Is it me, or is Super Bowl LI a long way from being Super Bowl L-I-T?
I know I’m suffering from the Cowboys losing, but there’s gotta be something more compelling leading up to the big game than Tom Brady vs. Roger Goodell or old billionaires like Arthur Blanks dancing or offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan losing his backpack.
We’re smack dab in the middle of Super Bowl Week, and the biggest story in sports is King James putting Sir Charles on blast. Don’t get me wrong. Bron Bron going nuclear on Barkley for being honest is great.
However, there appears to be a few silver linings running through this cloud of dung known as Super Week.
For one, the game should be outstanding.
As much as I want to brag about Dallas, it’s clear the Falcons are the best team in the NFC. QB Matt Ryan, wide outs Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, and the rest of the offense scored 71 more points than any other team in the NFL this season.
On the other hand, New England’s defense has given up 34 points less than any other team in the league. And they got Tom Brady as QB.
More than individual players, the teams’ natural contrasts should make Sunday’s game great. New England is experienced, methodical and precise. Atlanta is young, fast and devastating.
The Patriots will dink and dunk you to death with screen passes and pick plays. They beat you 5, 10 or 15 yards at a time. On defense, Bill Belichick’s team swarms to the ball and seems to have a scheme for every offense.
Conversely, the Falcons will drop a 50-yard touchdown on you like it’s no one’s business.
Even with the differences, both teams are relentless and diverse. New England makes up ways to score. They led the league in scoring defense. They score on special teams, and Tom Brady has been making scrub receivers great since 2001.
Julio Jones is the single best player on the field for either team, but Atlanta’s offense is stacked and versatile. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman make up the best running-back duo in the league.
Then there’s fantasy sensation Taylor Gabriel, and if the Dirty Birds need to get physical, they have two good TEs and fullback Patrick DiMarco.
Atlanta’s defense is young, but after getting torched for a good part of the season, their games seem to be catching up with their speed.
All that being said, Atlanta will beat the Pats 34-30. MVP: Matt Ryan.
What won’t be beaten is my Holy Halal Super Bowl Chili, which will be one of the main dishes at the annual Jones Super Bowl Party. The guest of honor will be none other than K-Fect, aka Fort Meade’s Mr. Safety, aka Kirk Fechter.
K-Fect’s been keeping our sidewalks safe and suspenders in vogue since the turn of the century. Now he’s bringing his multilingual skills (I think he speaks seven languages) to the Jones house.
I’d invite you too, but there’s only so much chili, and my wife would probably kill me.
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