My Super Bowl Predictions
Super Bowl LII
Ah the Patriots, who would've thought? It's not like it's been practically unanimous that they would make it to the Big Game since the end of super bowl 51. The Patriots have 6 players in the ESPN top 100, Tom Brady is number 1 while Gronk is number 11. Tom Brady is probably going to win NFL MVP, he led the league in passing yards and was third in passing touchdowns. The Patriots have a top 8 wide receiver in Bradon Cooks, a top 5 linebacker in Dont'a Hightower, the best tight end in the league in Gronkowski, and two top 12 corner-backs in Stephon Gilmore and Malcom Butler. As well as the third best offensive line in the NFL. But Gronk is hurt with a concussion, Julian Edelman is hurt with a torn ACL and is on injury reserve, and Donta Hightower is also on IR with a hurt shoulder. As well 10 other players on injury reserve for the Patriots. But their big weakness is their run game. This year the Patriots have no player with 1000 rushing yards due to the fact that they spread the ball out, they are tenth in rushing yards per game with only 78.5. Dion Lewis has at best been an after thought to the team, more of a backup for when Brady gets tired. Regardless, the Patriots have been unstoppable and the only chance of them losing this game is if Brady has a bad game, which definitely could happen, or if Nick Roles has an outstanding game, which probably will happen.
The Eagles, the underdogs. The team with only 1 player in the ESPN top 100 in Fletcher Cox. But, in my top 100 they have 9 compared to the Patriots 4. But one of their nine won't be playing, Carson Wentz. Now the loss of the savior of Philly isn't as bad as you think. Nick Foles has 793 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, and no interceptions across only 3 playoff games. While against the Vikings he showed flashes of the elite quarterback play he showed consistently back in 2013. Foles is the Eagle's number one priority.
Their next performer in Zach Ertz, in my opinion the second best tight end in the NFL. In this year's playoffs Ertz hasn't played his best, although he has had one good game where he had 93 yards despite no touchdowns. Ertz is a star performer who is by far the biggest redone threat in the NFL today. With the Patriots lack of height on defense it will be close to impossible to cover him without to players on him, leaving my next player of interest an easy play.
Alshon Jeffery, his stats just don't do him justice. Despite not breaking even 800 yards this season Alshon has had the opposing defense scared of him. He caught two touchdowns against the Vikings along with 85 yards, a good performance that the Patriots will need to look to cover. Alshon can burst down field beating his defender, forcing the opposing team to double cover him with the safety leaving players like Zach Ertz or Nelson Agholor.
Jay Ajayi is an extremely good running back that can make big plays when given the chance. The Eagles stole him in their trade with the Dolphins. He's one of the reasons the Eagles are in the super bowl in the first place, he is over shadowed by Legarete Blount and Carson Wentz but Ajayi is a top 15 running back in the NFL today.
Their secondary is possibly a top 3 in the NFL, with Malcolm Jenkins, Ronald Darby, and many others the Eagles have a shutdown secondary and quarterbacks may as well be told "Pick your poison" when throwing against it. Ronald Darby is one of best young players in the NFL today, as a third year player he can play extremely well. Malcolm Jenkins is one of the best safeties today, he can bait the quarterback for an easy pick. But his deadliest ability is when he gets a pick he can return it with ease, last year he had 2 pick sixes, the previous two years he had 1 in each. Patrick Robinson is a player who can ply across the field for easy interceptions or just to hit the ball down. Either way he is anything but mediocre. While Jalen Mills is great young player who intercepted 3 passes this year and defended 14 passes. He is one of the best to come out of his draft class and is showing it. He also returned a pick for 6 this year.
Who is better at each position?
WR: Eagles (Due to Patriots having injuries)
Offensive Line: Eagles
FB: Who cares? But Eagles
MLB: Eagles (Due to Dont'a Hightower injury)
Overall Secondary: Eagles (Ever so slightly)
Defensive Line: Eagles (By far)
Eagles: 8 (Technically 9 but who cares about Full back? So8 )
These teams would be at basically the same level, no they ARE at the exact same level. Both teams need to play their heart out if they want to win, and that's exactly what they are going to do.
My Final Predictions
I think this game will be close as all hell, but in the end I have to go with the Cinderella Story, The Eagles to clutch it out 27-24 in overtime. Another amazing super bowl. Also, if Tom Brady WINS this super bowl I will stipulate to him being the greatest QB of all time, he is currently second being Peyton manning (Tom was previously fourth) but if he WINS and plays a good game then he will be immortalized as the greatest QB of all time in my sports record books. Now if Carson Wentz was playing then the Eagles 34-24 no overtime.
NFL QB GOAT (In my top 5 order)
Who is the GOAT of NFL QBs?
Who Will Win?
Who will win?
The Saints, Vikings, Titans, Chiefs, Falcons, Bills, Jaguars, Steelers, Panthers, and the Rams. You all put up a good heart warming effort but in the end it just didn't matter.
Let's start with the biggest disappointment, the teams who went out in the wildcard.
The Chiefs, horrible clock management and failure to use Kareem Hunt caused you to absolutely choke away an 18 point lead against the Titans. But you would've been slapped by the the Patriots anyway so atlas you got your draft pick higher. Ok sorry but Kareem Hunt should win rookie of the year but Alex Smith will probably leave the Chiefs, which is the right decision I say he should try to join the Patriots if Brady retires, which he should. But overall good season just a disappointing ending, better luck in the draft, I say you should get a cornerback, I know Joshua Jackson looks really nice, check him out.
The Rams, you were supposed to make it to atlas the divisional but got stomped by the Falcons, the team with the player I thought, I don't anymore, should've won MVP in Todd Gurley and a good QB in Jared Goff just sucked, plain and simple sucked. Gurley was getting Madden 18 All-Madden difficulty offensive line blocking (Horrible) and just couldn't get anything going. While Jared Goff tried his best but couldn't pick up the scraps. Well I shouldn't say Gurley had a bad game because he did get 100 yards but just not what we say in the regular season. But the Rams have many young players who are all just amazing so they will be in the playoffs next year.
The Panthers, with the most overrated player and the best one-hit-wonder in possibly NFL history Cam Newton. You lost 31-26 to the Saints. I will admit Cam had a good game, this time, Super bowl 50 anyone? But Cam failed to carry his team to victory as he just isn't the type of player who can make that big of an impact, unlike Drew Brees who despite that one pick he threw was able to will his team to the divisional.
The Bills vs Jaguars game was the definition of a defensive match that ended with the Jags winning 10-3, neither team's quarterbacks had good games or their running backs. Overall, no one had a good game on offense. Jalen Ramsey, however, picked off Tyrod Taylor and had 2 tackles so a pretty good game by him. As well as Aaron Colvin who picked off who I'm guessing is the backup for the Bill's because Tyrod only threw 1 pick. But the Bills still have many key players like Leason McCoy
Now the divisional losers.
The Saints, you established the run and didn't make the passing game a big deal with your offense. But Drew Brees might be leaving you for free agency, but I doubt it, which can definitely hurt you in more ways than one. But more about the playoffs. Brees threw two picks which probably lost you the game, but let's be a little bit more realistic. Your idiotic safety hitting the hit stick to early against Stefan Diggs killed your chances.
The Falcons, 28-3 anyone? Against the Eagles Julio Jones couldn't make the catch in the end zone and you blew your super bowl run once again, 28-3. Nick Foles went 23/30 passing with 246 yards than Jake Elliot murdered you to death with field goals, kicking 3/3. While Matt Ryan had a pretty ok game but nothing special, but in short, you blew it. 28-3.
The Steelers, what can I say more? The Jaguars kicked you around and the score does not do the but whooping you took justice. I mean Leonard Fournette had 3 rushing touchdowns, and Blake Bortles actually had really good game. Big Ben the rapist threw that one pick that costed you guys the game by far. Also, your defense didn't sack Blake Bortles once, not even once!
The Titans, don't worry I won't bag on you because you weren't supposed to beat the Patriots. Anyone would've lost to them 14-38. That's all I will say. I guess you were just................ 1 yard short ;)
Now the final four
The Jags! Welcome to the AFC conference championship, please enjoy your stay and blow a 20-10 lead with only 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter to the New England Patriots. But I guess both teams' defenses were sacksonville as you both had only 3 sacks. You blew it, I wanted you to win, you were the underdogs, the cinderella. But, as always, you were 1 yard short, wrong team? Sorry Titans fans.
The Vikings, you took a 7-0 lead in the first but you than lost 38-7. Keenum threw 2 picks and one of them was a pick-6, and your rushing game was nothing short of awful. Nick Foles dominated you with 352 yards and 3 touchdowns. But overall, sorry, you blew it.
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