Super Bowl 51 picks, predictions: New England Patriots (-3) vs. Atlanta Falcons
Man, what a strange trip this season has been. Steelers 20, Vikings The Super Bowl will be a throwback matchup highlighted by two excellent defenses, but the Steelers, with the more talented overall roster, come out with the win. Afterward, Ben Roethlisberger retires. Steelers 31, Saints Patriots 24, Vikings Patriots 31, Vikings We may get our first clunker of a Super Bowl since the 48th edition.
Vikings 24, Steelers The Vikings ride their No. But in the Super Bowl, the Vikings defense makes the difference, especially playing at home. Patriots 35, Vikings The Vikings become the first team in NFL history to make the Super Bowl in their home stadium, which gives sportswriters a week of free content—a minor escape from writing the st feature on The Patriot Way.
Steelers 31, Vikings I had Steelers-Eagles as my midseason pick, but with Philly terribly weakened now the Vikes will ride home field to the Super Bowl. The Case Keenum magic will end at home against a Steelers attack that will have all their weapons back. Vikings 27, Steelers I usually favor explosive offenses but this is the year of the Vikings and their fabulous defense. They are fast, physical and extremely well-coached.
And they have enough offense, with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, to win. The fact that they are playing the Super Bowl at home is gravy; this is the year of the Vikings. Vikings 21, Steelers Ben Roethlisberger leads a two-minute drill, and completes what looks to be an eight-yard touchdown to Jesse James with two seconds left to tie the game. The ball is jostled as he hits the ground after he extends his arms over the goal line.
The play is reviewed, and it is determined the catch did not survive the ground. Patriots 27, Vikings Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more.
There's a lot of speed, quickness and toughness in coach Dan Quinn's group. The Falcons' secondary has compensated well for the loss of shutdown corner Desmond Trufant. They are aggressive and hard-hitting, but Brady needs to get to them before they can get to him. He'll find good mismatches in the middle of the field, and the Patriots can counteract the Falcons' strengths with Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman.
Brady should also get consistent support from LeGarrette Blount in the power running game to open up a few shots downfield to AFC title game hero Chris Hogan. Although the Falcons will be a little prepared for this based on facing their own offense in practice, the Patriots' specific versatility within their scheme is difficult to slow down.
The Falcons' weaknesses in the red zone will be exploited by both run and pass. That leaves it to Ryan to match Brady drive for drive. So far, few teams have been able to keep up with Ryan in the NFC. The Patriots will do their best to take Jones out of the game, but the Falcons will know this and make sure they get all their other targets involved.
The Falcons will stay in it by avoiding turnovers and consistently scoring.