Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots - NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New England Patriots (14-4) at Seattle Seahawks (14-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
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The mecca of North American professional sports takes center stage on Sunday as the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots meet up in Arizona for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions.
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The New England Patriots continue their dynastic status and have qualified for yet another Super Bowl under the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick regime and this time they'll look to come away victorious after dropping their last two appearances to the New York Giants. The Pats dismantled the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game but it wasn't without controversy as the “Ballghazi” or “Deflategate” scandal has stolen the headlines this week and while everyone inside or out of football has an opinion on the matter and of the New England Patriots I will stay out of it for our purposes here. The fact remains that the Pats were written off by everyone outside of the organization after the first half of the season as it looked as though they would fall short of the playoffs and that their reign of terror in the AFC East was over but the Pats did what they always do and silence their skeptics and now have another shot at winning the Super Bowl as they face off against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots need to utilize the weapons they have offensively and keep the Seahawks defense guessing and with Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas banged up they could exploit those two though it is never a good idea going after the Legion of Boom even if you are Tom Brady. If the Pats can move the ball effectively through the air on the Seattle defense and the New England secondary can stack the box on Marshawn Lynch this could be a one sided affair but don't think for a second that Lynch is going to roll over if the Pats have early success and Pete Carroll will have his guys ready to go.
Seattle had a very different path to the Super Bowl as they scraped by the Green Bay Packers in one of the craziest football games I have ever seen and while the Seahawks looked downright awful at times in that game especially on offense they did enough to get the win and luck was certainly on their side for the better part of the fourth quarter. Marshawn Lynch stepped up once again and proved he is one of if not the best back in football and Russell Wilson made it count when it mattered most as his touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in overtime sealed it for Seattle who has a chance to lock up back to back Super Bowls for the first time since the Patriots did it in 2004-05. The Seahawks don't have a lethal attack through the air and that was evident in their win over the Packers and Green Bay perhaps exploited ways on how to beat the Seahawks that the Patriots could use to their advantage but with the talent level of Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle defense being what it is it could be enough for the Seahawks to overcome their offensive inadequacies and earn the win. This game is going to be a classic and the line indicates we are in for a close one and while the Patriots had the more convincing victory last week they also had lesser competition and I think the way the Seahawks came back last week will serve as extra motivation to cap this season off with another championship. I am on Seattle.