Who Will Win Super Bowl LII?
January 25, 2018
Who Will Win Super Bowl LII?
With this NFL season coming to an end and the final teams determined, I will predict who I think will take the Super Bowl trophy home.
This year’s Super Bowl matchup is between the Philadelphia Eagles, who destroyed the Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship game, and the New England Patriots, who pulled off a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to advance to their eighth Super Bowl under Tom Brady.
The Eagles, who are the number-one seed in the NFC, have been picked against ever since they lost their starting QB and MVP candidate Carson Wentz to a torn ACL in a week-14 game against the Los Angeles Rams. They had the second-ranked best offense in the league, and an 11-2 record with Wentz at quarterback, averaging 31.1 PPG.
Nick Foles, a veteran quarterback, took over where Wentz left off. The Eagles’ offense was worse, averaging 19.6 PPG, but they’ve found ways to win. Phillies’ defense has been lights out this season, with the number-one run defense in the league and some of the best corners in the game that shut down great receivers.The Eagles have been underdogs throughout the playoffs, and definitely weren’t expected to be representing the NFC in Super Bowl LII.
It sure has been a wild ride for the Eagles, and their offense will need to come out red hot like they did against the Vikings to beat the defending champions. If Nick Foles plays the way he did in the NFC Championship, and their defense comes through, this sure could be the year Philadelphia’s hopes of winning a championship come true.
However, the New England Patriots, who are defending last year’s Super Bowl title, have more experience in these big games. Led by the great Tom Brady, the Patriots have won five Super Bowls under Brady and their mastermind coach, Bill Belichick. The Patriots are now looking for their sixth title in the 21st century, and that shouldn’t be too difficult for Brady against a backup quarterback.
Brady had another great season with 32 touchdowns and only eight interceptions, and in the postseason, he had five touchdowns with no interceptions. If Brady wins a sixth title, he will definitely be known as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). The Pats’ defense has also been really good, with the most red-zone turnovers in the league and a great run-stuffing defensive line. The Patriots are strong in all aspects of the game, and with more experience, we could be seeing Brady and Belichick writing more history as one of the greatest dynasties in sports.
Not surprisingly, I predict the Patriots to win Super Bowl LII, and Tom Brady to get his sixth ring. I think this great Patriots team will be too much to handle for Nick Foles and the Eagles with little playoff experience. If Carson Wentz were playing, it might be a different story. (Also, the Pats will be wearing white in the Super Bowl, and the team wearing white has won 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls.)
I think the Eagles will be back soon with their young, talented quarterback. As for the Patriots, I predict them to be back-to-back champions of the NFL.
Super Bowl Prediction: Pats On Top
The Super Bowl is near. The conference championship round determined who is playing in Super Bowl LII, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 4. Knowing the AFC and NFC champions, I predict the Patriots will beat the Eagles.
The NFC conference’s two top seeds — NFC division leader Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings — played on Jan. 21. The Vikings were among the four teams left, meaning they had a chance to play in their own stadium if they won the NFC championship, but they lost to the Eagles, meaning they are eliminated. (No team in the history of the NFL has ever competed in the Super Bowl in their own stadium, much less won in their stadium.)
The Jacksonville Jaguars, the underdogs that beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, lost to the New England Patriots, the defending champions, which secured a spot for the Pats in the Super Bowl.
The AFC championship was a close game, but I predicted the odds would lean toward the Pats. The Jaguars had won just one of 12 games against the Pats, and their last meet-up before the playoffs ended in a whopping blowout victory for the Pats, 51-17.
The Jaguars pulled an upset victory against the Steelers. On the other hand, the Patriots blew out the Tennessee Titans at home. However, the Jaguars’ quarterback, Blake Bortles, was simply not up to par with the Pats’ Tom Brady.
I had anticipated a good matchup for the NFC championship game, but predicted that the Vikings would get on top. After pulling off their miracle victory against the New Orleans Saints, a powerful team with an offense that averaged 28 points per game in the regular season, I thought the Vikings had it in them to do the same against the Eagles.
But the Eagles ended up beating the Vikings, possibly because they had the advantage of playing in their home stadium. Both teams were using their backup quarterbacks, so they were at an equal disadvantage in that regard. The Vikings’ new starting quarterback, Case Keenum, led the team to second seed in the regular season and had accumulated 22 touchdowns. However, he was not enough to bring the Vikings to the Super Bowl.
Therefore, the Patriots, who have advanced to the Super Bowl for the third time in the past four years, are going to battle the Eagles in Minneapolis. Both teams’ defenses are over the roof, and it will be a great game, but the Pats are going to have a chance at winning ring number six in this game. They have so much power in their roster, and with their quarterback, Tom Brady.
The Pats also have great coaching under Bill Belichick, who has brought the team to win five Super Bowls. In addition, they will be wearing white for the Super Bowl. This is fascinating because 12 of the last 13 teams that played in the Super Bowl while wearing white ended up winning.
The precision of the Pats’ offense can overcome the Eagles’ solid roster from head to toe. With both teams’ outstanding offense, the game may be high-scoring and may be close throughout the game to the fourth quarter. This is when I expect Tom Brady to take over and put the Pats on top like he is known to do.