Super Bowl LI Preview

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Welcome back! By this time tomorrow, the Super Bowl in Houston will be almost over. We started the season with 31 teams thinking they had a chance to win. I know there’s 32 teams, but come on. No one in Cleveland thought they had a chance. And now we’re down to 2. New England Vs Atlanta. We’re gonna break this down by position here before I give my predictions.

QB – It’s hard to not give the edge to New England on this one. Matt Ryan has had a hell of a season this year. But Tom Brady. That’s all I have to say. Plus let’s not forget, Brady has been here before. Ryan has not. Experience will play a factor.

RB – This is a lot closer than most people will give credit. But I’m going to give it to Atlanta. Freeman has been great all season.

WR/TE – Another close race that I will give to Atlanta. If New England had Gronk? That would change everything. Edelman is a good receiver, but he is nowhere the deep threat that Julio Jones is. But New England proved they could make a hero out of anyone. Chris Hogan anyone?

OL – There’s a part of me that wants to call this a push. But if you saw the pressure that teams like Houston put on Brady, you can see that their front five is a little weak. So the advantage once again goes to Atlanta.

DL: New England. Hands down. Chris Long alone makes the DL that much better for New England.

LB – This is the push. New England has overall more talent, but Vic Beasley for Atlanta is the best LB left in the game. If I had to choose, I’d pick quantity over quality so New England wins.

DB – Atlanta has a solid DB core. New England has a great DB core. New England with the win.

K/P – Another push. Both teams have great place kickers and above average punters.

Coaching – I’m not even going to answer this. It’s New England.

Experience – See previous answer.

So you have great offense vs great defense. The offense has the intangibles you can’t measure. New England is playing with a chip on their shoulder. But Atlanta is out to prove that their success isn’t a fluke.

With all that said, it will be a great game. It will be a high scoring game. But I think Atlanta pulls it out. 38-35.

What are your thoughts on the Super Bowl?

 

 

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