Chips, Dip… Super Bowl LI Preview

The Highland Cavalier sports staff creates their calls.

The theatre is set: it will be a New England Patriots holding on a Atlanta Falcons in a 51st Super Bowl. The game, that will be played during NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Feb 5, will underline dual high-flying offenses led by New England’s Tom Brady and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan.

The Patriots will be personification in their ninth Super Bowl (the many in NFL history) and Brady will be looking for his fifth Super Bowl title, that would mangle a tie with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for a many Super Bowl wins ever by a quarterback.

Meanwhile, a Falcons will be looking for their initial Super Bowl win in usually their second Super Bowl ever, with a initial being in 1999. Matt Ryan will be looking to tip off his MVP-caliber deteriorate by earning a franchise’s initial Lombardi Trophy.

Both teams had identical roads to Houston. Following a first-round bye, conduct manager Bill Belichick’s Patriots rolled a Houston Texans in a Divisional Round 34-16, and afterwards they degraded a Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 to win a AFC Championship. After a first-round bye, conduct manager Dan Quinn’s Falcons degraded a Seattle Seahawks 36-20 in a Divisional Round, and afterwards they blew out a impassioned Green Bay Packers 44-21 for a franchise’s second NFC Championship.

Offense could be a story of a diversion as both teams finished in a tip 4 in a NFL in sum offense and both have continued to put adult a lot of points in their postseason contests. However, both defenses have played intensely good via a postseason, so Super Bowl LI has all a makings of a classic.

Here’s a preview of what to watch for when we settle in to watch a Big Game, finish with picks from a Highland Cavalier sports staff:

New England

It’s a same story, usually a opposite year with a Patriots, who are behind in a Super Bowl for a fourth time in a final 10 seasons. The Patriots are again led by QB Tom Brady, who finished a unchanging deteriorate with 28 touchdown passes and usually 2 interceptions after blank a initial 4 games of a deteriorate while portion his “DeflateGate” suspension. RB LeGarrette Blount had a plain season, finishing with over 1,000 rushing yards. Brady’s illusory deteriorate is even some-more considerable deliberation he has been blank star TE Rob Gronkowski for a infancy of a deteriorate due to a behind injury. WR Julian Edelman (98 catches, 1106 yards in a unchanging season) and TE Martellus Bennett (701 yards, 7 TDs in a unchanging season) have been dual of Brady’s favorite targets, and that should continue in Houston. The Patriots have found a star in a severe this postseason in WR Chris Hogan, a former lacrosse actor during Penn State, who torched a Pittsburgh delegate for 9 catches, 180 yards (a Patriots postseason record), and 2 TDs in a Patriots’ AFC Championship win. The Patriots have another invulnerability that ranked inside a tip 10 in a NFL this season. Led by DB Logan Ryan and former Super Bowl favourite DB Malcolm Butler, a Patriots delegate authorised usually 238 flitting yards a game, and they will have to play good opposite a high-octane Atlanta offense.


While a infancy of a Falcons miss Super Bowl experience, they are a young, gifted group who have one of a NFL’s many inclusive offenses and a young, jaunty defense. The Falcons enter a Super Bowl roving a six-game winning strain due in vast partial to a illusory play of QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. Ryan had a best year of his career this season, as he finished 70 percent of his passes and threw 38 touchdowns during a unchanging season, that is because he is approaching by many to take home a NFL MVP award. Jones, who has been one of a many feared receivers in a joining for several seasons now, had a debate adult to his common standards. Following a unchanging deteriorate in that Jones had 83 catches for 1409 yards (second-most in a NFL), he has continued to gleam with 3 some-more TDs in a Falcons dual postseason games, proof because many consider he is now a league’s best receiver. RB Devonta Freeman (1079 rushing yards, 11 rushing TDs in a unchanging season) is an rising immature star, and WR Mohammed Sanu has had a career-best year (653 yards, 4 TDs in a unchanging season) after being sealed as a giveaway representative from Cincinnati. The Falcons invulnerability has shined via a playoffs, permitting usually an normal of 20.5 points per diversion this postseason. The Atlanta invulnerability is led by a immature OLB Vic Beasley, who emerged into a star this deteriorate with 15.5 sacks during a unchanging season. The Falcons secondary, led by DB Jalen Collins and SS Keanu Neal, is really athletic, and that will be pivotal as they try to extent New England’s flitting attack.

Highland Cavalier Picks

Dylan (Sports Editor): “I seem to generally like a loser in a Super Bowl and this year is no different. we consider a multiple of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will be fatal for a Patriots defense. I’ll take a Falcons, 28-24.”

Jalen (Sports Writer): “If there’s one thing we know, it’s that it is never a good thought to collect opposite Tom Brady in a playoffs. Brady has been on this theatre before, and he has shined time and time again. With that being said, I’ve usually got a feeling about this Falcons team. I’ll take a Falcons, 34-28, and this 49ers fan will still get to call Joe Montana a G.O.A.T. for during slightest one some-more year.”

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