Well folks we have now seen everyone enough to easily get solid grades for everyone out there. This year has seen the loaded and well coaches Rams simply dominate really all it's opponents. Right now easily clear favorite to win the Super Bowl.
As good as this season has gone for the Rams, it's been a different story and bad start for a few teams who expected to be Playoff Caliber teams. The N.Y. Giants are the team playing way under it's potential. They picked stud RB Barkley and he's played very well. Not many other players on his squad have though, especially QB Eli Manning, who just looks slow, old, and possibly on his final weeks if things don't improve fast.
This week we have a few young Rookie QB's heading into some rough terrain as the Jets young QB Darnold will face of the elite Defensive Minds in the NFL for years, Minny HC and really DC as well, Mike Zimmer. This will be a real test and good look at where he is with now half dozen games under his belt.
So far ...
NFL A.T.S. UPDATED RECORDS THRU ALL WEEK 3 GAMES:
UNDERDOGS WHO WON STRAIGHT UP: (20)
DOUBLE DIGIT FAVORITES: (1-3) A.T.S.
GARY'S FINAL THOUGHTS:
Well most shocking loss not just in point spread, but really I've seen in years as the Vikings losing to the winless Bills, who were really bad thru first two weeks, and Rookie starting QB Allen in his first Road game start, was something not many expected. I didn't expect the Vikings to lose straight up, but I am not shocked. Kirk Cousins for 4 straight years flopped in every third game. Rarely did he ever win 3 straight and his 5-24 record vs. winning teams is why. Losing this badly to this really bad Bills team really must have Vikings Exec's crapping their pants. For those who only look at stats, most of Cousins yards were in second half down big and Bills playing Prevent Defense, and passing 59x and ...
NFL A.T.S. UPDATED STATS THRU WEEK 2 - ALL GAMES PLAYED
FAVORITES = 12
UNDERDOGS = 19
PUSHES = 1
DOGS WON STRAIGHT UP = 13
OVERS = 17
UNDERS = 15
DOUBLE DIGIT FAVORITES = (1-1 ATS)
TOP NUGGETS OF THE WEEK FOR CFB - (SAT. SEPT 15TH):
GA TECH - Dud as Road Favorite (0-7) w/4 by DD's, no road fav wins since 2014.
USC HEAD COACH HELTON - (1-9) ATS as Underdog.
HAWAII - (12-1) ATS last 13 games vs. Military schools.
NOTRE DAME - (0-6) ATS following a straight up win.
FRESNO STATE HC TEDFORD - (2-10) Straight up vs. Pac-12 opponents.
DUKE - QB JONES is out, also all ACC CB Gilbert out for this weeks game.
MINNY GOPHERS - Stud Sr. RB Smith out. Only 2 Sr's left on Starting Offense.
FLORIDA STATE - (0-6-2) ATS vs. ACC opponents last year.
ARIZONA STATE - looks to avenge loss to SD State last year that ended 17 game home non conference winning streak. Also Sun Devils DC now was Aztecs DC last 3 seasons.
E.MICHIGAN - (12-1) ATS Last 13 on Road as an Underdog.
RED ZONE WOES:
SMU and IOWA STATE - both inside Red Zone only one time all season.
WESTERN KENTUCKY - (0-4) in their 4 trips inside the Red Zone.
HERE ARE SOME NFL - WEEK 2 BETTING NUGGETS
RAVENS - Seeking Revenge for last minute loss to Cinci in 2017 season finale knocking them out of the Playoffs.
INDY - with Andrew Luck as QB they are (23-5) S/Up following a Loss.
INDY - (10-1) ATS as Underdog L/11 off a Loss week before.
GREEN BAY QB A.RODGERS - (42-14) Straight up in Division play and (11-0) Straight up first 6 games of the season.
MINNY VIKES HEAD COACH ZIMMER - (12-11-1) ATS in Division play.
TENNESSEE TITANS- (1-5) ATS last 6 Home games.
MIAMI DOLPHINS QB TANNEYHILL - (8-1) Straight up last 9 games.
JAX JAGUARS - Seeking Revenge for heartbreaking loss in AFC Title Game to Patriots.
ATLANTA FALCONS QB MATT RYAN - (9-1) Straight up and ATS in Home Openers.
NY GIANTS QB ELI MANNING - (12-3) ATS in Division Play off Loss.
DALLAS COWBOYS HC JASON GARRETT - (23-38-1) ATS at Home at Jerry's World.
NEW YORK JETS - (6-1-2) ATS last 9 meetings vs. Miami Dolphins
SAN FRAN NINERS ...
For many folks a road trip is a fun time to enjoy the sights and scenery of a different area. For 4 teams in Football this weekend won't be a fun one unless they pull off a win in a very tough situation.
The NFL schedulers were not kind to the Seattle Seahawks, sending them not just on the road for it's first two games, but to: Denver and now across country to Chicago, facing a team off the most crushing loss of the week 1 slate.
For the Detroit Lions, they surely can't play worse then week 1, so it's all uphill from here. But what do they get for their game 2 assignment as they travel cross country to later time zone on a short week to play a SF team that lost it's opener and it's Cinderella QB off his first ever loss as a starting QB.
San Diego gets faced with the always horrible west coast to east coast trip and early start time. Lucky for them the hapless Bills team is the team awaiting their arrival. The Bolts will likely be without their stud DE and elite pass rusher ...
Well folks the NFL welcomed 7 new Head Coaches to the league and they all went home on the short end of the stick. Seven disappointing debuts and for a few, that same experience will be the norm every Sunday night as they walk off the field.
You have to feel bad for Titans HC Mike Vrabel, who had to endure 2 delays and 7 plus hours before the game was decided. Now he has a mess on his hands with Mariota already injured. I am not a Mariota fan at all, but facing this one week in for a new HC trying to get some things in motion is just terrible news for Vrabel. He also lost his top TE for the season in Game 1, and trust me folks, veteran guys who can play don't grow on trees to pick up in week 2.
The long awaited return of Jon Gruden to the Raiders was great for a half, heck even 3 quarters, until the bottom fell out in the fourth and a close game turned quite ugly. Trading your best player (K. Mack) a few days before opener is as asinine as I've ever seen and now knowing your QB ...
NFL WEEK 1 FINAL A.T.S. RESULTS:
(8 DOGS) ***
(6 FAVORITES) ***
(1 PUSH) ***
(*6 DOGS WON STRAIGHT UP) ***
(8 OVERS) ***
(7 UNDERS) ***
Well the NFL Preseason games are pretty much worthless in the grand scheme of things, as evidence of the perfect (4-0) season put forth by the "17 Browns team last year. But on Thursday we have a team possible of sweeping it's third straight NFL Preseason slate. That team, the Baltimore Ravens, have a chance to pull a Hat Trick, and adding a cherry on top this time around as they are playing their fifth Preseason game due to playing the extra week in the Hall of Fame Game. If they win Thursday, that makes HC John Harbough's team perfect for three straight years. That's one heckuva job.
The Ravens are one of my "NFL SLEEPER TEAMS" for 2018. I really love this Defense as everyone returns and I feel QB Flacco is fully healthy and what was once one of the leaguest weakest Wide Receiver/Tight End groups, is now actually very formidable. With one of the leagues best Kickers as well, this team now finally healthy across the board should be one of the teams making some big noise in the ...