VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Super Bowl LI Patriots-Falcons:Preview and Prediction!

Super Bowl LI Patriots-Falcons:Preview and Prediction!

Super Bowl LI Preview!
Publish Date: 02/04/2017
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

(Photo courtesy of sportingnews.com)

This is a matchup that has been hard for me to pick, both teams are loaded on offense, and the Falcons seem like the one team capable of getting into a shootout with the Patriots and coming out on top. The storylines to this game are plentiful. Can Belichick and Brady win their fifth Lombardi and with that will come a trophy presentation by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell who seemingly went out of his way to derail the Patriots by suspending Brady for the infamous “Deflategate” incident. Can the young high flying Falcons bring a Super Bowl title to the city of Atlanta for the first time? How will Matt Ryan respond to playing in a Super Bowl? Ryan has always been known as a great regular season Quarterback who in the playoffs has never played as well. Can Ryan become an “Elite” quarterback? So let’s look at the key matchups to this great matchup.

 

Keys to the Game

Can the Patriots contain the Falcons offense?

Belichick has been in two other Super Bowl games that were eerily similar to this one. He was the defensive coordinator for the Giants in Super Bowl XXV against the high-powered Buffalo Bills, and he was the Patriots Head Coach in Super Bowl XXXVI against the St.Louis Rams “Greatest show on Turf.” Against those legendary offenses his defenses gave up 19 and 17 points, if they hold the Falcons under 20 points, they will win this game. Can they do that? I know this you can never doubt a Belichick coached team, he is known for eliminating what an offense does best. The question here seems to be how he will attempt to accomplish this goal?

As I see it these are Belichick’s best ways to at least limit, Julio Jones. Number one he puts CB Malcolm Butler on him one on one with safety help over the top. Number two they could bracket Jones with CB Logan Ryan and Safety Devin McCourty. The problem is when doubling Jones like this the Falcons two-headed running back of Devonta Freeman and Devin Coleman have tended to run at will on teams. The other interesting stat is this; the Falcons are 7-1 when Jones has less than 100 yards receiving and 4-4 when he has over 100 yards.

After looking at all the stats I think, and I know this will sound crazy, but I think Belichick may choose to put CB Malcolm Butler on Jones by himself. The theory being let Jones get his but limit the rest of the team from getting theirs.

 

How do the Falcons defend the Patriots explosive offense?

The Patriots can eat a team alive with their short passing game. The scariest part is there are such a diversity of players that on any given week beat you that it is hard to know exactly what to take away from the Patriots. The one thing we have learned over the last decade about beating Tom Brady is you have to get pressure up the middle to make him uncomfortable. The Falcons just beat the Packers Aaron Rodgers by keeping him in the pocket, this game against Brady is much different, you have to pressure Brady to get out of the pocket. I don’t think a lot of blitzing will help here, but a mixture of coverages with an occasionally well-timed blitz will be the key.

The biggest question to me about the Falcons defense is, are they big enough and physical enough up front to handle the Patriots ground game? If they are they have a real shot to win this game. To disrupt the short passing game I think that Falcons linebacker Deion Jones will be the key, he is excellent in coverage against the short and intermediate passes, Brady will have to keep an eye on where he is all day.

 

Prediction

You have to be concerned about the health of Julio Jones and Center Alex Mack for the Falcons, especially with Mack. I believe Jones will play in the game at a high level, but Mack could be a different story and Mack, believe it or not, would be harder to replace than Julio Jones in this offense. After looking at everything the best way to pick a football game at any level is to stand back and ask yourself who do I think has the advantage at the point of attack. I think to do that my biggest concern in this entire game is the Falcons defensive line going against the Patriots offensive line. That’s why I am going with the Patriots in this game; I think they will overpower the Falcons at the line of scrimmage. Patriots 34   Falcons  27

 

Check out our NFL Pick’em show as former NFL players discuss Super Bowl LI and make their picks for the big game.

http://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/nfl-pickem-show-super-bowl-51-preview-showwformer-bronco-mark-cooper-former-cardinal-luis-sharpe-former-bengal-gary-burley/

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Elmer Ray: The Humble Man of Hastings
"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
Grading every NFL team’s picks from the 2021 NFL Draft
Quickly, click away if you’re going to get upset by reading draft ...
Sam Teets 2021 NFL three-round predictive mock draft 6.0
This is a predictive NFL mock draft and my final of the ...
Top 100 remaining 2021 NFL free agents after Day 1
This is the most up-to-date list of available NFL free agents following ...
Predicting the next five Pro Football Hall of Fame classes
Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Top 100 NFL free agents entering the 2021 offseason
Below is a list of the top 100 free agents available this ...
Good(ell)fellas: The NFL commissioner’s, team owners’ literal mob mentality
Right off the top, I want to make this statement: Roger Goodell ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Latest News
Top 10 Hitters of the 1990s
Mike Piazza did not get to play for ...
The 5 Worst Head Coaching Firings in NFL History
Allen was a great innovator, who revolutionized special ...
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: NFL🏈 Prediction Show: Is the NFL Rigged? Conference Championship review
NFL Prediction Show: Is the NFL Rigged? Conference Championship review
Video: AFC 🏈Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
AFC Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
Video: NFC🏈 Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
NFC Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
Betting Tips
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
96/100
Bet365
Bet365
Bet365 Review
94/100
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
94/100
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
93/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
No Sweat First Bet up to $3,000
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Bet365
Bet365 Bonus
Bet $1, Get $200
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsMark Lewis
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

sdfgfdgcsdfgfdgcww
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site