WHO WILL BE THE ULTIMATE GOAT? SUPER BOWL 55

 

WELCOME BACK!

Can you believe Super Bowl Sunday is almost here? Well I have a treat for you today. I invited a guest blogger here to do the predictions with me, my friend Casey Marshall! Here goes:

 

 

 

Casey's Pick:

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, and while many of you are likely betting against the GOAT in favour of the young GOAT, that might not be the best bang for the buck! Mahome’s has lit the NFL fanbase on fire with his impressive no look passes, his impeccable decision making and his come from behind, never out of the fight demeanour. But let’s not forget the real, greatest of all time, you love to hate him… Tom Brady.  He holds every NFL playoff passing record, while boasting one of the most impressive come from behind victories in Super Bowl history. To bet against the GOAT is to bet that Reddit would tank the stock market, thank you Gamestop.  

 

With the greatest sporting event only days away, the Tampa Buccaneers are my pick to win it all and here’s why; Superstitions aside, the Bucs will don their white jerseys and pewter pants, a combination that lead the Buc’s to their best record this season, while TB12 also has his best record in Super Bowls wearing his whites at 4-1, he hasn’t had the same success wearing his home jersey as a former Patriot at 2-2.  Tampa Bay’s defence has hit their stride during the playoffs, ranking #1 against the run and they are pretty darn good against the pass too.  Facing Aaron Rodgers, they were able to get pressure and rack up 5 sacks while only rushing 4, which will be an asset against Mahome’s who is stellar against the blitz. The Buc’s D will also benefit from having starting safety, Antoine Winfield Jr. back from injury, he can cover the field and has the speed to keep up with the Chief’s speedy receiving core.  While both offenses have potent passing games and deep threats all over the field, it will be the Buc’s defence that steps up, makes plays and sets the tone that helps push the Buccaneers to Super Bowl victory this Sunday! 

 

Prediction: 34-27 Buccaneers.  Devin White named Super Bowl MVP.

 

 

Amanda's Pick:

When did everyone become such Tom Brady fans? Seems like the TB12 bandwagon has a lot of passengers as of late. Yes, Tom Brady is more likely to reach the Super Bowl in any season than Steph Curry is to make a 3 pointer, Lebron James to make a free throw or a PGA golfer to make a putt within 5 feet. Legend Status. The Super Bowl will not be about Brady, though. It will be about how Tampa can stop Patrick Mahomes. 

 

Tom Brady has done great work leading the Buccaneers and raising their offensive efficiency. The "home team" also has a pretty good overall defense BUT the X-factor in this game is Bucs defensive line against KC’s offensive line. I think this will be a high passing game for KC as Tampa will be all over their run game.

 

Patrick Mahomes has passed for 462 yards in the regular-season meeting, and at one point it looked like Tyreek Hill would set the single-game receiving record. With left Tackle Eric Fisher’s injury is a major storyline given how Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul were able to combine for five sacks in the NFC championship game, but Mahomes presents more of a challenge because of his mobility.

 

Tampa did an excellent job against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. But this is even a half-step beyond that. And they won’t succeed. Mahomes is too elusive, too inventive. It will not be easy for KC, but it will be done.

 

Forget about Mahomes vs Brady, the real losers are the Steelers. They have to watch either Le'Veon Bell or Antonio Brown win a Super Bowl. And that’s the tea.

 

Score Prediction: Chief (-3) 35, Bucs 32

 

 

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NFL PICKS AND SCORE PREDICTIONS

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Sarah Thomas will make history as the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas will make history as the first woman to referee a Super Bowl when the championship game kicks off next month.

 

 

Thomas will be part of a seven-person crew officiating and work as a down judge at Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay on February 7. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, Sr. called the group of referees "the best of the best" in a statement.

This is amazing news for women working in sports. Excited to see history being made by great women day in and day out in the sports world. Keep inspiring us Sarah!

 

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NFL PLAYOFF PICKS WEEK 2

8 Teams left. 4 Game to go. Here ya go NFL Fans!!!

 

 

Rams (+6.5) at Packers

The Los Angeles Rams head to the frozen tundra to take on the top seeded Green Bay Packers. Can these Cali Boys take on the cold weather and upset The Packers?

It was wild to watch The Rams offensive line push around the Seahawks last weekend and with Andrew Whitworth back plus the fresh legs of rookie Cam Akers, it has made the rushing attack central again. Jared Goff will be a little healthier to take advantage of that, working play-action to Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. 

On the other side, Aaron Rodgers will see Davante Adams locked up with Jalen Ramsey and knows center Corey Linsley and the rest of his strong interior offensive line need to keep Aaron Donald at bay, especially with the edge compromised without left tackle David Bakhtiari. Rodgers and Aaron Jones don't find it easy at first, but then Rodgers finds tight end Robert Tonyan and other matchups he likes away from downfield and Jones will go to work on a worn-down group in the second half.

Score Prediction: Packers 24, Rams 20

Ravens at Bills (-2.5)

We have 2020 MVP Lamar Jackson and The Baltimore Ravens facing the 2021 MVP front runner Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. 

If you ask me The Bills just look good this season. Like I mentioned, a team that's having fun will win games. This game will come down to which quarterback can make a few more big pass plays off script. Jackson will see Tre'Davious White contain Marquise Brown, left leaning mostly on tight end Mark Andrews in a great matchup. The difference will be the Bills' Stefon Diggs, who can consistently get the better of Marcus Peters outside to boost Allen.

Score Prediction: Bills 27, Ravens 24

Browns at Chiefs (-10)

The Browns came out to win against The Steelers and against all odds they did walked away with the win even in the first quarter. Now that the Browns are on a hot steak after upsetting The Steelers can they knock off the number one seed The Chiefs? This is the story of David vs Goliath.

The Chiefs jump right in off the hop by relentlessly throwing with a rested Mahomes. The Browns simply do not have anyone who can cover wide receiver Tyreek Hill deep or tight end Travis Kelce on intermediate routes. The goal will be jumping off to a significant lead and limiting the Browns' use of the run, putting Mayfield in uncomfortable situations against Frank Clark, Chris Jones and the rest of the Chiefs' pass rush. Mayfield also needs to be careful throwing to the middle of the field with safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorenson looming.

Score Prediction: Chiefs 34, Browns 17

Saints (-3) Over Buccaneers 

This Sunday divisional Matchup will be the oldest QB match up in NFL History with Tom Brady (43) taking on Drew Brees (42). This is a game of Father Time.

The regular-season meetings between these teams were laughable. The Saints won both, with a combined score of 72-26. And they are playing at home, which plays a role for them even if the impact is lessened by the tiny crowds that the team is allowed to host. The Buccaneers are a good enough team that they should be respected — in many ways, this feels like a tossup — but the Saints are rightly narrow favorites in what could be the most competitive game of the weekend.

Score Prediction: Saints 34, Buccaneers 31

 

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The New York Jets hire Robert Saleh as their new head coach

The Jets have agreed in principle for Robert Saleh to become their head coach.

Saleh joins the AFC East basement club after four years as the defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers. He replaces Adam Gase, who took charge of two losing seasons with the Jets. Saleh, an American of Lebanese descent, is the first Muslim to take a head coaching position in the NFL.

Great hire by the NY Jets!

 

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