Super Bowl predictions from across the nation
Who will win the Super Bowl?
Analysts, coaches, former players and even psychics have cast their Super Bowl XLIX predictions.
In an article on Huffingtonpost.com, psychics from across the country were asked to predict the score of the game. Per the article, 16 of the 25 polled had New England topping Seattle.
According to ESPN.com, Adam Schefter picks the Patriots 24-21 over the Seahawks and Ron Jawarski picked the Pats to dominate 31-20 citing New England's "power rush" attack featuring LaGarrette Blount.
Respected analyst Jon Clayton has the Seahawks defeating the Patriots 24-20.
In a separate ESPN.com prediction article, both Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg from "Mike & Mike" have picked Seattle 27-21 and 23-16, respectively.
Mike Ditka, the man who coached the Chicago Bears to victory over New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX back in '86, picked New England to win 24-17 despite picking the Colts to beat New England in the AFC championship game two weeks ago.
New England legend and former All Pro linebacker, Tedy Bruschi, picked the Patriots to win 23-20.
As for me, it all comes to down to what is often the most unsung aspect of any football game, the battle in the trenches.
The Patriots' offensive linemen need to get the job done up front. If Brady has time to throw, I don't care who you have in the defensive backfield, he'll pick you apart.
The same goes on defense. New England's defensive ends (I'm looking at you, Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones) need to contain Russell Wilson and force him to make decisions throwing down-field, a matchup advantage the New England defensive backs have over Seattle's lackluster wideouts.
While it's possible a stomach ache from eating too many Skittles could affect Marshawn Lynch's rushing ability, New England's run-defense that has only let up 6 rushing TDs is the likely culprit. A stat, by the way, that's best in the NFL.
With an offensive line that has continued to improve and gel as the season has progressed, a strong rushing attack spearheaded by 250-pound LaGarrette Blount and, of course, the greatest coach and quarterback tandem of all-time in Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will lift New England to victory, despite Seattle having three of the four best defensive backs in the NFL in Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas making up the "Legion of Boom."
THE PREDICTION: It's one thing to talk the talk, but when it comes to walking the walk, New England does it better than any other team.
Patriots: 27 Seattle: 17
Tom Brady hits Rob Gronkowski for 2 TDs and Darrelle Revis shows he isn't too old to get the job done, picking off Russell Wilson and giving the world a tour of "Revis Island."
The Patriots' pads will do the talking tonight.