WOW, THAT’S 4 HOURS OF MY LIFE I WILL NEVER GET BACK …
The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers tonight in Super Bowl 50 by a score of 24-10. The Broncos scored a TD late in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. In fact, it was the Broncos only offensive touch down of the game, set up by a fumble recover by their defense on the 4 yard line. The Broncos #1 defense shut down Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers as at times they looked clueless on offensive. Making matters worse, Carolina could not hang on to the ball and fumbled any chance they had of winning the game. However, I can honestly say I have never seen a worse offense on a Super Bowl winning team.
Unfortunately this game was marred from the outset by the referees. But why should the Super Bowl be any different than the rest of the season where we saw witness to terrible calls that changed the outcomes of games. Super Bowl 50 was no different. Just before Super Bowl MVP’s Von Miller’s strip sack of Cam Newton that lead to a Denver TD, the refs and the refs doing the reviews blew a call big time that set the mood of the entire game as Denver was quickly up 10-0 in the first quarter. Watch the VIDEO of the catch HERE. However, upon further review, the Carolina receiver caught the ball and it should have been a first down. Who knew one had to perfectly catch the ball without bobbling it. Note to refs and the foll in the replay booth . THE BALL NEVER HIT THE GROUND. Had this play been properly called, the Panthers would have had the ball at their 39 yard line and the momentum. Instead, the call is botched and on the very next play, Newton is strip sacked and a Denver TD. One might also want to question the defensive holding flags that were thrown against the Broncos and then picked up. Hmm. And then the defensive holding or was it mugging by the Broncos DB’s, and yet those were not called. However, when it was the Patriots playing the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, some how the refs saw fit to call those penalties. Imagine that?
Note to replay refs, that would be the players hand under the ball, it never hit the ground
The Broncos set a record in their victory, its the first time ever a winning team had less than 200 yards of total offense. One might say that Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense was offensive as well. The Broncos only managed to muster 194 yards of total offense. Manning was 13-23, 104 net yards, 1 interception, 1 fumble and a QB rating of 56.6. In other words, the Denver Broncos won in spite of Manning. Sorry, Manning’s numbers look more like that of Baltimore Raven’s QB Trent Dilfer, who everyone refers to as a game manager. You have to go all the way back to Super Bowl IX to find when a team had fewer passing yards than the Broncos did today in a victory. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers ran wild that day and it was more of a running league back then as well. The Steelers ended with 333 total yards and 17 first downs as opposed to the 194 total yards and 11 first downs by Denver.
Congrats to the Denver Broncos, but this one will go down as one of the least entertaining and watchable. I am glad I am not the only one who thought this was hideous.
I could not agree more. In the end the NFL got their cutesy, fairy tale story of Peyton riding into the sunset as he did nothing to help win the game and was literally just along for the ride. Its sad that the NFL has become a league where games are determined by bad refereeing. So much for a faily called game and it being determined on the field.
Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, like most of the Carolina defense, didn’t have a poor Super Bowl. He had two passes defensed and helped lead a secondary that gave up only 104 yards passing overall.
And he was cryptic when trying to find the cause of the team’s 24-10 defeat.
“It’s hard to play two teams,” Norman said multiple times after the game.
Norman wouldn’t elaborate on what he meant. He likely means the officials, not the Panthers’ offense. Carolina had 12 penalties in the game, many of them before the snap.
NOBAMA: Stephen A. Smith Implies New England Patriots QB Tom Bardy is a Racist for Not Going to the Obama White House after Winning Super Bowl … Fails To Mention Brandon Browner or Vince Wilfork Were No Shows
You know what Stephen A. Smith, maybe you are the one who needs to STFU …I guess we know what the “A” stands for, don’t we?
A note to Stephen A. Smith and America, you know everything isn’t about Barack Hussein Obama. Everyone’s world does not revolve around this failure of a president. I cannot wait until Obama is out of office so that this national crisis of playing the race card at the highest level is over. Stephen A. Smith, you have become a racist clown … I wonder who will be considered the loser in this story when ESPN fires you?
Honestly, who is completely tired of Stephen A. Smith’s shtick? The one trick pony, or is it phony, ESPN talking head who is paid to make outrageous comments and push the envelop to make everything that happens in sports the greatest tragedy since the Kennedy assassination, implied that New England Patriot QB Tom Brady a racist for not attending the White House celebration for the PAT’s winning the Super Bowl because Obama was black. It is shameful that ESPN does not suspend Smith for making such racially charged comments.
You have a problem with it. You know, no one gives a flying rats ass what you think. Tom Brady does not have to explain anything he does in his life to you. According to the Boston Herald, Tom Brady skipped out on the day’s events due to a scheduling conflict with a “family obligation.” But that was not a good enough explanation for Smith, Brady had to be a racist because he attended the first 3 invitations to the WH when GWB was president. Now that Barack Obama is there, he is a no show. For that, a classless no talent like Stephen A. Smith implies that Brady is a racist. REALLY? BTW, The Daily Caller reports that the family commitment was that he was attending his parents 50th wedding anniversary. There are some reports thought that his parents were married in 1969. Guess what Stephen A, that is more important than going to the White House after you’ve been there already.
For the record, Tom was attending a party for his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Pretty sure they weren’t going to change the date just to fit Barry’s schedule, Stephen.
Stephen A. Smith, maybe your the racist.
So let’s understand what has Stephen A. Smith’s panties in a wad … Because Tom Brady had a previous family commitment and was not star struck by feeling the need to go to the White House and be insulted by Obama’s 11 out of 12 jokes falling flat comment, Smith insinuates that he is a racist. Stephen A. Smith says he has a problem with that, a big problem. Smith wants to know WHERE WAS TOM BRADY?
Looks like Taylor Swift was singing about Stephen A. Smith in ‘Shake It Off’ … “And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate”.
Smith ranted that this is what bothered him, “Where the hell was Tom Brady? Inquiring minds would like to know. Where the hell was Tom Brady? I really would like to know! When you won the Super Bowl in 2001 and George W. Bush was the president, you were there. When you won back to back Super Bowl titles in 2003 and 2004 with George W. Bush still president you were there. How come he wasn’t there yesterday, when President Barack Obama was there?”
A note to the jackass Stephen A. Smith, here are some facts for this race-baiter to choke on:
- Tom Brady and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen were married on February 26, 2009 in Santa Monica, CA. Together, they have two children: son Benjamin Rein Brady (born December 2009) and daughter Vivian Lake Brady (born December 2012). Tom Brady also had a child with former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan in 2007. Thus, in 2001, 2002 and 2003 Tom Brady had no commitments to an immediate family of a wife or children during those Super Bowl victories.
- A man puts his family ahead of his job and is criticized for it, seriously?
- The world does not stop for Barack Hussein Obama.
- From tyvianc, much love brother: Stephen A. you need to chill man, and the man has a right to be with his family. You have taken everything out of context here and it’s just downright sad that just because you indirectly imply racism with mentioning the years that he won a title with George W Bush. Are you implying that because the president is black that’s why you have a problem with it? I used to like you Stephen A, but now you have just sunk to an all time low of being an asshole!!!!!
- Maybe Tom Brady hates his guts and does not respect him or his policies. Maybe Tom did not want to be apart of the Obama clown show and have a photo-op with him He’s allowed to you know, its not against the law, at least not yet.
- It was the most watched TV show ever! Now that the NFL has our attention, it’s time to focus on improving it’s image.
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – Hopefully All the Superbowl Hype About Deflated Balls is Over
- Now the NFL should concentrate on their PR problem and on the image the players and teams have on children
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Nationwide 2015 Super Bowl Commercial, Make Safe Happen – Maybe One of the Darkest, Inappropriate Super Bowl Commercials Ever (VIDEO)
MAYBE ALL PR REALLY ISN’T GOOD PR … Nationwide Insurance delivered a gut-punch to all those watching Super Bowl commercials.
Although this is an important message and something all parents need to be mindful of when it comes to their children, the Super Bowl was not the place to show this commercial. The powers that be at Nationwide decided on the the following to be their 2015 Super Bowl Commercial, ‘Make Safe Happen’ . YIKES! It maybe one of the darkest, inappropriate Super Bowl commercials ever. There is nothing like “DEATH” to break the mood of people trying to enjoy their Super Bowl Sunday. If those who thought GoDaddy’s spoof dog commercial was inappropriate, which was pulled, I could only imagine the uproar over this one.
A Nationwide commercial for the 2015 Super Bowl was called “dark and depressing” and drew a ton of negative online reaction Sunday night.
The spot started off in a whimsical way, with a boy riding his three-wheeler: ”I’ll never learn to ride a bike,” he said.
Nationwide Insurance has sparked outrage after showing a ‘dark’ and ‘depressing’ commercial about a young boy who died in a preventable accident during the Super Bowl XLIX.
In the advert, the cherub-faced child talks about all the milestones he will miss out on after dying in an accident, including learning to ride a bike, receiving ‘cooties’ from a girl and getting married.
In a voice brimming with hope and potential, he says: ‘I’ll never learn to ride a bike or get cooties. I’ll never learn to fly or travel the world with my best friend. And I won’t ever get married.’
Speaking directly to the camera, he finishes: ‘I couldn’t grow up. Because I died from an accident.’
In a press statement, the Columbus, Ohio-based company defended its ad, stating its intent was to inform the public about the prevalence of preventable accidents.
“The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance. We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us — the safety and well-being of our children,” the statement said.
“We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited MakeSafeHappen.com, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer.
“While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere.”
February 01, 2015
Columbus, Ohio – Preventable injuries around the home are the leading cause of childhood deaths in America. Most people don’t know that. Nationwide ran an ad during the Super Bowl that started a fierce conversation. The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance. We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us—the safety and well being of our children. We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited MakeSafeHappen.com, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer. While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere.
NBC Sports: Super Bowl XLIX Between Patriots and Seahawks Delivers Highest Overnight TV Rating Ever at 49.7
As they say in South Boston, Super Bowl XLIX gets highest Super Bowl TV rating, EVAH!!!
NBC Sports has reported that Super Bowl XLIX delivered the highest overnight TV rating in Super Bowl history. The 49.7 rating between the New England Patriots and defending champion Seattle Seahawks went down to the last seconds before a victor was determined. In the end, the Patriots won their 4th Super Bowl 28-24 in one of the most thrilling comebacks, nail-biting drives and bizarre endings ever.
It was reported on ESPN’s MiKe & Mike this morning that 78% of the TV’s that were on during the Super Bowl were tuned into the game. 89% of TV’s in Seattle were tuned into the Super Bowl.
The early numbers are in, and the Super Bowl was a huge hit on TV.
NBC Sports PR has announced that the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seahawks delivered a 49.7 overnight rating, the highest in Super Bowl history.
Last year’s Super Bowl overnight rating was a 47.6 for the Seahawks’ blowout win over the Broncos. Closer games generally deliver higher ratings; the previous year’s nail-biter between the Ravens and 49ers got a 48.1 overnight rating, which was the record until now.
In the metered-market overnights, the Patriots’ 28-24 victory earned a 49.7 household rating/72 share, eclipsing the previous high of 48.1/71 set two years ago when Baltimore defeated San Francisco on CBS; that game ended up averaging 108.41 million viewers in the nationals.
NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX overnight topped a 50 rating in each half hour from 8 p.m. ET to the game’s conclusion, peaking with a 52.9/73 from 10 to 10:15 p.m. ET.
PATRIOTS WIN ONE FOR THE AGES …
In what might just go down as the greatest Super Bowl ever played, the New England Patriots defeat the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 28-24. This one was truly Super, the Pats and Seahawks put on one of the greatest games ever. That is what all Super Bowls should be like. Two evenly matched teams, an epic game and just one for the ages.
Patriots win 4th Super Bowl!!!
The Patriots started the 4th quarter down by 10 points and Seattle had all the momentum. But the Patriots showed the heart of a champion as Tom Brady rallied the Patriots with a 5 yard TD pass Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone and a 3 yard TD pass to Julian Edelman (VIDEO) with 2:02 left in the fourth for the go-ahead score. As I said in a previous post prior to today’s game, Julian Edelman is special. Then, just when the patriots thought they would lose another Super Bowl because of a BS catch by Jermaine Kearse, reminiscent of David Tyree, an amazing thing happened. Instead of running the ball in for a TD with “beast mode” Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks incredibly threw the ball from the one yard line where unknown, but oh so prepared CB Malcolm Butler made the play of his life intercepting the ball.
Malcolm Butler’s goal-line pick clinches Super Bowl win for Patriots
Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson in the end zone and the New England Patriots rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Brady overcame two interceptions to lead the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl championship, becoming the third quarterback along with Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw and San Francisco’s Joe Montana to win four titles.
After Jermaine Kearse made a twisting, turning, tumbling catch for a 33-yard gain to the Patriots 5, Marshawn Lynch ran 4 yards to the 1. But Wilson, operating from the shotgun, was intercepted on a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette.
Jermaine Kearse catch that took the air out of all of New England
The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, last night to win Super Bowl XLIX after Tom Brady’s latest legacy drive and Malcom Butler’s last-minute miracle interception. The Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history in dramatic fashion by erasing a 24-14 fourth-quarter lead.
Tom Brady completed all nine pass attempts for 72 yards and a 3-yard touchdown to Julian Edelman, who ran a pristine in-and-out route to beat Tharold Simon for the score that gave the Patriots a 28-24 lead with 2:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. The 37-year-old QB broke a Super Bowl record with 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Tom Brady got the MVP, but it was an incredible team effort.
Tom Brady won his record-tying third Super Bowl MVP award and fourth Lombardi Trophy, leading the New England Patriots to a 28-24 comeback victory over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.
Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards, with four touchdowns — each to a different receiver — and two interceptions.
The Patriots trailed 24-14 in the fourth quarter before Brady connected with Danny Amendola for a 4-yard TD pass with about 8 minutes left, giving Brady 12 touchdown passes in Super Bowls, breaking Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana’s mark.
UPDATE III: ESPN Analysts discuss the play calling of passing the ball at the 1 yard line, rather than handing the football off to Marshawn Lynch. Malcolm Butler’s goal-line interception gives Pats Super Bowl XLIX title.
Forget “Deflategate” … Seattle now has playcall-gate.
After Jermaine Kearse made a twisting, turning, tumbling catch for a 33-yard gain to the Patriots 5, Marshawn Lynch ran 4 yards to the 1. But Wilson, operating from the shotgun, was intercepted on a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette.
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Super Bowl 2015: Watch All the Commercials From This Year, Budweiser: “Lost Dog” … SNICKERS® – “The Brady Bunch” … Invisible Mindy Kaling … Real Life PacMan
Take a look at the 2015 Super Bowl commercials …
First up is Budweiser with “Lost Dog” to the background music of ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. Meet the puppy from the VIDEO. Hey GoDaddy, leave the dog commercials to Budweiser and the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. I mean really, you would mock an ad that makes millions feel good? The hell with animal rights activist, you do realize that web site owners own dogs too, right? Stick with promoting your products with scantily clad images of Danica Patrick. Next time try making a pic that doesn’t piss people off. KUDOS to BUDWEISER!!!
Budweiser: “Lost Dog” – Budweiser #BestBuds
Snickers scores a TD with a Brady Bunch themed commercial, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!!!
SNICKERS® – “The Brady Bunch”
Mophie 2015 Game Day Commercial – “All-Powerless”
Invisible Mindy Kaling – Nationwide Super Bowl XLIX Ad
Real Life PacMan #UpForWhatever
This is just so old school and new school, all rolled up into one … Very cool
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Predicts the New England Patriots Will Win the Super Bowl XLIX 27-17
Yet another reason why to love Sherrif Joe Arpaio …
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “America’s toughest sheriff,” predicts that the New England Patriots will defeat the Seattle Seahawks and win the Super Bowl 27-17. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he will allow some inmates to eat popcorn during Super Bowl Bowl. And if the Patriots win, or he might make you wear the pink underwear again.
The Arizona lawman who bills himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” predicts the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl and says some inmates will be allowed popcorn as they watch Sunday’s face-off with the Seattle Seahawks.
Joe Arpaio, the 82-year-old sheriff of Maricopa County where the National Football League’s championship game will be played, held an event on Saturday at which he popped the popcorn and forecast the Patriots will triumph 27-17.
He also took a cheeky jab at his favored team over the “deflategate” scandal, in which the Patriots are accused of using under-inflated footballs during their AFC championship triumph against Indianapolis.
Holding up two mock footballs, one for each team, Arpaio noted that the one for New England was softer. “I don’t know if I can blow this up, but it is kinda deflated!” he said with a chuckle.
So Called Experts Say Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIX … And Your Choice is New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks? (GO PATS!!!)
Finally, it is Super Bowl Sunday and the Super Bowl is almost upon us …
Last night the Westage Vegas book made the game a pick ‘em … there is no point spread for their Super Bowl. Game on!!!
The so-called experts and pundits have made their picks and predictions,
- ESPN’s staff was pretty close to a tie, with 24 staffers picking Seattle and 22 picking New England.
- John Clayton, senior NFL writer and commentator: Seahawks 24, Patriots 20
- Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider: Patriots 24, Seahawks 21
- Chris Mortensen, ESPN NFL Insider: Patriots 20, Seahawks 16
- Todd McShay, ESPN college football and NFL draft analyst: Patriots 24, Seahawks 21
- Over at CBS Sports, five experts went with the Patriots and only three picked the Seahawks — but the CBS Sports “Prediction Machine” picked Seattle for the win.
- Bleacher Report’s staff was 11 to five in favor of the Seahawks winning.
- NFL.com, eight of the 14 polled analysts went with Seattle.
- NJ.com rounded up more than 80 expert predictions from around the web on Friday, and found that more than half of the experts picked Seattle to win over the New England Patriots.
EA Sports, Madden football 15 picks the New England Patriots 28-24.
Madden 15: Super Bowl Predictions – Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots in 2015 Super Bowl
My analysis and prediction:
Let me first qualify this that I am a die-hard New England Patriot fan from the days of Sam “Bam” Cunningham, Steve Grogan, Irving Fryar, Stanley Morgan, Craig James, Mosi Tatupu, Randy Vataha, the late Darryl Stingley, Russ Francis, John Hannah, Mike Haynes and to one of my all time favorites Sam Adams. To more recent players like Ben Coates, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, Rodney Harrison, Adam Vinatieri, Joe Andruzzi, Troy Brown, Randy Moss and Drew Bledsoe. To today’s cast of Patriots like Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Nate Solder, Rob Ninkovich, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty, Chandler Jones and LeGarrette Blount.
Football games are made up of offense, defense, special teams and intangibles. Games like the Super Bowl generally multiply the importance of intangibles like turnovers, sacks, penalties and bad calls by referees.
The New England Patriots finally have a balanced offense and have gotten away from the video game, throw at all-cost offense that hurt them in the Superbowl’s they lost against the NY Giants. They have proved in the 2014 season that they can run or pass the ball depending on what defense they are going up against. In this years playoffs, they ran all over the Colts and passed all over the Ravens to victory. The Pats have the best QB in the game today, with a Super Bowl victory, Tom Brady may be considered the best ever. The Patriot offense finally has a collection of WR’s that are tough and fearless, similar to the ones that they won three previous Lombardi trophies with. Their power running game with LeGarrette Blount can be dominating. Then there is the match up nightmare who Rob Gronkowski … The GRONK!
For the Seattle Seahawks, if the offensive offense shows up Super Bowl Sunday like the one from the Championship game, they will not be trailing 16-0 at half time, it will be 35-0 and the game will be over. However, it is hard to believe anything that bad could happen again. Honestly, the Seahawks can thank their lucky stars that Green Bay coaching staff had their own “deflategate” incident two weeks ago where their head coach did not have the balls to go for it on 4th down and win the game and let the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in the NFL win the game. Guess who doesn’t do that, Bill Belichick. There have been games this year where Russell Wilson was terrible and of course there where many where he was very good. If “beast mode” and Marshawn Lynch does not carry the load in this game, it is hard to believe that the Seahawk passing game can.
DEFENSE: (Edge to Seahawks)
Obviously The Legion of Boom is a great defense, maybe one of the best of all time. Trust me, they will tell you so. I am a PATS fan, but I can acknowledge that the Seattle D is very, very good. The only difference this year as compared to last year’s Super Bowl is the Patriots are not Denver, Tom Brady is not Peyton Manning, Belichick is not John Fox. Also, they only think missing from the Seattle D is depth. Their D-line is not as good as they do not have their continuous flow of revolving the D- line. Kam Chancellor is the best safety in the game, but the unknown going into today’s game is the health of the Seahawk secondary. Safety Earl Thomas and CB Richard Sherman got hurt in the NFC Championship game. For some reason GB decided not to throw against Sherman who had one arm. If they get nicked up in this game, that could swing things in a major way. Kam Chancellor also dealing with an injury.
Although the Seattle D is very good, it is not like the New England Patriots are chopped liver. Their DB’s and safeties are very good and built to go up against the elite receivers of the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts. The LB’s morph to either taking on the run or dropping back into pass coverage. It may be the D line that determines the outcome for the Patriots. If they can stop the run and contain Wilson in the pocket, that would be key.
SPECIAL TEAMS (Patriots)
Sorry, kicker Stephen Gostkowski is a weapon and has a huge leg. Ryan Allen is one of the best punters in the league.
Punting and kick off return also goes to the Pats. Gone from Seattle is kickoff returner Percy Harvin, who put last years Super Bowl out of reach. Also gone is Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson who suffers an ACL injury in the divisional-round playoff against the Carolina Panthers. In the Championship game, Seahawks returner Doug Baldwin fumbled in the first half. Don’t think the PATS did not see that on film.
- Penalties - The Seattle Seahawks were the most penalized team in the NFL. The Seahawks continually jump offsides on defense and receive illegal procedure penalties on offense. The last thing you would want to do is give Tom Brady second chances and free plays. Some where during the game this will benefit the Patriots and go against the Seahawks.
- Coaching – nod goes to Bill Bilichick.
- Two TE New England offense. Gronk and Tim Wright have gelled of late.
- Injuries – Going into the game, 3 members of the Legion of Boom have injuries, the Pat’s center rookie Bryan Stork does as well.
- Beastmode – Will Seattle use their running game in the beginning of the game? For some reason they think they are a passing team lately.
- Julian Edelman – Does Edleman have a special play in him today, punt return, pass for a TD, etc?
- Which Russell Wilson shows up today? The one that starred in last years Super Bowl out-dueling Peyton Manning, or the one that had a 0.0 QB rating at the end of the first half two weeks ago?
- Can the Patriots and LeGarrette Blount run on the Seattle D, setting up play action passing?
My guess, the Patriots will look to stop the Seattle running game and contain Russell Wilson in the pocket. That means putting their DB’s, Darrelle Revis-Island, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington and Devin McCourty man-to-man against the Seattle receivers and move a safety up to play the run. If the Patriots can make Seattle a one dimensional team or play from the lead, it will bode well for New England. My feeling is that the 2014 Patriots team is more like the one’s that won the Super Bowl, than the pass happy, all offense and no defense ones that lost. Football is a game of match ups and this will be a physical one.
My pick, Patriots 30-20.