The Super Bowl is almost here, so today I will be analyzing these two team’s quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. The 16-2 Patriots will face off against the 13-5 Falcons in Houston this Sunday at 6:30. These two teams have been dominating all year long, so this game is sure to be a good one!
Both the Patriots and the Falcons dominant play starts with their quarterbacks. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has put up fantastic numbers since being suspended for the first four weeks of the season, while Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons has been dominating since week 1. Both of these top-tier quarterbacks could win MVP, and both are very deserving. Brady has thrown for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns in only 12 games this season. On the other hand, Matt Ryan has thrown for just under 5,000 yards along with 38 TDs. This Super Bowl is certainly going to come down to which quarterback plays the best.
Along with two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, each of these teams also has an above average run game. The Patriot’s starting running back is most likely going to be LeGarette Blount this Sunday, who leads the league in touchdowns. Blount has had an astonishing season where he put up some crazy numbers. Blount’s jump onto the scenes is surprising due to the fact that just a few years ago he was playing only a few snaps for a weak Tampa Bay Buccaneer team. The Patriots certainly found a diamond in the rough with this Marshawn Lynch like power back. The Falcons enjoy more of a duo in the backfield with Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman. Coleman, who has served as the backup most of the season, has had just over 500 yards along with 8 touchdowns, which is quite exceptional for a backup. The starting running back Devonta Freeman has enjoyed a better season due to having more than double the carries as Coleman. Freeman has run for 1,079 yards this season, along with a solid 11 TDs.
Matt Ryan and Tom Brady have both enjoyed some opportunist wide receivers this year such as Taylor Gabriel and Chris Hogan. Both quarterbacks have had reliable options for years, such as Julio Jones and Julian Edelman. Some of the fantastic receivers on both sides have made the quarterback’s job this season much easier. The Patriots core receivers are Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan, who have carried much of the workload through the passing game this season. Following many injuries to star tight end Rob Gronkowski, Hogan stepped up to become a prominent figure in one of the most dominant offenses in the league. Edelman, who has been a good receiver for Brady for years, caught 98 passes and racked up 1,1006 yards. Despite his success, Edelman has had a down year, partially due to the facts that he has only caught 3 touchdowns. Hogan, who is enjoying one of the best years of his career, has made the most of his 38 catches by getting 680 receiving yards. His average of 17.9 yards per catch is one of the highest in the league, making him one of the better deep threats in the entire league!
The Falcons receiver core is lead by Julio Jones, who has had nothing short of an incredible year. Despite missing a few games to injury, Jones has still managed to put up 1,409 yards and 6 touchdowns on 83 catches. In the absence of Jones, Taylor Gabriel has really stepped up his game. Gabriel had 35 catches for 579 yards this season while scoring six times. This offseason, the Falcons added to their receiving core Mohamed Sanu, who had previously spent his short career with the Bengals. Sanu struggled early in the season, besides Week 1, but as of late has found his groove. Sanu has had a respective 59 catches this year and gained 653 yards off of his catches. Mohamed also scored 4 touchdowns through the air.
These receivers are all very good, but let’s not forget that some of the credit for these receivers success should go to the quarterbacks, who some may say are the best two in the NFL!