Globe staff's NFL picks

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Everything in this game seemed so un-Patriot-like, so un-Brady-like

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Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Patriots 30, Eagles Overall, not much will separate the offense explosiveness. And with weather not being a factor, the game likely will come down to the final possession.

Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times: Patriots 28, Eagles The Patriots won three Super Bowls in a four-season period from to , and they appear poised to repeat that accomplishment. Five out of six pick the Pats. Peter Schmuck picks New England, Just waiting to see how the Eagles give them the game at the end.

Six out of eight go Pats. Patriots 27, Eagles Philadelphia won the last meeting between the two clubs, a decision at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. New England had won the four previous meetings. But how can you bet against the Patriots? Eagles 28, Patriots The Eagles could come out and be overmatched. He tends to show up on the biggest stage and picking him to lose typically backfires. But the history of the first round is littered with busts, up to and including several No.

The distribution of talent throughout the first round favors the top picks, but with several significant outliers. Yet one of the five greatest quarterbacks in NFL history was picked 27th, and two Hall of Famers went 28th.

The players on Team 11th Pick would wipe the floor with the players on Team 7th Pick. And we included only first-round picks — so the No. And of course, no Tom Brady, who obviously is the greatest draft pick of all time. Some of these choices were obvious. And some involved the flip of a coin. Obviously the toughest choice in the draft, with seven Hall of Famers in the group, and Peyton Manning on the way.

Bradshaw four and Aikman three have the most Super Bowl rings, but they were viewed as just pieces to the puzzle on loaded Steelers and Cowboys teams. Campbell is tempting, but his career was too brief. Jackson and Vick were the most athletic. Peyton has the fancy passing stats, but Elway, who was drafted by the Colts and then immediately traded to the Broncos, has more Super Bowl appearances And while Manning was carried by his teammates in his final championship, Elway did most of the heavy lifting in each of his final two championship seasons.

Pretty easy pick, though Faulk, Dickerson, Dorsett, and White are all worthy choices. Taylor had unofficial sacks in 13 seasons with the Giants, while redefining the pass-rushing outside linebacker position and the importance of the blind-side protector.

Munoz is arguably the greatest left tackle in NFL history, and the No. But how can you not pick Sanders, one of the five most dynamic players in NFL history? Lane Johnson , A. Much more top-end talent at the fourth pick than there has been at No.

Ogden, Thomas, and Hannah were the best in their league at their positions. James and Woodson will join them in Canton. But the contest is over once Payton shows up. The fifth pick has produced some impressive cornerbacks, with Peterson a possibility to join Haynes in the Hall of Fame, and Newman lasting 15 NFL seasons. The fifth pick also produced a trio of solid running backs around the turn of the century. As an aside, the Chargers have done quite well with the fifth pick, with Seau and Tomlinson.

This was a tough one, with several Hall of Famers but no obvious standout. Jones made nine Pro Bowls in 13 years and four first-team All Pros.

Riggins and Holt were dominant players on Super Bowl teams. Lofton and Brown were great, but cancel each other out. His enshrinement in Canton seems inevitable. After 18 years on tour, she won her first major title. The final 13 games of the regular season would appear to be an audition for many pitchers on the bubble for a spot on the playoff pitching staff. Also, the 3-point shot is the worst thing that has happened to basketball. Carlos Ramos gave Cilic a warning for slamming his racket during a Davis Cup loss.

Each week of the season, members of the Globe sports staff make their predictions on games of regional and national interest. He previously covered the Patriots beat for the Globe. Looking for sports scores and other coverage delivered right to your inbox each morning?

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