Monday Night Recap and College Surprise Teams
Kelso wins Monday Night With Lions (+3) over Giants 24-10!!
Gotta say that there were a ton of "experts" out there this past summer that were fearlessly predicting a fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy for the New York Giants this year. Wonder if any of 'em now wish to show their faces in public!
The Giants - now one of two teams in the metropolitan New York City area to be 0-and-2 SU (straight-up) so far here in the 2017 season and one of nine NFL teams in all to be winless after the first two weeks of play - were downright rotten in Monday Night's 24-10 loss to the 3-point road favored Detroit Lions.
Hey, we'll give the Motowners a "shout out" here as the pass rush was fabulous with five sacks of always-immobile Giants QB Eli Manning, the Detroit ground game was a major positive (see 138 yards rushing on 31 carries) and money-bags QB Matthew Stafford didn't throw a single pick while airing a pair of key first-half touchdown passes for 2-and-oh Detroit.
But, sorry, the real post-game story here was the NY Giants who now have scored a grand total of one touchdown in the first eight quarters of play this year and - still - have yet to rectify an O-line issue that's begging for change as LT Ereck Flowers was embarrassed by Detroit pass-rush whiz Ziggy Ansah (three sacks).
If you really want to know the "inside dirt", the Giants were all set to draft current Washington Redskins OG Brandon Scherff back in the 2015 NFL Draft but were beaten to the punch by the 'Skins who were picking fifth and so Flowers (at #9) became the "booby prize" and he's been a major bum. No doubt Flowers will either be benched or moved to right tackle in time for Sunday's game in Philadelphia ... or else Manning will be getting planted in the Philly turf a whole bunch.
Meanwhile, the Giants have started a season 0-2 for the third time in four years - can't blame Tom Coughlin for this crummy beginning - and there's no real light at the end of the tunnel what with yappy WR Odell Beckham (yet another drop on Monday Night) slowed by a bad ankle, opposite WR Brandon Marshall showing nothing at all (a major key drop against the Lions) and the defense not showing any real toughness.
The sked says at Philly and at Tampa Bay the next two weeks for the Giants ... could they be 0-4 heading into an Oct. 8th home game against the equally-lost Los Angeles Chargers?
COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
Here's our brief roll call regarding College Football's "mystery teams" so far ... see if you agree:
BYU (1-3) - If you thought the NY Giants were having a miserable offensive start to this here-and-now season, then what are they saying in Provo? The once-upon-a-time uber-potent Cougars have scored a grand total of 39 points in their first four games, they rank 128th nationally (out of 130 FBS teams) in total offense and - let's not forget - the Coogs are 0-4 ATS (against the spread) after getting whiplashed 40-6 at home last weekend by mighty Wisconsin.
NEBRASKA (1-2) - Sorry, we are not cutting the Cornhuskers any slack here just because they rewarded bettors with the ultimate "backdoor cover" a couple of weeks ago (see 42-35 loss-but-cover at 10.5-point fav Oregon after being down once 42-7). This Big 10 team surrendered a pair of "pick sixes" in last week's humbling/bumbling 21-17 home loss versus 10.5-point pup Northern Illinois and - here we go again with offensive rankings - but Nebraska currently ranks 92nd nationally in rushing (139.y ypg) ... remember when? P.S., in case you're wondering, the last time Nebraska didn't make it to a bowl game was 2007 when the 'Huskers finished 5-7.
WESTERN KENTUCKY (1-2) - Yes, most of those preseason magazines/web sites claimed that the WKU Hilltoppers were gonna win Conference USA this year - and they still could, mind you - but this sluggish start have locals a tad worried. Already, Western Kentucky's failed to cover nobody Eastern Kentucky and then followed that up with a lifeless 20-7 loss at TD pup Illinois and last weekend it was a 23-22 Louisiana Tech come-from-behind win - a Jim Hurley Network winner!!! - and so maybe first-year head coach Mike Sanford is indeed "over his head" as some cynics have claimed the past 48-to-72 hours.
In other College Football News/Notes ...
Heard from an in-the-business pal who claimed "most" books 'round the land took a beating last weekend and his commentary was that the marquee schools "all covered" as he ran off the names of Clemson, Notre Dame, Penn State and Wisconsin. The logic was that major betting favorites covered way more often than not. Well, we had to set the record straight - besides the fact Alabama, USC and Oklahoma (among other marquee names) did not cover the Las Vegas price tags - as we pointed out College Football Betting Favorites finished the weekend at a modest 26-24-1 against the odds (a -$40 net loser for chalk sides based on $100 per play). In fact, as we head into this week's sked, College Betting Favs are a composite 66-71-3 ATS (with one Pick 'Em game) and - as we've been telling you all these years -- the fact is by season's end the record will be right around .500.