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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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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football tight end rankings for the Conference Championship Round.
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1. Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
2. Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers
3. Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
5. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football wide receiver rankings for the Conference Championship Round.
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1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
4. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
5. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
6. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
7. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
8. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
9. Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Michael Floyd, New England Patriots
11. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
12. Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers
13. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football running back rankings for the Conference Championship Round.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
3. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
4. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
5. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
6. Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
7. James White, New England Patriots
8. Aaron Ripkowski, Green Bay Packers
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Matt Ryan
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football quarterback rankings for the Conference Championship. We’re talking four of the best quarterbacks in the league so the difference from top to bottom is razor thin.
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1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
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I missed on Seattle as I underestimated Atlanta’s offense and overestimated Seattle’s defense, but finished three of four again.
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Regular Season Record: 151-103-2 (.594)
Playoff Record:  6-2 (.750)
Overall Record:  157-105-2 (.598)
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Conference Championship Picks
Atlanta over Green Bay
New England over Pittsburgh
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football team defense rankings for the Divisional Round.
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1. New England Patriots
2.  Seattle Seahawks
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Atlanta Falcons
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Houston Texans
8. Dallas Cowboys
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