Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL REPORT …
WE WRAP UP THE SEASON
WITH MORE FALL-OUT FROM SB 49
PLUS ODDS TO WIN IT ALL NEXT YEAR
AND THE FINAL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS …
THE COLLEGE B-BALL UPDATE:
EYES ON WEDNESDAY’S GAMES
INVOLVING THE TOP 10 TEAMS
Gotta admit that after all the dust had settled on Super Bowl XLIX, we didn’t know what really bothered us more about New England’s come-from-behind 28-24 win against the Seattle Seahawks:
Was it the absolutely ridiculous call to throw the ball on second-and-goal from the one-yard line late or the fact that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll/offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell didn’t know what the heck they were talking about while attempting to defend the strategy!
The plain-and-simple fact is both Carroll and Bevell were clueless on that second-down pass and then doubly-clueless afterwards with some comments suggesting they “waste a down” because of the clock … if that’s the case then you run the ball you bozos and you don’t throw it ‘cause obviously an incomplete pass is gonna stop the clock and an interception, well, you saw what they did!
Okay, so we could sit here from now till kingdom come to debate/argue that last Seattle drive that had ‘em on the doorstep of the Patriots’ end zone with 26 seconds left but the painful lesson that Carroll and Company learned is that the first order of business is to score the TD there and way down the priority list is how many seconds you leave the other team to come back and score.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t only just the QB Russell Wilson ill-fated pass picked off by CB Malcolm Butler that was getting all the post-game coverage as a key WR Jermaine Kearse drop on a third-and-two play with less than three minutes left and with Seattle leading 24-14 was a backbreaker for the Seahawks and ditto for that 3rd-and-14 connection from QB Tom Brady to WR Justin Edelman that gained 21 yards and was the key play in New England’s 9-play, 68-yard touchdown drive that cut the deficit to 24-21.
And what’s amazing about New England’s go-ahead 10-play, 64-yard touchdown drive capped by a Brady-to-Edelman three-yard dart with 2:02 left in the game is that Brady completed all eight of his aerials against an albeit hurting Legion of Boom defense … one of the “greatest” defenses in NFL lore couldn’t get a single sack, couldn’t force a single incompletion, couldn’t make a game-saving pick … wow.
So much for that legacy!
As we said in this Jim Sez column space a year ago, recent NFL history suggests that we don’t necessarily expect a Super Bowl repeat from the New England Patriots who will look to become the first team since the 2004 NE Pats to win titles in back-to-back seasons.
Still, the Patriots … who finished off this championship season with a glittering 15-4 SU (straight-up) mark to go along with a so-so 11-8 ATS (against the spread) log … have been installed in as the second-highest favorite to win it all next year in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara with a 6-to-1 price.
The numero uno favorite?
You got, the Seattle Seahawks right now are listed as 5-to-1 favorites to win it all next year.
Now, here’s a look at the top 10 win-it-all favorites for the NFL ’15 season:
ODDS TO WIN IT ALL …
|Seattle||5-1||Will the Seahawks ever recover from SB 49?|
|New England||6-1||The Brady/Belichick era ain’t finished yet|
|Green Bay||6-1||MVP Rodgers has 2 p’off wins last 4 years|
|Dallas||10-1||NFL’s best O-line drives this Cowboys car|
|Denver||12-1||If QB Manning retires, odds go up to 25-1|
|Indianapolis||12-1||The next rung says Super Bowl for QB Luck|
|San Francisco||18-1||49ers badly want to be the SB hosts|
|Philadelphia||20-1||Birds have 20 wins the past 2 years|
|Pittsburgh||20-1||Steelers have 0 playoff wins past 4 years|
|Detroit||22-1||First order of business is re-sign DL Suh|
In case you were wondering, we’ve now had seven different NFL teams win the last seven Super Bowls (New England, Seattle, Baltimore, New York Giants, Green Bay, New Orleans and Pittsburgh) and we’ve also had seven different teams lose these last seven Super Bowls (that’s Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Arizona) and we have not had a team lose back-to-back Super Bowls since the Buffalo Bills lost four of ‘em in a row from 1990- through-1993.
NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS
Our final venture for this just-completed NFL 2014 season is a look at the complete NFL Pointspread Standings, so here goes and note all post-season games are included in the records below:
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THE COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE
Lots of goodies on the Wednesday night menu from the college b-ball world … here’s some of what to watch involving Top 10 squads:
#4 DUKE (18-3, 5-3 ACC) … The Blue Devils are finally home after that three-game road sojourn that included Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000th career win with a triumph over St. John’s and last weekend’s gut-check 69-63 win at 5-point fav Virginia sandwiching the loss at Notre Dame but the $64,000 question is can Duke’s depth-shy team get some rest for its starters beginning here against heavy-duty dog Georgia Tech?
In that aforementioned “W” at Charlottesville, four-of-five Duke starters played 31-or-more minutes and so the recent release of G Rasheed Sulaimon could come back to haunt the Dookies sooner than later.
#7 VILLANOVA (19-2, 6-2 Big East) … Jay Wright’s gang has won six of its last seven games and now gets Marquette in a Wednesday night clash at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philly and veteran G Ryan Arcidiacono (18 points in the second half to help beat DePaul last weekend) looks to spread the wealth a bit after a 0-assist game against the Blue Demons.
In fact, ‘Nova remains one of the most selfless teams in the land but Arcidiacono and mates must be quicker to attack in the half-court game against rookie coach Steve Wojchichowski’s aggressive man-to-man defenders.
#10 NOTRE DAME (20-3, 8-2 ACC) … Is there really a better story in the land than this ND Fighting Irish bunch?
True, Mike Brey’s club is coming off last Saturday’s 76-72 loss at Pittsburgh … talk about a game where the line move was right on as Notre Dame went from a 5 1/2-point favorite to a 3-point game-time choice … but lots to like about this Irish edition that passes extremely well and gets plenty of wide-open three-point looks but must believe visiting Boston College will bring out its perimeter defenders to get in the grill of key shooters G/F Pat Connaughton and G Jerian Grant … a tandem that’s combined for 98 trifectas this year.
No doubt that Duke, Villanova and Notre Dame are all heavy favs for their respective mid-week games … so what Top 25 teams might well be on “upset alert” here?
#20 Ohio State (17-5) is at Purdue and TCU is at #19 Baylor and both ranked teams could be on the ropes here … the Buckeyes have won their last three straight games while holding opponents to a per-game scoring average of 64.3 ppg while the Baylor Bears (16-5) are just 5-4 SU (straight-up) since the New Year although they come off a rollicking 83-60 win against Texas in which Baylor registered 24 assists and just 9 turnovers.
Note: Lots of hoop action in the next edition of Jim Sez.