MFST’s Super Bowl Picks
The Super Bowl is here and our postseason pick’em tournament has already been decided. Congrats to Orlando Torres for his 8-2 record this postseason—the same can’t be said for our regular season champ, Brandon Reid, who only mustered three correct picks this postseason….
Standings after Conference Championships
Orlando Torres: 8-2
Dan Schalk: 6-4
Brandon Reid: 3-7
MFST’s Super Bowl Picks
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. I’m putting my money where my mouth is. New England -2.5 points. Jared Goff is not a Super Bowl winning quarterback—Sean McVay might be though, the way he feeds information into Goff’s helmet before the play happens. If your truly believe the Patriots aren’t the best team in the NFL, I can’t teach you the game of football from now until the game on Sunday. Game-planning, balanced attack on offense, overall team defense and special teams are all in New England’s favor. Give me the Pats and their greatness to best the Rams.
Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Rams. The Patriots are simply not the best team in the NFL this season. I trust that the war of attrition will catch up to the Patriots. If this were college football where you only had to win two “playoff” games to be called champ, then maybe you can crown the Patriots. But they are not better than the Chiefs, Rams, or Saints for that matter. The Patriots have struggled with physical defenses this year and the Rams will be the most physical defense they have played up front. The playoffs are a different animal and I believe that front core of the Rams consisting of Donald, Suh, Brockers, Littleton, and Fowler will be enough to slow down Sony Michel and little Julian Edelman. I think the days of Tom Brady winning a game with his arm and having to make 40 crisp, precise throws, are over. If the Rams keep the tempo up, and do a good job of mixing up the play calling, I see the Patriots D wearing down, giving up more big plays, and not being able to keep up. The Patriots lost games to the Jags, Lions, and Titans this year. They also gave up 34 points to an inept Titans offense, which was Tennessee’s season high for points scored in a game by a lot. That doesn’t sound like the best team in the NFL to me. I’m going with the team who I thought was the best team in the league for the first three months of the season, the Los Angeles Rams.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. On paper I think the Rams are expected to be the better and favorite team on Sunday. Something has to give here. My concerns for Brady is that disruptive defensive line of the Rams. They will get to Brady on Sunday, but it won’t be enough to keep one of the greatest ever down. Brady won his first Super Bowl against the Rams, and could possibly win his last Super Bowl against the Rams. Patriots edge out the Rams.