Super Bowl Prop Talk -- and More

SUPER BOWL LI PROP TALK – WE HAVE A FEW “RECOMMENDED” PLAYS …

PLUS EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD LIST: HERE’S THE TOP FIVE BIGGEST PLAYER/TEAM REGRETS WHEN IT COMES TO A SUPER BOWL GAME

You could say there’s been a real lack of trash talk leading up to Super Bowl LI – hey, no real surprise there ‘cause the New England Patriots always are tight-lipped heading into monster games and, well, the Atlanta Falcons are new to this sort of stuff and the last thing they’re going to be doing is bad-mouthing the sport’s biggest/best dynasty of the past 15-to-20 years.

Still, if you read between the proverbial lines, you can almost feel some of the game-planning coming through:

The Falcons – who really jarred the likes of Seattle QB Russell Wilson and Green Bay slinger Aaron Rodgers in those two recent playoff games – have more than hinted that they wish to bang around QB Tom Brady and you might just count on a “late hit” or two here just to annoy the oft-sensitive Brady.

The flip side is that the 3-point favored Patriots may have more than a few tricks up their proverbial sleeves – maybe six defensive backs more times than not (even on first downs) and maybe even just a two-man D-line with sideline-to-sideline pass coverage more important than a pass rush here. We’ll see.

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SUPER BOWL 51 PROP PLAYS

Folks, here’s a handful of Super Bowl prop plays that we’ll be tracking (and most likely playing) come Sunday. Note we’re not looking to lay any significant prices with these props:

1 – WILL NEW ENGLAND RB DION LEWIS SCORE A TD? -- Yes (+ 160)

We believe the Pats will wind up getting the ball in Lewis’ hands 15-or-more times here between runs/receptions and we’re banking on at least one of ‘em going for a score … and don’t forget he returned a kickoff for a TD against Houston in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

2 – PLAYER TO SCORE THE GAME’S FIRST TD – New England RB LeGarrette Blount (8-1) and Atlanta RB Tevin Coleman (10-1)

Let’s grab a running back on each side and keep fingers crossed that someone will slam their way into pay dirt for Super Bowl 51’s first touchdown of the game. If we’re being consistent with our thinking, there’ll be more rushes – on both sides – than what most folks are saying and Blount will be the Patriots’ sledgehammer guy from in close from Coleman could be the “dirty work” guy after the Falcons get inside the N’England 10-yard line.

3 – GO UNDER 304.5 PASSING YARDS FOR PATRIOTS’ QB TOM BRADY – Part of the charm in making such a selection is to believe how the game will unfold and if the New England ground game is successful, then Brady will chuck it less plus this is betting on the fact that either WR Julian Edelman or Chris Hogan won’t be putting up such glitzy yards-after-catch figures, okay?

FIVE SUPER BOWL “REGRETS”

Let’s just have some fun here with teams/players that – let’s face it – may never have lived down losses in Super Bowls past:

RUSSELL WILSON GETS PICKED OFF AT THE GOAL LINE (Seattle vs. New England, 2014) – C’mon, is there any doubt at what tops our short list of Super Bowl regrets. In fact, one prominent New York City radio talk show host who’s been on the air for close to 30 years (Mike Francesa) has labeled it the “worst play call ever in Super Bowl history” and who are we to argue? Hmm, still wonder, though, if Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch – not a great goal-line guy two years ago – would have scored from the one-yard line on the next play or two.

SCOTT NORWOOD’S MISSED FG (Buffalo vs. New York Giants, 1990) – Count us among the folks that believe this Bills’ kicker took way too much guff for that 48-yard FG miss in Tampa. The Giants – the 20-19 winner back in SB XXV – game-planned a beauty against this high-octane Buffalo attack and so the blame should have gone to QB Jim Kelly and mates for not doing more with 40 minutes of possession time. Still, Norwood’s an eternal “goat” in Buffalo sports history. Too bad.

JOE THEISMANN THROWS END-OF-HALF INT VS. RAIDERS (Washington vs. Los Angeles Raiders, 1983) – It’s the signature defensive play of Super Bowl XVIII when journeyman LB Jack Squirek of the Raiders snagged a Theismann ill-advised screen pass right before intermission. It made it Oakland 21-3 and the rest of the game was a joy ride for RB Marcus Allen and the silver-and-black crew.

BRETT FAVRE LOSING TO THE BRONCOS (Green Bay vs. Oakland, 1997) – Say what you will regarding Hall of Famer QB Brett Favre, we’ve always believed the fact that the great mid-1990s Packers team didn’t follow up its 1996 Super Bowl win against New England with a triumph the following year always stained the quarterback’s resume. Favre was outplayed by wily QB John Elway and, as it turned out, the great Favre never made it to another Super Bowl.

JACKIE SMITH’S END ZONE DROP (Pittsburgh vs. Dallas, 1978) – The Steelers won 35-31 as Cowboys’ TE Smith make the biggest drop (still!) in SB history. YouTube it, kiddies.

NOTE: More Super Bowl notes plus NCAA Basketball updates/previews in tomorrow’s edition of Jim Sez.

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