Thursday NFL Preview and College Streakers
Maybe you've checked it out already but "if the season was to end today" than the #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC would be the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, respectively; in the AFC they'd be the Kansas City Chiefs and then the tie-break winner between New England/Miami/Cincinnati/Baltimore.
Note that nowhere up above is there any mention of the Denver Broncos - the Super Bowl winner just three seasons ago and a proud franchise that's won six post-season games in the past seven years.
On this NFL Week 7 Thursday Nighter, it's strictly an S.O.S. game for the Broncs (2-4) who have lost four in a row SU (straight-up) and enter this prime-time desert clash with a really rotten 1-4-1 ATS (against the spread) record ... ugh.
You could say it's also an S.O.S. game for the host Arizona Cardinals (1-5) too although the Redbirds probably were dead before they knew what hit 'em here in this here-and-now '18 campaign - the NFC West crew started off the year at 0-4 SU amid a punch-less offense and over-his head new coach (see Steve Wilks) and so they get center stage on this October night:
DENVER (2-4) at ARIZONA (1-5) - 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox
Hard to believe but this Broncos' defense ranks dead-last in the NFL in rush defense (161.3 yards per game allowed) while the home-town Cardinals are 32nd and dead-last in the league in rushing offense (just 64 ypg) ... talk about the immovable offense against the show-no-resistance defense! Maybe this one'll come down to whether or not Arizona rookie QB Josh Rosen (626 yards passing with 2 TDs, 2 INTs and sacked seven times) can avoid pass-rushers Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb here.
Spread Stats - Denver is a dismal 1-11 versus the vig in its last dozen away games dating back to late in the 2016 season; Arizona is a dead-even 3-3 against the odds so far this season and overall the Cards are 8-15 ATS when playing non-divisional foes.
My annual Mid-Season Win Riot of 17 Special Situation games
Kicked off Thursday Going 2-0 With 50 Unit Win on Broncos and 15 Unit Win on Stanford!
Runs through Monday, Nov 5
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Here are the games and situations I’m looking at.
Sat Oct 20: 100 unit Big Ten Showdown Parlay – 7 Conference games incl. Michigan-Michigan St.
Sun Oct 21: 100 unit NFL Must-Win Game – One team will save their season and win going away!
Mon Oct 22: 50 units Giants at Falcons - Two big disappointments. Both need a shot and this is THE game!
Thu Oct 25: 75 unit Thursday Triple Play: Dolphins-Texans, Ga. Tech-Virginia Tech & West Va.-Baylor
Sat Oct 27: 100 unit College Game of Month: Under-the-radar team is going to score a shocker win!
Sun Oct 28: 100 unit NFL Underdog Game of October: I’m King of dogs that win straight up!
Mon Oct 29: 50 unit Monday Night AFC Side-Total Showdown: Patriots at Bills – Pats 4-0 ATS at Bills
Thu Nov 1: 50 unit TNF Interconference Rivalry: Raiders at 49’er in Bay Area Battle
Sat Nov 3: 100 Unit College Stunner of Year: I love this overlooked blue collar team!
Sun Nov 4: 100 Unit Division Rivalry Revenge Play: 4 games qualify but one soars above the rest!
Mon Nov 5: 25 unit October Schedule Quirk: Titans at Cowboys – sked takes its toll on one team
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Who's hot and who's not in the NCAA Football universe these days ... here's your answers:
Appalachian State has covered its first five games of the year;
Army is 4-0-1 spreadwise ever since a season-opening loss at Duke;
Cal has dropped its last four consecutive spread verdicts;
Florida has notched its last five consecutive pointspread decisions;
Fresno State's covered its last four straight games since mid-September;
Miami-Ohio is currently riding a five-game ATS winning streak;
Navy has lost its last four games in a row to Mr. Vig;
Purdue - after an 0-2 spread start - has rung four consecutive ATS victories;
Rice has been burnt with four straight spread losses dating back to Sept. 22nd;
Temple sports a robust five-game ATS winning streak while heading into Saturday's home game against unbeaten Cincinnati;
UAB has banged out four consecutive pointspread "W's" ...
Utah State has ramped to a 6-0 ATS start including covers against Michigan State and BYU;
Vanderbilt's trending downwards with four straight spread setbacks;
Washington State's 5-0-1 against the numbers so far in '18;
And Wyoming is limping along on a six-game spread losing streak while heading into Saturday's Homecoming Game against Utah State.