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THE NFL REPORT –

A SALUTE TO THOSE “EARLY GAME”

BETTING FAVORITES THAT SWEPT THE BOARD …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES

CAN’T IGNORE THE CINCINNATI KIDS ANYMORE!

Sometimes you just need to give everything a little bit of proper perspective:

Consider that the just-completed NFL Week 6 included the following …

A 28-point loss by the co-AFC West leading Los Angeles Chargers, a fourth consecutive home loss this year for Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots and – get this – three different overtime games (one of which was the Pats’ 35-29 setback versus Dallas, of course) and did we forget that the fact the Jacksonville Jaguars won their first game since their 2020 season opener?

In other words, some crazy stuff happened in NFL Week 6 but none any crazier than the fact than NFL Betting Favorites banged out a perfect 7-and-oh ATS (against the spread) mark in those 1 p.m. Eastern time tilts last Sunday – hats off to Indianapolis, Green Bay, Kansas City, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati and the Los Angeles Rams for that rare chalk sweep – and do realize that NFL Week 6 Road Betting Favorites on Sunday cashed out at a spiffy 6-1 ATS record and, yes, that included Miami’s last-second 23-20 loss in London against those aforementioned J’ville Jaguars.

Meanwhile, if you inhaled all the NFL Week 6 stuff then you know this too …

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers still “owns” those rival Chicago Bears (P.S., the Packers now have covered eight of their last nine head-to-head games against Da Bears following the 24-14 win/cover!) plus GB’s now covered five in a row since that Week 1 embarrassment against New Orleans;

Dallas remains the one-and-only NFL squad to start off this current campaign at 6-0 ATS and may we point out the fact that the Cowboys’ best overall single-season spread record in recent memory was that 13-4 ATS log back in a 2016 season that year ingloriously ended with a home playoff loss to – you got it – Rodgers and the Packers;

And Arizona is the last of the unbeaten survivors following last Sunday’s never-in-doubt 37-14 win/cover at 3-point fav Cleveland. Lots of fun stats comin’ out of that runaway win but our favorite is that the Cardinals’ megastar QB Kyler Murray fired four scoring strikes and zero interceptions and thus his up-to-date figures there say he’s thrown 14 TDs and 4 INTs through the first six games this 2021 season. Va-va-va voom!

Next up, the Redbirds are listed as bloated 17-point home favorites versus woe-be-gone Houston.

Also, a reminder that there are six NFL teams with a bye this week – Miami is not one of ‘em despite coming off its overseas game – as Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota and Pittsburgh get to rest and just thought we’d let you know that last year NFL teams went a collective 14-18 versus the vig in their first post-bye games … not good and not nearly what one might think, right?

To put a capper on the here-and-now NFL, Tennessee’s hang-on-for-dear-life 34-31 win against 6-point road fav Buffalo on Monday Night Football was action packed (see seven different lead changes) but wasn’t Titans’ head coach Mike Vrabel “playing with fire” by not calling his timeouts on defense late on that Bills’ drive – it was very Belichick-ian of him, we thought.

Extra, extra:

Kelso Sturgeon completed another banner week that included 7-0 SWEEP of the NFL…3-0 Best Bets, 2-0 Chairman’s Club and his 100 Unit Game of the Week (Chiefs [-6.5] over Washington 31-13) plus last Thursday, Eagles over Buccaneers. 

Hammerin. Hank Goldberg’s HAMMER PLAYS now 12-4 on Season…Best College Play Saturday, Best NFL Play Sunday plus select weekday games, including Monday Night plays like last night’s Titans upset of the Bills. 

And speaking of Monday Night, Jim Hurley also cashed in on the Titans last night, and that ran his amazing PRIME TIME Games record to 14-2…check out the Wednesday Night Coastal-Carolina @ Appalachian State offer for the overall record.

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Okay, okay.

We know the powers-that-be that run the sport of College Football have turned a blind eye to the “Group of 5” teams over the years – see the 2018 edition of the UCF Knights that registered a 12-0 SU (straight-up) mark before getting shut out of the four-team playoff – but this may finally be the year in which the “little guys” have their say.

As y’all know, the Cincinnati Bearcats (6-0 SU / 5-1 ATS) have climbed to #2 in the polls following last weekend’s 56-21 demolition of three-TD pup UCF (speak of the devil) and future schedule be damned but there’s a pretty good case that these Cincinnati kids will be 13-0 SU prior to the playoff / bowl announcements while there may not be a single Power 5 team that’s unbeaten.

That’s saying #1 Georgia loses somewhere along the line (maybe even in the SEC Championship Game) and ditto for the likes of current fellow unbeatens Coastal Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UTSA and Wake Forest – all of these guys are ranked beneath Cincinnati right now.

No doubt there will be plenty of squawking coming from, let’s say, the Pac-12 where #10 Oregon (5-1 SU) and either a one-loss Big 10 team or a one-loss Oklahoma / Oklahoma State crew could get nudged out of that fourth playoff spot. And wouldn’t that be a kick if a Power 5 conference called for “playoff expansion” because a mid-major team grabbed up a spot. Ha, ha.

Here’s a pointspread update for all you folks that have been asking:

Last week College Football Betting Favorites went a dead-even but vig-losing 25-25 ATS (with one Pick ‘Em game between Ole Miss vs. Tennessee) and so heading into this week’s action the season-long tally looks like this:

Betting Favorites are a sub-par 225-237-10 against the odds.

If you’re looking at this week’s college card then you might have noticed a couple of oddities:

Clemson is listed as a 3.5-point pup at Pittsburgh – the Tigers have been dogs just three times in their last 62 games – plus unbeaten Oklahoma State is a full TD underdog at Iowa State and – get this – the Okie State Cowboys are a scintillating 10-2 ATS as point-grabbers since the start of the 2018 campaign.

So there!