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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 12:00 AM




When the final piece of confetti finally had fallen out of the rafters at Houston’s NRG Stadium this past Sunday night, the Super Bowl LI “critics” came out of the wood work – and they were in a hurry to pounce!

New England’s come-from-way-way-way behind to beat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime had “instant classic” written all over it (hey, we already watched the replay one night later on the NFL Network!) and there were lots of goats on the Falcons side:

Sure, we were among the folks to blame both second-year Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn and then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for their roles in the meltdown – it was not the “finest hour” for either one of these gentlemen – but gotta say that QB Matt Ryan really was at major fault in what we believed was the game’s biggest play when he took a second-down sack that took the Falcons’ out of field-goal range late when Atlanta held a 28-20 lead. Hey, a field goal there with three minutes-or-so left in the game probably would have iced matters for the Falcons, right?

And make sure the Falcons’ secondary gets a heaping pile of criticism too – if you watched the Patriots’ final two regulation-time drives that brought ‘em back from 28-12 right into overtime then you know there were plenty of missed tackles, poor downfield coverages, etc.

The fallout?

As we stated in yesterday’s Jim Sez column, don’t expect the Falcons to bounce back and make it to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota next year – even with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian in tow (now that didn’t take long!) we see the Falcs playing second fiddle in their own NFC South Division to Tampa Bay and maybe even Carolina.

No playoffs for the 2017 Falcons… you can write it down right now.

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New England 16 3 0 .842
New Orleans 10 5 1 .667
Atlanta 12 7 0 .632
Washington 10 6 0 .625
Green Bay 11 7 1 .611
Dallas 10 7 0 .588
Oakland 10 7 0 .588
Pittsburgh 11 8 0 .579
Denver 9 7 0 .563
Minnesota 9 7 0 .563
Tampa Bay 9 7 0 .563
Kansas City 9 7 1 .563
Baltimore 8 7 1 .533
Miami 8 7 2 .533
NY Giants 8 7 2 .533
Philadelphia 8 8 0 .500
Seattle 9 9 0 .500
Indianapolis 7 8 1 .467
Chicago 7 9 0 .438
Cincinnati 7 9 0 .438
Jacksonville 7 9 0 .438
San Diego 7 9 0 .438
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438
Detroit 7 9 1 .438
Houston 7 10 1 .412
Carolina 6 9 1 .400
NY Jets 6 9 1 .400
Arizona 6 10 0 .375
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375
Los Angeles 4 10 2 .286
San Francisco 4 11 1 .267
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250


Here’s some of what we’ll be checking out on this Wednesday night card…

#6 BAYLOR (20-3, 7-3) at OKLAHOMA STATE (15-8, 4-6) – 7pm ET, ESPNU

The first of two Big 12 games we zoom in on here in this Jim Sez column – and did you know the Baylor Bears have the #1 RPI ranking in the land even though they’re a game-and-a-half back of conference leader Kansas? Okay, so Baylor heads into this road tilt in Stillwater on a two-game losing streak (two-point home loss to Kansas State, 5-point road loss last week at Kansas) and here three-point specialist Manu Lecomte (49 triples this 2016-17 season) looks to square up from the top of the key where some gimmicky Okie State defenses could be guarding ‘em closely.

Take note Baylor’s an electric 14-3-1 ATS (against the spread) in its last 18 away games.

#13 WEST VIRGINIA (18-5, 6-4) at OKLAHOMA (8-14, 2-8) – 9pm ET, espn2

Gotta say we haven’t been hearing a lot of West Virginia talk when it comes to serious contenders for this year’s national championship … and why not? Bob Huggins’ crew ranks 8th in the country in offense (averaging 87.1 ppg) and here top scorers Esa Ahmad and Jevon Carter (both averaging 11.7 ppg) would like to score the majority of their points off turnovers/easy steals here and remember this is revenge for the Mountaineers who lost 89-87 in OT after blowing a 15-point lead to the Sooners in the final five minutes of regulation play.

Your pointspread note for this Big 12 clash: Oklahoma’s failed to cover six of its last eight home games.

STANFORD (12-11, 4-7) at #9 ARIZONA (21-3, 10-1) – 11pm ET, Fox 1

Think the U of A Wildcats believe they have “something to prove” here?

Sean Miller’s crew was lambasted 85-58 last Saturday at 3.5-point fav Oregon – the school’s most lopsided setback since late December of 2009 – and so expect a fired-up ‘Cat club in Tucson here with three-point defense a key after allowing 16 made trifectas by Oregon.

If you go back to New Year’s Day, you’ll find Arizona already owns one win against Stanford – see 91-52 – as the Wildcats’ three big men connected on 15 of their first 17 field-goal tries and now that trio of C Dusan Ristic, Lauri Markannen and Chance Comanche will look to wear down the Cardinal one mo’ time.

Pointspread goody here from this Pac-12 tilt: Stanford’s a rotten 8-21 ATS in its last 29 overall away games.

NOTE: More College Hoops in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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