This is a Beauty and the Beast Superbowl, Offense v Defense, Brains v Brawn. Whichever way you look at it, this is a clash of opposing styles. Luca Bercelli is here with his thoughts on the Patriots...
"The 'Hawks shouldn't even be here, and if they play like they did against the Packers, they will wish they weren't. It's true that defense usually triumphs over offense, but I think that the Brains Trust will steamroller the Angry Mob. Get stuck in with all you've got."
Record: W12 - L4
Offense: Passing Yards - 9th; Rushing Yards - 18th
Defense: Passing yards - 17th; Rushing Yards - 9th
Bill Belichick is the best in the game by miles. He'll have a plan to stop Marshawn Lynch, bottle up Russell Wilson, and best take advantage of Seattle's overly aggressive defense. I really think the game will be won and lost in this fella's shell-like. The fact that the 'Hawks are so one-dimensional will obviously help, because we all know they depend heavily on a running game. BB will find a way to take that away, and it'll involve a heavy dose of the player I like to call Fat Boy Fat (otherwise known as Vince Wilfork). If the Pats can get this lump of beef in Marshawn's way he won't be going anywhere.
Reminds me of: Arsene Wenger.
Though not quite the force of old, but he's still got enough in the locker to add another ring to add to his collection. He's the ultimate competitor and a clever player. Figuring a way to navigate the exploding bombs of the Seattle defense won't be easy, but he's got numerous options and unless he has a stinker, he should cruise this.
Reminds me of: Michael Ballack. Pretty good, but surrounded by a great manager and a classy squad.
Whoever they choose to play
Basically anyone in trainers and pads could take this position. The Patriots have never put much importance on who takes the hand-offs and why should they? They play a system, and pretty much anyone can fit into it. Jonas Gray was the guy with four touchdowns in week 11. One week and a missed team meeting later, he was no longer the guy, and was mainly ignored for the rest of the season. The good thing about this plan is that if one man goes down, all you need to do to find a replacement is walk down the street and ask the first 230 pounder you bump into if he fancies a game of footy. LaGarrette Blount is the round peg in the round hole this week.
Reminds me of: the Invisible Man.
Rob (Gronk) Gronkowski
This freak is a 6ft6 bundle of fun who is virtually unplayable. Teams seem to foul him more and more these days (and generally get away with it), as that's about the only way to stop him. Will have a big day but it might be blocking rather than catching, so go easy on his receiving yards. A crucial piece of the puzzle.
Reminds me of: Freddie Flintoff.
Everything about this player oozes class. He just knuckles down and gets the job down. If I had to watch only one player through this whole match it would be him. Dependable, hard working and a great human being, unlike you-know-who.
Reminds me of: Jordan Henderson.
The 'Hawks shouldn't even be here, and if they play like they did against the Packers, they will wish they weren't. It's true that defense usually triumphs over offense, but I think that the Brains Trust will steamroller the Angry Mob. Get stuck in with all you've got.
Back the New England Patriots to win @ 2.01/1
Check out Luca's team profile of the Seahawks...