Guide to Super Bowl LII: Predictions, X factors, more for Eagles-Patriots

Add in the ability to drop down as a run defender, and Jenkins can have a major impact against Brady and the Patriots' offense. It's the route running, the quickness and the scheme in New England that makes him a prime X factor in the Super Bowl. Kicker Gonzalez costs Browns in heartbreaker Cleveland Browns. Monday Morning Quarterback

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The Falcons led the league in scoring during the regular season at This offense didn't slow down on the road either as they scored The Falcons offense faced very good defenses all season so the bottom line here is this team can move the ball and score on any team. The Patriots have a solid defense, but by no means are they going to shut down the Falcons offensively.

The Patriots offense can score at will too as they averaged QB Tom Brady faces a Falcons defense that is vulnerable to the pass as I expect the Patriots to move the ball up and the down the field. If the Falcons fail to find a pass rush, Brady will put up tremendous numbers. Both teams will consistently look to put points on the board as no lead will be safe especially with these two offenses on the field. I can see this game starting a little slow from a scoring perspective, but once both offenses get in rhythm I expect them to put plenty of points on the board.

The total of 59 is a big number, but these two teams have the ability to put up a lot of points in a short amount of time. During the regular season and postseason, the over in Falcons games has gone an incredible I expect this trend to continue on Sunday. Atlanta led the league in scoring during the regular season with Atlanta has averaged 40 PPG during the playoffs with both of those games played against teams dealing with major injuries to their secondaries.

New England will be close to full health, especially in the secondary where I expect Malcolm Butler to be matched up frequently with Julio Jones. Offensively, I expect the Patriots will be able to move the ball effectively in this one. Atlanta gave up more than YPG this year including on the ground which bodes well for LeGarrette Blount who is going to be a key factor in this game. The bruising running back had 18 touchdowns and will see plenty of carries along with Dion Lewis as the Patriots try to control the clock and keep the ball out of Atlanta's hands The Falcons defense has played better in the postseason, where they exploited a Seahawks team with a weak offensive line and beat a Packers team decimated by injuries.

New England's offensive line has been playing well all season and should be able to protect Brady and give him time in the pocket. The total for this game has been set at 59 which isn't surprising given the quality of the offenses playing, but I don't expect it to go over that number.

New England's defense matches up as well as anyone with Atlanta's offense and while I anticipate Jones will get his catches and yards, I don't see him having a dominant game similar to the NFC Championship game where he went off for yards and two touchdowns. New England should also be able to slow Atlanta's ground attack, forcing Ryan to rely on the short and intermediate passing game. Combine that with the fact that I expect the Patriots to lean on the running game, I don't see a high flying shootout.

Only nine of the previous 50 Super Bowls have had a total of more than 59 points and I don't see this being the 10th. Look for an exciting game played in the low to mids. RB Dion Lewis receptions Total receptions: Lewis will take on the passing down responsibilities which is an area that can be exploited versus a Falcons defense that struggles in this area.

The Falcons ranked 26th in the league on throws to a running back this season while allowing a league high In which half will QB Matt Ryan have more passing yards? QB Matt Ryan has had a stellar season statistically as he looks to keep it going on Sunday. I'm not expecting early fireworks in this game as I think both teams will look to feel each other out from a defensive scheme perspective. Both teams will also want to avoid making a big mistake early.

I think as this game progresses you'll see both offenses open up more. With that said, I think QB Matt Ryan will have more passing yards in the second half as I anticipate this game to have more offense and points scored in the second half as opposed to the first half. Matt Ryan will throw for more passing yards in the second half , 75 units. Will the game be decided by exactly seven points? With a line of Patriots -3 and a total of 59, the implied final is I'm expecting it to be a slightly larger difference in the end but still less than seven.

Only two of New England's games and three of Atlanta's were decided by exactly seven points this season. Historically, only three Super Bowls have ever been decided by exactly seven points. This one won't add to that total. No , this will be a close game decided by less than a touchdown, 75 units. Will either team score four straight times without the opponent scoring?

With two talented, highly-explosive offenses, the chances of either team scoring four straight times without the opponent scoring is slim. Defensively, the Patriots defense will be able to slow down the Falcons offense but not completely shut them down, making it highly unlikely New England scores four times in a row. Additionally, four consecutive scores would likely indicate a blowout which I don't see happening.

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