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Super Bowl LI Prediction

| February 2nd, 2017

Honestly, I haven’t spent much time thinking about this Super Bowl. The NFL starts to drift from my mind moments after the conference championship games are concluded. (At this point, golf begins to take the leaves the lounge and comes into the showroom.) But having seen a boatload of both teams over the course of the season, here are five thoughts:

  • I don’t think the Falcons have enough in their secondary to handle the Patriots spread game. But Dan Quinn’s defense will need to do two things to keep Brady & Co. from piling up the points: (1) avoid the deep hit and (2) tighten up against the run inside the red zone.
  • Brady has lost two Super Bowls and both of them were not solely because of Eli Manning’s heroics. He lost those games because both of those Giants teams got after Brady with their defensive lines. Both of those Giants teams did not require blitzing Brady – which is schematic suicide – to pressure him into quick throws. While Vic Beasley led the league in sacks, the next guy on the Falcons had 4.5. They’ll need more than Beasley.
  • Is it safe to assume the Patriots will take Julio Jones out of this game when the entirety of the football universe believes the Patriots will take Julio Jones out of this game? If we all assume that, doesn’t Kyle Shanahan also assume that? And wouldn’t that mean there’s probably a healthy helping of Sanu and Gabriel and the two backs coming? I think Atlanta is going to have an easy time moving the ball.
  • This has nothing to do with Sunday’s game but I wonder where the Bears would be today if Phil Emery had listened to me and brought in Kyle Shanahan five years ago. I believed then, as I believe now, that Shanahan is going to be an excellent head coach in the league.
  • This game comes down to one player: Matt Ryan. He’s got a checkered playoff past but he has an opportunity to cement his legacy in the league Sunday and don’t think that hasn’t weighed on him the last two weeks. A Super Bowl title gives a quarterback a blank check for the rest of his career. Joe Flacco could write an essay for the Baltimore Sun denouncing the use of Old Bay seasoning and he’s still not going to be replaced as the Ravens signal caller.

The “expert” analysis seems to be moving towards Atlanta every day. I’m not going there.

New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 31

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  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    Patriots succumb to Hawks, happens evra time. Altanta 33 Patsy’s 27.

    • willbest

      Tom Brady has never lost to the Falcons

      • Huge Bears Penis

        I have never turned down a blow job, but there is a first time for everything.

        • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

          You’ve never rejected an ugly chick trying to pick you up? Ever?

          • CanadaBear

            That would be me.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            Ugly chicks know better to try to pick me up. I am way out of their league!

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            Ugly chick’s need lovin too ya know.

          • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

            You’re doing God’s work Trac.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            Was he the one that said beauty is in the eye of the beer holder? Eye forget.

      • Sauron’s right eyeball

        This reminds me of when the announcers mention a QB not ever throwing a pic 6 in his career and on the next play, it happens. Shanahan is going to slay the Sith lord, watch.

      • BearDown100393

        Until Sunday.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Got to be Atlanta’s game, right? Choose your poison Bellifat. Work in the stolen Death Star plans whatever way you will, because you’ll never approach Shula’s wins or class.

    Didn’t see one playoff game and won’t be watching this one live. Don’t care.

    Lombardis for Halas.

    Draft Day 2017. Bring it on.

    Spock out.

  • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

    Gooooooooooooolf!!!!!!!!

    I bet Urlacher is better than Singletary at golf.

    • MB30SD

      No fucking way!!! Singletary is a billion times the golfer!!!!

      • CanadaBear

        It’s hard to be really good at golf with your pants down around your ankles. He drops trou between 9’s.

      • Huge Bears Penis

        Greatest Golfer of all time! FUTURE HOFer!!!

      • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

        Don’t you DARE say that Singletary is better than Butkus at golf! I would be SO DONE here!

        • Sauron’s right eyeball

          Hahaha

    • BearDown100393

      Pants up or pants down?

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  • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

    Trump badmouthed the Governator today and also threatened Mexico with invasion.

    Just another day.

    • willbest

      And yet the violence only seems to run left to right.

      • Sauron’s right eyeball

        What if it’s all staged bullshit to pit Americans against one another? Nah…couldn’t possiby be the case.

        • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

          Can we have a bonfire on your property? Hold hands around the bonfire and sing “We shall overcome”

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            Nope.

    • willbest
  • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

    Dave Wanny – Mr. Charm… or is that Mr. Charmin since he wipes Jimmy’s ass at every turn – he predicted the Falcons will rise up and slam the Pats for the win on Sunday.

    Rule of thumb: Bet against Wannstedt.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      With or without the spread? Hurry, I’m dialing my bookie forthwith.

  • BearDown100393

    Somehow, some way, this Super Bowl will be trumped.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Last time I checked, the line had not budged from where it opened at Pats -3.

    Kind of surprised.

    • willbest

      Yeah, I been waiting for it to go to -3.5. But apparently people are content with a push on a last minute FG win.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Thinking (afraid) NE WILL win, but I also think that if Atlanta CAN put up 30+, the Falcons will prevail.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Hawks will win imo. I’m not as confident as when I picked the Cubs to come back from 1-3 in the World Series but I’m pretty sure Darth hoodies goin down.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I am not confident enough to risk any $$, but I would love to see it.

        • CanadaBear

          100%.

  • I’m going 31-20 Pats, and the game is not as close as the final score would make you think.

  • Waffle

    As I’ve become incredibly less political over the years I just feel that I have to say this. Donald Trump will secure the power base in this country for the Democratic party for at least a full generation. The only way Democrats will EVER lose another election 4 yrs from now and beyond is if they simply make an error and make a baby eating feral alley cat their nominee…and even then it will require a fucking recount.
    This is getting fucked up quick style.

    • MB30SD

      putting a spoiled blue blood rich megalomaniac reality show buffoon into office as the POTUS… what could possibly go wrong?!?

      • Huge Bears Penis

        Nothing. He will be the Greatest POTUS Ever! FUTURE HOFer. They will carve his face into Mountains and make Mexico pay for it!!! It will be YUUUUGE!!!

        • MB30SD

          YUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

      • Waffle

        my main concern was souring our ties with the allies that go to fucking war by our sides with their spec ops, logistics, etc…….ANNNNNNNNNNNND that’s exactly who he’s pissing all over.
        There will be an “event” before the next 4 yrs are up.

        we will actually NEED an Obama style apology tour this time around for real reasons. And it may not be enough

        • Huge Bears Penis

          we don’t need allies. He will make us GREAT Again!

        • MB30SD

          probably. how do you put someone in that position who’s never even goverened a company successfully… his ‘thing’ supposedly.

          there you have it… ‘Murica. No one to blame but ourselves for this mess… and by ourselves, I means all the fucktards outside of so cal. hahaha

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I blame Russia.

          • MB30SD

            hey! I can see that place from my hoose!!!

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I bet them poor lonely russian lookouts were using their binoculars to look into your windows. them damn peeping ruskies.

          • MB30SD

            probably

          • willbest

            You don’t like coordinating with them and Assad to beat back ISIS and set up a place in Syria for the Syrian refugees to go?

          • MB30SD

            smfh

          • willbest

            Its Obama’s mess. Like Iraq was Bush’s. Why you taking it out on the person who has to figure out how to clean it up.

          • MB30SD

            you don’t deal with assad dude, you fucking assassinate him, and put in the next CIA upheld rebel force that will, in a few short years, turn against us and become the next brutal dictatorship.

            Come on will! that’s how it’s fucking done man! And around and around we go… let’s not rock the boat now?!

          • willbest

            I used to be fairly indifferent to the neo-cons. But Fuck this. I don’t see how we lose out if Russia has some middle eastern pocket dictators or if somebody in that shithole region manages to reform the Ottoman Empire.

            I get that it affects our “allies” in the region, but they don’t seem to act like they give a shit. So I don’t know why we should either.

          • MB30SD

            right. what could possibly go wrong.

            (hint, we’re going to find out)

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            As far as Syria, it hasn’t gone down the way it’s been reported on the news. We live in an insane world. Boobie’s over bullets, it’s the only way to go.

          • MB30SD

            never happen. Those crazy fuckers never get to see boobies. They have to look at fucking bedsheets all day erra day, and when they finally do get to have sex and rape whatever poor girl wants nothing to do with their disgusting hairy ass, she’s just as hairy.

            Enough to drive anyone crazy I guess. The whole arab nation needs 6 months of this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BO2CFb_D4hV/?taken-by=danbilzerian&hl=en

            that happens and there are no more terrorists. It’s all about context.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            Hmm….

          • Johnnywad

            It’s really just too fucking hot there. They’re just always pissed cuz it’s so damn hot.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, that too… but mostly the boobies things I’d imagine.

          • SC Dave

            Modern Democrats only know how to blame others.

          • Waffle

            haha, fuck Cali. I’d be on a fist throwing turret if I had to put up with those fucking retards at those campuses.
            Totally agree though that we get what we vote for. They gave us Hilrod, the epitome of Washington go fuck yourself, an old commie with no actual financially responsible ideas and a fucking joke of businessman who somehow was moderately successfull some of the time occasionally.
            And we picked the worse of all 3!

            I think we can all agree that out of all 3 of those guys the best and most prepared president probably would have been Jeb. Fucking Jeb Bush.

          • MB30SD

            hahaha, we’re a bunch of millenial buffoons, but we know a bad idea when we see one. I mean, couldn’t there have been an old hollywood actor on the ticket. Then we could have just voted for him sight unseen.

            For me it came down to best of necessary evils. And the bottom line is that a career politician (liar thief) at least knows how to work the system and get shit done… without blowing everything up in a huge mushroom cloud of fuck you everyone but murica!

            I mean, I didn’t think it was possible to outdo ourselves with the bush fiasco… man, we really stepped up to the plate this time. Murica!

          • willbest

            Surprisingly Trump has been rather truthful. I know its only been a couple weeks, so he has plenty of time to go off and do all sorts of things, but he seems intent on doing what he said. Very Chicago Machine like actually. People don’t mind if you rob them blind as long as the snow is plowed, the potholes are fixed, and the garbage is collected.

          • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

            Will –

            “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.

            That is from the TRANSCRIPT of the call, leaked by Mexico.

            https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/02/bad-hombres-reports-claim-trump-threatened-to-send-troops-to-mexico

            Just make sure you know which news is fake, mmmmm’kay?

        • willbest

          Him and May were hand in hand… I know its not a Saudi King like Bush II, but the Brits are a little more useful most of the time.

        • SC Dave

          No, we wont. Once the EU collapses, they will be begging us to keep providing practically free defense for them.

          Some wimps may propose we apologize for acting in our interests, but no one will be listening.

          The existential war between globalist elites and sovereign nations has commenced. My money is firmly on the latter.

      • Sauron’s right eyeball

        All of Trumps kids are Jewish. That’s gotta count for something.

        • willbest

          I think you mean grandkids. And DJT Jr.’s wife is only half Jewish.

          • CanadaBear

            In for a penny, in for a pound.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            He’s Israel’s best friend?

    • willbest

      I think you are grossly misreading the situation. The Democrats only hurt themselves with their antics. I don’t know if you followed the Scott Walker shit in Wisconsin, but this is the exact same thing but on a national level. Not only did he come out of it stronger, the Dems lost Wisconsin on the national level.

      • Waffle

        naw

        • willbest

          I don’t know any Trump voters that are having second thoughts about their vote. I do know quite a few that aren’t that interested in letting people know they voted for him though. I don’t know anybody that has any issue telling the world what they think about Trump.

          Not exactly a sign of fascism.

          • Waffle

            I’m not worried about Fascism. That’s a non issue made up by the left. I’m worried about the effect of gross negligence, incompetence, inexperience, the inability to conduct oneself and adapt to a rapidly changing political environment both here and across the world, on our security, our relationships with our allies, our tenuous peace with some insane foreign countries, etc.
            Obama came in to this office with no fucking clue how to do it but as with a lot of smart, charming and savvy motherfuckers that listen before they speak he played the game well enough to make up for the experience until he actually had the experience.

          • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

            So you are saying that Obama basically Billy Dee Williams’d the thang.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pK5HmuCMBM

          • Waffle

            that took what was a good day and turned it into one of the greatest. Little does anyone know in our circle of friends that I’m ONLY serving Colt 45 at my superbowl party now. It really does work every time.

          • SC Dave

            You should be worried about fascism. Soros’ dupes are being it every day.

        • One Dump from Retirement (GP)
          • Waffle

            on a side not how awesome would the Dark Knight Rises have been if they would have had the original plot available. Bane, Two Face AND the fucking Joker????? At the same fucking time?? Holy fuck that would have been crazy.

          • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

            Bale did The Fighter between Dark Knight and Rises, and was stupid skinny again.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71l-kIhJ5j8

            So much so that Nolan had to re-write the Catwoman thing in, and push Wayne out to recluse status to make sense of how non-Batman that Bale looked. Had Ledger lived and available for being in it, the script would have been even more crazy.

            As it stood, Nolan was trying to write Dickens a Tale of Two Cities as a superhero movie, let’s see how crazy we could get with it.

          • willbest

            I wasn’t aware of this travesty. It could have been so much more than the pile of crap it was.

          • Waffle

            Anything compared to Dark Knight would be a tough comparison. The first and only 4 star superhero movie.
            Batman begins changed the game and put that cuck Tobey Maguire on the scrap heap.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            Greatest Movie of all time!! Future HOFer!!!

        • SC Dave

          Yes. The Democrats will crush themselves.

    • BearDown100393

      This is obviously all Jay Cutler’s fault.

      • BerwynBomber

        Well, Trump is an anti-vaxxer too. Maybe we can trade Cutty to the White House.

        • Huge Bears Penis

          do they have anyone that can play safety in return?

          • willbest

            Bannon is a Sith Lord. I wouldn’t mind him on my team.

          • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

            Maybe Ben Carson can run. He’s black, right?

          • Waffle

            ha

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            He was a track and field star in College?

    • BerwynBomber

      I wish you were right but the Democratic party is historically unreliable at the polls. What’s the old adage? Democrats fall in love, Republican fall in line? Seems pretty accurate.

      So unless the Dems nominate a brilliant, rock-star level pol (see Bubba and Barack) they lose. Even when they have golden opportunities like Gore did sixteen years ago and Hillary did this last cycle.

      In short, I’m not holding my breath.

      • willbest

        Its the electoral college. What states are they going to flip back, and what message are they going to use to do it?

      • SC Dave

        Wish he was right?? Really?

        You’re okay with what you saw in the Veritas Project stuff?

    • Johnnywad

      This feels like when you said we were all going to die of Ebola. The world/country knows this shit is temporary. Next guy signs a few executive orders, it’s like nothing ever happened.

      My buddy said it best 20 years ago. “The best we can hope for is Congressional gridlock. They can’t fuck it up any worse than it is if they can’t do anything.”

      • willbest

        I used to think that way. But Congress has already given away all its meaningful authority to the executive branch. So its just the executive doing whatever the Supreme Court allows him to do plus whatever the bureaucrats can get away with in their own little fiefdoms.

      • Waffle

        I know, i can’t believe i was wrong one time! Well thank god i was wrong about us playing fucking chicken with one of the most deadly diseases that never would have hit our shores unless we had it delivered by Amazon with 2 day free shipping.
        I’m talking about Trump fucking up relationships and creating the appearance that any democratic candidate no matter how putrid is a quality alternative. That, my friend, is a very possible solution.

        • Johnnywad

          Haha. Mostly just fucking with you. Anythings possible. Nobody likes us now. Nobody will like us in four years. I have a feeling Trump is all bark and no bite. None of this shits gonna stick. He’s already got the lowest rating any incoming Presidents ever had.

          All else aside, if he somehow brings some manufacturing jobs home, we’ll call it a win. Nobody is letting him push the big red button.

    • SC Dave

      The beat result of Sanfers/Trump has already been the total discrediting of the Democratic gangsters and their vassals in the MSM.

      The shrillness of the lies of the Totalitarian Left and their hysteria behind their presentation is truly breathtaking.

    • BuddhaJoe

      I would’ve thought that but the corporate wing of the D party is still in control, making sure that in 2020 the choice will once a again be a giant douche vs a turd sandwich. Once again there will be nobody for left wingers to vote for and they’ll stay home, so Orange Julius Caesar will get another four years to fuck everything up.

  • MB30SD

    yup

  • BerwynBomber

    Only one team could have given the Pats a game this year. And that team stumbled out of the gate in the divisional round against a white-hot Rodgers. Yup, DAL. Jerra’s kids. They were the second most well-rounded team in the NFL this year.

    ATL just doesn’t have the D. Only way I see them winning is if Beasley plays out of his mind and has a MVP-worthy game. Otherwise, they won’t stop NE as often as NE stops them.

    Pats 31, Falcons 20

    • willbest

      I think if the Falcons can score first they can make a game of it.

      • BerwynBomber

        ATL can be a true load the next few years. Ryan, albeit not HoF elite, looks like a solid top ten guy (no small thing) and is in his prime. Their skill guys are all young and their D, though not yet a strength, is fast and improving. (I just don’t think it’s ready to stop Brady and company.)

        The NFL landscape is ever-changing (except for Hoodie and the Pats), but DAL and ATL look like teams that could dominate the NFC for a few years. Then again, I felt the same about MIN coming into this year.

        • Johnnywad

          Felt that way about MIN with a third of a season behind us.

          And with GB coming out at 4-6 or whatever they were, you just never know what the hell to expect from the NFL. The only true constants appear to be NE is a threat to win it all every year and the Browns will always be in the running for the first pick in the draft. Seems like everything in between is up for grabs.

          • SC Dave

            Min does not have Ryan, or even close

          • Johnnywad

            And yet they had identical playoff records since Ryan came into the league until two weeks ago.

            Falcons have been in the playoffs periodically since his arrival but have one playoff win since 08 until last month. So it clearly isn’t just Ryan.

    • SC Dave

      Fuck Dallas. We’ll waste them in the Wild Card next year before we lose to the Panthers or Fudge

  • BerwynBomber

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog If I ran Bears I would bring back the same QB room as 2016: Cutler, Hoyer, Barkley. Then I’d draft QB only if I see potential franchise guy.”

    If you ran the Bears I’d be looking forward to the end of your regime and the 2018 draft.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Since we’re dreaming…..if I ran the Bears, I’d give everyone their money back that went to a home game last year.

      • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

        Make George write a handwritten apology to everyone.

        • Sauron’s right eyeball

          That too.

        • BearDown100393

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          Ted: Right away George.
          George: And some glitter!

    • Tortured Bear fan

      “Emerytesque play”

  • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

    I think everyone realizes that paying Alshon $17M for one year, and getting 6 games out of him before he gets a soft tissue injury and goes down for the season – is not good value.

    including Adam Jahns.

    • willbest

      I would be remiss if I didn’t point out if we tag him again we will have paid him 2-year $31.5 million, at which point it would have been foolish not to give him 5-year 70 million 30 million guaranteed.

    • SC Dave

      Alshon is more important to sign than anyone on the roster.

      Once we dump that asswipe that has wasted him for four years snd get a real QB, you’ll see.

  • Sauron’s right eyeball

    “…New England’s defense continues to rush precious few passers, apparently with the intent of trying to overload the secondary with defenders, but it didn’t seem to work against Seattle, which managed to make play after big play in the passing game downfield. If New England is to have any hope of winning another Super Bowl, it will need to find a way to improve in this area.”

    I gotta believe the Falcons are going to try to run the Ball against the Pats. Atlanta needs to be able to pressure Brady just enough to keep him from picking them apart.

    http://www.patriots.com/news/2016/11/14/performance-review-seahawks-patriots

    • SC Dave

      I agree. Ball control, and finishing drives.

      I think Julio gets 2 TD less than 15 yards. And maybe one about 70.

  • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

    How soon before gold is back at $1800?

    Trump’s wild wild ride. When he intimated that he was gonna fire Yellen, the rocketship launched.

    • willbest

      I don’t think he can. But why was he firing her? Because she wasn’t raising rates fast enough, or because the Fed needs an audit?

      • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

        I can’t even tell you if the Trump administration favors a weak or strong dollar.

        • SC Dave

          If you’re trying to bring jobs home, you want it weak. Foreign made goods more expensive, and domestic exports more competitive overseas.

          You know, what China has done to us for 40 years by pegging yuan at an artificially low exchange rate.

    • SC Dave

      There are forces far bigger than any politician affects at work.

      Other than pressing that one button, i mean

  • willbest

    ahaha

    “Rams have the only staff with DC on Medicare and HC in Daycare – Wade Philips

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