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By Marc Lawrence — Some of the 32 things we learned on the Week 13 NFL card from Nate Davis of the USA TODAY: In suffering their wildest loss to the Raiders since the 1968 “Heidi Game”, the bumbling NY Jets allowed the Raiders to move 91 yards in 97 seconds with no timeouts remaining. QB Derek Carr wasted little time capitalizing, hitting rookie WR Henry Ruggs III with a game-winning 46-yard TD in the final 5 seconds. Ouch … Props to QBs Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. Rodgers is also the first passer in the NFL’s 101 seasons to throw at least 35 TD passes on five separate occasions, while Mahomes improved his TD-to-INT ratio to what would be a single-season record 31-to-2 … With Detroit’s win over Chicago, interim head coaches are now 3-0 collectively during their 2020 debuts … For more on the other things we learned in the NFL last week click here.

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Coffee Club regular Stormin’ Norman from Philadelphia wanted to say: Dick Allen should have been Philly’s Whipping Boy for a better term. The Phillies did about everything but strip him bare and lash him. Philadelphia was clearly not ready for a black superstar in 1964 during the North Philly race riots. Yet, they wanted him back after he won MVP for the Chisox. The Carpenters, who owned the club at the time, were cheap and clueless. The people who booed him should try hitting a Bob Gibson fastball over the right center field fence (475 Ft) at old Connie Mack.

Grinding Out The Profits

From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: Georgia Tech may have been a “mission team” this season, but their current 3-6 record makes it “mission impossible” to land a bowl bid in 2020. Word is that some students on the Georgia Tech campus have been seen wearing sweatshirts that show the face of former Yellow Jackets’ head coach Paul Johnson asking the question, “Do you miss me yet?” The Wreck has slid to 6-15 under Geoff Collins. They own a miserable 8-21-1 ATS mark in Last Home Games since 1990, including 1-9 ATS as dogs of more than 2 points. Meanwhile, the 5-5 Pitt Panthers are on the cusp of bowl eligibility and arrive with the 27th ranked defense in the nation, 112 YPG superior to Tech’s 102nd-ranked stop unit. HC Pat ‘Nails’ Narduzzi’s outstanding 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS mark as road chalk should do the trick here.

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