Spring 2021 Magazine

NFL Game of the Week: Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots

28-3.

It’s still unbelievable that the New England Patriots came back from that deficit to win Super Bowl LI 34-28 over the Atlanta Falcons. Now both teams reunite on the field at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night for the greatly anticipated rematch.

Will the Falcons finally get their revenge or will the Patriots get another victory? Our picks for the game, including the upsets for Week 7 of the NFL season.

Jason Romano: Patriots 34 – Falcons 28 – That was the score in Super Bowl 51 and I believe that will be the score on Sunday in the rematch. It won’t be a 25 point comeback though. The Patriots are starting to find some rhythm on offense and their defense is just good enough to win.

UPSET: Giants 24 – Seahawks 17 – The G-Men found a formula that works for them in their Sunday Night win over Denver. With Seattle having to travel west to east, I think the Giants make it 2 in a row and beat Seattle behind a balanced offensive attack and stout defense.

Justin Adams: Falcons 38 – Patriots 31 – This game will be a shootout. New England is a team that’s reminiscent of Jekyll and Hyde. On offense they lead the league in the most yards on offense but on defense they give up the most yards in the NFL. The inconsistency will catch up with the Patriots as Atlanta gets their revenge in primetime.

UPSET: Broncos 23 – Chargers 20 – The Broncos were embarrassed last week against the Giants and will start a three-game road trip in Los Angeles. Denver will rebound on the road in a tightly contested game by recommitting to the ground game against the Chargers worst rush defense in the NFL.

Jon Ackerman: Patriots 23 – Falcons 17 – Three weeks ago I would have thought Atlanta had a chance in this game; the Falcons were 3-0 with wins over the Packers and Lions. But then they fell to the Bills and Dolphins at home. They won’t go into New England and get Super Bowl revenge.

UPSET: Cardinals 30 – Rams 24 – The surprising Rams give up 134.5 rushing yards per game, and now they get to face a resurgent Adrian Peterson. I see the Rams getting run over in London.

Last week’s picks:

Jason: Eagles 30 – Panthers 27

Justin: Panthers 27 – Eagles 24

Jon: Panthers 31 – Eagles 28

Actual Result: Philadelphia Eagles 28 – Carolina Panthers 23

Season Record: (Upsets Record in Parentheses) 

Jason: 4-2 (2-3)

Justin: 4-1 (3-2)

Jon: 3-2 (2-3)