NFL Week 3 Wrapup
Okay, so after watching the woe-be-gone Washington Redskins (0-3) get blow-torched by the 4.5-point favored Chicago Bears 31-15 in the latest edition of Monday Night Football, we toyed with the idea that we'd bury the 'Skins in print here ... but why kick a dead horse any more than you have to, right?
So, instead we're calling out all six NFL teams that have started off their 2019 seasons with identical 0-and-3 SU (straight-up) records and let y'all know this:
The Cincinnati Bengals, the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets, the Pittsburgh Steelers and those aforementioned Washington Redskins have combined to go 0-18 SU so far but - drum roll, please - they're 6-12 overall versus the vig following a Week 3 in which half of 'em at least covered the Las Vegas lines (see Bengals, Jets and Steelers).
The bottom line is that among this sorry six-pack of teams, only the pathetic Dolphins have yet to cover one of their games and here we're talking pointspreads of + 7 (against Baltimore), + 18.5 (against New England) and + 22.5 (at Dallas).
In case you're wondering, last year there wasn't even one team that started off the season 0-4 against the odds so the "pressure" is on Miami as 16.5-point home pups against the Los Angeles Chargers. Ha ha!
In other NFL News / Notes as we look towards Week 4 that begins Thursday Night at Lambeau Field ... The passing of the torch in terms of NFL quarterbacks was the theme in Week 3 - nobody made a bigger impression than New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones (see 2 rushing TDs / 2 passing TDs) -- but how about Carolina backup-turned-starter QB Kyle Allen who threw for 261 yards and four TDs in the Panthers' runaway-and-hide 38-20 win at 2-point home favorite Arizona? Allen will stay in there as word came down that Cam Newton (foot) will miss Sunday's game at Houston. P.S, the Texans' defense has allowed enemy quarterbacks to complete 70.5 percent of their passes with five TDs this season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE
Are you one of those guys / gals that likes wagering on the service academy teams? Okay, so then you'd already know that so far in this still-young 2019 college football campaign, the triumvirate of Air Force / Army / Navy is a composite 6-3 ATS. Here's the team-by-team lowdown ...
AIR FORCE - The Fly Boys have covered two of their first three games outta the starting gate this year including that thrilling 30-23 overtime win as 3-point road underdogs at Colorado back on Sept. 14th. Next Up: The Falcons are 19.5-point home favorites versus San Jose State on Friday night and note AF's are a not-so-dandy 3-6 spreadwise as double-digit favs the past two-plus seasons.
ARMY - Okay, so the Black Knights on the Hudson have yet to be pointspread world-beaters this year with only a 2-2 ATS split so far but did you know Army entered this '19 season having covered 11 of its previous 16 outings? Next Up: A bye week followed by a home game against gritty Tulane on Oct. 5th.
NAVY - Bingo! The Midshipmen have covered both of their early-season games (see 45-7 win against 24.5-point pup Holy Cross way back on Aug. 31st and then a 42-10 victory against 7.5-point dog East Carolina on Sept. 14th). Next Up: The Thursday Night game on ESPN at 10.5-point fav Memphis (and we'll get you a quickie preview of that tilt on game-day morning).