My Fantasy Pick’em: Super Bowl LI Picks
Our My Fantasy Pick’em weekly column will move onto the playoffs! After a successful 17-week regular season of picks, we crowned one champion of all champions.
After a week off, we finally get meaningful football again (no, the Pro Bowl doesn’t count)—the last until Training Camp with the stellar matchup of Super Bowl LI. The Atlanta Falcons face-off against the New England Patriots. Only two of our writers had perfect picks in the Conference Championship Round (Dan and our current postseason pick leader Brandon). Here are the standings through the entire NFL postseason…
Brandon Reid: 9-1
Dan Schalk: 7-3
Orlando Torres: 7-3
Jeremy O’Neill: 8-2
Michael Gomez: 6-4
Erion Jordan: 7-3
Super Bowl LI Picks: Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots
I’ve been busy the last few weeks watching tape, studying both teams and coming up with a very educated opinion as to why one team will beat the other. Well, if you have been following the site at all, you have seen the different articles explaining my pick. When teams with a No.1 scoring defense and No.1 scoring offense meet in the Super Bowl, defense wins 4 out of 5. That reason along with a man named Tom Brady and the genius of Bill Belichick are the other two components to a Patriots victory. Read this article here outlining the Patriots defensive gameplan.
Score: Patriots 33-23
MVP: LeGarrette Blount
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons
I never really looked at the Patriots as the best team in the NFL at any point this year. I thought Dallas was better than New England. I thought Denver, Oakland, and Kansas City were better than New England at various points in the season. Then when Atlanta went on a four game winning streak early on, culminated with a road win against Denver, I knew this team was for real. The Falcons lost five games this year by a combined 22 points. Their defense stepped up as the year went on, and their offense is the most dynamic in the NFL. I think they have an advantage at every single offensive position, especially the offensive line and running back position. The truth is the Patriots offense is not that great. They have a hodge podge group of receivers and running backs that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady make serviceable. The Patriots got one of the easiest roads ever to the Super Bowl. Houston had no business in the playoffs and Pittsburgh was playing on borrowed time. New England will have the same trouble another great quarterback just had in the NFC Championship game… it’s going to be hard to keep up. I know Brady wants to shove the Lombardi trophy right up Roger Goodell’s snooty nose and that is the only thing that scares me about picking the Falcons. I look for Atlanta to make one huge defensive or special teams play, and punt less than New England. Atlanta wins 27-19.
Score: Falcons 27-19
MVP: Devonta Freeman
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots
This game is not going to be a blowout. Both teams can score, and it simply comes down to who can get the most turnovers, or which defense can get the most stops on 3rd down. I just think even for the explosive offense of Atlanta they wont be able to edge out Tom Brady. It doesn’t matter who is on the team, we’ve seen numerous times where basically the Patriots are picking guys up from the street and throwing them on the field, and Tom Brady just does what he does best. MVP goes to Tom Brady. As much as Malcolm Butler can’t wait to face Julio Jones there’s no way he’s going to be able to contain him 1 on 1. And LeGarrette Blount is going to get a healthy amount of carries along with Dion Lewis, but Atlanta’s main concern on defense isn’t stopping the run, it’s if they can contain Brady, and I don’t think they’re going to be able to.
Score: Patriots 31-29
MVP: Tom Brady
Jeremy O’Neill: New England Patriots
The Patriots are the best at shutting down an offense’s best weapon and will eliminate Julio from this game. They have a good run defense to take out Atlanta’s other weapons. Atlanta’s defense has been improving the last couple weeks but Tom Brady will always find a way to pick apart a defense.
Score: Patriots 35-17
MVP: Tom Brady
Michael Gomez: Atlanta Falcons
In a battle between the best offense and the best defense I’m going with offense. I’ve underestimated them all throughout the playoffs but they looked poised to get that title. Matt Ryan will win the MVP as he plays lights out and caps off his season with a massive performance. He will shut up the doubters (like me).
Score: Falcons 31-24
MVP: Matt Ryan
Erion Jordan: Atlanta Falcons
I like the Falcons to win 38-28 over the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. This will be a great game between two great quarterbacks. I think it will come down to whose defense can make key turnovers, despite the fact I think it won’t be a defensive-led game. I also like Matt Ryan to win MVP throwing for over 300 yards in the Super Bowl.
Score: Falcons 38-28
MVP: Matt Ryan
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