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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM



Wish we had a nickel for every time the media has talked about New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff during this Super Bowl "bye week"!
Hey, it's only natural that the Super Bowl LIII signal-callers received tons of attention, so we're gonna only add to it right now with some comparative numbers so far through the first two playoff games for both slingers:

The truth is Mr. Brady - while guiding his Patriots to a 41-28 win against the Los Angeles Chargers and last weekend's wild 37-31 overtime triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs - sports a rather pedestrian 2 TD / 2 INT rate in these playoffs after tossing two picks in KC but let's not get foolish: Brady has been brilliant save for that mind-numbing end-zone pick in the first half against the Chiefs as he's completed 64-of-90 passes (that's 71.1 percent) for 691 yards and a 91.5 QB Rating.

On the flip side, Goff has completed a more modest 40-of-68 passes (that's 58.8 percent) for 483 yards and a subdued 79.5 QB Rating. Naturally, Goff didn't throw much in that NFC Divisional 30-22 win against Dallas but he made a slew of big-time pass completions in last weekend's controversial 26-23 overtime win at New Orleans. In the post-season, Goff's thrown one touchdown pass and he's been intercepted once while operating - in fact - a more conservative offense than seen in regular-season play.

Keep in mind that Goff threw for 4,688 yards with 32 TDs and 12 INTs in regular-season play with a spiffy 101.1 QB Rating while Brady threw for 4,355 yards with 29 TDs and 11 INTs while sporting a 97.7 QB Rating.

All told, Brady's been sacked 21 times this season - none in the post-season so far - while Goff's been sacked a grand total of 34 times with all but one of 'em coming in regular-season action.

Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will finish this NFL Season with a bang come Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3rd as we get you the Side & Totals winners of New England Patriots versus Los Angeles Rams. Plus, continue to pile up the profits all this week with NBA and NCAA Basketball action when you call us on game days at 1-800-323-4453 or go online right here.



In yesterday's edition of Jim Sez, we fired off the names of power conference teams that - right now - have the inside track of landing an NCAA Tournament berth in March and so we'll all be about "equal time" here and name a batch of so-called mid-major teams that don't necessarily have to win their conference/league mini-tournies:

Houston, Cincinnati, UCF and Temple should all make "The Dance" unless there's utter collapses with Memphis right now on the outside lookin' in. It could be that Houston wins the regular-season and conference tournament and gets as high as a #4 NCAA Tourney seed.

ATLANTIC 10 ... 4 teams
Not quite sure the A-10 gets its proper due from the muckety-mucks of college hoops but we do see George Mason, Duquesne, Saint Louis and Davidson all holding down berths for now, though VCU and/or Dayton could make a run. Still, gut feeling is you won't get more than four teams from this league into the NCAA Tournament mix as sluggish strength of schedules will bog down some hopes.

CONFERENCE USA ... 2 teams
The C-USA folks have long been insulted by the volume of bids they've been extended in recent years but right now only North Texas is "in" with a fight to the finish between Marshall / Old Dominion. No question the rotten lower-rung teams in this league really hurt the mid-to-upper level squads.

Gotta believe that mini-tourney champ will have company in the NCAAs whether it's Loyola or Valpo - but don't be shocked if this is a one-bid league should everyone have double-digit losses when all the dust finally settles.

MOUNTAIN WEST ... 3 teams
We know Nevada's a lead-pipe cinch (and maybe even a #2 seed somewhere in the big tournament) but Fresno State and Utah State both deserve bids unless they completely collapse.

WEST COAST - 3 teams
We could see a WCC team ranting/raving that it didn't get in come Selection Sunday (did someone say BYU or perhaps Saint Mary's?) but Gonzaga's got a shot to be on the #2 seed line and San Francisco is close to a "lock" to land one of the tourney's 68 berths.

NOTE: We'll have loads of Super Bowl LIII News & Notes all next week plus there's hoops too in upcoming editions of Jim Sez.

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