Sunday, January 22, 2017

Why The Patriots Win On Sunday

It's no secret that the New England Patriots are the super dynasty of the NFL. It has been that way for over a decade and it looks like it will stay that way as long as coach Bill Belichick sticks around. Some people will argue that Tom Brady is the superstar of that team, but that would be incorrect. The Patriots have shown time and time again that they are fully capable of winning without
Tom Brady under center. Take this season for example. Brady was suspended for the first four games of the regular season (due to some under-inflated footballs) and the Patriots went 3-1 in his absence. Not to mention they played 2 division rivals and the Arizona Cardinals in those 4 games. Also, think back to when Brady had his ACL tear, the Patriots went 11-5 under the helm of Matt Cassel. Now, I am not trying to throw shade on Tom Brady. I believe he is the best Quarterback to ever play in the NFL. That includes Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers clearly has more natural ability and athleticism but Brady is the most efficient QB I have ever seen. Don't take my word for it, look at his Superbowl rings. He's got 4 of them and possibly 5 if they win this season. So think about what that really means, Bill Belichick is capable of winning all the time even without the greatest QB to ever live. Pretty hard to believe but it's true. There is no other team in the NFL that has been as consistently great as the Patriots in the last 15 years.

However, the Pittsburgh Steelers are no joke either. This is a team that is probably the 2nd best franchise in the past 15 years. They always seem to be deep in the playoffs and they do it different ways. When coach Mike Tomlin first took over they did it with defense. Troy Polomalu, Casey Hampton, and Ike Taylor are just some of the names that were staples in the steel curtain. Now they're all about the offense. Big Ben, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell. Either way you slice it, they are consistently a 10 win team. These compliments of the Steelers should carry extra weight considering I am a lifelong, die hard, Bengals fan. However, even I cannot deny that they are a tremendous franchise. So, this Sunday we have 2 of the best run franchises going head to head and I'll breakdown why I am picking the Patriots.

When I was first picking this game I was very uneasy about my pick. Even though the Steelers are the underdog, they could very well win this game. That's how things are in the NFL (any given Sunday any team can win). I chose the Patriots because I believe they have a more talented and well rounded roster. I believe Tom Brady has a chip on his shoulder from being suspended and their defense is underrated and underappreciated. They also have the greatest coach to ever live in Bill Belichick. With all those things I still thought it would be a very close game. Like, whoever has the ball last kind of game. Then a story leaked, or a video rather, of Antonio Brown filming his team in the locker room after their win in the divisional round against the Chiefs. This is a big problem. Now all the players have to answer media questions surrounding this and it is taking their focus away from football. And  I know that these are professional athletes and things like this shouldn't be a distraction but with mainstream media anything can be a distraction. This is bad press and in the AFC Conference Championship game you don't need any bad press. That solidified my pick in the Patriots and I became more confident in my selection. However, it doesn't stop there. Friday, the Steelers announced that up to 15 players on their roster have the flu. 15 players on their roster are not at 100 percent for this game on Sunday. Now Steelers fans are going to be hoping that every one of those 15 players has a Michael Jordan flu game but I can assure you that will not happen. Having the flu and playing basketball would be extremely difficult but having the flu and playing a full contact sport is a completely different animal. It will drain every ounce of energy from their bodies and probably lead to dehydration in minutes. If the Steelers want any chance to win this game they better have Gatorade on an IV and hope it wasn't any of their playmakers that got the flu. So Patriots fans, rest assured your team will make it to yet another Superbowl. My final prediction, 34-26 Patriots.

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