What You Need to Know to #win this Weekend

Bullets over Broadway…

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Raise your hand if you were surprised that after 3 weeks, Eli still has not thrown an interception?  Last night, Eli Manning completed 23 of 32 passes, including touchdown strikes to Odell Beckham, Jr. and Rueben Randle, to lead the Giants to a 32-21 victory over the Redskins. Manning improved to 16-6 (.727) in 22 starts against Washington. The only other quarterback in NFL history who won more than 15 starts against Washington was Charlie Conerly, who played his entire career for the Giants and had 17 wins against the Redskins from 1948 to 1961.  The Giants have now beat the Redskins 97 times.  That is the most wins in NFL history by one team against another. (The Bears are second with 96 wins against the Lions.)  New York’s win was its fourth in a row at the Meadowlands against Washington. That’s the Giants longest home winning streak against a division opponent since they took four in a row against Dallas from 1999 to 2002. This is the first time that they’ve defeated Washington four straight times at home since doing so from 1976 to 1979.

Some other strangeness to consider from week 2; the Bears gave up the most points at home in their 96-year history to a team that originated in the Windy City.  It was also the first-time in NFL history that the Raiders, Washington, Browns, Jaguars and Bucs won on the same day – granted the Jags have only been around since ’95 – and I’m sure we can find some other things to make our point, like everytime the Saints have been a universal, double-digit favorite at home that 80% of eliminator pools go bust, when they lose.

Other NFL Thoughts I cannot put anywhere else:

  • Peyton Manning’s QB rating is lower than Blake Bortles, Josh McCown, Jameis Winston, Matt McGloin, Johnny Manziel, Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick, among many, many others. He’s 29th of 34 quarterbacks who qualify.
  • Denver has the fewest offensive yards of any team in the NFL. The team has been in the top four in the category in each of Peyton Manning’s three years with the franchise.
  • The only backs with multiple rushing touchdowns are DeAngelo Williams, Danny Woodhead, Chris Ivory, Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill, Karlos Williams and Matt Jones, just like you expected when you drafted your fantasy teams a few weeks ago.
  • Andrew Luck has the worst quarterback rating (58.9) of any starter in the NFL. The next worst is Cam Newton, whose QB rating is 12.4 points higher.
  • Twenty tight ends have more receiving yards than Jimmy Graham, who surpassed his 2015 total of 62 yards in six single games last year. In his first two games of 2014, Graham had 200 yards receiving.
  • Darrius Heyward-Bey has more receiving yards than Calvin Johnson.
  • The New York Jets lead the league with just 17 points allowed. Opponents exceeded that total 11 times last year against Rex Ryan’s team, including in a stretch of eight-straight games.
  • Two teams haven’t sacked any quarterback this season: Chicago and Oakland. Meanwhile, two teams haven’t been sacked this season: Arizona and Cincinnati. Take back all your Andy Dalton jokes. TAKE THEM BACK – RIGHT NOW.

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The DiRT Canon A.I. NFL Football Picks

Falcons  -2 Atlanta_ntc120a @ Dallas_6n120 Cowboys

DiRT Canon A.I.: Sez the Cowboys still win 25-23 without Dez or Romo

My take: Brandon Weeden is 5-16 straight-up as a starter and 8-12-1 against-the-spread in those games.  The Falcons have covered 5 straight road games and are playing well against the NFC East (3 straight).  I lean towards the Falcons SU, and would only tease those dirty-birds.


 

Colts  -3.5 Indianapolis_6n_120 @ Tennessee_ntc120 Titans

DiRT Canon A.I.: Sez Titans win 23-22 over the Colts and believes a small earthquake will be registered in Indy from everyone dropping dead.

My take: I do not believe the Colts are dead until they lose to rookie QB’s in their own division.  Last year the Colts failed to cover their first two games, then Indy went 12-5 ATS in the regular season and playoffs.  The Titans as home dogs of a field goal or more are 40-29-3 (58%) against-the-spread.  I say the Colts win SU, not sold on the hook, so maybe only a tease if you gotta.


 

Bengals Cinncinnati_6n_120 @ Baltimore_ntc120 Ravens  -2.5

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Ravens win 23-21

My take: Joe Flacco as a home favorite against the AFC North is 6-12-1 (33%) against-the-spread. Andy Dalton is 4-1 straight-up and against-the-spread in his last five meetings with Joe Flacco. I think the A.I. is on to something, because I think the Ravens are only 1pt better than Cincy – so I’ll take the Bengals.  Apologize to Andy Dalton!


 

Raiders Oakland_b_wstripe_n_120 @ Cleveland_6n_120 Browns  -3.5

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez Browns 24-19 and might be thinking that Manziel should get the start

My take: All-time, home favorites of less than a touchdown against the Raiders are 59-76-6 (44% ATS).  All-time, the Raiders on the road against an AFC North team are 8-18 (31%) against-the-spread.  It seems the only person who wants Josh McCown play is the coach and McCown.  I like the Raiders to win SU.


 

Jaguars Jacksonville_6n_120 @ New_england_6n_120 Patriots  -13.5

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Patriots win 32-17 and believes the only way they fail to cover is a lack of focus – when I asked how it factored something like that – it told me it was busy with baseball.

My take: The Jags are 16-13 (55%) ATS all-time as a double-digit underdogs and have covered in three of the last four games.  Tom Brady as a double-digit favorite is 16-30 (35%) against-the-spread.  We might be seeing this year in the NFL what it might be like when you poke the bear – If the NFL would have just left the Patriots be all off-season maybe we wouldn’t see Belichick’s march to the sea in a wall of flame.  I’ll take the Sons of Liberty for the win.


 

Saints New_orleans_6n_120 @ Carolina_6n_120 Panthers

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Panthers win 25-15 over God’s Army.  The A.I. actually smiled at me after this pick

My take: Oh Lord do I have to?  Cam Newton as a home favorite against the NFC South is 5-1 straight-up and 4-2 against-the-spread.  Nevermind that the Panthers are boring to watch or that the possibility of being 0-2 in the division, and 0-3, gives you the need to get your brown paper-bag ready, because it will be a long cold winter.  The Saints are 7-12-1 against-the-spread in their last twenty road games.  Stay away from this game and pretend it never happened.


 

Eagles Philadelphia_6n_120 @ New_york_j_white_n120 Jets  -2.5

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Jets win 24-20 and it is time to spread the hashtag #LOLEagles

My take: In the Chip Kelly era, the Eagles as road underdogs are 8-3 against-the-spread.  Ryan Fitzpatrick is 35-55-1 straight-up as a starter and 43-47-1 against-the-spread but 9-5 ATS in the last two years.  From what I’ve seen from both teams, I find it hard to believe Philly is able to compete.  Who saw this coming tho?  I still think Philly is the better team and they have to turn it around, but I will only tease the Eggles.


 

Buccaneers Tampa_bay_ntc120 @ Houston_6n_120 Texans  -6.5

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Texans win 24-18

My take: The Texans have failed to cover six straight games as home favorites of a touchdown or more.  Again, The Buccaneers, with Lovie Smith as the coach, are 4-1 against-the-spread as road dogs of a touchdown or more.  I would rather bet the Over/Under on how many F-Bombs Bill O’Brien drops – I’ll mark it at 6.5 – I hate Tampa and there is nothing positive to say for Houston, so I’ll go with teasing the Texans only.


 

Chargers San_diego_6n_120 @ Minnesota_ntc120 Vikings  -2.5

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Chargers win 23-22 against the Vikes

My take: Did we get a little too excited about Teddy-Two-Gloves? Just like last year the Chargers Offense has been good, and just like last year the D has not.  No Gates, no problem. Philip Rivers without Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates is 10-3 against-the-spread.  The last ten teams facing the Chargers in September are 1-8-1 against-the-spread – side note, what have the Vikings done to be favored so often by Vegas?  Something tells me the Chargers blow out the Vikes – I lean on the Chargers.


 

Steelers  -1 Pittsburg_ntc120 @ St._louis_ntc120 Rams

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Rams lose 24-26 to the Steelers

My take: All-time, the Rams as home dogs are 44-66-1 (40%) against-the-spread but they have covered the last three times.  Big Ben as a road favorite is 22-32-1 (41%) against-the-spread.  The question is which Rams team will show up – nothing like the Roller-Coaster at Busch Gardens.  Make mine all Pittsburgh, to many variables of talent in favor of the Steelers. 


 

49ers San_francisco_6n_120 @ Arizona_whitetail_ntc120 Cardinals  -6

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Cardinals the victory 25-19

My take:  Arizona is 1-7 ATS as home favorites against the 49ers.  The 49ers are 8-4 against-the-spread as underdogs to the Cardinals.  A healthy Palmer sure makes a difference and all of Arizona should enjoy it while it lasts, because another Carson Palmer injury is coming.  AZ is the 2nd most efficient offense, behind only Pittsburgh – but this seems like a trap – I think AZ wins SU but I would tease the Niners – again.


 

Bills Buffalo_red_ntc120 @ Miami_greenmask_ntc120 Dolphins  -3

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Dolphins win 24-19

My take: Ryan Tannehill as a home favorite is 5-9 (36%) against-the-spread.  All-time, the Bills as road dogs in Miami are 12-17 (41%) against-the-spread.  You can always trust death, taxes and that Rex Ryan gets beat by the Patriots, just as much as you should NEVER trust Joe Philbin.  All the fans in Buffalo will realize what everyone else knows about Rex being full of it – but right now he believes his players are the best and they will play like it – where as Philbin has no idea what’s going on or who’s doin what – I’ll take the Bills as a tease only.


 

Bears Chicago_ntc120 @ Seattle_6n_120a Seahawks  -15

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Bears will make it closer than experts believe

My take: I’m not sure this spread is high enough – it’s like, “Here you go Seattle” take all your frustrations out on Chicago, while Bears fans get to see what life is like without Smokin’ Jay.  BTW, you read here last week where I said Jay would throw a pick 6 – he did, just not to PP7.  Jimmy Clausen as a starter is 4-7 against-the-spread, which looks good compared to his 1-10 straight-up record.  No team that has started 0-2 was a two touchdown favorite in their next game. Russell Wilson is 6-6-1 as a +10 point favorite.  I think this is a Seahawk victory by 3 touchdowns at halftime.


 

Broncos  -3 Denver_6n_120 @ Detroit_6n_120 Lions

DiRT Canon A.I. Sez the Broncos win 27-25.

My take: In his career, Peyton Manning as a road favorite is 52-35-3 (60%) against-the-spread.  Stafford as a home dog is just 2-14 straight-up, a winning percentage of 13%. The rest of the NFL in the same period won at home as dogs 37% of the time.  If you put Manning’s head on Stafford’s body, you’d have a prettay, prettaay, prettaaay good QB.  If you are a Detroit fan you have to have a little un-easiness about being on national tv against a team that might be figuring out – wishing that last year was not the glass-slipper moment.  However, I want anarchy in Denver and truly enjoy the tweets and facebook posts as the Bronco roller-coaster goes and lean on a teaser with Detroit.


Your move Bert

Make that two concussions in two weeks for Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel as he was carted off the field after taking a hit to the head while sliding during the Bearcats’ 53-46 loss to Memphis on Thursday night.

The game proved to be a shootout, with Moore coming off the bench to set a school record by throwing for 557 yards — giving Cincinnati 620 total passing yards. However, Memphis still won 53-46 after Moore was intercepted in the final moments on a desperation pass. Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch threw for 412 yards and two touchdowns, and Sam Craft scored the game-winning touchdown with 53 seconds left after Memphis retained possession on a controversial fumble that was ruled down. Memphis is 4-0, while Cincinnati is now 2-2.

For Saturday’s picks, I have highlighted those games I would like to talk about and put my thoughts below the A.I.’s picks – with neat colors so you can tell which ones of the A.I.’s picks I like etc…

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  • LOUISANA-LAFAYETTE (-8.5) by 10 over Akron – The Zips managed to score just about zip vs. Oklahoma and Pittsburgh (total of 10 points). UL-L ranks 22nd in total offense while Akron ranks 119th.
  • UCLA (-3.5) by 4 over ARIZONA – Arizona’s stats are skewed by the 792 yards and 77 points that it posted against Northern Arizona on Saturday. UCLA still ranks much better on defense. Not sure how the loss of Miles Jack impacts this result tho.
  • Oklahoma State (-3) by 6.15 over TEXAS – Outside of the 4th quarter comeback effort vs. Cal last week, Texas hasn’t show much of anything so I’ll gladly go with the Cowboys beating a 3-point spread.
  • Colorado State (-9) by 14 over UTSA – The Roadrunners are 103rd in total defense and 97th in total offense. The Rams rank 42nd and 37th in those respective categories.
  • Virginia Tech (-8.5) by 12.5 over EAST CAROLINA – Virginia Tech has taken 10 of the last 12 despite last year’s 28-21 loss in Blacksburg. The Hokies haven’t lost at East Carolina since 1992. The Pirates rank 82nd offensively and 96th on defense.
  • LOUISIANA TECH (-14.5) by 16.5 over Florida International – I could easily see the Bulldogs winning by 4 TD’s or more as the nation’s 10th-best passing offensive meets the 69th-best pass defense.
  • Georgia Southern (-16) by 17.5 over IDAHO – The Eagles pit their 6th-ranked rushing offense against the Vandals’ 126th-ranked run defense.
  • RUTGERS (-13) by 15 over Kansas – I’m only taking this game because Kansas is just that bad.
  • WEST VIRGINIA (-17) by 21 over Maryland – WVU has taken 8 of the last 9 in the series. The Mountaineers rank 15th in passing offense while Maryland is 97th in stopping the pass.
  • ALABAMA (-38) by 52 over Louisiana-Monroe – These teams haven’t met since UL-M pulled off the 21-14 upset in 2007. Alabama won 41-7 the previous year in the only other meeting between the two schools.
  • MINNESOTA (-10.5) by 15.5 over Ohio – The top MAC teams have made strong showings against Power 5 teams already this year and Minnesota has shown no offense, against TCU and CSU.

hmmm…hold on

  • New Mexico (-3) by 2.5 over WYOMING – Wyoming lost 48-29 at home to Eastern Michigan 2 weeks ago. That’s probably enough said. But, the A.I. likes Wyo to cover, so….
  • Usc (-5.5) by .5 over ARIZONA STATE – USC has lost the last 2 games at Arizona State. The A.I. only favored the Trojans by 4 earlier this season.
  • HOUSTON (-16.5) by 12.5 over Texas State – This Lone Star state battle features the nation’s 15th- and 20th ranked offenses with the Cougars holding the loftier position over the Bobcats from San Marcos.
  • NEBRASKA (-22) by 30 over Southern Miss – The resurgent Eagles only lost to Mississippi State by 18 in the opener and posted 50+ points in their last 2 games. Nebraska ranks 105th in total defense while USM ranks 20th in total offense.
  • Texas A&M (-7.5) by 4 over Arkansas (Arlington) – The Aggies needed overtime to win last year’s game over the Razorbacks 35-28, but still topped this week’s spread and have taken 3 straight in the series. Bert has to make this one close.
  • ILLINOIS (-6.5) by 6.5 over MiddleTennesse – The Illini are coming off a 48-14 beatdown at North Carolina and now head home to face one of the top offenses in the nation. MTSU ranks 22nd in passing and 36th in rushing. Illinois surrendered 476 yards to UNC on Saturday. This could be an upset.

Possible Upset?

  • Missouri by 11.5 over KENTUCKY (-2.5) – Both teams managed to score a whopping 9 points last week. Mizzou won 9-6 over lowly UConn at home, while Kentucky lost 14-9 at Florida. After those outings, the Wildcats 103rd in total offense and the Tigers rank 116th.
  • Northern Illinois by 5 over BOSTON COLLEGE (-4) – The Huskies almost pulled off the huge upset at Ohio State last Saturday (lost, 20-13) and did so with defense. I wasn’t a believer in the BC defense after two games vs. FCS teams, but that unit held its own in a 14-0 loss to Florida State last Friday. But just as it did last Friday for FSU, the difference for NIU will need to come on offense where the Huskies rank 43rd and the Eagles rank 110th.
  • Bowling Green by 1 over PURDUE (-2) – If this match were a criminal case, both teams would get convicted as neither has a defense – Purdue ranks 88th and BGSU 115th. Offense easily tilts in the Falcons’ favor as they rank 2nd in the nation while the Boilermakers rank 67th.
  • Brigham Young by 2 over MICHIGAN (-5) – BYU is 1 point away from being 3-0 versus Nebraska, Boise State and UCLA. Michigan is 2-1 versus Utah, Oregon State and UNLV. The Wolverines have allowed just 1 touchdown in each of their last 2 games, but their opponents in those contests rank 117th and 118th on offense.
  • WASHINGTON by 3 over California (-2) – Cal blew all but 1 point of a 21-point lead in the 4th quarter last Saturday at Texas. Meanwhile, Washington was handling a pretty good Utah State team 31-17. Cal gets the advantage on offense, but Washington has the clear statistical advantage on defense.
  • CHARLOTTE by 1 over Fau (-9) – This game didn’t open until Wednesday as oddsmakers awaited the status of FAU quarterback Jaquez Johnson but remains questionable after sustaining a sprained ankle in the first quarter vs. Miami. Redshirt freshman Jason Driskel has served as his replacement. The Owls were blasted 33-15 at home by Buffalo last Saturday while Charlotte was clobbered 73-14 at Middle Tennessee after entering that game as a 15-point A.I. underdog.
  • Tennessee by 5 over FLORIDA (-2) – Florida has been a bit of a pleasant surprise to its fan base, but plenty of Gator fans are still worried that they only defeated East Carolina by 7 and Kentucky by 5. Tennessee is a much better offensive team than the Pirates or Wildcats. Florida has only managed to gain 618 total yards and score 45 total points in those last two outings.
  • Army by 5 over EASTERN MICHIGAN (-3) – The 120th-ranked Eagles host the 127th-ranked Black Knights. Army ranks 125 in total offense while EMU’s ranks 63. Army has allowed 47 fewer yards per game. Army is 5-1 vs. Eastern Michigan all-time, but lost 48-38 on its last visit to Ypsilanti in 2012.

No more Baseball this year – it’s time for Pennant races

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What You Need to Know to #win this Weekend

Biting the Bullet

Before the end of the first half of last night’s game – you would have thought we were watching someone slowly die of a terminal disease – Twitter and Broncos fans were already calling for 18’s retirement, before hailing the conquering hero with adulation and gifts that solidified their faith in Saint Peyton.  ER’s in Denver have been busy thru-out the night and early morning from grade 2 sprained ankles, all from apparent wagon-jumping injuries.

You started to feel bad for 18 – two pick sixes in back-to-back weeks?!  When Knile Davis scores on an 8-yard run with 2:27 left, giving the Chiefs a 24-17 lead you wondered if there was any magic left – you’re the Chiefs, at home, and you still found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  Emmanuel Sanders scores with :36 left and then Jamaal Charles fumbles for a scoop-and-score.  Only the Chiefs.

From 1989 – 1999 the Chiefs won 11 straight home-openers – since, they are 5-11 since 2000 – Only the Browns are worse at home since that time.  Andy Reid will never win anything, is the thought I had watching that game last night.  He is clueless.  From throwing the ball in the 2nd quarter that gets intercepted – to not challenging a catch when an injury gave your staff plenty of time to review the call that would have made a huge difference – you’re just left wondering if he can focus long enough to NOT cost his teams’ games – and it is no longer funny that a WR can not get into the endzone

So, Peyton still looks like a guy who doesn’t belong on your fantasy team yet (remember his first two games with Denver), but the Broncos are 2-0 and have now won 13 consecutive divisional road games – last night was the definition of pigskin insanity – this weekend’s forecast seems to call for Category 4 vortex of crazy.


Titans Tennessee_ntc120 @ Cleveland_6n_120 Browns  PK

 

DiRT Canon A.I.: gives the Browns a 60.9% chance of victory and says they are 3 pts better than Tennessee

My take: This seems nuts, but I will side with the Browns SU, and tease ’em  – even though the Browns have only covered 2 of the last 16 home openers.  But, the Titans are 4-18 ATS the last 22 games.

Rams St._louis_ntc120 @ Redskins Washington  +3.5

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Rams a 61.2% chance of victory and says they are 3 pts better than Washington

My take: part of me thinks Washington wins this game outright and for that I would only tease ’em

Texans Houston_6n_120 @ Carolina_6n_120 Panthers  -3

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Panthers a 67.5% chance of victory and says they are 5.5 pts better than Houston

My take: I know Carolina’s offense is funky, but so is Houston – I’m going with the A.I. and taking a chance at CAR SU, but defintely will tease ’em

49ers San_francisco_6n_120 @ Pittsburg_ntc120 Steelers  -5.5

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Steelers a 60% chance of victory and says they are 3 pts better than SF

My take: from what I last saw of Pittsburgh, I do not trust that defense and will be shocked if they are not one of the worst D’s in the league by the end of the year – if nothing else on that team changes – so I’m all over the ‘9ers, who are also 11-1 ATS in the Eastern Time Zone – so SF SU and tease ’em – Steelers in September: 1-9 ATS

Buccaneers Tampa_bay_ntc120 @ New_orleans_6n_120 Saints  -11

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Saints a 75% chance of victory and says they are 8pts better than Tampa

My take: The Saints are 22-5 ATS the next game, however they have not done well recently being double-digit favorites.  God’s Army will win this game, of course that was said several times last year before they collapsed, and I would stay away from this one – but if you have to tease the Saints.

Lions Detroit_6n_120 @ Minnesota_ntc120 Vikings  -2.5

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the game a 50-50 chance for either team

My take: The Lions seem to be the better team and Teddy-two gloves looked like a more accurate Alex Smith than a guy taking the next step.  But, the real question is when does A.P. break out – it could be this game…The Vikings are 18-3 SU hosting the Lions (13-7-1 ATS), as for the Lions they have only covered 2x’s the last 14x’s they were a road underdawg – so, I’m gonna lean on the Vikes and tease ’em only.

Cardinals Arizona_whitetail_ntc120 @ Chicago_ntc120 Bears  +2.5

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Cardinals a 63% chance to win the game and says they are 3.5pts better than the Bears

My take: The Bears have only covered 4 of their last 19 home games.  If Drew Brees could not beat Arizona, how does Jay Cutler?  I like the Cardinals SU and tease ’em – with a side-bet that Patrick Peterson picks off Smokin’ Jay.

Patriots New_england_6n_120 @ Buffalo_red_ntc120 Bills  PK

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Patriots a 57% chance to win the game and says they are 2pts better than Bills

My take: The Bills are public favorite now and this game points all towards the Patriots to me.  The Pats are 26-3 SU versus the Bills (18-10-1 ATS) and with revenge games – the Patriots are 43-21-2 ATS and 16-3 ATS if that team was from the same division – so I’ll take the Patriots SU and also tease ’em.

Chargers San_diego_6n_120 @ Cinncinnati_6n_120 Bengals  -3

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Bengals a 63% chance to win the game and says they are 3.5pts better than the Chargers

My take: The Chargers in September, their last 10 games are undefeated against the spread – I’m not sure they will win but I’m gonna tease the Chargers.

Falcons Atlanta_ntc120a @ New_york_g_6n__120 Giants  -2.5

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Giants a 59% chance to win the game and says the Giants are 2.5pts better than Atlanta

My take: The Giants did not look good on Sunday Night and you wonder how long that choke job stays with ’em.  Me, I’ll take Julio Jones and tease the Falcons.

Dolphins Miami_greenmask_ntc120 @ Jacksonville_6n_120 Jaguars  +7

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Dolphins a 63% chance to win the game and says Miami is 4pts better than the Jaguars

My take: The Jags are appearing to be in line to get a high-draft pick again and not sure when it will end.  If the Chargers are undefeated in September, the Jags are DEFEATED in September the last 10 games – winless against the spread.  I’ll tease the Dolphins only, because I don’t trust Philbin.

Ravens Baltimore_ntc120 @ Oakland_b_wstripe_n_120 Raiders  +7

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Ravens a 67.5% chance to win the game and says they are 5.5pts better than the Raiders

My take: Stay away from this game – putting any action on this means you might be a degenerate – and not that there is anything wrong with that – it’s just why would you do this to your family – think of your daughter’s dance lessons, or your son’s sports fees…But if you must, the Raiders at home are 33-61-1 ATS, including 7-15 ATS recently, so….

Cowboys Dallas_6n120 @ Philadelphia_6n_120 Eagles  -5

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Eggles a 51% chance to win the game and says no team is better than the other

My take: The Cowboys escaped sunday night, but outplayed New York so I question the number here a bit.  The Cowboys as underdogs by more than a FG are 16-3 ATS – against the Eggles, as an underdog they are 25-8 ATS.  Meanwhile the Eagles at home have only covered 11x’s of their last 36 and when they have been favored for a second week in a row are 5-21 ATS.  It seems that someone knows something we don’t know, and this time, I’m going against that somebody – give me Dallas SU and tease ’em.

Seahawks Seattle_6n_120a @ Greenbay_6n_120 Packers  -4

DiRT Canon A.I. gives the Packers a  54% chance to win the game and says they are 1pt better than the Seahawks

My take: The A.I. seems to be on to something here.  The Seahawks in their last 21 games as an underdawg have only 4 losses ATS – and since they have technically lost 2 straight they are 14-2-1 ATS.  But, they are average on the road and Green Bay needs/wants payback – so I’ll tease the Seahawks only.


Is Lousiville the best 0-3 team in the nation?  They could be, but they definitely are the best team in the nation at self-destruction.  Last night after playing their third QB of the season it was painful to watch Louisville go down like the Chiefs.  On one play the QB wasn’t ready for the snap and then threw it out-of-bounds, next play he got sacked, and then on the next, launched a Hail-Mary when 15yds or so would have put them into position to tie the game.  Is this Karma for Petrino?

Here are some games for Saturday – (number is as of Thursday night), Big Game at the DiRT Canon Bunker at 3:30p EST – FuQU Auburn!

The DiRT Canon A.I. thoughts are the screenshot – below it, are a few of mine:

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  • California (-3) by 5 over TEXAS – The DiRT Canon A.I. is perfect SU and ATS on Texas games, thus far, and it may have underestimated Cal in its lone FBS game which was a 35-7 win over San Diego State last week.
  • Georgia Tech (-2) by 4 over NOTRE DAME – 2014 Notre Dame leading rusher Tarean Folston is lost for the season and so is starting QB Malik Zaire. Georgia Tech showed up at the beginning of the year to win this game by 2.04 and that number has more than doubled to 4.44 without taking those injuries into account.
  • TOLEDO (-7) by 23 over Iowa State – I have to take this game, if only for the huge difference between the 7-point line and the A.I.’s projected spread of nearly 23 points.
  • Virginia Tech (-5.5) by 12 over PURDUE – Virginia Tech had a chance to get QB Brenden Motley up to speed in last week’s 42-3 rout of Furman. Motley, who had that deer-in-the-headlights look when he replaced injured starter Michael Brewer in the 3rd quarter of the opener vs. Ohio State, threw for 233 yards and 2 TD’s, and ran for 38 yards and another score. Purdue QB Austin Appleby has thrown 5 TD passes, but also has 4 INT’s. The Boilermaker defense has allowed almost 500 yards per game vs. Marshall and Indiana State. This is the first-ever meeting between the 2 teams.
  • SAN DIEGO STATE (-15) by 20 over South Alabama – The Jaguars barely beat FCS Gardner-Webb in their opener and then got annihilated at Nebraska. The Aztecs should be good for a win by 20 or more.
  • TCU (-37) by 38 over Smu – SMU has played better than expected against Baylor and North Texas, but the computer line has still only shrunk by less than a point. The 95th meeting of these metroplex rivals should go similar to last season’s 56-0 Horned Frog win in Dallas.
  • TEXAS STATE (-1.5) by 4 over Southern Miss – The Bobcats are getting less than home field advantage vs. a Southern Miss program that has 2 road wins vs. FBS schools in the last 3 years (UAB and North Texas).
  • USC (-9.5) by 17 over Stanford – This feels like a USC rout is written all over it. The computer line has widened over 3 points since the preseason.

hmmm…hold on

  • MICHIGAN STATE (-26.5) by 21 over Air Force – The Spartans will have to stop a rushing offense that ranks 2nd, going into this game, and has ranked in the top 12 in each of the last 11 years (I stopped checking after that). MSU traditionally has a top defense, but has surrendered almost 200 yards on the ground to both Western Michigan and Oregon. This is the first-ever meeting between the Falcons and Spartans. In fact, MSU has also never played Navy and is 0-2 all-time vs. Army with that last meeting taking place in in 1984.
  • ALABAMA (-7) by 3 over Ole Miss – Granted, Ole Miss hasn’t really played anyone, but has scored 149 total points versus UT-Martin (76-3) and Fresno State (73-21). If the Rebels’ offense gets traction, ‘Bama may not be able to keep up.
  • UCLA (-16.5) by 12 over Byu – BYU has needed a little magic to start 2-0 with wins over Nebraska (away) and Boise State (home). UCLA has been strong, but not awesome, in wins over Virginia and UNLV. 
  • PENN STATE (-8.5) by 6 over Rutgers – Rutgers is 2-23 all-time vs. the Nittany Lions and has dropped the last 8 since a 1988 win. Despite the suspension of leading receiver Leonte Carroo, Penn State has to avoid embarrassment and win this one, right?
  • WASHINGTON (-5.5) by 3.94 over Utah State – Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton survived a tough loss at Utah last week, though he spent most of the game limping after his knee was hit on a 1st quarter roughing the passer penalty. That doesn’t sound like good news for the Huskies who opened with a loss to another Mountain West team, Boise State, to start the season. These teams haven’t met since 1998.

Possible Upset?

  • BOWLING GREEN by 1 over Memphis (-4) – A good game between a pair of strong Group of 5 schools. BGSU’s 21-point win at Maryland, (#nailedIt) registers as a bit more impressive to me than Memphis’ 32-point win at lowly Kansas. I like the Falcons chances at home versus the Tigers.
  • Central Michigan by 3 over SYRACUSE (-5) – By beating Wake Forest 30-17 last week, the Orange have already picked up a win that I didn’t see them getting. Syracuse did win last year’s meeting in Mount Pleasant 40-3.
  • Colorado State by 15 over Colorado (-3.5) (at Denver) – How are the Buffs -3.5 favorites.  This seems like easy $$$, but the cautionary tale is – someone knows something we don’t know and maybe we should go with that somebody…The Rams have taken 2 of the last 3, including 31-17 last year.
  • East Carolina by 1 over NAVY (-3) – Navy has been a proverbial thorn in ECU’s side with 3 wins in 4 meetings. The teams haven’t met since 2012. The Midshipmen routinely rank near the top in rushing offense while the Pirates ranked 11th and 13th, respectively, in rushing defense the last two seasons.
  • KENTUCKY by 1 over Florida (-3) – It’s a bit of a stretch, in my opinion, for the oddsmakers to give Florida the edge on the road. I do not see either one of these teams having great years. The Wildcats seem poised for the win, especially after last week’s victory at South Carolina.
  • Western Kentucky by 12 over INDIANA (-2) – Another mind-scrambler, as I can’t agree with Indiana being the favorite. Neither team has shown much on defense and Indiana has better offensive stats through 2 game. Both teams are 2-0, but WKU has played the tougher schedule.
  • Nebraska by 5 over MIAMI, FL (-4) – Al Golden seems to have a permanent spot on the hot seat as Miami’s head coach and needs this win to quiet the haters. I don’t see it happening.
  • NEW MEXICO STATE by 1 over Utep (-3.5) – When New Mexico State lost at home to Georgia State, it inherited the nation’s current longest losing streak at 12 games. UTEP has 4 straight road losses.
  • San Jose State by 1 over OREGON STATE (-9) – The Beavers rank 121st in total offense after games vs. Weber State (FCS) and Michigan. The Spartans rank 27th after games vs. New Hampshire (FCS) and Air Force.

 

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