On the cusp of the 2016 NFL season, our analysts provide their predictions, including the winners of individual awards, playoff teams for each conference and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl forecasts.
SUPER BOWL LI
Gil Brandt: Panthers over Patriots. Last season's experience of losing Super Bowl 50 helps Cam Newton put up an MVP-worthy performance in Carolina's win over New England in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. For what it's worth, this will come 13 years after the Patriots beat the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII -- when Newton was 14.
Adam Schein: Cardinals over Patriots. The Cardinals and Patriots play one of the best Super Bowls ever (I can dream, right?) and Carson Palmer sheds his label as a rough playoff performer. Former Patriot Chandler Jones sacks Tom Brady in the fourth quarter to set up the go-ahead David Johnson touchdown.
Elliot Harrison: Steelers over Packers. Green Bay's defense can't stop a fully-healthy Pittsburgh offense, while the Steelers' improved defense keeps Rodgers and the Packers' offense in check enough. The rematch of Super Bowl XLV is a better game than the first go-around, and way more fun than Super Bowl 50.