NFL Week 1 Reacap and College Flops
The NFL Week 1 update that really matters to all of us folks ...
Betting Favorites went a crummy 6-10 ATS (against the spread) and that figure included the pair of pointspread wins for underdogs Houston (+ 6.5) and Oakland (+ 3) on that Monday Night Football doubleheader that featured some real eye-opening action.
Are the Raiders better than advertised (keep in mind their "over" wins total entering this season is just 6)? Rookie RB Josh Jacobs is "real deal" stuff after totaling 113 yards from scrimmage (yes, it seemed like more) and two TDs while that O-line could be a plus and not a minus for the silver and black.
Meanwhile, the Texans and their backers got the cash on Monday but that was a gut-wrenching last-second loss thanks to New Orleans, thanks to PK Will Lutz and his 58-yard FG bomb. Hey, we knew that Houston simply left too much time on the clock after QB Deshaun Watson hooked up with WR Kenny Stills on a 37-yard scoring strike with 37 seconds left but why did the Houston "D" leave so much of a cushion on that play-before-the-winning-FG to Saints' QB Drew Brees?
And that gets us to this next quickie topic ... Are there actually "must-win" games now on this NFL Week 2 docket for a few teams out there?
The Cleveland Browns - everyone's summertime sweetheart - will head into MetLife Stadium on Monday Night and really be in need of a "W" after that humbling/ bumbling 43-13 home loss against Tennessee? Don't believe that this Week 2 prime-timer is a "must-win" game? Consider the Browns' sked - home to the LA Rams in Week 3 and then at Baltimore in Week 4. Gulp!
And what about the Pittsburgh Steelers? They were lost in Sunday Night's 33-3 loss at New England - no game-breaker types now that Antonio Brown is gone and that defense didn't tackle very well either. So, here come the Seattle Seahawks into Heinz Field for a Week 2 bash and you gotta wonder whether T.J. Watt and friends will be able to track down Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson.
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
It's been a really rough start to this here-and-now 2019 College Football season for a batch of teams. Here's a few of 'em that have staggered off to an 0-and-2 pointspread start ...
ARKANSAS - The Hogs were hoping to get out of the starting gate quickly one year after going 2-10 SU (straight-up) but instead pointspread setbacks versus Portland State and Ole Miss have second-year boss Chad Morris scratching his head. In last week's 31-17 loss in Oxford - note that Arkansas was a 5-point underdog - the Razorbacks were outrushed 237-to-61 and registered just one offensive touchdown. Next Up: The Hogs are home to 9.5-point underdog Colorado State.
FLORIDA STATE - Geez, this Seminoles' bunch blew a double-digit lead at home en route to a 36-31 loss to Boise State back on August 31st and then last week needed a missed PAT in overtime to trim 23-point pup UL-Monroe. No wonder the boo-birds are starting to get to second-year head coach Willie Taggart (what a mistake his hire was, right?). The Sems can't stop a soul these days - UL-Monroe totaled 415 offensive yards - and it's sure looking as if FSU might go back-to-back years without a bowl after playing in one for 31 consecutive seasons. Next Up: At 7.5-point favorite Virginia.
MICHIGAN - If you entered this season thinking / believing that the Wolverines were gonna be a legit playoff hopeful, you may wish to think that one over again. Okay, so Jim Harbaugh's crew barely survived last weekend's 24-21 non-cover home victory against three-TD dog Army and there was that season-opening spread setback against 5-TD dog Middle Tennessee State (see Michigan 40, MTSU 21). But what's really bugging folks is the uber-sloppy play from Michigan QB Shea Patterson who can't seem to generate any oomph to this attack (see a pair of fourth-quarter failed plays on fourth down, fumbles, etc.). Next Up: Bye week followed by a Big 10 opener at Wisconsin on Sept. 21.
NEBRASKA - Let's just state the facts: The Cornhuskers have gone from everyone's "flavor of the month" to being just a bad taste in everyone's mouth. The season-opening 35-21 non-cover win against 36-point pup South Alabama "featured" three non-offensive TDs for Big Red (where was the high-octane attack, coach Scott Frost?) and then last weekend's 34-31 overtime loss at Colorado was a major mess as Nebraska charged out to a 17-zip halftime lead and melted down from there. P.S., the 'Huskers are now 0-6 SU in Frost's first six away games as coach. Next up: Host two-TD dog Northern Illinois.