Super Bowl 51 Pick Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Sunday, 29 January 2017 13:48

Season To Date: 38-22


New England Patriots (16-2) vs. Atlanta Falcons (13-5): The game’s top scoring offense meets pro football’s least scored upon defense.  Something has to give.  Historically, high-flying offenses usually do not win championships.  The St. Louis Rams were the last great offense to win it all when they topped Tennessee in 2000. 


New England has a very good, but not a dominating defense.  Bill Belichick will instruct his secondary to be super-physical with Atlanta’s receivers.  He figures that the referees will not call an inordinate number of penalties and make the Super Bowl a snooze-fest of yellow flags. The Falcons will still be able to score points against the Pats.  Atlanta has too many weapons to be shut-down on offense.  What separates these two teams is New England can stop the run better than the Falcons can.  New England will run the ball on Atlanta and this will set Tom Brady up for play-action passes.  It also helps keep Atlanta’s great offense on the sideline.


Conversely, the Pats shut down Atlanta’s ground game and make Matt Ryan’s attack one-dimensional.  Atlanta’s terrific passing attack keeps them in the game.  However, Tom Brady and his receivers are too much for Atlanta’s young defense.  New England is the better team overall and Tom Brady joins Charles Haley as the only five-time Super Bowl champions.  New England 34- Atlanta 27.






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