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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:16 PM

THE SUPER BOWL LI

POSSIBLE “HEROES” AND “ZEROES” THAT ARE NOT NAMED BRADY AND-OR RYAN…

PLUS NEW ENGLAND, ATLANTA GAME-BY-GAME CHARTS…

THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL MID-WEEK REPORT: BEST MENU ITEMS ON WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY CARDS

No doubt by now you’ve checked out a whole batch of Super Bowl LI “prop plays” and one of ‘em that’s been in the local newspapers and online for the past several days is the game’s MVP – most folks have New England quarterback Tom Brady right around even money while Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is in the 2½-to-1 neighborhood but who else might turn out to be the game’s hero here?

Well, the Pats – once upon a time – had a Super Bowl wide receiver in Deion Branch (see SB XXXIX) and you could make the case that WR Julian Edelman might be this game’s MVP if he can crank out another 100-plus yards receiving and that likely means a batch of after-contact yardage.

On the flip side, we could see a defensive player win MVP – just as was the case last year with Denver’s pass-rushing fiend Von Miller – and Falcons’ sack star Vic Beasley (15½ of ‘em in the regular season to lead the league) might well be your choice if he can get to Mr. Brady.

Ahh, but while Super Bowl LI could have its heroes, it could also have its “zeroes” – guys that flub at crunch time or perhaps make a boneheaded play. Hey, we wouldn’t wish Super Bowl infamy on anyone (see long-ago Dallas TE Jackie Smith, Buffalo PK Scott Norwood just to name a couple) but wouldn’t it be ironic if Patriots’ star CB Malcom Butler – the hero in the SB two years ago – wound up getting torched here by Atlanta’s superstar WR Julio Jones or if Falcons’ RB Devonta Freeman (just one lost fumble in 227 regular-season and 28 post-season totes) wound up losing a fourth-quarter fumble … could happen, you know!

In any event, we’ll post our Super Bowl LI Preview in the next edition of Jim Sez plus now hear this …

Jim Hurley will have the Sides & Totals Winners of Super Bowl 51 when you check with us on game-day morning this Sunday plus go ahead and continue to pile up the profits all this week with loads of NBA and NCAA Basketball winners right here online at www.jimhurley.com or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 – go ahead and score big today!

Now, here’s the game-by-game charts for the Patriots and Falcons…

NEW ENGLAND (16-2)   
WEEKWINNERSPREADLOSERSCORE
     
1New England+8ARIZONA23-21
2NEW ENGLAND-5Miami31-24
3NEW ENGLAND-1Houston27-0
4Buffalo+3½NEW ENGLAND16-0
5New England-10CLEVELAND33-13
6NEW ENGLAND-7½Cincinnati35-17
7New England-7½PITTSBURGH27-16
8New England-6BUFFALO41-25
9BYE   
10Seattle+7½NEW ENGLAND31-24
11New England-11SAN FRANCISCO30-17
12New England-9½NY JETS22-17
13NEW ENGLAND-13Los Angeles26-10
14NEW ENGLAND-6Baltimore30-23
15New England-3DENVER16-3
16NEW ENGLAND-17NY Jets41-3
17New England-8MIAMI35-14
DivisionalNEW ENGLAND-17Houston34-16
ChampionshipNEW ENGLAND-5½Pittsburgh36-17
     
ATLANTA (13-5)   
WEEKWINNERSPREADLOSERSCORE
    
1Tampa Bay+2½ATLANTA31-24
2Atlanta+4OAKLAND35-28
3Atlanta+3NEW ORLEANS45-32
4ATLANTA+3Carolina48-33
5Atlanta+4DENVER23-16
6SEATTLE-7Atlanta26-24
7San Diego+4½ATLANTA (OT)33-30
8ATLANTA-3Green Bay33-32
9Atlanta-4½TAMPA BAY43-28
10PHILADELPHIA-1½Atlanta24-15
11BYE   
12ATLANTA-4Arizona38-19
13Kansas City+5ATLANTA29-28
14Atlanta-4½LOS ANGELES42-14
15ATLANTA-13½San Francisco41-13
16Atlanta-3CAROLINA33-16
17ATLANTA-7½New Orleans38-32
DivisionalATLANTA-6½Seattle26-20
ChampionshipATLANTA-6Green Bay44-21

COLLEGE BASKETBALL MID-WEEK REPORT

On Wednesday night, it’s…

#2 BAYLOR (20-1, 7-1) at #3 KANSAS (19-2, 7-1) – 9pm ET, ESPN2

So, what does a team do for an encore after just winning outright (and as 7-point underdogs, no less) at Rupp Arena in Kentucky just a few days ago?

Well, if you’re the Kansas Jayhawks you flex your many muscles in the Big 12’s biggest game of the year to date – and for Bill Self’s gang to take over sole control of first place in this rough-and-tumble league the starring troika of Frank Mason III, Josh Jackson and Devonte’ Graham likely need to exceed their combined points per game mark (they average 50 ppg amongst ‘em) in what should be a run-run affair and the J-hawks must not allow Baylor’s Manu Lecomte to get steamed up from beyond the 3-point line where he’s made a far-and-away team-best 42 trifectas.

Baylor zooms into this game at always-rowdy Allen Fieldhouse on a five-game SU (straight-up) winning streak and – if you date back to last year – the Bears are an electric 13-3-1 ATS (against the spread) in their last 17 away games.

On Thursday, it’s…

#1 GONZAGA (22-0, 10-0) at BYU (16-6, 7-3) – 11pm, ESPN2

Whoa, there’s a new king of the hill in the college polls as the Gonzaga Bulldogs just keep winning when all/most of the nation’s elite teams find ways to stub their toes but don’t believe the critics/cynics here: We’ve heard the TV talking heads doubt Mark Few’s 2016-17 club lately but keep in mind the ‘Zags have a solid RPI rating of 11 and already they’ve beaten the non-West Coast Conference likes of Florida, Iowa State, Arizona and Tennessee … so there!

Now, the Zags zoom into Provo as late-night road chalk and the $64,000 question is can bulky 7-1 center Przemek Kanowski steer clear of foul woes – he should be plenty fresh after playing only 19 minutes in last weekend’s rollicking 96-49 win/cover at 21-point pup Pepperdine.

NOTE: We’ll have the Jim Sez Super Bowl LI Preview tomorrow!

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