Monday Night Preview and NFL Notes


INDIANAPOLIS (5-6) at NEW YORK JETS (3-8) – 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Word is that the Indy Colts will indeed have star QB Andrew Luck (2,827 yards passing with 19 TDs and 8 INTs) back in the saddle after he missed the team’s Thanksgiving Night loss to Pittsburgh with a concussion – if Luck targets anyone here it’s whoever Jets’ CB Darrelle Revis is covering!

Yes, the future Hall of Famer has been that bad this year and last week the New York City tabloids were busy running stories about how Revis “didn’t want to play anymore” … and it sure shows!

The Jets will go with Ryan Fitzpatrick (10 TDs/13 INTs) under center here – another bone of contention with Jets’ fans/media who want to see if second-year slinger Bryce Petty is “the answer”. 

Hey, Jets’ fans, cheer up – next year you’ll get that “last-place schedule” and so games against Jacksonville and Cleveland should do wonders for your won/loss mark!

Spread Stats – Indianapolis is a dead-even but vig-losing 5-5-1 against the odds this year and overall the Colts are 0-4 ATS in head-to-head games with the J-E-T-S since 2006. On the flip side, NYJ’s 4-6-1 spreadwise this dreadful season and that makes this AFC East crew a composite 12-12-3 ATS under second-year boss Todd Bowles. Ugh!

In other NFL Week 13 News/Notes …

No doubt we have ripped into Carolina Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera plenty this year but sitting QB Cam Newton for the first series – really, just one play and that was a Derek Anderson deflected pass that was intercepted in last night’s ugly 40-7 loss in Seattle – was a disaster in more ways than one as the NFC defending champs really mailed it in and Newton, let’s face it, just wasn’t “into” this prime-time game. Coach, just wanted to let you know we’re writing this while wearing a necktie! …

Get the feeling it’s same-old, same-old when it comes to certain NFL teams: Take the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills, for instance.

In the Falcons’ heart-thumping 29-28 home loss to 5-point underdog Kansas City, it was that ill-timed QB Matt Ryan pass on the two-point play that went the other way courtesy of S Eric Berry and just another close loss for the Falcs. Or maybe you didn’t know that the “Dirty Birds” have lost nine of their last 20 overall games by just 7 points or less.

When it comes to the Bills, well, maybe it’s really a Rex Ryan thing because his defenses never – ever – make a big stand. His days as the head ball coach of the Jets were filled with shabby defensive stands when needed most and in yesterday’s 38-24 loss at 3-point favorite Oakland, there was Buffalo sporting a 24-9 lead just five minutes in the third quarter and all his defense had to do was make a stop or two and keep the momentum on the Bills’ side. Instead, the Raiders marched 75 and 38 yards with back-to-back possessions to get within 24-23 and then the final frame was an absolute collapse by both Buffalo’s offense and defense.

The playoff drought in western New York’s gonna continue – how long can these fine fans take the same old nonsense story? …

Finally, quick-hitter/off-the-radar heroes in Sunday’s games included Detroit Lions’ secondary which did not allow the potent New Orleans Saints to score a single aerial score en route to that 28-13 win by the Motowners and what about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ O-line which protected QB Ben Roethlisberger (289 passing yards and two TDs) and blocked for patient RB Le’Veon Bell (29 carries for 118 yards) – now the streaky Steelers have three consecutive wins/covers heading into Sunday’s game in Buffalo.