The Super Bowl is almost here. The snacks are ready and the Pats and Falcons are about to face off in a great game. So, it’s time to look a little bit deeper. Who will win the big game on Sunday? Keep reading to find out what I think!
Here’s my video preview for the big game:
I also have an iMovie trailer, check it out!
Okay, that gave you a brief preview, but it’s time to go deeper. This may be one of the greatest Super Bowls ever. Either team has a shot to win.
The Case for the Pats
The Patriots are four time champions looking for a fifth. One thing that will come to their advantage is their depth. They have so many options on offense, and rotate the defense very frequently. Tom Brady is on fire, and the defense is first in scoring defense and has the power to slow down and overwhelm Matt Ryan.
If the Pats win, Brady will be known as the G.O.A.T, and Bill Belichick will be known as the greatest head coach ever. I think things are looking good for the Pats. I really think that the Patriots were meant to win this season.
The Case For The Falcons
Matt Ryan is trying to win the Falcons their first Super Bowl, and I think he has a good chance. The Falcons have an awesome QB-RB-WR combo. The Falcons don’t have the best defense, but Matt Ryan and his offense have had an MVP caliber season. The Falcons may not have the awesome past of the Patriots, but they can overwhelm a defense, and they actually looked really good this season. I think they have a legitimate chance.
Super Bowl Fast Facts
- The Patriots have not lost a Super Bowl when they’ve had a Top 10 defense, they are first this year.
- However, the Pats have not faced a Top 10 passing QB this season, Matt Ryan is number 1.
- Matt Ryan has won against 5 of 6 winning QBs in 2016.
- However, the Falcons have scored 540 points this season. No team to score 540 points or more in a season has ever won the Super Bowl.
- The Patriots are 17-0 when Dion Lewis plays. Lewis will play in Super Bowl LI.
- The Patriots have only thrown 2 turnovers, fewest in the NFL
- Despite ranking 25th in offensive yards per carry, they only allow 3.85 to opponents.
- The last 7 MVP winners to make the Super Bowl have lost
The Final Pick
Typically, I just predict the score. But it’s the Super Bowl, so I went a little deeper. I simulated the entire game based on my basic score prediction. Below are the final score and stat predictions I came up with.
Patriots, 30, Falcons, 23
I think the Patriots will win by a touchdown. The Falcons just don’t have the depth to cover the Pats offense. Their defense is terrible in the red zone and will let the Pats score on them. Although Brady will do strongly and throw for 2 TDs, I think we will also see a Patriots rushing touchdown. Both these teams went from having a desperate running game to an amazing backfield. The Falcons will also score at least 1 rushing TD.
However, this is number one offense (Falcons) against number one defense (Patriots). Who won the last match-up like that? The Broncos did, they had the number one defense. Defense wins games, and the Pats defense will pressure Matt Ryan well, and the whole Falcons offense will be messed up by it. The Falcons have only faced three really good defenses this year, the Seahawks (twice), Broncos and Chiefs. They went 2-2 in those match-ups, one of their wins at home. In the Super Bowl, it’s a neutral match-up, and unlike those other teams, the Patriots have amazing offense. They also have depth that Atlanta lacks. So, after a grand effort by both teams, I see the Patriots edging this one out.
Stat Projections (Passing, Rushing and Receiving)
Tom Brady, 34/54, 348 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks
LeGarrette Blount, 17 rush, 76 yards, TD
Dion Lewis, 6 rush, 28 yards
James White: 7 rush, 24 yards
Julian Edelman, 8/11, 96 yards
Malcolm Mitchell, 6/14, 68 yards, TD
Martellus Bennett, 8/8, 66 yards, TD
Chris Hogan, 6/10, 65 yards
Danny Amendola, 3 /4, 30 yards
Michael Floyd, 2/ 3, 19 yards
Dion Lewis, 1/1, 4 yards
Matt Lengel, 0/1, 0 yards
Matt Ryan, 31/50, 314 yards, TD, 1 INT, 4 sacks
Devonta Freeman, 23 rush, 113 yards, TD
Tevin Coleman, 10 rush, 41 yards
Patrick DiMarco, 1 rush, 2 yards
Julio Jones, 13/22, 139 yards
Mohamed Sanu, 8/11, 68 yards, TD
Austin Hooper, 6/6, 62 yards
Taylor Gabriel, 4/10, 45 yards
Levine Toilolo, 0/1, 0 yards
The Super Bowl is almost here. The food is ready (hopefully). The game is recorded, and my Super Bowl Sunday is planned. All that’s left is the wait. Are you ready for the Big Game?