3 ways each team can win in Super Bowl LI
We’re one week away from Super Bowl LI, and many fans probably can’t contain their excitement (including me)! Matt Ryan is going up against the great Tom Brady, whose legacy is already set as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. If he wins another one, this would probably just cement his legacy. On the other hand, Matt Ryan has a chance to prove his critics wrong and show them he can win the big one. I expect a shootout because both offenses has averaged over 30 points a game throughout the season. I must say it is an honor to be a Super Bowl team, and both teams have had a great season. I’m going to tell you 3 ways each team can defeat each other in Super Bowl LI.
Patriots win if…
- One way the Patriots can defeat the Falcons if they get pressure on Matt Ryan. Matty Ice has been the best in the league on pressured throws, but you have to rattle him up in the pocket. If you give him time all day to make throws, he’ll slowly dissect you. I expect the Patriots to dial-up blitzes, and keep pressure on Ryan to keep him from being comfortable.
One way I see how the Falcons defeated Green Bay and Seattle is they made key plays on 3rd down. Patriots defense will have to get the Falcons offense off the field if they want to win. If you can keep the offense off the field, they’ll have to rely on their defense a little more throughout the game. I’d say that is the Falcons weakness, their offense not being on the field long enough to sustain drives.
Patriots will need to stop Atlanta’s run gain that is greatly slept on. The two-headed monster of Freeman and Coleman has been great throughout the season and playoffs. If the Patriots don’t stop these two, then it sets up play actions for Matt Ryan. The Patriots don’t won’t this because Julio Jones or Taylor Gabriel will beat you deep for a long touchdown. If the Patriots can take away the run, they can set up coverages to stop Julio and the weapons Atlanta has. The only way they can do this if they set the tone at the line of scrimmage..
Falcons win if….
- The Falcons can beat the Patriots if they simply do what they do (out score their opponents). They’ve averaged the most points throughout the season and the playoffs. I expect Kyle Shanahan to dial up some play action if the Patriots can’t stop the run game. Matt Ryan just needs to play this game just like it’s another game in the season. Spread the wealth like he’s done all season, and wait for the defense to single coverage Julio. If they double him, he’ll have another option that is open on the field. This offense is hard to beat and they just need to score until they can’t score anymore.
The Falcons defense got off to a slow start in 2016, but has gotten better and stronger in the second half of the season. They have played stellar in the playoffs, and they need to get key takeaways throughout the game. If the Falcons receive the ball first and score, their defense needs to force a 3 and out against Tom Brady. If they go up early 14-0, they can easily control this game and get a W. The defense just needs to hold its ground and bend but don’t break.
The offensive line for the Falcons are a major key for them winning Super Bowl LI. If they can set the tone early in the game and protect Matt Ryan, this will give him time to pick apart the Patriots defense. He has done it all year, so they just need to do it one more game. Falcons have played tough defenses all year and Matt Ryan has killed them because he has good protection. Freeman and Coleman also benefits from this because they’ll find holes to run through. This offense just has too many weapons and if the OL sets the tone, then there is no way they won’t win this game.
Erion Jordan covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ErionJ4595