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Super Bowl LI, An Offensive Shootout


Super Bowl LI, An Offensive Shootout

John Strohl

Super Bowl LI is looking to be a high scoring affair with two of the league's best offenses going head to head.

The legendary Tom Brady leads the New England Patriots against Matt Ryan and his Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons lead the league with 58 TDs this season with the Patriots finished in third with 51 TDs, although Brady missed the first four games of the season due to the Deflate-gate suspension.

On the other side of the ball, the New England defense only allowed 250 points all season which is a league low while Atlanta has struggled at times this season on defense.

Julio Jones is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL, and he will have likely MVP quarterback Matt Ryan throwing the ball to him.

Ryan has thrown a TD to 13 different receivers this season, something no other quarterback has done before.

The Pats’ defense might struggle trying to deal with the Falcons two-headed monster in the backfield.

Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have been tearing up defenses all season.

The running back tandem can not only run the ball, they can both catch the ball well out of the backfield and Coleman will come out of the backfield and line up as a slot receiver.

Even with all these offensive weapons for Atlanta, New England has the best quarterback to ever play the game running their offense. 

Tom Brady.

Brady has played in seven Super Bowls and won four of them.

The Patriots also one of the best, if not the best coaches of all time with Bill Belichick.

Belichick has been with Brady throughout his career when Brady was a sixth round draft pick out of Michigan in the 2000 draft.

The Pats can not solely rely on Tom Brady to lead them to victory.

LeGarrette Blount will need to have a big game.

Atlanta’s defense has allowed around a 105 rushing yards a game which is plenty enough for Brady & Co. to secure a fifth Super Bowl win.

While Atlanta’s defense may not be the best, they are still good.

Atlanta has an elite pass rusher within Vic Beasley who has recorded 15.5 sacks this season and veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney, who only has three sacks, but still gets enough pressure on the quarterbacks to cause mistakes.

The Falcons secondary is not too shabby either with the likes of cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford as well as the safeties, rookie Keanu Neal and the Purdue product Ricardo Allen.

Rookie linebacker Deion Jones leads Atlanta with tackles this season with 75 solo tackles and 33 assists.

It will be interesting to see how Belichick and Matt Patricia will try to slow down the monstrous Julio Jones.

Will they put Malcolm Butler on Jones? Will they double team Jones with Logan Ryan and Eric Rowe and put Butler on Mohamed Sanu?

Whatever the answer is, New England needs to find a way slow Jones down or it will be very hard to win.

The key for Atlanta is to pressure Brady as every team that has beat Brady in the Super Bowl has gotten a lot of pressure on him.

Atlanta has succeeded at pressuring opposing QBs as they are one of the more aggressive defenses in the NFL.

The Falcons have blitzed on 36 percent of their plays this postseason and 44.9 percent during the regular season which ranked second behind Denver’s outstanding defense.

This game could go either way very easily but the Falcons defense will determine the outcome of the game.

Kyle Shanahan and his offense will have one last hoorah before he heads off to San Francisco and the way their defense has played of late should be enough for the team to hold on and defeat the New England Patriots and win the team's first ever Super Bowl.

Prediction: Falcons 38 Patriots 34