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Super Bowl 49 Prediction Print E-mail
Written by Denis Kusos   
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:13

Season-To-Date: 35-26

 

New England Patriots (14-4) vs Seattle Seahawks (14-4): Super Bowl 49 features two fundamentally sound teams that can run the ball, play tough defense and hurt opponents with the passing game.  This is Bill Belichick’s finest New England team in a number of years.  The addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner has transformed the Pat’s secondary into one of the NFL’s best and deepest units. 

 

A healthy Rob Gronkowski has also been a major factor in the Pats’ post-season.  Gronk has always been injured or hurt in prior playoff runs, but this has been his season.  Seattle can better contain Gronk than most defenses with a combination of Kam Chancellor and K.J. Wright.  However, no team shuts down the NFL’s best tight end.  You just try to limit his big plays.

 

New England’s revamped secondary may not be the “Legion of Boom”, but they pose a formidable challenge to Seattle’s mediocre passing attack.  Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse are not going to win many battles against Revis and Browner.  This is going to place a heavy burden on Marshawn Lynch to be an even bigger part of Seattle’s offense.  The Hawks are the NFL’s best rushing team, but likely will struggle in the passing game to generate chunk plays.  The Ravens, Jets and Packers all had solid success running the ball on New England.  Seattle with their read-option and dynamic tailback will have decent production from their ground game, but it will not generate quite enough points.

 

Seattle’s defense keeps them in the game, but eventually cracks due to too much time on the field.  The Pats are patient on offense and will combine a mix of LeGarrette Blount runs with short to intermediate passes to move the ball.  Tom Brady excels at protecting the football and connecting on quick passes to Gronk, Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen out of the backfield.  Seattle has had some trouble defending tight ends and inside routes this season.  Brady and his group of receivers will outperform Russell Wilson and his targets.  The Brady and Belichick combination joins the special club of four-time Super Bowl champions in a tight contest.

 

Patriots 20- Seahawks 17.

 

 

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