Jerry Green, James Hawkins, Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Sunday’s Super Bowl.
James Hawkins; Both Philadelphia and New England rank in the top five in scoring defense, so points should be hard to come by in Super Bowl LII. But for Tom Brady and the Patriots, this has essentially become just another game, and what better way to send-off soon-to-be Lions coach Matt Patricia than with some new bling. Patriots 20-17
Justin Rogers: The Eagles defense is good enough to keep this game close, but the Patriots knack for in-game adjustments and Tom Brady‘s experience in these big moments are the reasons I’m picking a championship repeat. Patriots 20-17
John Niyo: Nick Foles isn’t Carson Wentz. And Tom Brady isn’t Case Keenum. Start with that. But then look at what the Patriots have been able to do in the postseason recently, coming back to win after facing double-digit deficits four times — in four tries — the last four years. They just don’t get rattled. If any defense will get to Brady, it’ll be this one with Fletcher Cox and that front seven. But the Patriots will have a plan, and nobody makes better in-game adjustments than coach Bill Belichick and his staff. Patriots 24-17
Bob Wojnowski: Well, you knew Jim Schwartz would get to the Super Bowl one way or another, right? The former Lions coach coordinates the Eagles’ terrific defense, and it’s fully capable of getting pressure on Patriots QB Tom Brady. The Eagles’ running game is stout, and the underdog mentality is a legitimate factor. It’s really, really tempting to take Philly, until you realize you’d be taking Nick Foles over Brady. Sorry, can’t do it. Patriots 27-20