Super Bowl LII predictions: Patriots, Raiders, Steelers head picks

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With the 2017 NFL season just around the corner, our analysts provide their predictions, including the winners of individual awards, playoff teams for each conference and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl forecasts.


Judy Battista: Patriots over Packers. It's practically impossible to pick against a team that won the Super Bowl a year ago and improved its offense and defense in the offseason. This might be the best Patriots team yet -- New England will repeat as champion.

Steve Wyche: Raiders over Seahawks. Derek Carr fakes the handoff to Marshawn at the 1 then hits him on a waggle pass to win it in the waning seconds.

Ike Taylor: Steelers over Giants. The four Bs -- Ben, Bell, Brown and Bryant -- will be buzzing even without the bumblebee unis. Steelers win their seventh Lombardi, 24-21.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Raiders over Giants. Derek Carr outplays Eli Manning.

Jeffri Chadiha: Packers over Patriots. Aaron Rodgers caps an MVP season with an epic win over Tom Brady in Minneapolis.

Heath Evans: Patriots over Seahawks. New England has too many weapons and wins by 10.

Dan Hanzus: Steelers over Packers. It's Lombardi No. 7 for the Steelers, who ride their unstoppable offense past an overwhelmed Packers defense.

Gil Brandt: Patriots over Seahawks. Tom Brady and Stephen Gostkowski make the difference.

Gregg Rosenthal: Seahawks over Steelers. This. One's. For. Hasselbeck. (And Darrell Bevell, Pete Carroll, Richard Sherman, etc.) A second title for Carroll would cement this defense's standing among the all-time greats.

Reggie Wayne: Falcons over Patriots. We never see a rematch in back-to-back seasons, but I would love this! Dan Quinn and Matt Ryan get revenge.

Charley Casserly: Patriots over Giants. This time, Tom Brady -- not Eli Manning -- makes the fourth-quarter throw to win it.

Adam Rank: Patriots over Buccaneers. Tom Brady wins his sixth Super Bowl title to leave no debate on who the G.O.A.T. truly is.

Marc Sessler: Giants over Chargers. In a surprise, from-the-wilderness battle between a pair of 2004 first-rounders, Eli Manning knocks off Philip Rivers before announcing his retirement from the NFL.

Adam Schein: Patriots over Falcons. Gimme a rematch! Who picks that? Never happens. In a classic, Tom Brady wins again, 34-30.

Dave Dameshek: Seahawks over Steelers. A dozen years after the sophomore Roethlisberger beat Matt Hasselbeck in Detroit, Russell Wilson gets past Big Ben in the Twin Cities to cinch a gold jacket before his 30th birthday.



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