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Jim Sez : 2/6/2011
Green Bay (-2.5) gets the money with a 31-25 win over Pittsburgh...so do Hurley clients with (Over 45)!
NFL NEWS & NOTES: CATCH MORE SUPER BOWL XLV GOODIES - PLUS WE WEIGH IN ON NEXT YEAR'S TOP "SURPRISE TEAMS" ...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT - SUNDAY'S PRE-SUPER BOWL TOP TV TILTS
By Jim Hurley:
Quick ... Who's the last Super Bowl Betting Favorite to win and cover?
Okay, so if you said it was the 2006 edition of the Indianapolis Colts than you were right as Indy (- 6 ½) smashed the Chicago Bears 29-17 on a rainy Miami evening but otherwise the Super Bowl Underdogs have thrived the past three "big games" with the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants sandwiching outright upset winners around a pointspread "W" by the 2008 Arizona Cardinals in their 27-23 loss to Pittsburgh.
So, if anyone wants to tell you that chalk rules in the Super Bowl you tell 'em not lately it hasn't.
Still, the fact of the matter is Super Bowl Betting Favorites are a collective 21-20-3 ATS (against the spread) in the history of this great game and - if fans/backers of the favored Green Bay Packers want something else to feel good about while heading into Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers - than consider the NFC is 23-18-3 ATS overall in the past 44 Super Bowls (and that's a healthy winning percentage of .561).
Meanwhile, check out our accompanying charts first to see how the last eight Super Bowls have gone (all since the league re-aligned prior to the 2002 campaign) and than check out the division-by-division results in terms of recent Super Bowls:
THE SUPER BOWL 2002-2009
As you can see, since the NFL realigned into four different four-team divisions in each conference prior to the 2002 season the AFC has won five of the last eight Super Bowl games but it's worth noting the NFC is a rock-solid 6-2 ATS.
And now this key reminder: Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will have the Super Bowl XLV Side & Totals Winners on Game-Day morning anytime after 10 a.m. ET and you don't want to miss out. Plus, get all of this weekend's College Basketball and NBA Winners too when you check in on Game Days anytime after 10 a.m. ET on weekends either right here online or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - and make sure to be with America's #1 Handicapper on Monday-through-Friday after 1 p.m. ET for more Hoop Winners as we take you through a thrilling and profitable b-ball ride that lasts till mid-to-late June!
OUR TOP "SURPRISE TEAMS" IN NFL '11
Here's the lowdown: Once Super Bowl XLV is put into the books, the "experts" - like us! - will be looking ahead to the 2001 season and so it's time to check in with one of our favorite Jim Sez features - the "Surprise Teams" for next year. Okay, so two of our Jim Sez NFL "Surprise Teams" made it to the playoffs this year - thank you, Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs - but here's what we see in our Jim Sez crystal ball for the 2011 season. The NFL "surprise teams" for next year have to be teams that finished below .500 this past season that we see making major strides or even getting into the playoffs in 2011 ... and so here they are:
HOUSTON (6-10) - Sorry, but we refuse to believe this club is going backwards despite the rotten record this year as next year's Texans will play tighter defense, get a better pass rush and not blow so many games late as was the case in 2010. In fact, we're counting on this AFC South team to turn the beat around and reverse its 2010 record and wind up 10-6 in 2011 ... just watch!
DENVER (4-12) - The Broncos figure to unleash QB Tim Tebow full-time in 2011 and that, plus some stability along the sidelines with recently-named head coach John Fox (Carolina), you can bank on this AFC West squad getting to at least .500 and maybe fight for a divisional crown should Kansas City and San Diego take a step backwards.
ST. LOUIS (7-9) - Hey, we've put the Rams on our "surprise list" for a second straight season and, after following up a one-win campaign with a near NFC West title, we expect Steve Spagnuolo's squad to hurdle above the .500 mark and maybe even land up with 10 wins providing they can sweep a couple of season series against Arizona and San Francisco. The arrow is pointed up for St. Loo and here's another shot to get back to the glory days of the late 1990s/early 2000s.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S TOP SUNDAY SHOWDOWNS
MICHIGAN STATE (13-9, 5-5 Big 10) at #19 WISCONSIN (16-5, 6-3 Big 10) - 1 p.m. ET, CBS
#1 OHIO STATE (23-0, 10-0 Big 10) at #18 MINNESOTA (16-6, 5-5 Big 10) - 2 p.m. ESPN
FLORIDA STATE (16-6, 6-2 ACC) at #23 NORTH CAROLINA (16-5, 6-1 ACC) - 2 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Network
NOTE: Catch our Super Bowl XLV comprehensive re-cap in the very next edition of Jim Sez.
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