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Super Bowl Consensus Picks
The 2017 NFL season is here as 31 teams are looking to dethrone the New England Patriots. The Falcons had the Patriots dead and buried with a 28-3 advantage in Super Bowl LI, but of course, Tom Brady rallied New England back to pull off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

We polled our stable of NFL handicappers to get their opinions on who will play for the championship in Minneapolis this upcoming February. You know what the Patriots are made of (Brady, Bill Belichick, Rob Gronkowski), but who can knock off New England in the AFC and who will represent the NFC?

VegasInsider.com NFL expert Joe Nelson believes Green Bay can challenge New England this season for the title, “The Packers don’t look like a team that will post a historically great regular season, but they look like the clear favorite in the NFC North with a rebuilding Bears team and mediocre prospects for the Vikings and Lions. Green Bay should have a great opportunity to play for a protected top two seed in the NFC playoff picture and with one of the toughest home field edges in the league, the Packers are a threat to get to the Super Bowl again after falling short in recent playoff showings.”

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Handicapper Alex Smart sees a rematch of the AFC championship this season, but Pittsburgh coming through, “The Steelers have a top tier QB in Ben Roethlisberger who is coming towards the end of his career and he needs a Super Bowl ring now with the urgency being very real. I'm betting his dreams will come true, as the team boasts a full slate of talented receivers, and the NFL’s top RB Le’Veon Bell (back in camp). Add to that a tough as nails defense that is now mostly healthy and the team looks ready to embark on dethroning the defending Super Bowl Champion Pats in 2017.”

Another team that is receiving plenty of run to return to the Super Bowl is Seattle, who last appeared in 2014 in a four-point defeat to New England. NFL expert Tony Mejia is expecting the Seahawks to put things together and win the NFC championship, “Acquiring Sheldon Richardson to bolster an defensive line that was already capable of causing mayhem in opposing backfield is almost unfair. Although Seattle's offensive line concerns are very real, they'll now be able to play conservatively and rely on a defense, that if healthy and whole, is by far the NFL's best given the new look. Earl Thomas is back and looks 100 percent, so the expectation here is that the Seahawks will wind up with the NFC's top record, turning home-field advantage in the playoffs into a Super Bowl appearance. They'll finish the job this time.”

NFL Championship Predictions
AFC Champion NFC Champion Super Bowl Champion
Alex Smart Pittsburgh Atlanta Pittsburgh
Andy Iskoe Houston N.Y. Giants N.Y. Giants
Antony Dinero New England Seattle Seattle
ASA New England Seattle New England
Bill Marzano New England Seattle New England
Brian Edwards New England Atlanta New England
Bruce Marshall New England Seattle Seattle
Chip Chirimbes Pittsburgh Seattle Seattle
Dave Cokin New England Green Bay Green Bay
Doc's Sports New England Green Bay New England
Don Anthony New England Green Bay New England
Gary Bart Baltimore Seattle Seattle
Hank Goldberg Pittsburgh Minnesota Pittsburgh
Jim Feist New England Seattle New England
Jim Mack New England Green Bay Green Bay
Jimmy Boyd New England Green Bay Green Bay
Joe Nelson New England Green Bay New England
Joe Williams Pittsburgh Carolina Pittsburgh
John Fisher Pittsburgh Arizona Arizona
KellyInVegas New England Green Bay Green Bay
Kevin Rogers Cincinnati Green Bay Green Bay
Kyle Hunter Pittsburgh Seattle Seattle
Marc Lawrence New England Seattle Seattle
Mark Franco Pittsburgh Green Bay Green Bay
Micah Roberts Pittsburgh Arizona Arizona
NeiltheGreek Houston Atlanta Atlanta
Pat Hawkins New England Seattle Seattle
Paul Bovi Pittsburgh Dallas Dallas
Scott Pritchard Pittsburgh Dallas Pittsburgh
Scott Rickenbach Pittsburgh Green Bay Green Bay
Stephen Nover New England Seattle New England
T.J. Pemberton New England Seattle Seattle
Vince Akins New England Green Bay Green Bay
Zack Cimini New England New Orleans New Orleans


  
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