Super Bowl Prediction

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Each year I feel compelled to write a post predicting the Super Bowl winner. This year, I really would almost rather not go there. All I am hoping for is that the commercials are good. But as the game nears, I have a few thoughts on the big game. 

Setup

First and foremost, if the Patriots don’t get to Matt Ryan, it is going to be a long night. Ryan has been brilliant against the blitz with a passer rating of over 116 when blitzed. He does at times throw errant passes if defenses can get inside pressure and get in his face. This is what I had hoped the Packers would be able to do, no dice. The Patriots will look to take Julio Jones out of the equation but with so many weapons around him, just taking Julio away (a questionable prospect to begin with) will not be enough. Sanu and the Falcons two backs out of the backfield are more of a headache than the defensive resources of most teams can bear. The Patriots are no different.

Most Dangerous Substance on Earth - Packer Offense

Tom Brady always plays big in big games and I would expect the same tonight. Even without Gronk, the Patriots were 3rd in the league in scoring during the regular season. Does the word shootout come to anyone’s mind?

The Patriots’ defense is not loaded with high dollar talent but they play very fundamentally sound football and the stage is a regular one for them. Will they have enough to outscore Ryan and the Atlanta offense? One big factor in this game is the Atlanta defense. Like the Patriots, they are not a team that is known for their defense but the Falcons defense really came alive in the playoffs. They don’t get enough credit and their ability to get to Tom Brady I think gives them one extra set of downs in this game. That could be all the difference Ryan and company need.

Prediction

I think Tom Brady throws one interception that is the lone turnover in the game. The Patriots try to eat up clock but get forced into a shootout by a Falcons offense that methodically scores from the outset of the game. I am tempted to say the last team with the ball wins this game but I think Brady turns it over once and the Falcons finish up with a field goal already sporting a 7 point lead. This is likely not a Vegas friendly prediction but I think the Falcons prove they are the best team in the league. Both teams lost to the Seahawks at least once this year and so the play of the defense will be critical. I expect both teams to score regularly so stops will be at a premium and the one turnover (third quarter) puts the Falcons in the lead to stay. Packers fans will go to sleep tonight knowing they were knocked out of the Super Bowl by the winner in the end.

Falcons 38 Patriots 28

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J.R. Augustine grew up in Black River Falls, WI and is currently living in Tennessee. He was born a Packer fan and survived the infamous 70s and 80s. He has immensely enjoyed the Packers' recent success and is looking forward to years of success to come.

16 Comments

  1.   January 12, 2017, 3:54 pm

    I think we can take the Cowboys and let Jordy heal properly. We are playing at a different level than earlier in the season and if he gets a hit in the same area, he can really get hurt worse. Save him for after we beat the Cowboys!

    •   January 12, 2017, 5:35 pm

      You’re right Rico. Especially with Cobb back, the Packers have enough weapons to give Aaron enough targets.

  2.   January 12, 2017, 1:50 pm

    I think that would be Jordy’s decision and if he feels well enough to play!! I have a question, was there any fine against the player that hit him in his ribs with his helmet?

    •   January 12, 2017, 1:55 pm

      Hey Joan. As far as I know there has been no fine issued yet. But one will certainly come. As far as the decision being Jordy’s, unfortunately the decision will come down to the medical staff. We all know Jordy is a warrior and will want to be on the field even if his body isn’t ready for it. That’s why they leave it up to the medical staff.

  3.   January 12, 2017, 1:28 pm

    Play him only if you have to!or save the best for last!!!!!!💛💚💛💚🏈🏈🏈

  4.   January 12, 2017, 1:10 pm

    If he is healthy enough to play at all, I say dress him but don’t start him.

    •   January 12, 2017, 1:16 pm

      That’s a good strategy. If we can move on without him, he can continue to heal. If we struggle to move on, he can contribute.

      •   January 12, 2017, 1:37 pm

        I agree

  5.   January 12, 2017, 12:16 pm

    It’d better to have him for the super bowl so sit him and let him recover or hes just gonna get injured more.

    •   January 12, 2017, 7:48 pm

      I wrote this for the Packer Fans this week….

      “Run the Table”
      —————————————-
      From 4 and 6
      The Pack Came Back

      In Jordy’s Rib
      Was Found a Crack

      Hail Mary Catch
      Defined Attack

      Then Packer D
      Forced Strip and Sack

      Now 7 Straight Wins
      No Lie, A Fact

      From Cold to Dallas
      Green and Gold Pack

      To Stuff Elliot
      And Sack a Dak

      Long Live Mason Crosby!

      •   January 12, 2017, 11:31 pm

        That’s great! I love it. Thank you for sharing.

    •   January 12, 2017, 2:37 pm

      I agree broke ribs are no joke, can cause more problems if not allowed to heal. We can take down this joke team. ( Can’t even text the name ) while Jordy takes time to heal.

    •   January 12, 2017, 1:13 pm

      I completely agree Gavin. There’s really no reason to take a risk with Jordy at this point. We are not as good without Jordy, but we’re good enough to beat the Cowboys.

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