It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Who’s going to win the big game today? We asked some of our staff members to weigh in along with their selection for MVP. Some of us went into a little more detail than others so enjoy! If you’re looking for our favorite Super Bowl memories, click here!
Matthew Cannata – Executive Director of Content and Production | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
I’m a Miami Dolphins fan and when it comes to the New England Patriots, my dislike for them reaches high levels. There is no way I can root for them. With that said, I really don’t think they win this game either and that’s not my heart getting in the way. The Seattle Seahawks have a dominating defense and run game. Sprinkle in some Russell Wilson magic and you have a perfect formula for winning. We’ve seen the Dolphins and the New York Jets make Brady look foolish. There’s no way the Seahawks defense doesn’t do the same. Seahawks will win 27-17. The MVP? Marshawn Lynch.
Eldon Jenson – Fantasy Football Columnist | Twitter: @EJFootball
So who’s going to win this weekend? The betting line is a virtual pick ‘em, which means even Vegas is having a hard time coming up with a favorite in this game. And while I’m not a big fan of either team, one thing you can bet on is that as a diehard Dolphins fan, every fiber of my being wants the Patriots to lose, which means I’ll be rooting like crazy for the Seahawks to pull off the win, But I have a sneaky suspicion that the Pats will play off the ’disrespect’ card, come out strong, and ultimately have the better balance on both sides of the ball.
The Pats have a slight advantage in the trenches; the defensive front has the players to clog the running lanes and keep Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson in check, and the offensive line matches up well against Seattle’s rushers. New England should have success pounding their big backs up the gut, opening up the short passing game that Tom Brady loves. If Seattle is going to pressure Brady, it will have to come from stunts and blitzes, and Brady has the savvy to take advantage. I expect a hard-fought game, a slugfest, and in the end I think the Pats earn their fourth Lombardi Trophy, 23-17.
I’m definitely going to go against the grain on my pick for MVP in this game. While Tom Brady will get far more credit than deserved in this game, and is the odds-on favorite to win MVP, I expect him to be effective, but not dominant. I really think the most impactful player will come from the defensive side of the ball, someone who is involved in seemingly every play, makes those crucial stops, breaks up pass plays, or constantly makes timely drive-killing tackles. To me that would be either Linebacker Dont’a Hightower or Safety Devin McCourty. Both are worthy candidates, but since I have to pick one, I flipped a coin. And the winner of the Super Bowl MVP is… Devin McCourty.
Seth Fisher – Miami Dolphins Columnist | Twitter: @SethAFisher13
As a lifelong Dolphins fan, I really want the New England Patriots to lose, but so much for the Seattle Seahawks to win, because I'm not much of a fan of them either. With that being said though, I think the Seahawks have to formula to beat Tom Brady. When you think of the ways the Dolphins have beaten Brady and Patriots before, it is by being able to put pressure on him with a four man rush. When the Dolphins beat the Patriots in 2004 on Monday Night Football, it was Jason Taylor and the defensive line putting constant pressure on him. And when the Dolphins beat them this year, it was Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, and Chris McCain putting pressure on him all game long.
I think the Seahawks, with the likes of Michael Bennett, Bruce Irving, Tony McDaniel, etc, rushing Tom Brady with the kind of secondary that they have, I think they will frustrate Brady all game long just like they did to Peyton Manning last year.
Kathrine Damato – Podcast Panelist | Twitter: @Kathrineee
I'm sticking with my prediction from the show, although people have said it is ballsy haha. 34-21 Seahawks, their defense will score a TD for them! And MVP goes to Russell... In hopes that he will cry again when he says he is going to Disney World!
Ryan Thyer - Fantasy Football Columnist | Twitter: @BigNoahD05
Prediction: Seattle 24 NE 20 - MVP as a big old slap in Goodell's face - Marshawn Lynch
Chad Ronnebaum – Miami Dolphins Columnist and Podcast Panelist | Twitter: @GoFins4SB
I am going with the Seahawks and Russell Wilson.
Luis Sung -- Assistant Director of Content and Production | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
Despite almost being kicked off the show for daring to make such a blasphemous pick, I stand by what I said that the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl, but I really hope that I'm wrong about that. After all the drama that's gone on with DeflateGate and people pulling the fire alarms in their hotel room, the Patriots are going to be playing with rage that is never a good sign for whoever is playing against them.
For Seattle, it's going to come down to two things. One, can the Seahawks pass-rush penetrate Brady's Great Wall of Foxborough and make him start tap-dancing, and two, will the Seahawks take the pressure off of Russell Wilson and allow their star running back Marshawn Lynch to carry the load? If these two things happen, I think the Seahawks will have an excellent chance to win.
Unfortunately, I don't trust that will happen. People love to talk about how great Russell Wilson is as a quarterback, but in my honest opinion, Wilson really isn't that special. When he's not allowed to run and when Lynch doesn't get to do much, Wilson struggles. I believe the Patriots will try to make Wilson beat them, and in the end Wilson will fail to do so. I'm picking the Patriots to win 24-14 because these two defenses will find ways to make things difficult for each other, but in the end one offense is simply better than the other. MVP? It's a Magical QB World. Whether it's deserved or not, I expect it to be Tom Brady.