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Which Patriots’ Playmakers Will Shine At Super Bowl LII?

January 29, 2018

The New England Patriots face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII in their bid to win the Vince Lombardi trophy for the third time in four years.

Tom Brady was at his best to overcome the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship, throwing two touchdown strikes to Danny Amendola to guide his team to a comeback win.

The 40-year-old’s performance was made especially significant after losing All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski during the match.

Gronkowski suffered a concussion in the first half, but has managed to practice ahead of the Super Bowl, with his return being a vital factor in the potential of the Patriots success.

Bill Belichick’s men will need all of their playmakers to defeat one of the best defensive units in the NFL. James White rose to the occasion club’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl in Houston last season. We’ll now breakdown the key men for New England for the contest on Sunday.

Rob Gronkowski

Gronkowski will be a vital factor

The 28-year-old missed the Patriots’ Super Bowl win last season. He suffered a back injury during the middle of the 2016 campaign, knocking him out of the surge for the title. Gronkowski returned to the fold this term and has been dominant throughout the season. The tight end has notched seven touchdowns and surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the fourth time in his career. He was vital in driving his team to a vital victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers that secured the number one seed in the AFC Conference.  In that game alone he caught nine passes for 168 yards along with a two-point conversion that proved to be crucial in deciding the contest.

Gronkowski’s value is not just his ability to catch passes down the field and in the redzone, but also the attention he draws from opposing defenders. The 28-year-old is often double-teamed, which frees space up for the other pass-catchers to thrive. His injury against the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game threatened to knock the Patriots off course. However, they managed to battle through without his presence.

The tight end practiced last week so he should be at full tilt ready for the Super Bowl. Malcolm Jenkins will likely be handed the unenviable task of covering Gronkowski, despite suffering from a huge disadvantage in terms of height and weight. Expect the Patriots man to win the battle and have a good day out in Minnesota. Back him to score a touchdown anytime at odds of -150  with Bovada. His odds of +318  for over 121 receiving yards are intriguing with BetOnline.

Danny Amendola

Amendola has come to the fore for the Patriots in their last two matches. The 32-year-old has become synonymous by playing at his best in the environment of the playoffs. He has been forced to step up in lieu of Julian Edelman’s season-ending injury. Edelman had been Brady’s go-to man in clutch situations – none more so than his incredible catch in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI. Amendola was a vital player in that game, notching a touchdown and a two-point conversion to send the contest to overtime against the Atlanta Falcons.

The wideout has continued to thrive under pressure, enjoying one of the best statistical seasons of his career due to Edelman’s injury. In the Divisional Round of the post-season he caught 11 passes for 112 yards. Amendola proved to be even more important in the AFC Championship game when Gronkowski was ruled out with a concussion. Brady went to his wideout with the match on the line, connecting for two touchdowns, including one spectacular grab to hand the Patriots the lead they would not surrender.

Take the over for Amendola to have more than 47.5 receiving yards at -130  with Bovada. His odds to be New England’s first touchdown scorer of +700  are good value considering how he ended the contest against the Jaguars. Expect a solid performance from the veteran wideout.

Dion Lewis

Lewis will be active in the backfield

Lewis played in the Super Bowl last season, but was far from his best as James White took centre stage for New England’s triumph. After LeGarrette Blount’s departure and the early-season struggles of Mike Gillislee, Lewis came the fore fully recovered from his torn ACL and other knee issues that prevented him from reaching his peak form in 2016. The 27-year-old broke on to the scene in the 2015 campaign for the Patriots, dominating in the run game before his devastating knee injury cost him the second half of that term.

He worked to get back to fitness for 2016, but was a long way from the player that electrified the NFL. Lewis started 2017 behind Gillislee in the pecking order, but halfway through the term he ousted his team-mate and has been impressive since. He rushed for 896 yards at five yard per carry, finding the endzone six times on the ground.

The back displayed his versatility catching passes out of the backfield, handing Brady a potent weapon in both facets of the game. Lewis will be an essential part of the Patriots’ gameplan against the Eagles. He has the advantage with speed against the linebackers out of the backfield. Philadelphia have a strong rush defense so he may not be overly influential running between the tackles.

However, in the open field expect him to cause havoc. As a result, back him to have over four receptions at odds of -115  and more than 29.5 receiving yards at -130 – both with Bovada. Lewis did score six touchdowns on the ground. Therefore back him to find the endzone once at odds of +100  with BetOnline. He could come into the conversation as a surprise Super Bowl MVP candidate.

Tips Summary

Rob Gronkowski To Score Touchdown Anytime
Sunday February 4th 2018 18:30 ET (23:30 GMT)
Odds: -150

Rob Gronkowski To Record Over 121 Receiving Yards
Sunday February 4th 2018 18:30 ET (23:30 GMT)
Odds: +318

Danny Amendola To Score New England Patriots First Touchdown
Sunday February 4th 2018 18:30 ET (23:30 GMT)
Odds: +700

Danny Amendola To Record Over 47.5 Receiving Yards
Sunday February 4th 2018 18:30 ET (23:30 GMT)
Odds: -130

Dion Lewis To Record Over 29..5 Receiving Yards
Sunday February 4th 2018 18:30 ET (23:30 GMT)
Odds: -130

Dion Lewis To Record Over Four Receptions
Sunday February 4th 2018 18:30 ET (23:30 GMT)
Odds: -115

Dion Lewis To Score One Rushing Touchdown
Sunday February 4th 2018 18:30 ET (23:30 GMT)
Odds: +100

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    Eric Roberts
    Eric Roberts

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    Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.