Logan Ryan
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Super Bowl LI features two of the highest scoring offenses. Defense may not be a premium in this one. That said, the Patriots do have the better statistical defense. Plus, they have the better defensive minds installing their game plan.
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1. New England Patriots
2. Atlanta Falcons
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Matt Bryant
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My guess is the Patriots’ defense will allow Atlanta to move into field position, but force Bryant into multiple field goal attempts. Meanwhile Gostkowski will be kicking PATs.
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1. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
2. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
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Martellus Bennett
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Perhaps the biggest advantage in the Super Bowl is the tight end comparison.
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1. Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
2. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
3. Levine Toilolo, Atlanta Falcons
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Bill Belichick will do his best to take away Julio Jones in Super Bowl LI. I still like Julio’s chances to be productive, even if it’s late.
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1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
3. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
4. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
5. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons
6. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
7. Michael Floyd, New England Patriots
8. Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots
9. Aldrick Robinson, Atlanta Falcons
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Super Bowl LI features two teams with multiple viable fantasy football options. It’s possible that any of the top two backs on each team could be the top fantasy back this week. I’ll roll with the past using Blount force against the Falcons. The Pats have the top scoring defense, which puts Freeman in the second spot for me.
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1. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
2. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
3. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
4. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
5. James White, New England Patriots
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Tom Brady tunnel Matt Ryan
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Super Bowl LI features two of the top quarterbacks in the league. Matt Ryan averaged 309 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game (4,944 yards, 38 TDs, 7 INTs). He  has somehow risen his game this postseason averaging 365 yards and 3.5 touchdowns in two wins. He even added a rushing touchdown. Entering the Super Bowl, Ryan is playing at the higher level of the two. Brady averaged 296.2 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game (3,554 yards, 29 TDs, 2 INTs). He’s averaging 335.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in his two wins.
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Where Brady has Ryan beat is experience. This is the seventh time playing on the biggest stage in professional sports. He has averaged 267.5 yards and 2.2 touchdowns in his six appearances. In his past five he’s averaging 292 yards and 2.4 TDs. The other area where Brady has the advantage is the defense he’s facing. Those two factors give Brady a slight edge.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
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I nailed the Super Bowl match-up. I am going with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Experience, coaching and defense should prevail.
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Regular Season Record: 151-103-2 (.594)
Playoff Record:  8-2 (.800)
Overall Record:  159-105-2 (.601)
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Super Bowl LI Pick
New England Patriots over Atlanta Falcons
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The New England Patriots open Super Bowl 51 as three point favorites over the Atlanta Falcons.  This is the seventh time curing the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era that the Patriots have played in the Super Bowl. A look back at how those previous Patriots Super Bowl teams did against the spread should give you some direction when you are sports betting online in this year’s Super Bowl.
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Before we look back, however, a quick look at how the Patriots and Falcons did this year. New England went an NFL best 14-2 while Atlanta went 11-5. Atlanta had the most prolific offense (540 points), scoring 71 more points that the next closest (New Orleans Saints). That Pats finished third at 441 points.  Defensively, New England allowed the fewest points at 250. Atlanta finished 27th with 406 points allowed. New England had the best scoring differential at +191 while Atlanta’s high-octane offense allowed them to finish second at +134. The numbers don’t lie. The top two teams are competing for the Super Bowl.
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Now that we dove deeper into this year’s numbers, let’s take a look back.
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Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) – New England Patriots vs. St. Louis Rams
Final Score:  20-17 Patriots
The Patriots entered the game as 14 point underdogs against the Greatest Show on Turf. They shocked the world and started a dynasty by winning the game outright.
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Super Bowl XXXVII (2004) – New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers
Final Score:  32-29 Patriots
The Patriots were favored this time by a touchdown. They won the game, but lost against the spread.
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Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) – New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Final Score:  24-21 Patriots
Again the Patriots were favored by a touchdown. Again they won, but lost against the spread.
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Super Bowl XLII – New England Patriots vs. New York Giants (2008)
Final Score:  17-14 Giants
The Patriots were heavy favorites in this one, but this time they were the ones that got shocked.
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Super Bowl XLVI – New England Patriots vs. New York Giants (2012)
Final Score:  21-17 Giants
Once again the Pats were favorites, but ended up losing yet again to the Giants.
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Super Bowl XLIX – New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks (2015)
Final Score:  28-24 Patriots
The Seahawks were slight favorites and were a Malcolm Butler improbably goal line interception away from covering. He made the play and the Pats got the win.
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Overall the Patriots are 2-4 against the spread in Brady and Belichick’s six Super Bowl appearances. Past history suggests that the smart bet is Atlanta, but it’s hard to go against Belichick with two weeks to prepare.

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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football team defense rankings for the Conference Championship Round.
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1. New England Patriots
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Green Bay Packers
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football kicker rankings for the Conference Championship Round.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
3. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
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