SI’s Peter King has made his Super Bowl prediction – drum roll, please – and he’s got the Falcons beating the Chargers. Having read Jason Lisk’s effusive praise for the Chargers in the last few months, I can buy that pick. Atlanta? Significantly less so. I’ve got the Falcons as only the fourth best team in the NFC behind Green Bay, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. I made it known last year I was not sold on Matty Ice, and while I love the Julio Jones pick, the defense didn’t improve and I can see the Falcons stumbling into the bye week at 4-3 and coming out of it in a must-win game at Indianapolis.
But Atlanta-San Diego is a good pick … simply because everyone else is going with Packers/Eagles vs. Patriots/Steelers. We’ll do our staff picks next week prior to the Thursday season opener, just so everyone can mock them later.
My favorite part of King’s prediction was that he has the Patriots not winning a playoff game for the 4th year in a row.
In non-NFL Sports Illustrated news, Paul Finebaum, a radio host from SEC country, will be writing a weekly column for SI.com.