The New England Patriots face the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas.Given the fact that the Patriots didn’t have Tom Brady in the first four games and the Falcons unexpected rise in the NFC, Super Bowl 51 is bringing the NFL fans plenty of things to talk about before the Big Game.
As the champions of the AFC and with a great quarterback, the New England Patriots are slightly the favorites over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl 51 according to Vegas oddsmakers. The opening line of the Super Bowl 51 is -3.0 New England while the over/under is 58.5.
New England Patriots
Offensively, the Patriots averaged 27.6 points and 386.2 total yards (269.2 in passing and 117.0 in rushing) per game. Defensively, the Patriots yielded 15.6 points (1st) and 326.4 total yards (8th) (237.9 in passing and 88.6 in rushing) per game.
Offensively, the Patriots are averaging 35.0 points per game. Defensively, the Patriots are yielding 16.5 points per game. Noticeably, the Patriots have maintained their defensive stature in denying their opponents to score not more than 17 points.
Quarterback Tom Brady:
In the past two games, Tom Brady has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 671 yards and five touchdowns against two interceptions with 99.5 percent QB rating.
The ground game of the Patriots is not their main arsenal as LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis have combined for only 130 yards in 43 attempts. If the Patriots will effectively reach 100 yards through Blount, then they will likely enjoy navigating through the defense of the Falcons.
Chris Hogan has 275 yards and two touchdowns in 13 catches while Julian Edelman posted 277 yards in 16 receptions. They were the favorite targets of Brady. If these two receivers will have their numbers in the Super Bowl, then it would be difficult for the Falcons to match. Martellius Bennett, Dion Lewis, James White and Danny Amendola are part of the passing game.
Offensively, the Falcons averaged 33.8 points (1st) and 415.8 total yards (2nd) (295.3 in passing and 120.5 in rushing) per game. Defensively, the Falcons are yielding 25.4 points and 371.2 total yards per game against their opponents.
Offensively, the Falcons are averaging 40.0 points per game. Defensively, the Falcons are yielding 20.5 points per game. One of the significant changes for the Falcons in the playoffs would be their defense.
Quarterback Matt Ryan:
In the playoffs, Matt Ryan has completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 730 yards and seven touchdowns with no intercetpions. He has 132.6 percent quarterback rating.
Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have combined for 173 yards in 50 attempts. Like the Patriots, the running game is not the primary weapon.
Matt Ryan has so many receivers capable of beating the defense of the Patriots. Julio Jones accumulated 247 yards and three touchdowns in nine receptions in the last two games. Freeman and Mohamed Sanu have combined for 218 yards and three touchdowns in 17 receptions. Taylor Gabriel and Coleman are part of the passing game of the Falcons.
Currently, the Super Bowl Odds stood at -3.0 Patriots and 58.5 O/U.