-hitter / one-liners re: these opening-round two-of-three playoff series (again, the top four seeds in both the National League and the American League will be home the entire first round of play):
(8) TORONTO at (1) TAMPA BAY – The Rays’ deep bullpen is quite capable of nailing down 12-to-15 outs a game.
Series Odds: Tampa Bay – 210; Toronto +170
(7) CHICAGO WHITE SOX at (2) OAKLAND – If likely AL MVP choice Jose Abreu has a power surge, then the Chisox could spoil another A’s post-season.
Series Odds: Oakland – 135; Chicago White Sox +110
(6) HOUSTON at (3) MINNESOTA – The Twins were a sparkling 24-7 at home this season, the best in the bigs.
Series Odds: Minnesota – 120; Houston Even
(5) NEW YORK YANKEES at (4) CLEVELAND – Indians closed with a flourish (8-2 in last 10) and Cy Young winner-to-be RHP Shane Bieber gets the Game 1 start.
Series Odds: New York Yankees – 135; Cleveland + 110
(8) MILWAUKEE at (1) LOS ANGELES DODGERS – Should heavy-duty fav Dodgers sweat come the ninth inning of close games?
Series Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers – 300; Milwaukee + 240
(7) CINCINNATI at (2) ATLANTA – The Braves haven’t won a playoff series since 2001 … really!
Series Odds: Atlanta – 125; Cincinnati +105
(6) MIAMI at (3) CHICAGO CUBS – Did you know the Fish were 20-14 away this year (and the Cubs were 19-14 at Wrigley Field).
Series Odds: Chicago Cubs – 190; Miami + 160
(5) ST. LOUIS at (4) SAN DIEGO – The Padres sported a run differential of + 84 this year, second only in the majors to the mighty Dodgers.
Series Odds: San Diego – 175; St. Louis + 145