NFL Predictions 2018: Playoff Picks, Super Bowl LIII Champion, Award Winners and More

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Man, what a strange trip this season has been. Steelers 20, Vikings The Super Bowl will be a throwback matchup highlighted by two excellent defenses, but the Steelers, with the more talented overall roster, come out with the win. Afterward, Ben Roethlisberger retires. Steelers 31, Saints Patriots 24, Vikings Patriots 31, Vikings We may get our first clunker of a Super Bowl since the 48th edition. Vikings 24, Steelers The Vikings ride their No. But in the Super Bowl, the Vikings defense makes the difference, especially playing at home.

Patriots 35, Vikings The Vikings become the first team in NFL history to make the Super Bowl in their home stadium, which gives sportswriters a week of free content—a minor escape from writing the st feature on The Patriot Way. Steelers 31, Vikings I had Steelers-Eagles as my midseason pick, but with Philly terribly weakened now the Vikes will ride home field to the Super Bowl. The Case Keenum magic will end at home against a Steelers attack that will have all their weapons back. Vikings 27, Steelers I usually favor explosive offenses but this is the year of the Vikings and their fabulous defense.

They are fast, physical and extremely well-coached. And they have enough offense, with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, to win. The fact that they are playing the Super Bowl at home is gravy; this is the year of the Vikings. Vikings 21, Steelers Ben Roethlisberger leads a two-minute drill, and completes what looks to be an eight-yard touchdown to Jesse James with two seconds left to tie the game.

The ball is jostled as he hits the ground after he extends his arms over the goal line. The play is reviewed, and it is determined the catch did not survive the ground. Patriots 27, Vikings Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more.

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Eagles 26, Patriots With multiple coverage looks and extreme talent in the defensive secondary, the Jaguars gave Brady and the Patriots trouble in the AFC championship game before New England pulled off yet another epic comeback.

Yes, the Eagles enter Super Bowl 52 with a stout defense, but they don't have the talent in the back seven to contain the Patriots' passing game early the way the Jags could. Patriots 31, Eagles Foles looked great against a better defense in the NFC championship game, but it's tough to expect a repeat performance on a bigger stage away from home.

The Pats' experience gives them the edge, and their pass rush can apply enough pressure to force Foles into some mistakes. The Eagles have proven themselves capable of beating the Patriots this postseason on both sides of the ball.

MVP whiffs Ranking all 51 winners. But this is Brady. It could be just as tight as the last time these teams met in the Super Bowl, but it will come with an almost identical result. The peril of making a Super Bowl prediction, or a prediction in any game involving these Patriots, is there's a very good chance you will be percent correct for as much as 58 minutes and still wrong in the end.

In each of those cases, the opposing coaches were guilty of strategic errors that essentially involved underestimating the capability of Brady and his pals to concoct a game-changing comeback. So even if these Patriots are no longer the most impressive or lethal team, they are probably the most resilient team in the history of American sport.






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